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  • Page 2 Thank you for purchasing the SEF-54PZF. The SEF-54PZF also allows wireless P-TTL photography and high-speed sync. It is clip-on type flash which enables accurate focus adjustments even in dark locations with built-in AF-assist spot beam. Please read this manual carefully before using the flash.
  • Page 3: For Safe Use Of Your Flash Unit

    FOR SAFE USE OF YOUR FLASH UNIT Although we have carefully designed this flash unit for safe operation, please be sure to follow precautions given on page 4-6. WARNING This mark indicates precautions that, if not followed, could result in serious injury to the user.
  • Page 4 WARNING CAUTION The electronic circuits inside the flash contain Do not use the flash near anyone's eyes, as it high voltage working parts. Never attempt to may hurt them. Be particularly careful with the disassemble the flash unit yourself. flash around infants. Never touch internal parts of the flash unit if Never try to disassemble or short the battery.
  • Page 5: Precautions For Your Flash Unit

    • Do not attach any accessories having the wrong number of electrical contacts for the hot shoe or grip. Otherwise, some functions may not work properly. • Samsung will not be held responsible for any accidents or damage, etc. caused due to the use of this product with cameras which are made by companies other than Samsung.
  • Page 6 CAUTIONS REGARDING BATTERIES • This flash unit uses 4 AA-size alkaline, lithium, or nickel metal hydride batteries. Do not use any other type of battery. The flash unit may not be able to operate correctly or demonstrate sufficient performance, or the flash unit itself may generate heat, depending on the type of batteries used.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR SAFE USE OF YOUR FLASH UNIT .......................3 PRECAUTIONS FOR YOUR FLASH UNIT .....................5 NAMES OF PARTS ............................8 INSERTING THE BATTERIES ........................14 MOUNTING TO CAMERA..........................16 TURNING THE POWER ON ..........................17 SELECT BUTTON [S]/ADJUSTMENT DIAL FUNCTIONS ................20 CAMERA FORMAT AND FLASH COVERAGE ANGLE.................22 USING THE FLASH MODES .........................25 ●P-TTL auto flash (P-TTL) ...........................26 ●Auto flash (A) .............................27...
  • Page 8: Names Of Parts

    NAMES OF PARTS ① Bounce angle adjustment ② LCD panel ③ Flash mode buttonr ④ Select buttonr ⑤ Adjustment dial ⑥ LCD panel illumination button/ Format button ⑦ Zoom button/ Channel button ⑧ Test button/ Modeling button/ Ready lamp ⑨ Setting switch ⑩...
  • Page 9 ⑬ Bounce lock release button ⑭ Battery chamber cover ⑮ Shoe lock pin ⑯ Flash signal contacts ⑰ Shoe bracket ⑱ Locking lever...
  • Page 10 ⑲5P Sync socket ⑳External power source socket Socket cover Slave sensor Wide-angle panel Catchlight panel Flash head AF spotbeam emitter Auto flash sensor...
  • Page 11 Major bundled items ■ ① Stand ② Case ③ Operating manual (this manual) Opening of ④ Certification the stand Slide the hot shoe bracket into the opening of the stand. ● ● You cannot attach the off-camera shoe adapter F to the bundled stand.
  • Page 12 LCD Panel Indicator (*: When using the Wide angle panel) ① Zoom indicator : (A.Zoom) . (M.Zoom) xxmm = 13*, 16, 19, 24, 34, 48, 58 [DIGITAL format] 20*, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85 [35mm format] 35*, 45, 55, 70, 100, 135, 150 [645 format] 55*, 60, 70, 90, 120, 180, 190 [67 format] →...
  • Page 13 When in poorly lit locations and the LCD panel If the auto check display does not blink, the flash cannot be seen, pressing the LCD panel illumina- output is insufficient. Verify the effective flash tion button(LIGHT) will illuminate the panel for range (refer to page 59) and adjust the distance to about 10 seconds.
  • Page 14: Inserting The Batteries

    INSERTING THE BATTERIES Slide the battery chamber cover as shown in Insert four AA-size batteries, making sure the the figure to open. plus/minus marking (⊕⊖) match the diagram inside the battery chamber cover.
  • Page 15: Types Of Batteries

