Canon 199A

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This flash was originally designed for Canon's legacy FD-system. It may not work in the hot-shoe of a modern camera, but it has a two-pronged socket that accepts a Canon Synchro Cord A. This cord can be plugged into the pc sync. socket of any camera or trigger fitted with a pc sync. socket.

The mechanical construction is good, except the plastic foot, which is susceptible to breaking.

Three auto apertures: f/2.8 (red), f/5.6 (green), and f/11 (yellow).

Comes with soft case and wide adaptor for 24 mm coverage (FX).


Generic flash.
Head: Fixed 35mm coverage.
Swivel & tilt: no swivel, 0° to +90° tilt.
Exposure mode: Auto.
Manual settings: 1/1 only.
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: Lever lock, Sync. socket.
Trigger voltage: 6 volt.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Flash duration: 1/1000 sec. @ 1/1 (full output).
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 83 x 116 x 79 mm, 450 g.
Guide number (ISO 100, meter): 30.

Discontinued: Yes.

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



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Established: 1937
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
Web: Global, EU, US, man

Canon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in the manufacture of imaging and optical products. Its products including cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, photocopiers, printers and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1937 as Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory and renamed Canon Inc. in 1947.

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