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Old Sep 13, 2010, 1:44 AM   #1
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I would like to buy a flash as well for my Pentax K-X. I do not want to spend too much money, have anyone one use these flashes or do you have a recommendation?

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Old Sep 13, 2010, 8:09 AM   #2
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these would not be great flashes for the k-x. Your camera will work much better with a dedicated flash as the p-ttl will make the flash more effective. I would look at a metz 48, or pentax flash. The ones you listed do not have p-ttl options.
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Old Sep 14, 2010, 10:29 AM   #3
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Sigma also make two models of external flash units specifically for P-TTL flash applications.

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Are you referring to the
Sigma EF-530 DG ST?

I am just a beginner, I don't think I need to Super, right?
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If you want to do a lot of bounce flash, the EF 530 Super would be very useful. But if flash is a "sometime thing" you can get by with the cheaper unit.

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Sigma has had compatibility issues in the pass with their products.

I would take a look at the pentax af 360 or the metz 48.

The metz 48 can be upgraded with firmware via usb for newer models, and the pentax will be fine with all pentax models.
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If you want to do a lot of bounce flash, the EF 530 Super would be very useful. But if flash is a "sometime thing" you can get by with the cheaper unit.

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I'm not aware of the compatibility issues that ST mentions but both the DG ST and the Super have the ability to bounce and they are the same power.

The Super adds things like high speed shutter, wireless etc.
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I have not heard of any issues with the ef530, but their ef 500 has compatibility issues, so did their ef 430. All were fixed with a re chip.
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yea, i had a dg-s 500 for my 20d that was not compatible with the 50d.
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(Links are to Amazon pages)
Also looking for a sub $100 flash for my Kx. Other than the price, I'm not exactly sure what I should be looking for.
How would the Pentax AF-200FG TTL Flash do? It doesn't appear that it adjusts for bounce flash, but how important is that?
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I found the Bell & Howell Z480AF-P Digital Autofocus Zoom P-TTL Flash for Pentax SLR Cameras for about $70. Can be bounced, but doesn't appear to have as many controls as the Pentax flash.
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To take another step up, there is the Bell & Howell Z680AF-P Digital Autofocus Power Zoom P-TTL Flash for Pentax SLR. It appears to have quite a few extra bells and whistles!
SO, would you recommend one of those or something else in the sub-100 range?
Again, I can't thank enough those of you who are so gracious with sharing your wisdom and experience on this board.
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