    Types of Batteries Using the Optional External Power Source ■ Use the optional TR Power Pack-3 (upcoming product, This flash unit uses four AA-size batteries of the same type, sold separately) as an external power source. as shown below. - Alkaline battery (LR6) For information on how to use the TR PowerPack-3 - Lithium battery (FR6) and connect to the flash unit, refer to the manual...
  • Page 16: Mounting To Camera

    MOUNTING TO CAMERA Remove the hot shoe cover from the camera. Attach the flash unit to the camera and turn the ●Turn the locking lever of the flash unit in the locking lever of the flash unit as shown. direction opposite to that indicated by [FIX ●When attaching the flash unit, turn the locking lever in the [FIX ] direction and lock the flash...
  • Page 17: Turning The Power On

    TURNING THE POWER ON Sliding the power switch to the (ON) position will turn on the power. The ready lamp will light up when theflash is charged. Sliding it to the (OFF) position will turn off the power. ●Turn the camera on before turning the flash unit ●Please refer to page 37 for the WIRELESS MODE position.
  • Page 18 ●When turning off the flash unit, make sure Charging the flash with the ■ you turn the power switch of the external Optional External Power Source power source to OFF. Otherwise the external Prepare the external power source TR Power power source may be exhausted.
  • Page 19 ●In the auto flash mode (A), the power will Auto Power Off Function ■ shut off after about 6 minutes. When the flash unit is left unused for about 3 min- ●In the wireless mode, the power will turn off utes with the power switch set to the (ON) position, after about 1 hour of non-operation.
  • Page 20: Select Button [S]/Adjustment Dial Functions

    SELECT BUTTON [S]/ADJUSTMENT DIAL FUNCTIONS 4 types of settings are available as shown on the following pages for the Select button and the Adjustment dial. ■ Procedure Turn the Adjustment dial and adjust the blink- Press the Select button [S] so that the number ing number.
  • Page 21 After adjustments, press the Select button [S] and stop the blinking. Adjust the other items below using the same procedure. When using multiple flash units set to P-TTL Auto and adjusting the amount of light at the same time, use the camera’s exposure com pensation.
  • Page 22: Camera Format And Flash Coverage Angle

    CAMERA FORMAT AND FLASH COVERAGE ANGLE The SEF-54PZF’ s flash coverage angle can be adjusted with the auto or manual zoom head to suit the camera’ s picture format (DIGITAL, 35 mm, 645, 67) and lens focal length. Follow the procedure below.
  • Page 23 Zoom position (Flash coverage angle) set- ting With the setting switch set to the (white dot), press the zoom button (ZOOM) to set the suit- able flash coverage angle matching the lens focal length. The zoom position changes as shown on page 24. ①...
  • Page 24 ●In the manual zoom mode, refer to the LCD panel and set it so the flash coverage matches the lens focal length or set a flash coverage that is shorter than the lens focal length. ●When the wide - angle panel is used, the zoom button will not work. A.Zoom (The wide-angle panel is in a slit on the top of the flash head.
  • Page 25: Using The Flash Modes

    USING THE FLASH MODES The SEF-54PZF has the following flash modes. Select the mode best suited for the subject. P-TTL auto flash (P-TTL) Manual flash (M) A pre-flash is fired before the main flash so that When the camera is set to manual exposure,...
  • Page 26: P-Ttl Auto Flash (P-Ttl)

    ■ P-TTL AUTO FLASH Set the sync mode switch to leading curtain Effective flash range sync ( ), trailing curtain sync ), or contrast-control ( ), according to the subject. ●After turning the power (ON), the setting will be (P-TTL) and (A.Zoom). Set the zoom position.
  • Page 27 ■ Auto Flash Refer to page 25 for the features and conditions of use of this flash mode.
  • Page 28 Procedure Set the lens aperture to the same aperture Turn on the power switch. value as that set on the LCD panel. ●The camera's aperture value is synchronized Press the flash mode button (MODE) until (A) with that of the flash unit when the camera is displayed on the LCD panel.
  • Page 29: Manual Flash (M)

