Tumax DSL986AFZ

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The Tumax models DSL983AFZ, DSL986AFZ and DSL988AFZ are the same flash with slightly different front panel designs as shown below.

Front panels.
Alternative front panel designs, swivel & tilt head, manual zoom.

You will probably not see this flash advertised under the “Tumax” brand. Tumax main business is making equipment that are sold under various other brand names.

  • Tumax DSL983AFZ is sold as: Rokinon D900AFZ.
  • Tumax DSL986AFZ is sold as: Bilora D40-AF, Bower SFD728, Phoenix SF 92 and Soligor DG-28AF.
  • Tumax DSL988AFZ is sold as: Vivitar DF-283 Series 1.

Because all these units are just variations over the same theme, you probably should be able to save a bundle by shopping around looking for the cheapest unit without paying any attention to brand.

This is a no frills dedicated flash. It works as advertised (i.e. it gives you TTL exposure control). There are no manual controls on the flash, and the only switches are the on/off switch and the test button. Build quality matches the modest price tag.

Specifications

For dedicated flash systems: Canon, FourThirds, Nikon, Pentax, Sony.
Head: 28-85mm coverage, manual zoom.
Swivel & tilt: -180° to +90° swivel, 0° to +90° tilt.
Exposure mode: TTL.
No manual settings.
No built-in wireless modes.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 72 x 102 x 130 mm, 260 g.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=max
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):26 [?]28 [?]38 [42]
Measured GNs. Manufacturers specification in square brackets.

Price: USD 65 (new, w/o tax).
Introduced: no data.

For a detailed explanation of the above specifications, see the guide.

Literature

Documentation:

Brand profile

Key info

Established: 1985
HQ: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Web: Global, man

Tumax is a registered trademark of Icorp Enterprises Ltd. of Hong Kong. The company was founded in 1985 and manufactures a line of flash units and flash accessories that are traded under a number of other brand names (e.g. Bower, Cactus, Cullmann, Digital Concepts, Dörr, Jessops, Opteka, Rokinon, Sakar, Soligor, Targus, Vivitar).

For macro kits built around Tumax' macro controllers, see Xotopro.

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