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Old 13-07-2011, 11:07   #1 (permalink)
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Flash Gun for Fuji S9500

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Can anyone help? I am looking for a flash gun for my Fuji S9500 it has a on board flash but I feel I could get better pictures by using a ext flash, I cant seem to find one in the UK (could be looking in all the wrong places) Bower in the States do one that is entry level from what the reviews say (SFD328). can anyone suggest anything on this side of the pond, or does anyone have one for sale??

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Re: Flash Gun for Fuji S9500

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The S9500 is an old model now and Fuji do not appear to make a flashgun for it

TTL Flashguns from Fujifilm

However, it must be worth contacting them to see if either of the currently available flashguns are compatible with the S9500.

I think that all of the main makers make flashguns that are compatible with the various camera makes, so it could be worth asking the third party makers such as Metz, Cobra, Sunpak, and Sigma if they have a flashgun that will work with your camera.

Some of our members have owned this camera in the past, so they might be able to give better advice. I'm not sure if the S9500 has any TTL flash control. If it does not, that would explain why you are having difficulty in finding one.

If it does not support TTL flash, all is not lost. You will be able to use any make of flashgun in manual mode. If you decide to go down this route, it will not be worth buying an expensive flash with lots of features, you just need a basic model, or even a secondhand one.

The next thing to consider is how to trigger it. Be wary of using it in the camera flash shoe. If the trigger voltage is not compatible, you could damage the camera. You could use a slave cell (5-10) that will fire the flash from the built-in flash on the camera, or use a wireless trigger (15-ish). The wireless trigger will be more flexible and maybe more reliable. You will, in both of these examples, have to use the flashgun in manual mode. However, the flashgun might only cost you 20.
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Re: Flash Gun for Fuji S9500

Hi Dabhand,

Thank-you for the Welcome

I have been researching this for a while and found this response for the same question posed to Fuji on a different forum

Thank you for contacting FujiFilm UK. There is not a specific flashgun that we can recommend for use with this model. It does not need a dedicated flash and any non-dedicated hot shoe flash unit with a centre-pin contact can be used provided that they meet the following conditions: Capable of setting ISO sensitivity and aperture Capable of metering by itself Syncro terminal with 400 voltage or less Centre pin contact Guide Number of at least 24 If you have any queries regarding these conditions, please contact our Technical Help Desk on 01234 245 383. Alternatively, a photographic dealer should be able to advise you in choosing a flashgun that meets your requirements. Sincerely, Fujifilm

so was hoping someone could help in locating a flash that would work with my camera
The link for the Bower unit I have found is-
PRO SLAVE FLASH FOR FUJI FINEPIX S9000 S9500 | eBay UK

Please let me know if this would work on my fuji S9500 as I new to using a DSLR, my camera was a sony cybershot, the thinking was to get a entry level camera not too expensive learn about the art of photography and if I was able to grasp the basics to invest in a better DSLR and countinue learning.

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Re: Flash Gun for Fuji S9500

I think that the key phrase from Fuji is

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any non-dedicated hot shoe flash unit with a centre-pin contact can be used
This means that you can use any flash that meets the trigger voltage specifications, and if you use it off camera with either a slave cell or wireless trigger as I said before, you won't even have to worry about that.

Here is some information on trigger voltages of different flashguns.

I have not heard of the flashgun that you have linked to before, but bearing in mind that Fuji say that you can use any flashgun, it will probably work with your camera. However, I don't think it is worth the price. It also quotes two different guide numbers - I'd be inclined to believe the lower one which I suspect is in feet - and you will still have to use it in manual mode as your camera does nor support TTL flash exposure.

There is a semi-automatic function that some flashguns have where you can set an aperture and the flashgun itself will control the flash. Some makers called this thyristor circuitry I think. There is no mention of this feature in the e-bay flashgun.
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Re: Flash Gun for Fuji S9500

I have previously owned a Fuji 9600. One of the joys is that it will not be damaged by an older flash gun with a high trigger voltage.

As almost any flash will be suitable, its worth checking your local charity shops for one with a tilt head and clean battery contacts. You shouldn't need to spend much more than a fiver
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Re: Flash Gun for Fuji S9500

Hi All,

Thanks for the advice and help will go shopping for a flash gun over the weekend.

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Re: Flash Gun for Fuji S9500

Hi All,

I did finally find and buy a flash also got a diffuser thrown in for free, in my basic knowledge of equipment and photography it certainly looks the part, took a couple of pics last night with on board flash and then external flash with and diffuser (nothing worthy of posting as yet) but you can really the difference in the shots. once I have got to grips with the camera and am a little more confident i will put up a few pics and I would welcome any pointers on how i can improve, in the mean time if anyone want to suggest any tips for a complete beginner in to the world of photography I'm all ears.

Below is the link of the flash i have now got.

YN560 Flash Speedlite with metal hot shoe *UK Stock* | eBay
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