Instruction Manual for DPT586AFZ Digital Power Zoom Flash

Instruction Manual for DPT586AFZ Digital Power Zoom Flash
Instruction Manual for
DPT586AFZ Digital Power Zoom Flash
With Wireless TTL and High Speed Synchronization function
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This digital flash is equipped with many advanced features, such as TTL, Wireless TTL, High Speed Synchronization, Manual Mode with Adjustable Power Output., etc.
To get the most out of this flash, please kindly read this instruction manual thoroughly before use.
Digital TTL / Auto Focus flash for:
C - Canon Digital E-TTL, E-TTL II cameras & E-TTL film cameras
N - Nikon Digital TTL, i-TTL cameras & TTL, i-TTL film cameras
OP - Olympus & Panasonic Digital TTL cameras
P - Pentax P-TTL Digital & film cameras
SA - Sony Alpha & Minolta Digital ADI, D Lenses cameras & TTL film cameras
2” LCD Panel
Auto and manual zoom from 24-28-35-50-70-85-105mm
TTL metering
Wireless TTL function
6 level of power ratio 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 and 1/32
High speed synchronization
Automatic shutter speed setting
Red focus assist beam for low light focusing
Flash readiness indication in viewfinder
Front and rear curtain synchronization
Red eye reduction (for Type N, OP & P)
Built-in slave function
Built-in reflecting plate and diffuser
Power saving function
Type C, N, OP, SA
Flash head
Type P
Type C/N/OP/P
Mounting Foot
Type SA
Mounting Foot
Slave sensor
Guide Number (ISO 100)
Motor zooming reflector
Bounce Position
Swivel Position
Power Source
Flash Duration
Recycling Time
Manual Mode Power Output
Slave Mode
Net Weight
50(m)/164(ft) at 105mm position
24 - 28 - 35 - 50 - 70 - 85 - 105 mm
0 , 45 , 60 , 75 , 90
Right 0 - 120 ; Left 0 -180
4x 1.5V AA size alkaline batteries
1/1,000 - 1/20,000 second
0.5 - 9 seconds
1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32
Instant Sync to skipping up to 9 flashes (S0-S9)
Approx. 65 x 100 x 120 mm
Approx. 250 grams (w/o batteries)
AF Red Light
Mounting foot
• Auto-focus "AF" measuring flash
The integrated "AF" red light beam of the flashgun supports the automatic focusing of
auto-focus TTL cameras. When the prevailing light is insufficient for automatic focusing,
the flashgun will project a red light beam onto the subject as soon as the camera's
shutter is lightly touched. The camera's auto-focus system then focuses the subject by
this spot of red light beam.
• TTL flash control
When you switch on the flashgun, it will set at TTL mode firstly and the “TTL” indicator
lights up on the LCD. When the Ready indicator lights up, press the shutter release fully
to take the picture. The advanced programming and computerized circuitry of the
fllashgun fires the correct amount of flash light according to the camera's
through-the-lens (TTL) metering data.
For Type N flash: The LC Display will show TTL, I-TTL and BL in different way while
connected to different camera models. Please refer to your camera's manual for details.
• Manual flash mode
Manual flash mode is provided in this flashgun, so that you can control the light output
on your own. 6 power settings, 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 and 1/32, are available under this
mode. To use the manual mode, please follow the instruction below:
(1) Make sure that the slave mode switch at the back of the flash is set to OFF position
(Not in slave mode; See section “Slave Function” for details).
(2) Press the MODE selector button, This switches the flash to manual mode. The “M”
indicator shows up on the LCD. By tapping the MODE selector button continuously, you
can adjust the output power of the flash in the following sequence: 1/1 --> 1/2 --> 1/4
--> 1/8 --> 1/16 --> 1/32
The LCD automatically shows a flash-to-subject distance required for a correct
exposure for manual photography.
* Specifications are subject to change without further notice.
• Make sure the main switch at "OFF" position
• Slide the battery compartment cover forward and swing
• Insert batteries according to the indicated "+/-" symbols
• Close the compartment cover and slide it back to lock in
• Ensure all batteries must be of same make and have the
same charge level, alkaline batteries are preferable
This flash unit may halt and could not function when the
battery power is not sufficient. Please switch off the flash
unit by its main switch when it is not working correctly. Wait
for a few seconds and replace the battery if necessary
before switching it on again. The flash unit should work
again as normal afterward.
For Type C, N, OP, P flash: Insert the mounting foot of
the flashgun into camera accessory shoe and press
"LOCK" to lock the flashgun in place.
For Type SA flash: Make sure the PUSH button is in
“NORMAL” state. Insert the mounting foot into the
camera's hot shoe. The safety catch can be heard to
snap into place onto the hot shoe.