    ■ Manual Flash Procedure Turn on the power switch. Refer to page 25 for the features and conditions of use of this flash mode. Press the flash mode button (MODE) to display (M) (1/xx) on the LCD panel. ●You can set the flash output from 1/1 to 1/64.
  • Page 30 [Example] : If the flash zoom position is 50mm, subject distance (between the SEF-54PZF and sub- ject)is 4 m, and ISO is 100, the calculation will be as follows: ① With flash output [1/1], the Guide No. will be 45(according to the Guide No. table).
  • Page 31: Using The Sync Mode

    USING THE SYNC MODE The SEF-54PZF has the following sync modes. Select the mode best suited for the subject. Leading Curtain Sync Mode High Speed Sync Mode This is the most commonly used sync mode. In This sync mode will enable flash synchronization this mode, the flash fires at the instant the first with shutter speeds faster than the X-sync speed.
  • Page 32 ■ Leading Curtain Sync Mode Refer to page 31 for the features and conditions of use of this sync mode. Procedure Set the power switch to the (ON) position. Set the sync mode switch to leading curtain sync ( Procedure Confirm that the subject is within the effective flash range and the ready lamp is lit.
  • Page 33 ■ High-Speed Sync Mode Procedure Refer to page 31 for the features and conditions of Turn on the camera. Set the exposure mode to a mode other than the Programmed AE. use of this sync mode. ●As can be seen in the table on page 61, as Attach the flash unit to the camera’...
  • Page 34 Confirm that the subject is within the effective flash range and the ready lamp is lit. Then take a picture. ●Please read the camera operating manual for camera operation. ●High-speed sync is possible with the camera separated (wireless) from the SEF-54PZF.
  • Page 35 Set the zoom position. (The setting method differs according to your camera and lens. Refer to page 22.) ●If the SEF-54PZF is much closer to the sub- ject than the flash unit to be used in combi- nation, use (M.Zoom) to set the zoom posi- tion to a shorter lens focal length.
  • Page 36 With a single flash With contrast control sync flash ●If you are using a single flash unit, you can only perform leading curtain sync photogra- phy when the sync mode switch is set to contrast-control (...
  • Page 37: Advanced Functions

    ADVANCED FUNCTIONS ■ Wireless Mode When using the SEF-54PZF in wireless mode, the following information is transferred between the With the SEF-54PZF, you can take photographs flash units attached to the camera and separated with the flash unit separated from the camera wire- from the camera, before the flash units are fired.
  • Page 38: Combination With Built-In Flash Unit

    카메라 측의 플래시 Using the SEF-54PZF in Combination with a Built-in Flash Unit Setting switch ●The SEF-54PZF can be used in combination with a built-in flash unit.
  • Page 39 ① Turn the camera off and then attach the play (P-TTL) if the flash mode was set to the SEF-54PZF to the hot shoe of the camera. modes other than P-TTL auto. ② Set the power switch of the flash unit to Enable the built-in flash unit of the camera and (WIRELESS).
  • Page 40: Attaching To Camera For Control Flash

    카메라 측의 플래시 When Attaching the SEF-54PZF to the Camera for Control Flash Main flash ② Set the power switch of the flash unit to (WIRELESS). Control flash only: not ③ Press the wireless mode button (M/C/S) the used for main flash...
  • Page 41 ① Place the other SEF-54PZF in the desired the camera. position. ② Set the power switch of the flash unit to (Preparation of Separated Flash Unit) (WIRELESS).
  • Page 42 카메라 측의 플래시 When Using Both an SEF-54PZF Attached to the Camera and a Separated Flash Unit as Main Flashes Use both flash units as main flashes ② Set the power switch of the flash unit to (WIRELESS). ③ Press the wireless mode button (M/C/S) the...
  • Page 43 ⑦ When you turn the camera on and press flash unit attached to the camera. the shutter release button halfway down, ① Place the other SEF-54PZF in the desired the channel of the flash unit is registered on position. the camera.
  • Page 44 ① Turn the camera off and then attach the played in the viewfinder). SEF-54PZF to the hot shoe of the camera ④ Slide down the setting switch to the (yellow ② Set the power switch of the flash unit to dot) to display the channel on the LCD panel.
  • Page 45 Next, remove the flash unit from the camera set to high-speed sync mode. and place it in the desired position. Confirm that the SEF-54PZF and built-in flash ●Press the flash mode button (MODE) to dis- unit are fully charged, and take the photo- play (P-TTL) if the flash mode was set to the graph.
  • Page 46 CONTROL : For using the flash unit ① Turn the camera off and then attach the attached to the camera as the SEF-54PZF to the hot shoe of the camera. control flash. ② Set the power switch of the flash unit to...
  • Page 47 X-sync speed of the camera, the attached to the camera. flash will be set to P-TTL mode, and when it ① Place the other SEF-54PZF in the desired is faster than Xsync speed, the flash will be position.
  • Page 48: Slave

