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I have a Sunpak PZ42X for Canon and a Canon T1i. The camera does not recognize the flash when it is in the ttl mode, but the flash will fire when attached to the camera in the M mode. Sunpak indicates it is compatible...any suggestions?

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    My sunpak flashgun only work on TTL not in manual settings. What to do?

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I have the same problem and i dont have a idea to solve it. Did you do something?

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