1. LC Display
2. Auto Check Indicator
3. Mode Indicator
4. Power Level Setting
5. Flash Range Distance Bar
6. Power Off Indicator
7. Zoom Position
8. Film Speed Indicator
9. F-Stop Indicator
10. Mode Indicator (Type N only)
11. Mode Selection Button
12. Zoom Position Selector
13. Ready Light / Test Button
14. Power ON/OFF Switch
15. Slave Mode Switch
16. OK Indicator
Type SA flash Mounting Foot
Normal State
Press-in State
For Type C, N, OP, P flash: Press both sides of the Lock /
Release button towards the directions as indicated then pull
the flashgun off backward.
For Type SA flash: Press the “PUSH” button toward the flash
unit and at the same time hold it lightly down to set it to
“PRESS-IN” state. Then slide it backward, away from the
camera. After releasing it from the camera, press the
“PUSH” button upward to release it to “NORMAL” state.
To switch on the flashgun, slide the main switch to "ON"
position. The “READY” indicator lights up as soon as the
flash is ready for shooting. Press the Test button to ensure
the flashgun works properly. If the flashgun discharges completely, wait until the
"READY" indicator glows again.
To switch off, slide the main switch to "OFF" position.
• Automatic flash sync speed control
When the flashgun is ready, the camera will automatically switch it to flash sync
speed from program mode or aperture-priority mode selected. The sync speed
depends on the camera model and usually ranges between 1/30sec to 1/250sec.
When a flash shot has been taken, "OK" symbol flashes shortly on the LCD to
confirm correct exposure.
This flashgun has optical slave sensor built-in so can be used as a slave unit. It has 10
slave settings to suit your need. These settings work in the following way:
S0 - the flash fires at once when triggered by an external flash source
S1 - the flash skips 1 flash and fires when it detects the 2nd flash.
S2 - the flash skips 2 flashes and fires when it detects the 3rd flash.
S3 - the flash skips 3 flashes and fires when it detects the 4th flash.
S4 - the flash skips 4 flashes and fires when it detects the 5th flash.
S5 - the flash skips 5 flashes and fires when it detects the 6th flash.
S6 - the flash skips 6 flashes and fires when it detects the 7th flash.
S7 - the flash skips 7 flashes and fires when it detects the 8th flash.
S8 - the flash skips 8 flashes and fires when it detects the 9th flash.
S9 - the flash skips 9 flashes and fires when it detects the 10th flash.
The amount of light output at slave mode can be controlled by selecting the power ratio.
The instructions below guides you thru how to use the slave function of this flash:
(1) You have to choose the output power of the flash first before you switch the flash to
slave mode. To do this,
(a) First set the slave mode switch at the back of the flash to OFF position.
(b) Tap the MODE switch continuously until you have reached the power ratio setting
you want for slave mode.
(2) Slide the slave mode switch at the back of the flash to S position. The flash now
changes to a slave unit.
(3) By tapping the MODE selector button continuously, you can adjust the slave setting
of the flash in the following sequence: S0 --> S1 --> S2 --> S3 --> S4 --> S5 --> S6 -->
S7 --> S8 --> S9 --> S0
If multiple flashes are used as slave unit, you must adjust the light output from each
flash in order to get the correct exposure for your photos.
When the slave mode is on, the power saving mode will not function.
Approx. 5 to 7 m
(16 to 23 ft.)
Group C
Attach a flash to your camera or use the camera’s built-in flash as the Master flash.
Set up the Remote flash/flashes at any desirable place within the effective shooting
The effective shooting distance between the master and remote flash units is approx.
10m (33 ft.) or less in the front position, and approx. 5 to 7m (16 to 23 ft.) at both sides.
These ranges may vary depending on the ambient light.
Make sure the channel and the group setting in each remote flash is set correctly.
Remote flashes of the same group should be placed together.
LC display is used to show the general information of camera and the current status of
flashgun. It will light up when any of the buttons is pressed. The LCD will be
illuminated for about 5 seconds.
Group B
Master flash
Less than approx.
10m (33 ft.)
Approx. 5 to 7 m
(16 to 23 ft.)
Group A
Be sure to direct the wireless sensor window of
the remote flash unit toward the master flash.
Using direct flash to illuminate a subject will result in harsh, unnatural and unattractive
shadows. This can be avoided by bounce and/or swivel flash. The flash head can be tilted
to an angle of 45o, 60o, 75o, or 90o and rotated horizontially 180o to the left and 120o to
the right. You can tilt or rotate 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. When using bounce or swivel flash,
the zooming position will be locked in 50mm, except in Manual
In order to have your pictures correctly exposed using bounce or
swivel 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
90° 75°
light can be lost when using bounce or swivel flash
• Reflecting plate and diffuser
The flashgun has built-in reflecting plate and diffuser. You can
slide out the reflecting plate or diffuser from the top of flash
head. Bouncing the flash head and using reflecting plate can
produce more professional looking pictures. The diffuser can
reduce strong light to create soft effects.
