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Old Jun 5, 2004, 7:51 PM   #1
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I just bought a Sunpak 383 flash off e-bay for $40 and am quite impressed with how much it has improved my FZ10's indoor shots.

Being able to adjust the flash to bounce off the ceiling makes a huge difference. With the FZ10's built-in flash, you had to be really close to the subjects and the final result would often have that deer-caught-in-headlights look. With the 383 using bouch flash, it looks like a bright day in the room with very natural light. My typical indoor shots have gone from being just so-so to very good (even outstanding at times!)

Also, I recall someone on here saying they didn't like how the Sunpak 383 looked funny sitting on top the FZ10. I couldn't disagree more! The large blocky look of the 383 matches the solid-block look of the FZ10 quite nicely. It's a startlingly professional looking combination!

One question I have for other FZ10/383 owners: Do you make use of the 383's AUTO modes at all or do you stick strictly to using its MANUAL mode? Whenever I use the the AUTO modes, almost always get overexposed shots. However, when I use the manual mode (and experiment with different flash strengths) I can usually get good results without too much trouble. Any thoughts?
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Old Jun 6, 2004, 1:44 AM   #2
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The 383 is awesome! I, too just got one off e-bay and wow, this thing is powerful. I find that the auto mode leaves my pics underexposed at the prescribed setting so I use the red auto setting and open my aperture up an f stop or so--more if you're bouncing. Experiment with it, you'll find the auto function works quite well.
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Old Jun 6, 2004, 3:11 AM   #3
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I forgot to mention when the 383 is in auto mode, I usually put the camera in aperture priority mode and the camera always defaults to 1/60 s.
BTW, I just tried the flash in program mode too and it seems to do a pretty good job when set to the RED auto setting. The other settings seem to underexpose. In program mode my camera always sets f2.8 at 1/60s.

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Okay, all the stuff I said abouve about the red auto setting is with polarizer. The yellow setting seems pretty good without the polarizer, sorry.
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Old Jun 6, 2004, 3:24 AM   #5
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Okay, all the stuff I said abouve about the red auto setting is with polarizer. The yellow setting seems pretty good without the polarizer, sorry.
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Old Jun 19, 2004, 3:23 AM   #6
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My flash has an ultimate range of like 50+ feet. I find that in full manual, I can shoot in a dark night club at between 1/800-1/1300 at F6.5-F8.0 and it comes out great. I know they say in a dark environment its the flash that freezes action, but I've seen even 1/60 shots with flash come out a little blurry with movement, so I prefer the faster shutter speeds. I got a handle for my flash because I never liked the fact that a lot of camera manf., including Panasonic, seem to decide there should be no finger room on the left side of the camera. I don't know who decided this is comfortable for camera usage, but they ain't my friend!



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Old Jun 19, 2004, 10:43 AM   #7
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FZFUN, just curious, when you're taking those shots (fast shutter, large aperture), what ISO are you selecting? Are you selecting it to match the flash?


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I generally adjust to ISO 100. And I do generally try to match the ISO setting on the camera.

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