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Polaroid PL-126PZ Studio Series Digital TTL Shoe Mount Bounce Flash For The Canon Digital EOS Rebel Digital SLR Cameras

by Polaroid
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Guide No. 137'/42m @ 85mm, ISO 100
  • Bounce, Zoom & Swivel Head
  • AF Assist Lamp
  • Fast 0.3 Second Recycling Time

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: PL126PZC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 Aug 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Product Description

The Polaroid PL126 Shoe Mount Flash is a fully automatic, system-dedicated shoe mount flash, featuring full TTL flash support for digital SLR cameras such as the Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Sony and Pentax cameras. It is fully automatic for today's on-the-go photographer. The unit provides some extra features like bounce & swivel, and a manual zoom head and outputs a substantial amount of light.

Bounce, Zoom, & Swivel Head
Flash has vertical bounce of 90° and horizontal swivel of 270°, with zoom settings of 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm

AF Assist
Autofocus assist lamp helps the camera to focus in low-light situations

Accepts Light Modifiers
Includes Diffuser and Reflective Panels

Power Saving
Auto Sleep mode means less charging time, and more shooting time.

Type Shoe mount
Guide No. 137' (42 m) at 85mm/ISO 100
Bounce Angle 0, 45, 60, 75, 90 degrees
Swivel angle: Right 0-90 Degrees; Left 0-180 Degrees
Vari-Power No
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Zoom Head 28-35-50-85mm (manual zoom)
Off Camera Terminal No
Recycle Time 0.3-8.0 seconds
Power Source 4x 1.5V "AA" batteries (alkaline, lithium, NiCad & NiMH)
Dimensions 5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0" (102 x 102 x 72mm)
Weight 9.2 oz (260g) without batteries

If you're tired of the uneven and often underpowered illumination produced by your camera's built-in flash, yet don't see the need to overspend for the flashes offered by your camera manufacturer, welcome to Studio Series lighting solutions from Polaroid.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good value and performance! 11 Oct 2011
Size Name:Oly /Pan|Verified Purchase
I am only an occasional photographer but this flash suits my needs and has given me very good results so far in usage. However it would be nice to have a pro, semi pro or keen amateur photographer air their views and technical spiel on this flashgun if they have one in their armoury!

My Olympus E420 (four thirds system) came as a kit with a 14-42 zoom lens and the camera's built in flash was adequate. I upgraded to a 14-54 zoom lens and found that the built in flash left a shadow on the bottom of my images. The first flashgun I tried was the smaller Metz 24 AF1 which was compact and easy to use but still left a shadow on the bottom of my images, if not so bad. I would guess that the similar Polaroid PL 108AF will produce the same effect as it is basically the same unit. The added height and zoom capability of the PL126-PZ it has eradicated the problems previously faced.

The only minor drawback is that it is quite heavy with the batteries (384g) which is half as much again as my flashgun for my film SLR camera. The set up for the battery cover is a bit unusual, a tad flimsy and not clearly marked in which order to insert the batteries. These are minor niggles and I can only repeat my satisfaction with this flashgun which does the job at a very good price!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money 15 Aug 2011
By parry64
Size Name:Pentax
Why pay more for goods than is necessary? Photo magazines push products for Pentax by Pentax. Here is an example of good a product made by a household name for Pentax which is great value. Photos taken outside with the flash are excellent. I doubt if a Pentax flashgun would improve on them. The swivel head gun works well with camera auto settings with great results also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value flash unit 29 Aug 2012
By Chris H
Size Name:Oly /Pan|Verified Purchase
I bought this flash unit after much consideration due to the high price of olympus flashes, I am an amateur photographer and use an Olympus EPL2 which I am still getting to grips with due to the huge scope for digital adjustments on the camera.

At first I could not alter the power of the flash and nearly sent it back however I discovered that the camera controls the flash through TTL (through the lens metering) to do so I adjusted the flash output called flash compensation (access using the live control panel screens and the lighting flash + - symbols) which is like exposure compensation but dedicated for flash output. This increased the output so I could shoot my subject in a low light level room and get good results and a decent exposure on the shot, it is not perfect but the flash using its four batteries is more powerful than most. The built in flash on my EPL2 gave odd shadows due to the close proximity of the flash to the zoom lens {14-150} and was not acceptable.

