Pentax introduced the new AF-540FGZ hot shoe flash unit, compatible with most
Pentax digital and film SLR cameras. It offers P-TTL automation and wireless
capability plus Auto and Manual mode operation, a GN of 148 in feet and an effective
range of 2.6-26 ft both at ISO 100, bounce-and-swivel capability, a zoom head
range of 24-85mm, and is powered by four AA batteries. The large LCD also shows
the effective range. Additionally, there is a modeling light, flash exposure
compensation through a control dial, and an autofocus assist beam.
The PROMASTER MacroLume TTL Digital is the digital version of their earlier
macro flash. It offers advanced features such as individually controlled dual
flash tubes, each with built-in variable diffuser. It uses all PROMASTER 5000
series of connecting modules for fully automatic operation with most brands
of digital and film cameras. A detachable ring flash head normally used for
macro subjects can be attached to the base unit for distant subjects. There
is a modeling lamp for positioning and an autofocus assist light. It mounts
to virtually any lens using the Cokin "P"-series adapter rings and
has an MSRP of $300.
Promaster MacroLume CU flash
At the Sigma booth I found out that they will soon have an update for recent
models of their hot shoe flash units that will make them fully compatible with
the Nikon D200 digital SLR and the i-TTL flash system. All new shoe flash models
from Sigma will be fully functional with i-TTL sync capabilities.
ToCAD America Inc. introduced the upgraded small Sunpak PZ40X II hot shoe
flash that's now fully TTL dedicated for popular models of Nikon and Canon
digital cameras as well as most film cameras. It's 40 percent smaller
and lighter than previous units having similar features, has an ISO 100 GN of
92 at 35mm, zoom head for 24-80mm, variable Auto modes plus five manual steps,
tilt, five power ratio settings, and a LCD bar graph flash range display. The
Sunpak TZ50X flash now includes automatic TTL metering for both Nikon and Canon
addresses can be found on page 174.