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22 reviews | 3.8 out of 5
For the price i love it, don't need all the bells and whistles like the expensive Canon speedlite flash units, i just wanted a little more flash for indoor photos and this unit works great. Simple to operate with no complicated adjustments and features i will never use? Just set your dslr camera to Auto and the flash takes care of the output, i like how nice my photos turn out. People complain about this flash not having a flash ouput adjustment, well then go and buy one for 300.00 plus dollars and you will get all the bells and whistles you want?
I recently purchased the Sunpak DF 3000 to compare it with some of my other flash equipment. I also own a Targus TG-DL20c (GN 52), a Canon 220EX (GN72), and a Canon 580ex (GN 190). I used to shoot professionally and I usually carried my Canon 220ex with my Canon G12 for social events (When I didn't want to carry my DSLR, assortment of lenses and larger flash -580ex#. The issue I have with the Canon 220ex flash is it always overexposed my images and it did not have a bounce function. I started carrying the Canon 580ex flash, but it's size made it incompatable for the use I was looking for.
That's when I purchased the Sunpak DF3000 from Walmart ($60# because it's reasonable powerful #GN 92# and the flash head has the ability to bounce and rotate. I have been extremely happy with this flash. It's very light weight, will illuminate most social event situations, and the bounce and rotating head makes it possible to achieve soft lighting by bouncing off of walls & ceilings. The limiting factor is the GN of 92 doesn't provide much latitude for bouncing off of walls or high ceilings in larger rooms. The bounce function works relatively well for smaller rooms #10' x 12' with 8' ceilings max#.
The Sunpak's light output is around 160% higher than the Targus flash unit. The Targus flash has the ability to bounce, but it's extremely low light output #GN 52# makes the bounce ability almost useless. As other's have indicated, it's construciton is not very sturdy, but if you want something lightweight that illuminates small parties and social events, it is OK. For $10 more, I would definitely purchase the Sunpak DF3000. The upside of the Targus is it is smaller and lighter than the Sunpak DF3000. It provides more light output than the built in flash on my Canon G12 camera. It's relatively inexpensive and a decent flash.
Overall, I would purchase the Sunpak DF3000 again. It's price point is very good and it provides a decent light output for the money, size, and weight of the flash. The bounce and rotating head make it a very nice addition to my photography equipment. It is much, much, much better than the Canon 220ex and Targus TG-DL20C flashes
Pictures looked great when bouncing the flash off the ceiling. In manual mode, I can dial down the brightness using in-camera menu. It would be even better if it has on-flash manual with brightness settings for to use as a remote flash.
Ok, I may be over stating this, or maybe it's just because this thing got me out of a huge pinch. I am a professional photographer, and normally I use a Canon 600EX-RT flash (which is amazing). I was on my way to do a wedding and I sopped for something to eat. I figured I would double check all my equipment before I got there, and low a behold my flash would not fire. I was in a very small town where all they had was a Walmart. So, I went in to see if they had anything, and that's when I stumbled on to this little baby. The Sunpak DF3000 was all they had, and for $60 it did a heck of a job and saved me. Don't get me wrong this flash is not my primary flash and it is very simplistic, on and off, that's about the extent of it, but the fact that the head was able to tilt into a bounce flash position was what saved me. I now keep this in my bag as an emergency backup.
I bought this as a beginner flash for my Canon Rebel XS DSLR. The flash is nothing much, just a on/off switch and a test flash button. It can swivel and rotate to a good degree. It has a magnification from 18, to 35, to 55, to 70 mm. I only have automatic flash and 1/200th of a second for external flash on my camera, so I can't comment on that. The Sunpak DF3000 syncs up well with my camera, but only has one power setting (Full power flash) from what I can assume. The Through The Lens auto focusing system is obtained by flashing a very bright red light twice. For my niece, this was just as bright as the white flash and both her and I didn't like that aspect. I realize there must be other external flashes that utilize this TTL feature, but there is no way to turn the bright red flash feature off on this model. However, for small enclosed areas indoors, this flash is powerful enough to get decent photos for the beginning external flash user like me.
