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Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash USA

B&H # SUFP38 Mfr # MCEF-KIT
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Product Highlights
  • Guide No. 38' (11 m) @ ISO 100
  • Provides Broad, Even Lighting

The Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash is a light source that provides softer light than a conventional on-camera flash. It comes mounted on its own hot shoe, and may also be fired from the included sync cord.

It may be used off-camera on a flash bracket, or mini tripod (not included).

Built-in slave "sees" the light from other flashes, and triggers instantaneously.
Flat panel design provides soft light in the fraction of the space of a conventional flash with softbox.
The FP-38 is less than 1 inch thick and only weighs 9.88 ounces.
Two FP-38 units can be mounted together on one hot shoe bracket and can be simultaneously fired with the built-in slave feature.
The FP-38 can be mounted in vertically or horizontally.
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 38' (11.58 m) ISO100 at 50 mm position
Angle of Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
TTL Dedication None
Bounce Head None
Swivel Head Yes
Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
Zoom Head None
Off Camera Terminal PC
Recycle Time Approximately 3 - 4 seconds
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, NiCad, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.3 x 6.3 x 1.0" / 16.0 x 16.0 x 2.5 cm
Weight 10 oz / 284 g
Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash
  • Sync cord
  • Hot Shoe Mounting Bracket
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SunpakFP-38 Flat Panel Flash
     
    3.5

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (11)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Consistent output (7)
    • Versatile (6)
    • Fast recycling (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (8)
      • General purpose (6)
      • Fill flash (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (10)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Flat panel flash at low cost

      This is an amazingly useful product. I use it as fill light in a lot of situations, for interiors for example, but also as hairlight or as a kicker.
      It's also...Read complete review

      This is an amazingly useful product. I use it as fill light in a lot of situations, for interiors for example, but also as hairlight or as a kicker.
      It's also perfect for macro photography !
      The power at 200 asa is just enough for most purposes.
      Unfortunately two of them burned out some component, but neverteless I bought two new ones at B&H, there's nothing like it on the market !

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Almost Got it

      first time out use as a fill in flash. Working in digital media format this was great for getting the exposure correct. Recycle time fair to good. Normally I shoot with a QFlash....Read complete review

      first time out use as a fill in flash. Working in digital media format this was great for getting the exposure correct. Recycle time fair to good. Normally I shoot with a QFlash. Light quality very good. Not too cold. While it has a hot shoe it needs the sync cord to work.
      Got a few head turners or that could have been the model. As a key light it was great!
      At the end of the day would I reccommend - Yes. But not as your workhorse flash. But good none the less.

      Reviewed by 19 customers

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      5.0

      This is a great piece for the money!

      By rlkinworthy

      from Wasilla, AK

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Powerful Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

        Used this right out of the box to shoot team swim photos. The coverage is great. It is a useful alternative to traditional on-camera flash. Haven't used it off camera yet, but I am sure it will perform beautifully. For the money this is a great tool!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Great flash for events & parties

        By M Salup

        from Coral Gables

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • 1 The Light Is Great Ev
        • 2 The Panel's Size Makes
        • 3 It Is Cheap Cheap Ch
        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • 1 The Light Output Is No
        • 2 It Is Very Temperament
        • 3 The Instructions Are P
        • 4 It Eats Batteries

        Best Uses

        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

        I bought the flash as part of my quest for the "perfect" flash.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        It Doesn't Work In Sunshine

        By Nick

        from Kemptville, Ontario

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

          I think it should be pointed out to potential buyers that the unit won't fire when it's placed in sunlight outdoors.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Great lights for my photo booths

          By DPFOTO

          from Cape Coral, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

              I use the panels for photo booths at weddings and parties. They are small, light weight and provide perfect lighting. The only downside is, I don't see any AC power supplies for them, even though they do have the connection on the panel for the power supply.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              Slave strobe

              By Chemsaf

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Weak Output

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

              This small, portable slave is perfect to soften a shadow or to softly illuminate a small area, such as a head profile. The size makes it easy to carry and I mount it on a Gorilla Pod. Downside is the 38 Guide Number.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Fine for the price

              By Alan H

              from Oakland, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fast Recycling
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful Output
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • No hotshoe

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use

              Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

              I think it is just fine if you understand its limitations.

              For brightness, I compared it to a Canon 550 EX with a Strobie Portabox 12"x8" diffuser. I was surprised to find that they were nearly identical (this was perhaps 1/6 stop darker).

              Things to consider before purchasing it:
              1) The ready light is not easily visible in daylight
              2) It does not have a hot-shoe, you need a sync wire to fire it (I haven't tried it as a slave)
              3) You can't vary the output
              4) Construction isn't bad, but isn't fantastic.

