National PE-387S

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This is a well-made auto-thyristor flash with a rear LCD panel for setting up the auto mode.

For auto mode, set the leftmost slider to A. There are two buttons that must be used in auto mode, one is to set ISO (from 25-800), the other is to set aperture (from f/1.4 to f/16). For correct auto exposure, you must set the ISO and aperture on the unit to match those on the camera. For manual mode, there is a slider switch that let you set three different manual power levels (1/1, 1/4, 1/16).

Also sold as Panasonic PE-387S.


Generic flash.
Head: 28-85mm coverage, manual zoom.
Swivel & tilt: -90° to +90° swivel, 0° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: Auto, Varipower.
Manual settings: 1/1, 1/4, 1/16 (3 steps).
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: LCD.
Trigger voltage: 7.8 volt.
Field upgradable: No.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=max
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):303842
GNs taken from manufacturer's specifications.

Discontinued: Yes.

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


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Brand profile

National was a brand used by Panasonic Corporation between 1927 and 2003 for its photographic accessories and home appliances. It was the first well-known brand of Japanese electronics, and was orginally picked to indicate that the products were to be used all over Japan.

In May 2003, the company officially phased out the National brand name and replaced it with Panasonic in all markets except Japan. In 2008, the National brand was also phased out in Japan.

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