A flash unit with auto or manual exposure, and hot shoe or synchro cable fittings for many film cameras (and some digital)
- Compact electronic flash
- Guide number 18m, 58ft
- Two auto exposure modes
- Full power manual option
- Standard hot shoe fitting
- With fitted synchro cable
- Trigger voltage is 120v+
- Solidly made, in Japan
- Includes AA batteries
This electronic flash unit has two auto and manual modes, with a standard hot shoe fitting and synchro cable. It has a high trigger voltage (see the Compatibility section below), so it's most suitable for older, mechanical cameras including many SLR and rangefinder models, but can also be used on some digital cameras which can accept higher voltages such as several Fujifilm types. It makes an excellent addition to a classic outfit or collection – especially if you want to use a flash of a similar vintage to your camera.
The guide number is 18m (58 feet) with ISO 100. The two automatic exposure modes offer ranges up to around 4.5m (15 feet) at f/4, or 3m (10 feet) at f/5.6 with ISO 100. Full power manual is also available, with a theoretical maximum range of around 8m (29 feet) at f/2 with ISO 100 but as always, actual range will depend on the conditions. A table on the side includes film speeds from ASA (ISO) 25 to 400 and DIN 15 to 27, apertures from f/1.4 to f/16, auto apertures and distances from 2 to 6 meters (7 to 20 feet). An on/off switch and ready light/test button are provided.
This independent Topman Computer 218 flash is nicely made in Japan, measures just over 100mm (4 inches) tall on the camera, and weighs approximately 125g (4.4oz) without batteries. Power is supplied by 2x standard disposable Alkaline AA batteries (included), which are inexpensive and easily obtainable.
A handy little flash unit for many film users and collectors, plus some digital cameras.
Condition: Excellent++ (8/10)
The flash is in good used condition and fully working order. The controls work positively, and it has been checked on suitable cameras. Cosmetically it shows just the usual surface marks here and there in the plastic finish, while the battery contacts are clean and work fine.
No cracks, splits or deep scratches, and overall it's in good shape.
Pictures in this listing show the actual flash offered for sale.
Includes 2x Alkaline AA batteries.
This flash has the once-standard hot shoe and flash lead, which fits cameras with a hot shoe connection or or accessory shoe and PC flash sync socket. These connections have been fitted to cameras for generations, including many 35mm SLR and rangefinder cameras, medium format models and even many modern digital cameras. The lead can plug into slave units or extension leads (not included) for multiple flash setups.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This type of flash was originally designed for manual (mechanical) cameras, and has a trigger voltage of around 120v+ (variable). This shouldn't be used with some modern electronic, AF or digital cameras, which typically expect a voltage of around 6v to 24v (ISO standard).
Older cameras with a mechanical shutter (working at all speeds without batteries) should be fine, and this includes many classic SLR models such as the Agfa Selectronic 1, Alpa Si 2000, Canon EX EE, EX Auto, FP, FT, FTb, FX, Pellix, TL, TLb, TX, Carena SFL2, SRH760, SRH1001, Chinon CM-3, CM-4, CM-4S, CM-5, CM-7, CS, CS-4, CX, M-1, Contax S2, S2B, Cosina C1, C1s, CT-1 series, Hi-Lite 402, 405, STL 1000, PM-1, Exakta Twin TL, Fujica ST601, ST605, ST605N, ST701, ST705, ST705W, ST801, STX1, STX1N, STX2, Kodak Retina Reflex, S, III, IV, Konica Autoreflex T3N, T4, TC, TC-X, Leicaflex, SL, SL2, Mamiya 528TL, Auto XTL, Auto X-1000 (plus MSX and DSX models with accessory shoe or hot shoe), Minolta SRM, SRT100, SRT 101, SRT102, SRT202 and SRT303 series, Miranda Auto Sensorex EE, EE-2, RE-II, Sensorex II, MS-1, MS-1N, Nikkorex 35, Zoom 35, Nikkormat FT2, FT3, Nikon Auto 35, FM, FM2, FM2N, FM2T, FM10, Olympus FTL, OM-1 and OM-1N (with flash shoe), OM-3 series, OM-2000, Pentax K1000, KM, KX, MX, Spotmatic II, IIa and F, Pentina series, Petri FA-1, FTE, FTEE, FT, FT II, FT 500, FT 1000, FTX, TTL, Petriflex 7, Praktica L, LB, LLC, LTL, MTL and PLC series, Ricoh Auto TLS EE, KR-5 series, Singlex II, SLX 500, TLS 401, XR-1, XR-1S, Rolleiflex SL350, SL35M, Sigma Mark 1, Topcon IC-1 Auto, IC-1N, RE200, RM300, RE Auto, Uni, Unirex, Wink S Mirror, Vivitar 220/SL, 250/SL, 400/SL, V335, V2000, V3000, V3800N, V4000, XV-1, Voigtlander Bessamatic CS, VSL1, Yashica FX-2, FX-3 series, FX-7, Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super series, Contarex, Super and Professional, Icarex 35, 35S, 35 CS, SL706, Zenit 10, 11 and 12 series, 19, 122, 212K, 312M, 412 series, ET, TTL, etc.
