As a beginner in photography I own a low end N60 Nikon. A month ago I called B&H and asked for assistance in selecting a flash that would fit my amateurs needs.
I brought up the Sunpak 4000 for it's price, Less than $120 I think. The guy says it a good flash, I say how about the 300, then he tells me about all the auto features and the LCD display the 4000 has over the 3000. I asked if this flash would outperform my built in and if all the functions would operate with my N60 camera and the guy said "yes" to all. So I order the flash based on the recommendation and because at the time I could not ante up for the SB28.
Well my first roll (Kodak Royal 400, Nikkor 28-105) came out like crap, first few photos were blue! the rest looked underexposed. Well, on the second roll the on-camera flash did a better job of "fill flashing" than the Sunpak 4000.
Secondly, none of the displays on the LCD panel really work. There is no distance reading, the manual (which BTW is by far the worst written manual I have ever read) indicates this works with most Nikon lenses, well it doesn't work with my 28-105D, or the 85-f/1.8 D type lens. These lenses are great, it doesn't work with these?! Are these lenses ancient?
Thirdly, the autozoom mode, regardless of my zoom range the flash indicated "Auto 35mm" all of the time. I don't even hear the zoom head function unless I set in manually.
When I decided to return the lens the B&H guys told me it was past the 14 period and to call Sunpak. Somehow I feel misled by their recommendation.
#1. "RE: Sunpak 4000 for N60....Mistake?" In response to Reply # 0
San Pedro Garza García, MX
Ask for Henry. He'll clear the mess. Of course you should return it. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
#2. "RE: Sunpak 4000 for N60....Mistake?" In response to Reply # 1
Ask all these questions about compatibility HERE before you order another flash. The N60 does NOT support all the SB28's features. The N60 does not provide flash compensation, automatic zooming, nor communicate much with the flash beyond the film speed. I'm not familiar with the particular Sunpak flash you have, but I have their best manual flash and their cheapest TTL flash, and they perform flawlessly. I assume you monitor the flash symbol in the viewfinder when using flash, so that you will notice if it blinks after the shot.---scott
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." Pablo Picasso
#4. "RE: Sunpak 4000 for N60....Mistake?" In response to Reply # 3
LAST EDITED ON Aug-23-01 AT 04:44 AM (GMT)
The story continues.........I spoke too soon.
I got a call from a guy at B&H return department this morning. The return tech tells me the flash I returned was badly scratched and showed very high usage and it would be returned back to me.
WTF!? I used the flash for 2 rolls (50% flash), all the flash pics came out shitty, and I put the flash back in the original box (7 days from receiving the flash). Just before sending out the flash I re-opened the package to make sure all the contents were included and that the product was not scratched up. I re-checked everything because I promised Henry that the lens was good as new...and it was.
First off they sell me a flash that doesn't work with my camera (B&H sales person suggestion no less). Secondly, they call me a liar! Badly scratched!? I have bought new and used camera equipment, albeit I'm an amateur, I know a scratched product when I see one.
My mistakes were a) developing the 2 rolls of film very late, beyond the B&H 14 day return policy b) accepting the initial "can't take it back" response from B&H. Actually my first mistake was not searching this site.
Well, the flash is being shipped back to me and I'm very curious to see the condition it arrives in. If I see new scratches on the flash or don't see any at all, it's war!!!!
Please don't post "I've never had any problems with B&H"; I hadn't either until this incident.
BTW…I exchanged one of my Nikkor macro lenses for an SB26 with a gentleman from Nikonians.com. Anyone need a Sunpak 4000? Hardly used!