              For the price it seems a great product.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              Interesting flat panel flash

              By Big Den

              from Montreal, Canada

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Color Value

              Cons

              • Too Diffused

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                This flash is not for every occasion, but is quite useful when needed.
                Quality of built a bit deceiving, but ok considered the price.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Works well but cheaply made

                By Hangman

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                It does at it suggests and adds a bright but flat, even light. The ability to use it as a slave is also very useful. The build quality is a little shoddy though, having the batteries barely able to fit in the spaces and the back panel bulging because it doesn't fit properly. It's very bulky, but that was as expected.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Doesn't work for Passport Photos!

                By Portrait Studio Sarah

                from Nova Scotia, Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                  There's nothing wrong with this flash and it gives off a nice even, and soft light but I work in a Portrait Studio and we take Passport Picture. This will not make it so the background is white enough, it will look gray and that isn't acceptable for a passport picture.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  THIS IS 2ND TIME ,I AM USING THE FP-38

                  By PINKORIA

                  from CALGARY, CANADA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

                    Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                    USING FOR ID PICTURES ,AS A BACK GROUND LIGHT ,TO ELIMINATE THE OBJECT SHADOWS

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    works good, but no instructions

                    By Steve

                    from Eastern Kansas

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                          No instructions included. It does work, but i have no idea what the second switch on the back is for.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Soft, even light.

                          By Corporate_Designer/Photographer

                          from Pittsburgh, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Slow Recycling

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash

                          Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                          For soft fill, these are great. I had to shoot a room with a highly reflective floor, and these flashes gave a soft even glow without giving me hot spots. Not bad for the price

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Good value for the money

                          By rayxi

                          from Calgary, AB

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                            You can't expect many features at this price. The option of using an external power source is nice. Light output is decent and uniform. Cycle time is on the slow side, ~8 seconds. It doesn't have variable output. The hot shoe mount doesn't have any contacts so I couldn't use it with my wireless trigger which doesn't have a PC connector.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Nice unit but had a problem

                            By hheath

                            from New Jersey

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Bad parts

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                              [...]In installing the flash on my camera I noitce that it was not stable. In checking as to why I fouind that the mounting screws for the flash to the head unit part that connected to the shoe on the camrea had a defect. [...] I had to go out to buy a flash then! But for other than the defect I would have used it!

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great for Portraits and Product shoots

                              By NiceSmile

                              from Sydney Australia

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast Recycling
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                                I just purchased this online and its probably the only one in Australia at this moment. Great for portraits and products. Needs creful metering however this becomes easier. Great for indoor portraits however a bit bulky and maybe fragile for constant outdoor useage. The main advantage is the soft-box lighting effect for portraits. I am about to get a second one as 2 can be mounted together.

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Great flash for our use

                                By Chris

                                from Michigan

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • For lighting small areas

                                  Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                                  This worked out great for our kitchen sets to provide under-cabinet lighting

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Flat panel flash at low cost

                                  By JJ the Photoman

                                  from Belgium

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast Recycling
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                                      This is an amazingly useful product. I use it as fill light in a lot of situations, for interiors for example, but also as hairlight or as a kicker.
                                      It's also perfect for macro photography !
                                      The power at 200 asa is just enough for most purposes.
                                      Unfortunately two of them burned out some component, but neverteless I bought two new ones at B&H, there's nothing like it on the market !

                                      Share this review

                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      3.0

                                      Almost Got it

                                      By m. bertrand

                                      from Washington DC

                                      About Me Semi-Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Easy To Clean
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Back-Up
                                        • General Use
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                                        first time out use as a fill in flash. Working in digital media format this was great for getting the exposure correct. Recycle time fair to good. Normally I shoot with a QFlash. Light quality very good. Not too cold. While it has a hot shoe it needs the sync cord to work.
                                        Got a few head turners or that could have been the model. As a key light it was great!
                                        At the end of the day would I reccommend - Yes. But not as your workhorse flash. But good none the less.

                                        Share this review

                                        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Great unit, but...

                                        By David

                                        from Texas

                                        Comments about Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash:

                                        This thing is a dream come true for a lot of differentshooting situations, and has plenty of power. The onlyproblem is that the unit I got is falling apart after 5months of very light use. The slave cell isn't workinganymore except with REALLY bright trigger flashes, and thesync cable is intermittant. This is unusual for Sunpak. Ithink I just got a bad one.

                                        Problems Encountered: Unit I got is falling apart after 5 months of very lightuse. The slave cell isn't working anymore except with REALLYbright trigger flashes, and the sync cable is intermittant.Sometimes only one of the 4 flashtubes will fire.

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