Many mechanical 35mm film compact cameras are also suitable, as long as they have either manual exposure control or a flashmatic feature for external flash units, plus a hot shoe or accessory shoe and synchro cable socket.
Cameras with manual flash exposure include the Agfa Selectronic Sensor (and S), Optima Sensor 335, 535, 1035 and 1535, Beirette Electronic, K100 and VSN, Bencini Comet 635 Electronic Minicompact, Canonet 28 (rangefinder), G-III QL 17 and 19, Chinon 35EE-II, Cosina CX-1 and CX-2, Cosmic Symbol, several Dacora 35 and Dignette models, Fujica GA, GE, M1 and MA-1, Halina 500, 35-600 and 3000, Kodak Retina S2, Minolta Hi-Matic 7S, 7SII and 9, Minox 35 series (manual focus), Olympus 35RC, 35RD, 35SP, Pen EE-2, EES-2, EED and Trip 35, Petri 7S II, RE-II, Color 35 and Computor 35, Prinz Mastermatic V and Saturn 35 Auto, Ricoh 500G, 500GX, 500ME, 500RF, 35ST, 35ZF and FF-1S, Rollei 35 series, Voigtlander VF101, VF102, VF135, Yashica Electro 35 GSN, GTN, ME1 and MG-1, Zeiss Ikon S310 and S312, Zeiss Ikon Voigtlander Vitessa 500AE and 1000SR, etc.
Cameras with flashmatic include the Agfa Optima 200 and 500 Sensor, Canon Datematic, Canonet QL17, QL19 and GIII series, Chinon 35 and 35EE, Cosina Compact 35 and 35E, Fujica 35 FS and GER, GAF Memo 35 EE, Konica Auto S3 and C35, Minolta Himatic C, CS, E, F, FP, G, G2, 5 and 9, Miranda Sensoret, Olympus 35EC, 35ECR, 35ED, 35DC, 35RC, 35RD and 35SP, Petri Color 35E, ES Auto and Micro Compact (GN20m), Prinz 35-E, 35-EE and 35ER, Ricoh 800ES, Rollei XF35, Vivitar 35EE, 35ES, Yashica Electro 35FC, 35MC and 35-ME, plus others.
Digital camera compatibility
Some digital cameras specify higher voltages and we've checked it on our own Fujifilm S9500 (which accepts up to 250v), where it works well. Other Fuji models such as the S602, S602 Pro, FX6900 and FX4900 (350v), S9000, S9100, S9600, S20 Pro and S7000 (250v) are also suitable (down to 35mm zoom), though newer models may not be. If in doubt, check with your camera manufacturer for the safe voltage for your equipment.
Please note that it's NOT suitable for cameras with a non-standard flash shoe such as many Minolta or Konica Minolta Dynax, Maxxum, Alpha or Vectis, many Sony Alpha digital, Nikon 1 series digital and other similar cameras.