Phoenix Smartflash 92

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Rebranded version of Tumax DSL986AFZ.

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 60 (new, w/o tax).
Introduced: no data.

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

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