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Sunpak PZ42X flash. Courtesy of ToCAD, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Sunpak PZ42Z Flash with all the Features but without the High Price of OEM

Packed with Professional Features and the Latest TTL Compatibility for Canon and Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Las Vegas, NV - Sunpak, a division of ToCAD America Inc. announces the new Sunpak PZ42X flash. A full featured, professional digital SLR flash but without the price of an OEM unit for digital and film cameras.

Compatible with the latest Canon E-TTL II or Nikon i-TTL DSLR cameras and it has many advanced features, such as automatic zoom head from 24-105mm, bounce and swivel capabilities, built in wide angle diffuser and AF assist. With a high guide number of 138 (ISO 100/feet), the PZ42X can provide outstanding illumination in any situation. It also offers a bright and easy-to-read LCD display and easy-to-use controls for manual flash output, digital or film lens coverage and zoom head settings. The Sunpak PZ42X is compatible with the latest Canon E-TTLII or Nikon i-TTL. The PZ42X is being displayed at PMA 2008, January 31 - February 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C187.

The Sunpak PZ42X flash has a high guide number of 138 (ISO 100/feet) which is perfect for today's digital SLR cameras and with an auto focus assist for low light shooting up to 16 feet images will look sharp and clean. Flexibility is paramount with a bounce head with five settings and swivel feature of 180 degrees left and 120 degrees right, the PZ42X makes it easy to produce images with specialized lighting. The big, bright and easy-to-read LCD display and easy-to-use controls make operation simple and quick with easy to understand information. When using wide angle lenses in digital and film format, the built-in wide angle panel provides just the right light without light falloff at the edges for perfect results. To customize your lighting requirements the PZ42X has manual override settings for the flash head.

The PZ42X runs on 4 AA Alkaline, Ni-MH or Ni-Cd batteries and incorporates auto power standby and auto shutoff after five minutes thus eliminating unnecessary dead batteries.

The street price of the PZ42X in Canon and Nikon versions is $149.99 and is currently shipping.

ToCAD America Inc., a subsidiary of Japan's ToCAD Energy Co. Ltd., is the USA distributor for Sunpak digital photo frames, consumer and professional on camera flash units, professional studio mono lights, flat panels and continuous light panels, tripods, filters, batteries, chargers, conversion lenses, adapters and camera accessories. They also market and distribute Velbon tripods, Hakuba tripods, cases, bags, and camera accessories nationwide through photo and video specialty dealers, catalogs and national chains. In addition to photographic products, ToCAD is a world-class leader in the manufacture of rechargeable NiCad, Nickel Metal Hydride and Lithium Ion batteries for digital cameras, camcorders, cellular telephones and private label applications. For more information on ToCAD America please go to www.tocad.com.

For more information on the Sunpak PZ42X and the complete line of Sunpak products, please visit www.tocad.com.


Guide number: 138, ISO 100/feet @ 35mm
Illumination: Illumination: Auto and manual zoom settings of 24-105mm with wide panel
Bounce settings: 0, 45, 60, 75, 90 degree settings
Swivel settings: Clockwise: 0, 30, 60, 90, 120, 160, 180 degree settings, Counter clockwise: 0, 30, 60, 90, 120
Recycle time: 3.5 seconds at full output (Alkaline)
Power: 4-AA Alkaline, Ni-MH or Ni-Cd batteries
Number of flashes: Approx. 220 at full manual (Alkaline batteries)
Auto effective range: 4.9 feet to 69 feet, AF assist effective range: 3.5 to 16 feet
Display: High contrast LCD panel w/red low light illumination
Power ratio: (Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64)
Flash Control Mode: Canon E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL
Flash speed: 1/500 - 1/13,000 second
EV adjustment: (-1.5, -1, -0.5, 0, +0.5, +1, +1.5)
Dimensions: 4.6" high x 2.6" wide x 4.1" deep
Weight: 9.1 ounces (without batteries)
Power Saving: Auto power stand by, auto shut off after 5 minutes
Operating Temperature: 32 ~ 104 degrees F
Compatible Canon: Digital Rebel, Rebel XT, Rebel XTi, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS 5D
Compatible with Nikon: D40, D40x, D50, D70, 70s, D80, D200
Package Contents: Flash, instruction booklet and warranty
Warranty: One Year Warranty on parts and labor

Product design and specifications subject to change without notice.


(First posted on Friday, February 1, 2008 at 15:25 EST)

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