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Tuesday, 14 August 2007


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May it finally rest in peace... :-)

The smoke is gone from inside,
it will never work again. (Sniff)

Sounds like my trusty now-deceased
Vivitar 283. Died like your Sunpak;
two years ago. It was one of the first
Vivitar flashes as well. Haven't found need to replace it, and it too let out it's smoke
when it died and melted, sort of self-cremation.

Last week I discovered my 20-year-old Sunpak died because I failed to recharge the capacitator (correct word?) regularly. Damn--why didn't somebody improve flash technology in the last, say, 10 years during so many other technological advances and replace that damn device with something more robust and sensible? I now use two Metz flashes with my Leica equipment and, darn it, they, too must be turned on for 15 minutes every three months to charge the capacitators. Grrrrrr!

This reminds me of an article in Sunday's NYT about how certain pieces of infrastructure, no matter how old, dirty and totally unsexy, remain too useful to throw away:

It's sometimes easy to forget the amount of utility represented by tools that are just too simple and well built to die.

The flash is dead. Long live the flash.

By the way, I bought an Achiever flash on ebay, for $1.99. Now that's a bargain.

Wow, that's quite a lifespan and quite a life. I just took delivery of a Sunpak PZ40X II AF TTL for my Canon 30D and I was glad to read this. Sounds like I made a good choice.

Mike, whatever you decide as a replacement for your beloved Sunpak, let us know. I'm gonna buy one.

Since your last Sunday sermon I no longer believe in Flash Heaven. Previously I was convinced in my heart that an intermittently working Metz I sometimes had to use was up there at peace with Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot.

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