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Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash

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Value $1.99
B&H # SUPZ42XN Mfr # PZ42XN
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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
     
    4.0

    (based on 63 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (40)
    • Consistent output (37)
    • Fast recycling (37)
    • Good power output (34)
    • Lightweight (30)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (49)
    • Fill flash (36)
    • Portraits (25)
    • Night photography (17)
    • Photojournalism (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (10), Pro photographer (7), Enthusiast (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (43)

    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

     

    A good flash but one surprise.

    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...Read complete review

    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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    3.0

    Good in some aspects...not so in others.

    By Mempho

    from Memphis

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great With I-ttl

    Cons

    • Not Consistent With D-ttl

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

    This flash advertises that it is compatible with D-TTL and I-TTL cameras and I confirm this by going to Sunpak's website and looking at their compatibility list of cameras. Well, with the Nikon D5100, the flash is flawless, but with the D100, it is a hit and miss. The exposure is very inconsistent with the D100. It exposes perfect one time, then under/over exposes the next time. The on-board flash of the D100 exposes correctly every time, but I decided to keep the flash because the D100 is near retirement and the flash is great with I-TTL which includes all of Nikon's current line.

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    • No

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    4.0

    So far so good on my Nikon D5300

    By Eric

    from South Florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast Recycling
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful Output

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use

      Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

      I am using this with my Nikon D5300. I had to play with it a little bit to get it to work TTL with the camera but it seems to be working well. The light seems even and well measured. I took some test shots with it at different metering modes (matrix, center, and spot) and it seemed to adjust the light output appropriately. The focal lengths reported by the flash don't match those on the camera exactly but they are close enough to have the flash output at an acceptable level. If you have to money get a Nikon flash to make sure it matches up with the camera as best it can, but for the $ savings this flash works well and has good quality construction. It's a great alternative to the more expensive Nikon SB flashes.

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      5.0

      Using Sunpak for 30 + years

      By Denny

      from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

        Thirty some years ago, Sunpak had a great little feature, the "Thyrister" which would automatically switch off when the subject had received enough light for the picture. Today with not only the thyrister, but coupled with the TTL feature, it's simply fantastic. i can't say enough GOOD about it.

        I really don't see the need to buy a Nikon Flash for your Nikon camera when the Sunpak will do the same thing, and for hundreds less.

        I love Sunpak...

        D. Swenson
        Ft. Lauderdale

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        4.0

        love that it flashes when I take pic

        By cameracrazy

        from Brewton Al

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Recycling

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash

          Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

          I need to use the flash sometimes when inside

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          • No

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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 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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              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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              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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                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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                  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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                    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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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                            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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                                    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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                                      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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