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12-09-2011, 09:28 AM   #1
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Sunpak 383 equivalent

I have 2 of the Sunpak 383 flashes, and both work just fine. However, I would also be interested in a similar replacement. Sunpak 383 is no longer in production, and the one Vivitar 285H I have does not work properly (only fires at full power). I'm considering a reliable manual flash ala Sunpak 383.

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Sunpak built a large number of flashes off of the same body as the 383 with pretty much the same features. Some of the other models often sell for significantly less used than the 383, even though some of them offer extra communication with the camera body. I have a Pentax dedicated Sunpak auto 433 D that has the 5 manual power settings and 3 auto aperture settings, plus it tells the camera when it is charged. The Nikon or Canon dedicated versions would also work fine in manual or auto thyristor mode.

Double check the specs for each one, but the 30DX, 422D, 433D, 433AF, and 444D are potentially worth looking into. Manuals are here: Sunpak Auto zoom 933, Sunpak 444D, Sunpak auto 383 super, sunpak auto 36dx, Sunpak Auto 3075G, sunpak auto 511, Sunpak 611, 422D, Sunpak 433D, Sunpak 622, Sunpak DC3, Sunpak Interface Module, Sunpak Super, 544, Sunpak 411, Sunpak zoom 3600, flash u
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The Sunpak 444D is essentaily the same as the 383, with the added option of dedicated operation. The 422D (and Auto 30DX) is identical to the 444D, only with a slightly lower guide number of 100. (The 444D is 120.) All of those are safe to use on a DSLR, too.

I just acquired a 422D. Those Sunpaks are nice units.

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