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Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash

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Product Highlights
  • For Canon SLR Cameras with E-TTL II
  • Manual Power & Zoom Head Settings
  • Guide No. 137.8' (42 m)

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 Canon E-TTL II 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 E-TTL II capable SLR cameras, but also backwards-compatible with TTL metering for all earlier EOS 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. 137.8' (42 m) ISO100 
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
     
    4.4

    (based on 134 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (69)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (54)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (90)
    • Consistent output (78)
    • Fast recycling (65)
    • Lightweight (60)
    • Good power output (56)

    Cons

    • Slow recycling (13)
    • Heavy (10)
    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (96)
    • Fill flash (58)
    • Portraits (54)
    • Night photography (35)
    • Photojournalism (18)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (42), Semi-pro photographer (35), Casual photographer (19), Enthusiast (11), Pro photographer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (72), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great product

    I mostly use this flash on and off camera in manual mode. I love the 180º of swivel, auto/manual zoom, back light, ease of use, and size.
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    I mostly use this flash on and off camera in manual mode. I love the 180º of swivel, auto/manual zoom, back light, ease of use, and size.

    The thing I really dislike is the way the LCD cycles through the various mode functions in only one direction (e.g. if your in manual mode at full power and you want to set it at say 1/4 power and you accidentally set in 1/8 power you have to cycle through all power settings until you get back to 1/4--you can't just go back).

    I'd really love to see a PC connection on this flash for off-camera use. These limitations notwithstanding, this is an excellent little flash for those who don't wish to pay as much for a Canon 580 flash.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    No E-TTL with Canon T1i

    The E-TTL will not work with the T1i. It works fine in manual mode but the menu controls make it hard to adjust the exposure up and down. This is fine for portraits and...Read complete review

    The E-TTL will not work with the T1i. It works fine in manual mode but the menu controls make it hard to adjust the exposure up and down. This is fine for portraits and other controlled situations but not good for spontaneous or less predictable lighting situations. It did work fine down to 1/320 sec for sports.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    On 7d vs 430EX

    By www.dvdronk.com

    from Pennsylvania, USA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable

    Cons

    • 7d Menu Does Not See It
    • No high speed sync
    • No slave

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use

    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

    I have used this Sunpak for 2 years with my Canon 7d and have been very pleased with it. I do mostly event photography and some photo-journalism.

    I have seen the reviews that say it is superior to Canon of similar price. It is and itn't compared to the Canon 430EX I just purchased.

    It may be:

    -Similar guide number.
    -It has good durablity
    -Good on camera and off camera with compatable ETTL cord or PocketWizzard.
    -Buttons are larger and easier to use.
    -Lighter than 430EX

    It may not be:

    -Has no master or slave option for multi-flash set up.
    -No high speed sync.
    -Does not interact with camera menu system for external Function settings.
    -Canon 430EX has slave funciton but not master

    When shooting burst photos both the PZ and the 430EX are limited to 10 photos before having to rest the flash for 10 min. (according to the manuals).

    The PZ unit I have doese over expose by 2/3 of a stop. This was easily adjusted once I became aware of the output.

    At 60% of the price it represents a good value for a quality flash. But it does come with a 60% discount in fuctionality over the 430EX.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash

    By Marty

    from Long Island, NY

    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

    I am photo enthusiast. I use a Canon 60D. Most of my photos are of landscapes, with very little requirement for flash. I do occasionally take family photos. Since I am not a heavy user of flash, I felt that I did not need to incur the extra expense for a the purchase of a Canon flash. I have been more than pleased with the quality, features, and ease of operation of the Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash. The recycle time for me is more than adequate. i would have liked a more detailed manual for the flash. The manual in not detailed enough for the setup and operation of the flash with the camera.

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    5.0

    love B & H!!

    By dixipix

    from New Mexico

    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

    Always great service and merchandise!!

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    5.0

    Powerful flash, great price

    By Jjones

    from Missouri USA

    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

    Arrived quickly, works great in automatic mode. Price was reasonable.

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    5.0

    Sunpak PZ42x

    By dixipix

    from New Mexico

    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

    As always Sunpack delivers a great piece of equipment. Fast speedy delivery. Thoroughly pleased.

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    4.0

    As advertised.

    By Phil P.

    from Cheshire CT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

          Manual wide angle diffuser. TTL does work. Good value for all but the pros. Head rotates and swivels.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Solid entry level flash

          By D

          from NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

            So far it works well, no flakiness, it gives a decent range on the flash with a few nice features, while stopping short of having advanced features such as high speed sync. Still a good value for the money, and if I ever go pro, there will be many situations when it will be a fine tool.