    ■ Slave With the SEF-54PZF , you can take photographs with the flash unit separated from the camera that is wirelessly in auto or manual mode. Before photographing, confirm the following. You can take photographs with the flash unit sepa-...
  • Page 49 SEF-54PZF will blink. ●Position the slave unit(s) so that the slave sensor can receive the flash fired by the camera’ s built-in flash unit or attached flash unit. ●The SEF-54PZF will fire at the same time that the camera’ s flash fires.
  • Page 50: Slave Mode Setting

    ■ Slave Mode Setting Procedure To properly control the slave flash, it is necessary Slide the setting switch up. to set the slave mode settings. Press the LCD panel illumination button (LIGHT) for 2 seconds or more. SL1 will be displayed.
  • Page 51: Bounce Flash

    ■ Bounce Flash With the SEF-54PZF, you can tilt the flash head to The bounce angle can be set to the following angles. aim at the ceiling or wall to bounce the flash before Rightward: 0。 ,30。 ,60。 ,90。 ,120。 ,150。 ,180。...
  • Page 52 ● A click stop is provided for each bounce Manual Flash Photography angle. The amount of light during bounce flash photogra- ● Hold the bounce lock release button and tilt phy is greatly affected by the condition of the the flash head downward when you set the reflective surface, therefore test pictures should be bounce angle at -10°...
  • Page 53: Af Spotbeam

    ● To change the composition, raise your fin autofocus. By setting the flash mode to (SB), the ger off the shutter release button and press SEF-54PZF can be used exclusively as a focusing it halfway down again to recompose the pic aid in dim light.
  • Page 54 ■ Wide-Angle Panel and Catchlight Panel 2.Catchlight panel The SEF-54PZF has a built-in wide-angle panel A catchlight is a reflection of light source in the eyes. It usually appears as a white dot and makes and catchlight panel at the top of the flash head.
  • Page 55: Modeling Flash/Test Flash

    MODELING FLASH/TEST FLASH ■ Test Flash Before taking the picture, firing a modeling flash helps you to see how shadows are cast on the Check that the flash is ready, then press the test subject. button (TEST). The test flash can be operated. ■...
  • Page 56 ■ Connecting the SEF-54PZF with the Hot shoe Extension Cord adapter FG When using the SEF-54PZF separately from the Extension cord F5P camera connected by an extension cord, use the optional extension cord F5P (Optional). Attach the extension cord F5P to the camera using the...
  • Page 57: Flash Effective Range