There are limitations of course if say you wanted to shoot in a banquet hall with dim lighting you would just end up annoying allot of people, but in a normal size room it works for me.
I also use rechargeable batteries which saves a fortune and two sets lets you charge one while the other is being used. The swivel and tilt on this flash works really well so on the whole I think it is a good flash unit for a lot less money than the olympus flash guns and will get you going until you win the lottery or cash in the endowment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By C. Hart TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Size Name:Pentax|Verified Purchase
I bought this to support my Pentax as the built-in flash was not powerful enough. I had already looked at one in the local camera shop but was not prepared to pay their price. So I came home and logged straight on to Amazon! Their it was at 2 thirds the price. Received it only 3 days affter ordering and have never looked back. This range of flashes will do everything and anything an enthusiast will want. Locks straight into the hot shoe and the camera does the rest. The flash head can be angled in any direction but down and the zoom facility really does work as does the built-in filter. It makes flash photography a total and confident pleasure at a very reasonable price. I believe there is a model for most of the top camera brands and I would strongly recommend them to all; excepting of course the professional who would have to pay considerably more to better Polaroid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value 24 May 2012
Size Name:Pentax|Verified Purchase
I am not a fan of flash photography but am taking the wedding pictures for a friend shortly and might need to use flash indoors. I wanted something simple to use and not overly expensive. This flashgun seems to work on both counts. Not the most robust looking device but apart from the difficult to open battery cover it is quite acceptable. Recharge time is quick and the results are fine. If you are looking for a decent flashgun at a reasonable price this one fits the bill well
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Served the purpose 29 Dec 2011
Size Name:Canon
Just as advertised. A regular flash for my camera. Im not a professional photographer but this really server the purpose of a flash for the making of most of my family photos. If you requiere a simple flash then this is the solution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product 29 Dec 2011
Size Name:Nikon
This is an excellent flashgun. IT works great. Superb quality. The results you get are excellent. I highly recommend this product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a brilliant flashgun ;) 3 Aug 2011
Size Name:Nikon
Brilliant flashgun, superb quality of the picture created from it and it works so well with NIKON D7000. Guys, it's highly recommended to get this one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not work.
Flash Unit would NOT work. It went to the ready stage but would not flash either on or off the camera
Published 7 months ago by Gerry Carolan
2.0 out of 5 stars Very basic
provides only TTL functions which mean there is very little control over the power output other than in camera
have since replaced with a better unit for not much more money.
Published 9 months ago by james mcalister
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay Clear
Straight from the box does not work. The unit charges to ready but will not fire, on or off the camera with the test button. Read more
Published 12 months ago by steven davenport
2.0 out of 5 stars Great for a while but then stopped working
This worked great with my canon for a few months, and was easy to use for an amateur photographer. However it suddenly stopped during a kids birthday party and i was very... Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. A. Noonan
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashgun for Olympus E500
I had to delay buying a flash unit until long after my original camera purchase. It was a real relief to come across a sensibly priced gun that fits the camera perfectly and is a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Hughes
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment...
Got it today. It's being returned tomorrow.

It worked for about 15 shots.

I had the impression that light was underpowered... Read more
Published 17 months ago by ANDRE GOMES PIRES
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Very impressed with this product never let me down yet and have used it every day since it's speedy arrival
Published 17 months ago by Tj
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not buy again
Bought unit for Nikon camera, however, the first unit failed after one flash. It seemed to charge okay but wouldn't flash, either using the 'Test' button or on the camera. Read more
Published 23 months ago by David McClaughlin
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time and money
Lasted for about 2 minutes (4 pictures) then it stopped working. Ordered immediately before my vacation with express delivery. Stay away if you want to avoid a disappointment. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Paolo Scimone
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish product
The single worst product I have ever bought. Broke with less than 2 weeks of use. Don't waste your money
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by Patrick
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