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Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon

B&H # POPL144AZC Mfr # PL-144AZ-C
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Product Highlights
  • Guide No. 148'/45m @ 85mm, ISO 100
  • Fast 0.5 Second Recycling Time
  • Bounce, Zoom & Swivel Head
  • AF Assist Lamp
  • Built-In Optical Slave
  • Includes Diffuser and Reflective Panels
  • Power-Saving Auto Sleep Mode
  • Includes Fitted Protective Case
  • For Canon SLR Cameras

Polaroid's PL144 Shoe Mount Flash for Canon is a full TTL-enabled flash with support for Canon SLR cameras. The power-zoom flash head provides coverage for lenses from 24mm to 85mm, with a guide number of 148'/45 m at the 85mm position. A built-in slave allows it to be positioned off-camera, and triggered by another flash. The output level can be adjusted from full-power down to 1/16th power, and an auto sleep mode means less charging time, more shooting time. This is a perfect all-purpose, economical flash for anyone using digital or 35mm Canon SLRs. A "self-storing" diffuser and reflective panels, as well as a fitted protective case, are included.

Bounce, Zoom & Swivel Head
Flash has vertical bounce of 90° and horizontal swivel of 270°, with automatic or manual zoom settings of 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm
AF Assist
Autofocus auxiliary lamp helps the camera to focus in low-light situations
Fast Recycle Times
Recycles in 0.5 second
Remote Triggering
Built-in optical slave function allows for off-camera operation
Light Modifiers
Includes "Self-Storing" Diffuser and Reflective Panels
Power Saving
Auto Sleep mode means less charging time, and more shooting time
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 148' (45.11 m) ISO100 at 85 mm position
Angle of Coverage 75° - 28°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/16
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Coverage 24 mm - 85 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 85 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 0.5 - 9 seconds
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 4.0 x 3.0" / 12.7 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm
Weight 9.5 oz / 269 g
Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon
  • "Self-Storing" Diffuser and Reflective Panels
  • Fitted Protective Cover
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PolaroidPL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon
     
    3.7

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (6)
    • Consistent output (3)
    • Fast recycling (3)
    • Lightweight (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (6)
      • Indoors (4)
      • Low light (4)
      • Night time (3)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great flash for starters

      I purchased this to use with my XSi as I wanted to get into using speedlites and strobes. I chose this because it had e-ttl capabilities and a manual mode, which is a must...Read complete review

      I purchased this to use with my XSi as I wanted to get into using speedlites and strobes. I chose this because it had e-ttl capabilities and a manual mode, which is a must when you really want to use a flash. It's extremely easy to use, and works quite well. The Built in diffuser and reflector card are a great addition, and let me get sharp images in low light, but with a soft lighted look. Overall I would purchase this product again, and suggest it to anyone who doesn't want to spend the money on a name brand flash.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not working in manual with Canon 60D

      Could not get the Polaroid PL-144AZ to fire in the manual mode, the camera came back with an err 20 code. I had to the cycle power or remove the battery in the...Read complete review

      Could not get the Polaroid PL-144AZ to fire in the manual mode, the camera came back with an err 20 code. I had to the cycle power or remove the battery in the camera to reset it. The flash does not seem to be communicating with the camera in the manual mode. I have an old Canon 199A flash that works in the manual mode and the 3 auto modes fine so I think I had the camera set correctly (the ones I had control over). The 199A does not have the auto zoom, wireless and other TTL functions so I wanted a flash that was more suited for the 60D with the new technology. The PL-144 did work great in the TTL Mode so i will give it a 3.

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      1.0

      Flash failed - Tech Support is terrible!

      By Photo Stryke

      from Virginia Beach, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Defective Equipment

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon:

      This flash was pretty decent for the first two months. Then the lock on the hot shoe failed and damaged the camera. I tried emailing and calling Polariod Tech Support to see if they can fixed it or exchange it, but no solid answer or response. I recommended NOT to buy and would never buy Polariod products again.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love it!

      By Photogirl

      from Youngstown, Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Outdoor events games
        • Portraits

        Comments about Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon:

        This is such a user friendly flash that I'm so glad I upgraded to. With my old flash there was a lot of guessing and testing to get the right lighting. With this flash it takes the guess work away. Two thumbs up!

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        4.0

        GREAT FIRST FLASH

        By Muller

        from Bogotá

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast Recycling
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful Output

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon:

          Poweful, TTL works perfect. Very good flash (slave)

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          5.0

          Great buy for the price

          By Josh

          from Central Cali

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Color Value
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Special Events

          Comments about Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon:

          I got this as an entry level flash that has all of the basic bells and whistles. So far so good...flash works great in automode and I'm exploring the various advanced functions.

          It could feel a little more hearty in the build but not bad at all for an entry level unit.

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          2.0

          Dissapointing

          By Petersen Pictures

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon:

                Like the other reviews said, the manual mode does not work on a Canon 60D. An error message pops up whenever you try to use the manual settings. The listed .5 second recycle time was not even close. It took anywhere from 3-10 seconds, and sometimes I'd have to shut the flash and the camera off to get it to work again.

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                3.0

                Manual mode did not work with Canon 60D

                By good old boy

                from Southeast GA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Night Time
                  • Outdoors
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon:

                  Manual mode did not work with my 60D. It locked up the camera and gave an error code 20. Auto mode works fine, did not try the wireless mode. The flash seems to be well built. If you don't intend on using the manual mode it's a great flash for half the price of a brand name flash.

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                  3.0

                  Not working in manual with Canon 60D

                  By Good Old Boy

                  from Southeast Georgia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely

                  Cons

                  • Manual Mode

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Low Light
                  • Night Time

                  Comments about Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon:

                  Could not get the Polaroid PL-144AZ to fire in the manual mode, the camera came back with an err 20 code. I had to the cycle power or remove the battery in the camera to reset it. The flash does not seem to be communicating with the camera in the manual mode. I have an old Canon 199A flash that works in the manual mode and the 3 auto modes fine so I think I had the camera set correctly (the ones I had control over). The 199A does not have the auto zoom, wireless and other TTL functions so I wanted a flash that was more suited for the 60D with the new technology. The PL-144 did work great in the TTL Mode so i will give it a 3.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great for the price

                  By anp

                  from fairhope, al

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Too Focused

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors

                  Comments about Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon:

                  I feel like this flash does just fine in comparison to the Canon brand flashes. For the most part, the flash has a fast recycle time and is charged and ready for the next shot. I'm having problems when switching to manual mode from TTL mode. Not sure if I have something set wrong or what but was disappointed with that.

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                  5.0

                  Great flash for starters

                  By oggorbismedia

                  from Leavenworth, KS

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Built in diffuser
                  • Comes with case
                  • Easy to Use
                  • E-TTL capable
                  • Full manual control

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Outdoors
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon:

                    I purchased this to use with my XSi as I wanted to get into using speedlites and strobes. I chose this because it had e-ttl capabilities and a manual mode, which is a must when you really want to use a flash. It's extremely easy to use, and works quite well. The Built in diffuser and reflector card are a great addition, and let me get sharp images in low light, but with a soft lighted look. Overall I would purchase this product again, and suggest it to anyone who doesn't want to spend the money on a name brand flash.

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I like it

                    By Sergio

                    from Brazil

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Too early to say anything

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Polaroid PL-144AZ Shoe Mount Flash for Canon:

                      I have just received and tested this polaroid flash for canon. I am really excited about the results I got so far. After I have used it for a while, I'll drop back and post another review.

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