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Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash

B&H # SUPZ42XN Mfr # PZ42XN
You Pay: $139.00
Product Highlights
  • For Nikon i-TTL & D-TTL Enabled Cameras
  • Guide No. 138'/42 m (at 35mm)
  • Suitable for Portrait Photography

The Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash is a flash unit designed to fully support current advanced digital SLR cameras. It is fully compatible with Nikon i-TTL and D-TTL enabled cameras.

The PZ42X has many advanced features, such as: automatic zoom head from 24-105mm, bounce and swivel capabilities, built in wide angle diffuser, and AF assist. It also offers several manual controls for the experienced photographer. It offers a bright and easy-to-read LCD display and easy-to-use controls for manual flash output, digital or film lens coverage and zoom head settings.

For a more detailed camera/features compatibility chart, please click here.

Fully compatible with i-TTL capable SLR cameras
AF Assist Light supports better autofocus performance in the dark (up to 16')
EV adjustment (-1.5, -1, -0.5, 0, +0.5, +1, +1.5)
Large panel with bright, easy-to-read LCD display
Flash-coverage scale on LCD screen
Automatic Shutdown mode shuts off flash from inactivity after several minutes
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 112' (34.14 m) ISO100 at 50 mm position
Angle of Coverage 84° - 23°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/64
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes, 300°
Coverage 24 mm - 80 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 3.5 - 4.5 seconds
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.6 x 4.6 x 4.1" / 6.6 x 11.7 x 10.4 cm
Weight 9.1 oz / 258 g Without batteries
Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash
  • 1-Year Warranty

  • Included Free

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    SunpakPZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash
     
    4.1

    (based on 59 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (39)
    • Consistent output (35)
    • Fast recycling (35)
    • Good power output (33)
    • Lightweight (28)

    Cons

    • Not interchangeable (4)
    • Slow recycling (4)
    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (46)
    • Fill flash (34)
    • Portraits (24)
    • Night photography (17)
    • Photojournalism (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (9), Pro photographer (7), Enthusiast (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (39)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A great flash for the buck

    Bought this to increase the range of flash for Nikon D80. A little less than the SB-600, it delivers range comprable to the SB-800 or better. Doesn't have all the whiz-bang...Read complete review

    Bought this to increase the range of flash for Nikon D80. A little less than the SB-600, it delivers range comprable to the SB-800 or better. Doesn't have all the whiz-bang of either, but it does work well with the i-TTL of the Nikon - which was not true (for me) with the PZ40X. Very happy with both indoor and outdoor results. Of course, I've had to play around a bit to understand some of it (instead of reading the adequate enclosed instructions), but that's the joy of it. It is auto to ~70' - anything further you need to go manual. Seems to manage the 138' guide number, but perhaps not at ISO 100 (~400 seems to do it).

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not for D3100

    I used this flash for about a day before returning it. I shoot with a Nikon D3100, and this flash did not communicate well with the iTTL of the camera. The flash did...Read complete review

    I used this flash for about a day before returning it. I shoot with a Nikon D3100, and this flash did not communicate well with the iTTL of the camera. The flash did a get job, but only in full manual settings, a sacrifice I wasn't interested in. IT may do better with other bodies; I had seen one other review that complained of poor communication when bounced.

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    4.0

    Great for the price

    By lake

    from chicago

    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

    Works very well for the nikon D3100

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    1.0

    does not do what I was told it would do

    By Charli1

    from westchester, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Not Interchangeable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

        At a trade show in NYC, the Tokad rep told me that this flash would work TTL with a Nikon D-800.
        It doesen't. I called Tocad and they said they would call me back with an answer as they could't find any info as to it working with a D-800. That was 8 days ago. Still haen't gotten a call.

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        • No

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        3.0

        A Cheap TTL Alternative

        By Michael

        from Bangor, Maine

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Auto zoom
        • Cheap
        • Consistent Output

        Cons

        • Mediocre construction
        • No "auto Off" Feature
        • Plastic foot
        • Poor Menu Navigation

        Best Uses

        • Backup flash
        • General Use

        Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

        TTL function works very well with Nikon. Auto zoom is also nice.This flash has just enough power to be useable for a group on a sunny day.Putting a plastic foot on a flash is a horrible idea. One would think $[$] would justify a metal foot.Power switch is very easy to switch on by mistake. This has happened in my bag a couple of times resulting in dead batteries. An "auto off" feature would solve this or perhaps a better switch to begin with.I wish it could be controlled in 1/2 or even 1/3 stop increments.

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        • No

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        5.0

        New Fash for my D80

        By Yogi Bear

        from Newport Beach, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

          Quality of the product is good. Flash recharges very fast and gives good coverage.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Good value

          By John c

          from Bahrain

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Good value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Slow Recycling

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use

          Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

          Easy to use
          Recycling on alkaline batteries can be slow

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          • No

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          5.0

          wonderfully adaptable to the Nikon

          By The dart

          from Denver, Colorado

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Photojournalism

            Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

            Just stared using the product. Takes great pictures, light up large rooms at just the right light. A tremendous value. Great bounce off of ceilings and walls. Deserves it own hard carrying case.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great Product and Good Price

            By Cheeto Bear

            from Oakridge Oregon

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

              I often need a flash unit that shoots further distances than the on-board units. This flash gives me optimum ditance and true TTL performance.

