Instruction Manual for
DSL286AF series
Thank you for purchasing TUMAX products.
This is an innovative designed electronic flash for both digital cameras and film cameras. The features are leading photography into digital era. Advanced technology is used in the flash to
control the correct amount of light output. Please kindly take few minutes to read the instruction manual before using.
Digital TTL / Auto Focus flash for:
C N OP P SA -
Canon Digital E-TTL, E-TTL II cameras & E-TTL film cameras
Nikon Digital TTL, i-TTL cameras & TTL, i-TTL film cameras
Olympus & Panasonic Digital TTL cameras
Pentax Digital P-TTL & film cameras
Sony Alpha & Minolta Digital ADI, D Lenses cameras & TTL film cameras
Tilted Reflector
DSL286AF
Battery Compartment
Cover
Auto OK
Test/Ready
ON/OFF Switch
Type SA Mounting Foot
Red Light
Shoe Release Button
Lock Button
Mounting Foot
Type C
CHARACTERISTICS
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Red focus assist beam for low light focusing
Automatic shutter speed setting
Flash readiness indication
Five position tilted reflector
Red-eye reduction (Type N, OP and P)
Front and rear curtain synchronization
Power saving function
SPECIFICATIONS
Guide Number (ISO 100)
Five Position Tilted Reflector
Power Source
Flash Duration
Recycling Time
Number of Flashes
Dimensions
Weight w/o batt.
Type P
AF / TTL OPERATION
AF - AUTO FOCUS
If the camera is compatible with an external AF mode, then slightly press the shutter button, the
focus assist light is automatically activated to help the camera focus properly when the subject is in
darkness.
TTL
The flash performs pre-flashes for cameras to calculate the intensity of flash light output. Therefore
the flash light output is controlled automatically.
-For Nikon D40 & D40x owners: The flash can support an ISO speed up to 800 in full auto mode. It
may not perform as expected if the ISO speed exceeds the supported range.
22(m)/72(ft)
0°/45°/60°/75°/90°
2 x 1.5V AA size batt. (R6, LR6)
1/2,000 - 1/40,000 sec.
RED-EYE REDUCTION (Type N, OP and P)
Red-eye reduction function reduces the red-eye phenomenon by emitting pre-flashes before the
main flash. To setup this function, please refer to the camera instruction manual.
0.3 - 10 sec. with fresh batteries
100 times with fresh batteries
Approx. 65 - 54 - 98mm
Approx. 127 g
FRONT AND REAR CURTAIN SYNCHRONIZATION
Some cameras offer the option of rear curtain synchronization (Rear mode) triggering the flash unit
at the end of the exposure time. Rear curtain synchronization is particularly advantageous when
using slow shutter speeds (slower than 1/30 sec.) or when shooting moving objects that have their
own source of light. Rear curtain synchronization gives a more realistic impression of movement
because the light streaks behind the light source instead of building up in front of it, as is the case
when the flash is synchronized with the front shutter curtain. Depending on its operation mode, the
camera uses shutter speeds slower than its sync speed.
For Type P flash: You could select the synchronization mode as either front curtain (
) or rear
curtain (
) at the back of the flash. The flash will fire according to the mode selected to match
with the camera shutter.
For Type C, N, OP, SA flash: The camera controls front or rear curtain synchronization, therefore no
setting is required to be done on the flash.
Note: The rear curtain synchronization is only possible on cameras with this feature. See your
camera’s instruction manual for details.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
INSERTING THE BATTERIES
• Turn the ON/OFF switch to OFF position.
• Slide the battery compartment cover to open.
• Insert 2 AA batteries according to the indicated battery
symbols.
• Close the battery compartment cover.
Caution: When loading batteries make sure of the correct
polarities. Mixed up battery poles may cause damage to the flash
unit. Replace all batteries once at a time and make sure that the
batteries are of the same brand and type with the same capacity.
MOUNTING FLASH TO THE CAMERA
• For Type C, N, OP and P flash: Release the Lock button. Insert
the mounting foot of the flash unit into the camera's accessory
shoe clip. Press the Lock button to fasten the flash unit to your
camera.
• For Type SA flash: Insert the mounting foot of the flash unit into
the camera's accessory shoe. Then the flash unit is locked in
place.
REMOVING THE FLASH
For Type C, N, OP & P flash: Press both sides of the Shoe
Release button towards the direction indicated by the narrow
symbols. Then remove the flash backwards.
For Type SA flash: Push the Shoe Release button and pull the
flash off backwards.
OPERATING THE FLASH AND TESTING
Slide the ON/OFF switch to the "ON" position. After a few
seconds the Test/Ready lamp should glow, thereby indicating that
the flash is ready to shoot. Press the Test/Ready button to make
sure that your flash works properly. If the flash discharges, wait
until the Ready lamp glows again.
Adjust your camera to the appropriate setting. Most cameras can
be set to the program position (See your camera's manual for
details on flash synchronization.) When the flash is ready to fire,
it will automatically match the camera's shutter speed. The flash
readiness indicator will appear on the camera. Different camera
models indicate flash readiness in different ways (see your
camera's manual).
Point the digital camera at the subject and focus. Gently press
the shutter button on the digital camera to check the image. Then
press the shutter button firmly. The Auto OK indicator will light
when the picture is exposed correctly.
BOUNCE PHOTOGRAPHY
Using direct flash to illuminate a subject will result in harsh, unnatural
and unattractive shadows. This can be avoided by bounce flash. The
head of our flash can be tilted to an angle of 45°, 60°, 75°, or 90°. You
can tilt the flash head to bounce the light off the ceiling or walls. While
shooting indoor, this technique can help to create more natural-looking
pictures of people with softer shadows.
In order to have your pictures correctly exposed using bounce flash, the
following is recommended to users:
(1) Select white or reflective surfaces to bounce the light off. Otherwise your pictures will come with
an unnatural color cast similar to that of the reflecting surface.
(2) Set the camera’s exposure mode to Aperture Priority Auto (“A”) or Manual (“M”).
(3) Use a wider aperture than normally do, as 2 or 3 stops of light can be lost when using bounce
flash.
POWER SAVING FUNCTION
If there is no communication between the flash and the camera for around 3
minutes, the flash will automatically be switched to power saving mode in
order save battery power. The Ready light will be off while in power saving
mode.
To reactivate the flashgun, simply press your camera’s shutter or switch the
main switch off and on again.
The flashgun is not completely switched off in power saving
mode. However, power consumption is drastically reduced. If you
are not going to use your flashgun for a while, we recommend
you to turn the flash off.
HINTS FOR MAINTENANCE AND BETTER FLASH
PHOTOGRAPHY
• When not in use, switch the unit off. Take the batteries out when the
flash is being stored or when it will be carried for a long time. Keep your
flash away from dust and moisture to prolong its life.
• The flash should not be exposed to dripping or splashing.
• Batteries should not be exposed to excessive heat such as sunshine, fire or the like.
• Never try to open or repair your flash since the electronic circuit inside carries a high voltage. If
your flash needs repair or does not work properly, please return it to the place of purchase.
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