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Sunpak softlite 1600A for fz20

I have an OLD sunpak softlite 1600A flash. Will this work on the fz20?

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According to this site, the Sunpak 1600A is NOT USABLE with the FZ20: http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html The tested voltage of the 1600A is 46.6V, which is WAY above the 24V max specified by Panasonic. Don't even try it...

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