I bought this about a week ago for my Nikon D200, and here's my take on the Sunpak D3000N: It's actually not cheaply-made. The zoom head could be a little more solid, but it works decently enough. Settings for 18mm, 35mm, 55mm and 70mm. If you have a cropped sensor (4/3, APS-C, etc) remember that you will need to do a simple conversion to set the zoom head. When shooting with my 50mm f/1.8, I set the head to 70mm. The range of the swivel is more than you will need, trust me. The weight is very comfortable on my brick of a camera, and so far the battery power seems to last quite a while. This flash is very strong, and gives excellent results when bounced off white walls or ceilings, with much warmer tones than all built-in flashes I've seen. My real gripe about this flash (and the reason it only got three stars) is the lack of manual control. Sunpak claims it automatically adjusts power TTL or through the lens. There is no manual control for stepping down the power, unfrotunately, and there's nothing on the package that warns against this. For $60 USD, it is a good quality flash that can produce some great portraits. This flash excels in cases where a fully automatic flash is required- just set it on your camera's hot shoe, turn it on and click away. The recycle rate isn't anything amazing, but if you're intending on clicking shot after shot with flash, you probably aren't looking at a model in this price range anyway. I would recommend this unit to anyone who wouldn't want to deal with the hassle of manual controls. However, I myself will be buying a different model next time.
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