    FLASH EFFECTIVE RANGE ■ Calculating the Flash Effective Range However, if the minimum distance obtained is 0.7m or less, the minimum distance will be 0.7m. Refer When setting the lens to manual f/stop, calculate to page 59 for the guide number table. the guide number at main flash with the use of flash's zoom position and ISO.
  • Page 58 Effective flash range indicator Display of Flash Effective Range The shooting distance parameters will be dis- played on the LCD panel. Make sure that you are within the flash effective range before taking pic- tures. ●If the maximum distance exceeds 22 meters, ) will blink.
  • Page 59 ■ Guide Number (GN) Guide numbers indicate flash light intensity. ●Depending on the camera and lens you are The larger the number, the farther you can reach using, the effective flash range may be dis- with your flash. From the guide number, you can played.
  • Page 60 Camera format Zoom position Flash light intensity DIGITAL 58mm 48mm 34mm 24mm 19mm 16mm *13mm 27.5 24.5 22.5 14.5 ISO200 24.5 22.5 19.5 1/16 13.5 1/32 13.5 1/64 ISO400 27.5 24.5 22.5 14.5 1/16 24.5 22.5 19.5 1/32 13.5 1/64 13.5...
  • Page 61 Guide Number Table of High Speed Synch mode * With the wide-angle panel attached Camera format Zoom position Shutter speed DIGITAL 58mm 48mm 34mm 24mm 19mm 16mm *13mm 24.2 22.4 20.1 17.5 15.7 14.3 18.8 17.4 15.6 13.6 12.2 11.1 1000 11.7 10.1...
  • Page 62 P-TTL Auto Flash Effective Range Zoom position Camera format ISO 100 ISO 200 DIGITAL 13mm 16mm 19mm 24mm 34mm 48mm 58mm 13mm 16mm 19mm 24mm 34mm 48mm 58mm 1.8-17.5 2.6-26.6 2.9-29.1 3.3-32.5 3.7-37.0 4.2-41.6 4.5-45.0 2.5-25.0 3.8-37.5 4.1-40.8 4.6-45.8 5.4-53.3 6.0-59.1 6.4-63.3 1.5-15.0 2.3-22.8 2.5-25.0 2.8-27.8 3.2-32.0 3.6-35.7 3.9-38.5 2.2-21.4 3.3-32.1 3.5-35.0 4.0-39.2 4.6-45.7 5.1-50.7 5.5-54.2 1.1-10.5 1.6-16.0 1.8-17.5 2.0-19.5 2.3-22.5 2.5-25.0 2.7-27.0 1.5-15.0 2.3-22.5 2.5-24.5 2.8-27.5 3.2-32.0 3.6-35.5 3.8-38.0 0.8-7.5 1.2-11.4 1.3-12.5 1.4-13.9 1.6-16.0 1.8-17.8 2.0-19.2 1.1-10.7 1.6-16.0 1.8-17.5 2.0-19.6 2.3-22.8 2.6-25.3 2.8-27.1...
  • Page 63 Zoom position Camera format ISO 400 DIGITAL 13mm 16mm 19mm 24mm 34mm 48mm 58mm 3.5-35.0 5.4-53.3 5.9-58.3 6.5-65.0 7.5-75.0 8.4-83.3 9.0-90.0 3.0-30.0 4.6-45.7 5.0-50.0 5.6-55.7 6.5-64.2 7.2-71.4 7.8-77.1 2.1-21.0 3.2-32.0 3.5-35.0 3.9-39.0 4.5-45.0 5.0-50.0 5.4-54.0 1.5-15.0 2.3-22.8 2.5-25.0 2.8-27.8 3.3-32.1 3.6-35.7 3.9-38.5 1.1-10.5 1.6-16.0 1.8-17.5 2.0-19.5 2.3-22.5 2.5-25.0 2.7-27.0 f/stop 0.8-7.5 1.2-11.4 1.3-12.5 1.4-13.9 1.6-16.0 1.8-17.8 2.0-19.2...
  • Page 64: Specifications

    Effective flash range —————— Approx. 0.8 m - 8.0 m (Guide No. 45, ISO 100, f/5.6) AF spotbeam ————————— Red beam emitted under low light or low-contrast conditions. Effective range: Approx. 1 m - 7 m (According to Samsung’s testing conditions.)
  • Page 65 (Channels) 1 to 4 Compatible modes: P-TTL, auto (A), manual (M) Effective range: Approx. 4 m (According to Samsung testing conditions.) Bounce flash ————————— Vertical and horizontal bounce possible, click stops provided, lock provided at 0°. Rightward: 0° , 30° , 60° , 90° , 120° , 150° , 180°...
  • Page 66 Modeling flash ————————— Modeling button (MODELING) fires flash consecutively for 1 second. Wide-angle panel ——————— Pull out manually. Catchlight panel ———————— Pull out manually. LCD panel illumination ————— LCD panel illumination button (LIGHT) illuminates the LCD panel for about 10 sec.
  • Page 67: Warranty Policy

    Shipping charges are to be borne by the owner. If your Samsung was purchased outside of the country where you wish to have it serviced during the warranty period, regular handling and servicing fees may be charged by the manufacturer’s representatives in that country.
  • Page 68 Therefore, we recommend that you review the warranty card supplied with your product at the time of purchase, or contact the SAMSUNG distributor in your country for more information and to receive a copy of the warranty policy.
  • Page 69 For customers in Canada This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference - Causing Equipment Regulations. Pour les utilisateurs an Canada Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.
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