Sunpak PZ42X

Sunpak PZ42X

Sunpak PZ42X

Sunpak PZ42X

$150/£120/24-105mm auto zoom/AF assist.

Jumping up in price, we have the Sunpak PZ42X, a compact flashgun with a good set of features. Similar in dimension to the Metz flash, the PZ42X has the added advantage of tilt and swivel head, and a built-in diffuser. Despite its small size, it feels tough and has positive click to the bounce and swivel actions, and there aren’t any fiddly release buttons on the head, which makes changing the position quick and easy. As well as TTL you can control output via manual controls – from full power to 1/64 – 24-105mm. You can even set this range according to whether you are shooting full-frame or APS-C. Controls on the PZ42X are minimal with just two buttons to move through modes and then select the one you want. There is an LCD, and this coupled with the minimal controls, makes it a simple flash to use buttons where you have a reasonable amount of creative control too. Flash power is listed at a guide number of 42. Even at lower at 32 it is still impressive. however it will not operate when in manual mode on The Canon 60D ‘test camera’. With further investigation it becomes apparent that a software update is needed on the flash, but this would require sending it back to the manufacturer for fixing. Also lacking a reflecting plate and wireless capability.

Handling 4/5
Metering 4/5
Features 3/5
Value 2/5