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              • No

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              3.0

              A good flash but one surprise.

              By fotoman531

              from Jackson Ms.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast Recycling
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful Output
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                Flash output is consistent with my D90.The flash is smaller than what i'm used to which is good and it has good light output.I expect all of this from a sunpak flash because of the other Sunpak units i own. The one thing i didn't expect is that the zoom on the flash zooms from 16mm to 48mm with my Nikon 18-70 lens.I have emailed Sunpak about this and they say that all pz42x units will do that and that mine is not defective. I can mount a 70 - 300 on it and it will start at 70mm as it should. It's not a huge problem with me as i use the widest angle available on any flash i use regardless of lens focal length. This diffuses the light better. I do think that this lowers the quality standard that Sunpak has always had though.

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                5.0

                Good substitute, just perfect.

                By Ruben

                from Edison, NJ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                  I use to own Sunpak in the late 80's and it still impresses me with what features they loaded this PZ42X. I just bought it this week and so far the test drive was just perfect for my taste. It was better than I expected compared to what I have read from the reviews.

                  My only disappointment is it overexpose/underexpose when I use the bounce technique. But then I realize bouncing is not within the calculations of the flash considering the added lights traveling distance to the subject not encountered in the focusing step. Instead, I used the EV+/- in the cameras Auto mode and its fine everytime.

                  I think I had a great buy.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect

                  By Warpedlensphotography

                  from R.I.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                    This flash works perfect with my D3100 and fits those seeking a budget flash. I have not had a single issue with day use and I know I will be adding a second for multi flash work.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Powerful Little Flash

                    By YesMan

                    from Birmingham, AL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Powerful Output
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Incomplete Instructions

                    Best Uses

                    • Real Estate Interior

                    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                    I use this flash to take interior photos of real estate listings. It is used to complement an Ultra Wide Angle lens (17-24mm).

                    I like the tilt and swivle features and power of the flash.

                    User instructions are a little weak, but with practice, the flash (and I) do a good job.

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                    4.0

                    works very well

                    By foogey

                    from n.y. & Asia

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Photojournalism

                      Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                      It's a very handy flash that can be taken on practily any shoot with good results

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      BEST FLASH AND THE BEST PRICE

                      By Angel the photographer

                      from Bronx,NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                        Well it was my first time visiting B&H and i was so happy because the people there was very nice very helpful. Fast service and the free candy that the store provides was very good. This unit flash i bought is really good and fast, it's like the nikon sb700 and i like it very much and the price is super good. YOU SHOULD GET THIS FLASH BECAUSE IS A GOOD FLASH FOR ANY TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE PRICE AND QUALITY IS JUST AMAZING!!

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                        4.0

                        Great all-around

                        By Joe

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                              Compared to the pricey camera brands, this Sunpak flask delivers the features for so much less cash.

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                              • No

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Decent flash for the money

                              By Bob B

                              from Washington DC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Powerful Output

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

                                Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                Works welll with both my D60 And D7000 Nikon cameras

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Excellent value for the money.

                                By Photofan

                                from Montreal, Canada

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash
                                  • General Use
                                  • Photojournalism

                                  Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                  It's light, easy to use, and powerfull enough for any situations.

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                                  • No

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Good Flash for the price!

                                  By cwilburt

                                  from Boca Raton, FL

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                    This flash works well! I did not use the rechargeable batteries that came with it yet and was recommended by someone else to get better rechargable batteries for it. The only problem I had was it was slow to charge when I took a couple pics in the beginning, but since then has charged very quickly. I used this on a D70 and D5100 with several different lenses.

                                    So for price I would give it an A!

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                                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    2.0

                                    Not for D3100

                                    By Zack

                                    from New York, NY

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Fast Recycling

                                    Cons

                                    • Not compatible with D3100
                                    • Not Interchangeable

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                    I used this flash for about a day before returning it. I shoot with a Nikon D3100, and this flash did not communicate well with the iTTL of the camera. The flash did a get job, but only in full manual settings, a sacrifice I wasn't interested in. IT may do better with other bodies; I had seen one other review that complained of poor communication when bounced.

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                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    I would buy this product again

                                    By Divop

                                    from Cape Coral FL

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast Recycling
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fill Flash
                                      • General Use
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                      Easy to use and good lighting.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • Yes

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                                      4.0

                                      Great flash for the price

                                      By Fsquare

                                      from Montreal, QC

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Powerful Output

                                      Cons

                                      • Plastic Hotshoe
                                      • Slow Recycling

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fill Flash
                                      • General Use
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                      Gave it whirl both on camera and off camera. Works great, only real issue is some shots ended up a little hot even when using TTL which i never experienced with any of my SB speedlights.

                                      One word of caution, buy some good rechargeable batteries. The Sunpak batteries that came with it are real garbage. I'd get 30 shots max and had to recharge. Switched over to Pearstone, wasn't even able to get them fully charged because i ran out of time but they lasted well over 50 shots and still going.

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                                      • No

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