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    Quote Originally Posted by creampuff View Post
    dnaxe, all flash units emit a whine when the capacitors are charged. Everytime the capacitors get charged up, even at standby, there will be the whine. Quite normal lah.
    Not during the charging.. after the charging?

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    Default Re: Lexus/Riva Sb-3000AFp mini review

    Quote Originally Posted by dnaxe View Post
    Not during the charging.. after the charging?
    Ya the sound will be there after charging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longko View Post
    Ya the sound will be there after charging.
    oh well. that means there are 2 left.

    The one I got has some sound after charging, but it's.. not quite as loud.

    I don't recall this from the last time I used a flash, but I guess that was quite some time ago.

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    Default Re: Lexus/Riva Sb-3000AFp mini review

    its charging sound, N SB800 oso got charging sound after every flash, very normal especially after u blast it full power...

    im think im gonna skipping this flash...will go with the sunpak 383 or the vivitar285, or even old N SB28 or SB80 if i can find 1... The HS02 seems useful, else i will get the wein 1...

    will wait till this sat to see gigahz test the catcus v2 then i decide on my final purchase...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerpot View Post
    its charging sound, N SB800 oso got charging sound after every flash, very normal especially after u blast it full power...

    im think im gonna skipping this flash...will go with the sunpak 383 or the vivitar285, or even old N SB28 or SB80 if i can find 1... The HS02 seems useful, else i will get the wein 1...

    will wait till this sat to see gigahz test the catcus v2 then i decide on my final purchase...
    Dun force urself Just go order the Vivitar or Sunpak from US. They are still the prefered choice for strobists.

    Edit: I'd yet inform the Pentax bros in Malaysia about this flash^^;

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    Quote Originally Posted by longko View Post
    Dun force urself Just go order the Vivitar or Sunpak from US. They are still the prefered choice for strobists.

    Edit: I'd yet inform the Pentax bros in Malaysia about this flash^^;
    yap... my mind is already on the vivitar or the sunpak liao... already looking which website to buy, cos oso looking for a light meter, so trying to get the best and convenience purchase...

    btw OT abit... just bought the raynox250...mount it on the vt125 very close trying to get a 49mm to 52 mm step up ring to mount it on my other lens... wonder what happen if i stack 2 raynox on the vt
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerpot View Post
    yap... my mind is already on the vivitar or the sunpak liao... already looking which website to buy, cos oso looking for a light meter, so trying to get the best and convenience purchase...

    btw OT abit... just bought the raynox250...mount it on the vt125 very close trying to get a 49mm to 52 mm step up ring to mount it on my other lens... wonder what happen if i stack 2 raynox on the vt
    Aiya, why buy the Raynox, just loan from me mah!

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    got myself a set after seeing all the 'rave' reviews here for my rf setup.
    1st impression....
    Good point, as mentioned i find it very useful as it had the built in bounce card and wide angle diffuser,
    it very light
    slave flash function
    Able to swivel up and down and left n right
    the sb-3000 are rf enable,
    testing using my alpha-700, i think pentax should not have any problem triggering the flash also.

    Bad point
    u paid for what u get, the built is very cheapo n kinda filmsy, recharging at 1/4 power take longer than my vivitar 285.
    the sb-3000 unable to sustain for a burst of three shots whereas my vivitar 285 can sustain a burst of up to 3 shot before there any noticeable drop in the light output.
    when using zoom in manual mode , it zoom slowly n noisy,
    the recharging sound is kinda of irritating as it kind of making a 'zzzzzzz' sound throughout when on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerpot View Post
    yap... my mind is already on the vivitar or the sunpak liao... already looking which website to buy, cos oso looking for a light meter, so trying to get the best and convenience purchase...