This flash is equipped with advanced wireless TTL flash function. It can synchronize
with a master flash’s TTL, so you can enjoy creative flash photography with multiple
lightings from various directions without having to worry about the pre-flashes from the
Before going thru the operation, you should be familiar firstly with the following
nomenclature used in wireless multiple flash photography:
Master flash
The camera’s built-in flash, a flash unit mounted on the camera, or the one directly
connected to the camera via a extension cord is called the Master Flash. Only one
master flash is allowed in a wireless multiple flash photography setting. It controls how
the Remote Flashes are operated in Wireless TTL mode.
Remote flash
The flash unit placed off the camera is called “Remote Flash” (Canon calls it “Slave’’).
There is no limitation on the numbers of remote flash to set in one time.
In wireless photography, you can assign remote flash units into any one of the three
groups (A, B, or C) and set the mode and output level compensation values for each
remote flash unit.
The master and remote flash units exchange data through channels. In this flash, Four
channels, 1, 2, 3, 4, are available. You pick the channel you prefer for communication
between the master and remote flash units.
If another photographer uses the same type of wireless photography setup nearby,
your remote flash units may accidentally fire in sync with that photographer’s master
flash unit. Therefore, you should choose the channel carefully in order to avoid such
How to use
This flash can be used as a remote flash in wireless multiple flash photography. To do
this, please follow the instructions below:
(1) Make sure that the slave mode switch at the back of the flash is set to OFF position
(2) The mode of the flash changes in the following sequence when you tap the MODE
button: TTL--> M(1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32) --> STTL (1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A,
3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 4C) then back to TTL
Tap the button until the STTL icon shows up on the LCD. Continue to tap until you find
the desired channel (1, 2, 3, or 4) and group (A, B, or C) for your flash.
You will see a light blinking continuously from the front red Iens when the flash is set to
wireless TTL mode.
If you are using multiple flashes in your wireless photography setting, you should avoid
setting more than 3 flash units in one group in order to avoid interference between
(3) Set your preferred flash coverage angle by tapping the ZOOM button.
(4) Place your flash unit in consideration to the followings:
a. The flash should not shoot its light directly into the camera lens.
b. The wireless sensor is at the side of this flash. Make sure that it is facing the Master
flash and the path is not blocked.
c. In the daylight synchronization, the wireless sensor may possibly be saturated by
sunlight and its sensitivity be extremely reduced. It is recommended that you make a
shade to cover the sensor in this situation.
Flash setup in wireless photography
• Automatic motor zoom control
If you use a zoom lens, it could transmit focal length information
to the camera. The camera will pass this information to the
flashgun. The flashgun then automatically adjusts its zoom
position to comply with the focal length of the lens.
Automatic motor zoom control is only possible with cameras that
allow digital data transmission to the flashgun.
The LCD on the flashgun can indicate a zooming position of
When the flashgun is first switched on, the zoom position is set to
35mm. As soon as the camera's shutter is lightly touched, the
focal length of the flashgun is automatically synchronized to the
focal length of the lens.
If the flash head is at bounce or swivel position, the zooming position of the flash will be
adjusted to 50mm and this is indicated on the LCD.
• Manual motor-zoom control
The "Zoom" key allows you to change the zoom reflector's position independently of the
focal length of the lens.
By slightly tapping the "ZOOM" key you can select the zoom position in the following
Auto Zoom → M24 → M28 → M35→ M50 → M70 → M85 → M105→ Auto Zoom
This flash can be set for camera with higher shutter speeds up to 1/8000 second. This
is convenient when you want to use aperture priority for fill-flash portraits.
The operation of this function is different on different camera brands.
For Type N Flash
The High-Speed Sync mode is automatically set when the shutter speed exceeds the
camera’s sync shutter speed. No special operation on the flash is required.
For Type C / OP / P / SA Flash
Press the Mode and Zoom button firmly together. A “H” and “On” symbol will blink on
the LCD for 3 times. The flash now is switched to High Speed Sync mode.
To cancel the High Speed Sync function, press again the Mode and Zoom button
together. A “H” and “OFF” symbol will blink on the LCD for 3 times. The High Speed
Sync function is canceled.
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.
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 to save battery power.
A "OFF" sign will appear in the LCD. The Ready light will be off in power saving mode.
To reactivate the flashgun, simply press any buttons at the back of the flash or switch off
the flash 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.
• Do not fire flashes from a short distance directly into the eyes of persons or animals.
This can cause damage to the retina and may even lead to blindness.
• Use only the power sources specified in this manual. Never attempt to use short-circuit
• Never expose dry or rechargeable batteries to excessive
temperature such as intensive sunlight or fire.
• Always switches off the flashgun before changing the
• Do not attempt to open the flashgun because the electronic
circuit contains high voltage. There are no components inside
the flashgun, which can be repaired by the user.
• If in case of the flashgun is so badly damaged that internal
components are exposed, remove the batteries from the flash.
Contact customer service. Never try to repair the flashgun by
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