Sunpak Auto 36SR

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Rebranded version of Sunpak Auto 383 Super.

I do not know when the Sunpak Auto 383 Super/Auto 36SR was first introduced, but it was revived in 2006, to fill the gap left by the discontinued Vivitar 283 and 285. Discontinued again in 2009.

Good build quality.

Auto range is 3 stops (f/2, f/4, f/8 @ ISO 100).

Sold in some markets as Sunpak Auto 36SR.


Generic flash.
Head: Fixed 35mm coverage.
Swivel & tilt: -180° to +150° swivel, 0° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: Auto, Varipower.
Manual settings: 1/1 to 1/16 in 1 EV steps (5 steps).
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: Ext. power.
Trigger voltage: 3.4-6 volt.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Flash duration: 1/700 sec. @ 1/1 (full output).
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 75 x 113 x 72 mm, 310 g.
Guide number (ISO 100, meter): 36.

Price: USD 80 (new, w/o tax).
Discontinued: 2009.

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



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Key info

Established: 1963
HQ: Saitama, Japan
Web: Global, man

Sunpak's main business is the planning, development, production and sale of aftermarket electronic flash units. The company also markets general underwater imaging equipment.

Some Sunpak flash units have an auto power save function that may put the unit to sleep after about some time of inactivity (from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on model). When using your flash as a wireless slave, the power save mode may stop the flash from responding after a while. If the manual does not tell you how to disable automatic power save, it may work to hold down the mode and select (SEL) buttons as you power it on, or to hold down the zoom button as you power it on.

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