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Old Jan 16, 2004, 1:28 PM   #1
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Default FZ10 small flash unit

I am searching for one, since my needs are minimal - no bounce, swivel, etc and range of under 30ft at ISO50.
I found this during my search:



http://ww1.onecall.com/PID_12360.htm

any opinions on how good, compatible it would be with the FZ10?

any other alternatives are also appreciated.
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Old Jan 22, 2004, 10:06 PM   #2
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Why would you need that?

What would that do for you that the built-in flash couldn't do? The only thing I can think of is that it would be a little farther away from the lens, so you might not get as much red eye.

Wouldn't it make more sense -- if you're going to spend that kind of money -- to get one that would swivel? That way you could bounce the flash off the ceiling and not get any red eye at all.

A good flash that can swivel could be had for under $100, I think.
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Old Jan 23, 2004, 2:14 AM   #3
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I like this one better. Guide number of 80 instead of 52 and it is cheaper. Also has bounce head. Find something else to get the order over $50 and you get free shipping. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...972667-0042451 and http://www.vivitar.com/Products/PDFs/Flash/2800flsh.pdf

That was just a quick search – you could likely find something better.

I doubt that Jim Zim has a FZ10 or he would realize how pitiful the flash is. There is a big difference between 7 feet and 40 feet.
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Old Jan 23, 2004, 4:16 PM   #4
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Default Trigger voltage of Vivitar 2800 and other flash units

The trigger voltage of the Vivitar 2800 may be too high for a digital camera. The limit for the FZ10 is 24v (manual, page 85). You can find voltages for many flash units in this table:
http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html

If you are not certain of a flash unit, you can measure it with a volt meter before attaching it to your camera. I just bought the wrong flash, but didn't know that until it arrived. Fortunately, I did measure it before frying my camera, and found it had 292 volts across the shoe all the time, not just when triggered. (ProMaster FT 1700, a good flash, but not for use with a digicam.)
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Old Jan 24, 2004, 3:39 PM   #5
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Good post and link Charlie. I just ordered a Vivitar 285HV Pro without checking the voltage. Evidently the 285 is 330v but the 285HV is only 12v, but I will check it when it arrives. The voltage isn’t on their spec sheet.

You make a good point that it needs to be checked before ordering a non-dedicated flash unit. It looks like the 2800 I recommended could be problematic if they ship an old model – best avoided IMO.
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