A great fit for my Canon DSL with the right amount of flash that works well with the tilt for bounce with less shadows. Thanks for the great buy.
I got this because my Digital Canon Rebel (the first one they made, so on the older side) was dropped and the camera & flash didn't want to communicate anymore. A friend had bought one of these and I tried it on my camera to make sure the camera would "talk" to an external flash. When it did, I ran right out and bought myself the flash. I researched flashes previously but for the price of an external flash it was hard to find a "cheap" flash that wasn't a manual. I'm not a professional and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to work a manual flash. This one works just fine for taking pictures of my kids. The only thing I noticed was when I'm trying for continuous shooting the flash didn't fully keep up, but it wasn't that bad at all. Out of 10 pictures the flash didn't go off maybe twice at most.
Great value for the price! Great addition to a Canon camera without breaking the bank. Meets/exceeds my expectations!
Great value for the price! Simple and easy to use. Would recommend.
Flash works well with my DSLR as described. Shows clear photos and great lighting effects for a reasonable price.
Sunpak has long made top quality electronic flashes, and this one is no exception. It is the lowest priced automatic flash I have found for Canon EOS cameras. It has a moderate guide number (measure of output brightness) and is compact. It does not have a PC (cable) connector for off-camera use and doesn't have Sunpak's renown partial brightness level settings so it may not be suitable for advanced amateurs. I bought this flash because I needed an automatic (TTL) flash in a hurry for shooting at a conference and it did everything it was needed for as a more powerful replacement for the camera's built-in flash. The one limitation I encountered was that after a series of rapid firings, it needed some extra time to recycle. I will get a more versatile and expensive flash in the future for heavy-duty shooting, but this one will certainly stay in my gadget bag.
Today, there are more options available for photo lighting. In most settings, I prefer an LED light, the kind geared toward shooting video. A constantly-on LED unit, about the same size as this flash, lets you see what the lighting will be like before you snap the picture. However , in some settings, an electronic flash still has its place -- at a conference, where a continuous light would be more distracting than occasional flashes (where there isn't enough available light to shoot without supplemental lighting). Also, a flash is sometimes necessary to freeze action, because of its very short duration.
As a basic flash to serve as a more powerful replacement for the built-in flash on Canon cameras with a hot show, I would definitely recommend this unit. At its price, the Canon Sunpak DF3000 is a bargain.
I havent used this yet, just been playing around with it at home. Seems easy to use, looks like has very good light and seems to be just what I want. Will know more when I finally use it, but so far have not being taking night pictures.
This was the third and LAST time I gave Sunpak a chance. I thought it a fluke, but I see it is just cheap (non)quality merchandise. My first one quit working so I bought another. It lasted about 3 weeks and just stopped working. I went and bought another thinking I could use the second as a spare for parts. HA! The 3rd one arrived NON Functional! If you want an external flash, spend the few extra bucks and buy a better quality one. This is not worth even thinking about., Buyer beware!
There's no value in a flash that quits working after 2 months. It stopped working at my kids' birthday party to add to insult :/
I don't know if mine was broken and that was the problem, but this thing was a piece of garbage. I'd have had better luck using the flash that came sitting on top of the camera (which, as a rule, you should never do!). Even though I'm a professional photographer, and therefore have a more critical view of products, I would not recommend this to any level photographer. I was being cheap when I bought this and got what I paid for.
bought this external flash to complement canon rebel xs. put 4 brand new batteries in it, tried testing it out. snapped off probably 15 pictures (that looked washed out, and when i adjusted the amount of flash i was back to the same brightness as the stock internal flash) all of sudden it stopped working. so i either burned out the bulb taking 15 pictures, or idk what happened. tried putting new batteries in it, still doent work. wow great product, $4 per picture. id advise to not buy this, definitely invest in better external flash you get what u pay for (CHEAP) piece of crud
its works. just a simple flash. u get what u pay for on this
great product for the price.