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Old Dec 9, 2003, 6:05 AM   #1
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do you know what flash can be use with the fz10 ?

do you know if this flash work :

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Old Dec 12, 2003, 11:26 AM   #2
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do you know if metz flash can be use ?
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Old Dec 14, 2003, 9:22 PM   #3
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I bought the Panasonic DMW-FL28 flash that is made for this camera. I paid $150 + shipping (no tax) from B & H in NYC.

You attach it, all the settings are already there, it seems to be a quality product, and it works as advertised.

I suppose I might have been able to save a few dollars by buying another brand elsewhere. However, after paying what I did for the camera, I felt I would be happier with the flash that is specifically made for it.
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I bought the Panasonic DMW-FL28 flash that is made for this camera. I paid $150 + shipping (no tax) from B & H in NYC.

You attach it, all the settings are already there, it seems to be a quality product, and it works as advertised.

I suppose I might have been able to save a few dollars by buying another brand elsewhere. However, after paying what I did for the camera, I felt I would be happier with the flash that is specifically made for it.
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Old Dec 17, 2003, 6:19 AM   #5
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paulmj,
Can you tell me what the specs are on the DMW-FL28PP? I can't find them anywhere online. I was given the Sunpak 383 as a recommendation for use with the FZ10 but I'd like to know if the DMW-FL28PP is comparable.
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Old Dec 17, 2003, 9:47 AM   #6
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Autoeffective distance at f 2.8 setting is 32.8 ft.
Flash interval on alkalines is 0.2-4 seconds
No. of flashes on alkalines is 280-1400

There are corresponding numbers on NiMH and on NiCads.

Let me know what else you need to know and I'll look it up in the operating instructions.
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Old Dec 17, 2003, 3:22 PM   #7
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Default Sunpak vs. Panasonic flash

paul,
Here are the listed features for the Sunpak 383:

•bounce/swivel head, 3 f/stop auto ranges
•manual control with power ratio from full to 1/16
•exposure OK lamp
•Guide No. 120
•Auto Range: 2.3–60 ft
•Supplied with PC cord
•Uses 4 AA batteries or external battery packs
•Covers 35mm lens

Can you please tell me how the Panasonic flash compares to the Sunpak's features? I know very little about external flashes... I've never owned one myself. Are there features the Panasonic flash has when used with the FZ10 that I can't get with a third party flash?

Thanks for your feedback!
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Old Dec 17, 2003, 3:56 PM   #8
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I don't have all the information you want readily available.

However, if the flash is made by Panasonic particularly for the FZ10 (among others), works automatically, has a preset in the camera for this particular flash, has a throw of almost 33 ft., and in essence you put it on and go...why worry about all the comparative details?

I think this is especially the case if you admit not being expert in such things.

You want it to fit, work with ease, and be very effective. I think that the Panasonic will do this for you.
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Old Dec 17, 2003, 4:20 PM   #9
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Default Hmmm...

I didn't know there are presets in the camera for the DMW-FL28. That's a bonus. As I said, I haven't been able to find any documentation on this flash anywhere online so any feedback you can give me is much appreciated. I even contacted a Panasonic rep who said he didn't have any info but would dig for it and get back to me. (!)

When I asked people on different forums about what to look for in a flash I was told things like "uniform white light with no visible gradations" and "variable power output control", etc. (huh?)

I just want to make an informed decision about which flash to buy so I don't look back and say "I wish I had bought a flash that has "X" feature". If the Panasonic flash can offer me everything the competition can than I'll definately buy it. It's a great looking flash but as I've learned with my past relationships looks aren't everything; it's what's inside that counts.
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Old Dec 17, 2003, 4:56 PM   #10
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I see you can buy the Sunpak for less than half of what I paid for the Panasonic. As I mentioned in my original post, the cost of the flash was not an issue with me because I paid top dollar for the camera and I wanted to be assured of a seamless "fit".

If this price differential is more significant to you, based on a cursory look at the Sunpak specs I would suggest that may be your best choice.

You mention looks...I really don't think that should enter into the equation. After all, it's only a flash attachment, and if it does that job well, that is all that should matter, at least to me.
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