Powerful dedicated auto flashgun for Chinon SLR cameras (see below)
Original Chinon flash unit
- Tilt head for bounce flash
- 28mm to 105mm zoom flash
- Guide numbers to 45m ,148ft
- Three auto exposures modes
- Full and 1/16th power manual
- Dedicated for Chinon SLRs
- High quality, made in Japan
- Includes instruction leaflet
- Includes 4x AA batteries
is a high power dedicated flash unit for Chinon SLR cameras, with
bounce and zoom features. It comes with instruction manual, and is in
good condition. It can also be used on some other cameras with a
standard (non-dedicated) hot shoe connection, including many digital
models (see below).
The bounce flash head tilts up to 50, 65,
80 and 95 degrees for bounce flash, which gives much softer, more
natural lighting than direct flash. The zoom flash head is adjustable
for 28mm and 35mm wide angle, 50mm standard to 105mm (and longer)
telephoto lenses, giving wider coverage or longer range.
powerful guide numbers vary with the zoom setting, from 45m (148 feet)
at the tele setting, 38m (125 feet) to 32m (105 feet) at wide angle
with ISO 100 film. Theoretical maximum range of around 22m (73 feet)
with ISO 100 film and 50mm f/1.7 lens. As with all flashguns, actual
range will depend on the conditions. The comprehensive control panel
provides distances from 0.7 to 27m, illuminated auto apertures from f/2
to f/32 and film speeds from 64 to 1600 ASA (ISO) or 19 to 33 DIN. Auto
check light confirms correct exposure after the shot has been taken,
plus flash ready light and test button.
exposure system, setting shutter speed automatically and displaying
flash ready in the viewfinder of suitable Chinon cameras (see below).
Three auto settings available with apertures of f/2.8, f/5.6 and f/11
with ISO 100, and auto ranges of up to 16m (52 feet). Manual operation
is also available at either full power or 1/16th reduced power, for
faster recycling and avoiding over exposure close up.
Chinon S-380 flashgun is very nicely made (in Japan), measures around
120mm (5 inches) tall on the camera and weighs 300g (without
batteries). Power is supplied by 4x standard Alkaline AA batteries
(included), which are inexpensive and easily obtainable in most places.
An excellent flash unit for Chinon users!
The flash can be used with any Chinon SLR camera with a hot shoe, as follows:
auto flash works on models such as the Chinon CE-4, CE-4S, CA-4, CA-4S,
CG-5, CE-5, CP-5, DP-5, CP-6 Spot, CP-X, CP-7M and CP-9AF. The shutter
speed is set automatically when the flash is charged, and flash ready
status is shown in the viewfinder. It's suitable for TTL or program
modes on the CP-9AF, but it's been checked and works fine in aperture
priority auto mode. Also suitable for other cameras made by Chinon and
sold under other names, such as the Sears KSX-P, Agfa Selectronic 2 and
3, Revue AC 3S, AC 4SP, AC5 and AC6 AF, plus others.
manual (non-dedicated) flash modes work on older Chinon cameras such as
the CX, CS, CE Memotron, CEII, CM-3, CE-3 and many others.
recommended for other makes of camera with dedicated flash features,
but will work on non-dedicated cameras with a normal hot shoe. Many
older flashguns have high trigger voltages - sometimes hundreds of
volts -, which can theoretically damage modern electronic cameras.
We've tested this flash and it has a medium trigger voltage of 10.4v,
which is within the ISO 10330 standard of 24v and should be suitable
for most cameras. This includes many
digital cameras with a standard (single pin) hot shoe such as the
popular Fujifilm S9500, S9600 and Panasonic DMC-FZ10, FZ20 and FZ30
models, and many others. Only some cameras (particularly some
Canon EOS models) specify lower voltages. If in doubt, check with your
camera manufacturer for the safe voltage for your equipment.