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            2.0

            no longer working

            By gtherreault

            from St-Hubert, QC, Canada

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Slow Recycling
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

              Picked this unit up a few weeks ago and was working fine until it just stopped working. Suspecting that my old rechargeable batteries where at fault, I bought new Eneloop batteries from B&H but unit is still not working (Batteries are fine as I've tried them in an LED light I purchased). Very disapointed with my purchase as I'll now have to return unit (if I still can) and buy another. I live in Canada, so returing will add extra cost.. I would not recommend this flash.

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              2.0

              stopped working

              By Will the Photographer

              from Van Wert, OH

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash

                Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                i bought this for an event I had to photograph for our middle school. While I was at the event I really liked it, until it stopped working it would power on but not flash. I had a sunpak digiflash 3000 for a year and then I accendently broke it. so I got this I really liked the pictures it took. But I am sending it back because it wstopped working during the event I was photographing.

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                5.0

                Very Satisfied

                By Bob in NY

                from Smithtown, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use

                  Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                  Very happy with this flash. I bought this to replace my Sigma that died and I am glad I bought the Sunpak.

                  Even at 30 feet, the recycle time is between instant and a half a second, and that was with 3 year old NiMH batteries.

                  My camera is a Canon Dital XTi and the Sunpak seems more tollerant to distance and takes correctly exposed shots from 10 feet and upwards.

                  With my old Sigma I was constantly adjusting the camera flash EV for close up and bounce flash shots.

                  The unit seems well made and is not oversized, and seems to have good flash output too.

                  I have only used it on the auto setting. In manual mode I did manage to adjust the EV setting up and down, but see no need to. I tried some bounce shots of the ceiling and I think it is easier to adjust the flash EV in the camera menu if you need a half stop or so extra exposure. The manual mode menu system in the flash need some getting used to.

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                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By Cea

                  from Chattanooga, TN

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                    Easy to use, very affordable, and durable!

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Sunpak PZ42X TTL for canon 4Ti

                    By Terry Evers

                    from Fayetteville, Arkansas

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Powerful Output
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Slow Recycling

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                    Use with a Graslon Dome Diffuser. Works great but is a little strong without a diffuser tends to overexpose form the lens to about 10 feet out. Does not recycle as fast as advertised. Seems heavy but high quality.

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                    5.0

                    Up and working right out of the box

                    By F1Pete

                    from Fort Worth, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Low-light Focus Assist
                    • Powerful Output
                    • Price

                    Cons

                    • Slow Recycle ~40 Shots

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                    I'm no expert with a flash, and needed to take pictures at a party. I put batteries in, put it on my 50D and did 45* bounce flash shots and got great pictures. Far better photographers than myself saw the pictures and complimented the tone and lighting.

                    Positives:
                    Price
                    Ease of use
                    Feels high-quality
                    Fully lights a 20X20 room with 45* bounce

                    Negatives:
                    After ~40 exposures the time to charge gets quite long - so keep extra batteries.

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                    5.0

                    Great flash for the price.

                    By KennyJr

                    from Johnstown, PA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Recycling

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use

                      Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                      The flash performed very well. I've seen some reviewers complain about slow recycle time, but I had no problems with the flash even in burst mode shooting 5 consecutive frames. I was using lithium batteries so that may have made the difference.

                      I found the tilt and swivel worked well for bouncing the flash off walls and ceilings and the built-in wide angle diffuser worked well for those wide angle shots.

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                      4.0

                      Good Value

                      By donjphoto

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Powerful Output

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use

                        Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                        Swivels up and down, side to side
                        Bright light
                        Reasonable price
                        Too bright for close work using TTL

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                        4.0

                        lovely!

                        By Jen

                        from Auburn, AL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Powerful Output

                        Cons

                        • Heavy
                        • Slow Recycling

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                        I'm just newly established professional photographer, so this flash works great for me. It's a little complex to understand at first, but works great once you've finally figured it out. great instrument for a great price! :)

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                        5.0

                        Works great

                        By Liz

                        from Green County IL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful Output

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                          Easy to use, and is just what I needed.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great price!

                          By Mrs. Shafer

                          from Phoenix, AZ

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                            I am really excited to use my new shoe mount flash. I did a ton of research prior to purchasing this model, and everything I read / researched indicated that this was a great product. The most common complaint was slow recycling, but realistically, this is a non-issue for most photographic scenarios.

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                            4.0

                            Works great!

                            By Dave

                            from Denver, CO

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                              Used it for a wedding and it worked great! Had good reach at ISO 200. Batteries lasted for over 200 pictures.

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                              4.0

                              I liked it!

                              By Juanqui

                              from Mexico

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast Recycling
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

                                Comments about Sunpak PZ42X TTL Shoe Mount Flash:

                                I am a novice and this flash was more than enough for me it has all the functinalities of other flashes but half the price.

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