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Old Oct 31, 2005, 12:52 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the help. I eventually emailed sunpak.jp and this was their very quick reply on Sunday evening!!!

"Please advise that the trigger voltage of auto 36SR is about 6 to 8 volts.

Auto 36SR is sold in Japan only and the owner's manual in Japanese is only available."

I am impressed with their customer service.. .Well in Japan at least.



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Old Nov 4, 2005, 4:02 PM   #12
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Hi

I tried your advice, hooked a Speedlite 420EZ, after isolating the extra 4 contacts, to the camera, set it to external flash and: Nothing happen, the flash did not fire!

I tried different camera setting, different flash setting, nothing works!

What did I do wrong (the flash and camera work fine seperatly)?

How did you set it up?
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Old Nov 21, 2005, 5:44 PM   #13
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I have also tried to connect my Canon EZ430 to the FZ-30. With none of the contacts covered it fires but always has too much power even when told to stop down (3 stops +/- on gun). The camera sets itself to F4 and cannot be changed.

I tried the gun in A-TTL and manual modes with little success though in manual mode I think its just a matter of finding the correct setting/calculation - I was being impatient!

The gun has 5 contacts on the bottom plus the ground contact which is in the slider on the side of the hotshoe. The contacts on the base are arranged as 2 rows of 2 with the fifth contact just in front of the rear four and central. I used tape on the camera to cover the rear of the hot shoe so that the rear 4 contacts touched nothing conductive but the front central contact makes a join. In this mode the camera is not even aware there is an external gun attached!

How did you do it? I'd really like to know.

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Vosht, I have used the EZ420 just the way you set yours up and have had no problem with it working. I believe atir had a problem with it working at first also and then he got it to work, (possibly without covering the four contacts). I have found as you did that it is somethimes difficult to use as it seems to be too powerful ! If you find a way to adjust the flash output please let me know! Jim

just noticed that you stated yours was a EZ430, mine is a EZ420 !?
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Old Nov 21, 2005, 11:55 PM   #15
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Vosht, Think I may have figured it out! Set the flash to manual mode, (on the flash unit itself) then press the 'manu' button and set it to 1/32, at that setting it is at it's lowest flash power. Setting 1/1 is the brightess flash. Then you can adjust to any number in between ! Let me know if that works for you. Jim
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Old Nov 22, 2005, 11:54 AM   #16
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Hi

As I stated befor, it works well without isolating the contacts.
I was mainly concern with an old flash that I bought second hand for a few $ so I did not try all the different flash and camera setting, however The canon EZ420 worked fine in manual mode and I tried different setting for output power and they all work.
I used the flash mainly indoors and always aim it towards the ceiling, so you need more output power than shooting it directly at the subject.
I put the canon flash back on my EOS 3 and it works fine == No damage done to the flash with contacts exposed.
With regards to the camera setting, the manual is very confusing. I just tried it in all the camera setting and noted which mode and what setting works best for me. Most of the modes work and I tend to leave it in Aparature Priority as this is the main mode that I use.
Hope it was helpful.

Let me know if you need more information.

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Yes, and thanks to those who have replied, I now have it working in manual mode. Set to ISO 100, F4.0 in Aperture priority mode. I set the flash to 1/32 for up to about 4-5 meters away, then 1/16 up to about 8-10 meters. I tried 1/1 for a wide-angle shot outdoors at night with 35mm which almost worked OK. Could have done with 1 or 2 stops more.

It is good that it works but I am not sure it is as good as an auto gun - but not far short. The pictures are not quite at the quality I get with my old Canon EOS + the same flash in auto-TTL but it is not really a fair comparison.

I'm going to visit the shops and try out a Sunpak/Vivitar gun or three to see how they compare.
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