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Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash

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Product Highlights

  • Guide No. 38' (11 m) @ ISO 100
  • Provides Broad, Even Lighting

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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.
UPC: 090729100013
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 38' (11.58 m) ISO100 at 50 mm position
Angle of Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
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 NiMH 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
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.4 x 9.0 x 2.6"
Sunpak FP-38 Flat Panel Flash
  • Sync cord
  • Hot Shoe Mounting Bracket
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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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

    No 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!

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      • 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.

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      • No

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      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.

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        • 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.

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            • 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.

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            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.

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            • 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.

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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.

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              • 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.

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                • 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

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                  • 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.

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                        • No

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                        (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

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                        • 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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                          1.0

                          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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                            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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                              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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                                      Required item: Batteries are not included, and are required to power your flash.

                                      Varta - High-Energy 1.5V AA LR6 Alkaline Battery (4-Pack)
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                                      • You Pay: $17.95
                                       

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                                      • You Pay: $89.95
                                       

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                                      • You Pay: $22.50
                                       
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