    btw OT abit... just bought the raynox250...mount it on the vt125 very close trying to get a 49mm to 52 mm step up ring to mount it on my other lens... wonder what happen if i stack 2 raynox on the vt
    Raynox DCR-250 is only +8 diopter, it's good for bigger spider. MSN-202 would be better, but it only works ok for anything 55mm or below due to 37mm. I'd mentioned in many times that Raynox DCR-250 will work better in prosumer than on DSLR. Stacking 2x 250 will give u a +16, meaning at 1:1 u'll get abt 2.5:1 macro. Problem is it's not as easy to use especially handheld outdoor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hjbyeo View Post
    Aiya, why buy the Raynox, just loan from me mah!
    u neber say anyway how can share... need to mount it on my macro lens

    Quote Originally Posted by longko View Post
    Raynox DCR-250 is only +8 diopter, it's good for bigger spider. MSN-202 would be better, but it only works ok for anything 55mm or below due to 37mm. I'd mentioned in many times that Raynox DCR-250 will work better in prosumer than on DSLR. Stacking 2x 250 will give u a +16, meaning at 1:1 u'll get abt 2.5:1 macro. Problem is it's not as easy to use especially handheld outdoor.
    ya ya ya ...msn202 +25 , but like u say 37mm... so i choose the 250...
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    Default Re: Lexus/Riva Sb-3000AFp mini review

    What is guys think of this? Seems exactly the same as SB3000

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/FLASH-GUN-Pen...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Default Re: Lexus/Riva Sb-3000AFp mini review

    Quote Originally Posted by ishou80 View Post
    What is guys think of this? Seems exactly the same as SB3000

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/FLASH-GUN-Pen...QQcmdZViewItem
    No. This is the same as the Emoblitz DS328AZ. It is use with a lot of pana FZ series prosumers, due to it's pre-flash slave mode. No manual power adjustment.

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    Default Re: Lexus/Riva Sb-3000AFp mini review

    Btw, anybody bought the Camelion AlwaysReady batteries? Any opinions on them, compared to eneloops and other low self-discharge batteries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by longko View Post
    No. This is the same as the Emoblitz DS328AZ. It is use with a lot of pana FZ series prosumers, due to it's pre-flash slave mode. No manual power adjustment.
    I force my emoblitz for full power by taping up the light sensor, thats about the only manual adjustment available.

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    Those who did buy the sb-3000af, has the zoom head ever jammed on you? I got mine last year (it's for the minolta hotshoe, but still the same model nontheless) and the zoom head keeps getting jammed (with a cack-cack sound) during operation. Just wondering if it's common for this model, or a mechanical fault on my unit.

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    Default Re: Lexus/Riva Sb-3000AFp mini review

    I think mine did once, but I switched off the flash immediately and when I powered it up again all was fine. Since I use bounce flash most of the time, I don't fiddle around with the zoom head too much it still wouldn't be a problem.

    Maybe more issues will arise along the way, since us Pentax guys have only just been introduced to it. I hope nothing crops up though, recalled the shopkeeper saying 'Export set, no warranty'

    What's a little more annoying is how long it takes to charge up from scratch when first powered up. So I just switch it on early and leave it on all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astrise View Post
    Those who did buy the sb-3000af, has the zoom head ever jammed on you? I got mine last year (it's for the minolta hotshoe, but still the same model nontheless) and the zoom head keeps getting jammed (with a cack-cack sound) during operation. Just wondering if it's common for this model, or a mechanical fault on my unit.
    It's common that the head gets jammed now and then, but it only happened to me once of the 2 units I'd used off abt 200-300 flashes.

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    That sounds reasonable.

    I think there's still 2 units left. I was thinking of getting 1 for the fact that it has a swivel head.

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    Default Re: Lexus/Riva Sb-3000AFp mini review

    Bernard, better go quickly, only 2 left after I bought my second unit.

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    The slave mode on the sb3000af needs another unit to trigger right? (i.e: it's an RF slave rather than optical slave? ) At the current pricing, I feel like getting another one. I paid nearly $200 for it last year, and now it's barely $90

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