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Old Jun 25, 2007, 7:10 AM   #1
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Can someone help me decide on a flash unit, new or used, that will work properly on my Pentax K10D. I need suggestions on the manufacturer and model numbers.I don't want to spend an excess amount, and will use it for general illumination, perhaps out to 30 feet. I can go up to about $60.

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Old Jun 25, 2007, 12:59 PM   #2
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Look at the inexpensive Sunpak non-dedicated flashes.

A Sunpak 383 Super would run you $79.95 from B&H. It's got 3 Aperture Ranges, manual power settings, tilt and swivel. Click on the specs tab in the listing to see more:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...uto_Flash.html

You'd need to use the camera in manual exposure mode, and set the ISO speed and aperture on the camera to match the flash for the auto range selected and stay within the camera's sync speed limitations for shutter speed (probably around 1/200 second max).

It doesn't look like B&H has much in the way of these types of Sunpaks in their used department right now. I got a Sunpak 333 Auto in 10 condition (as new in box) from the used department at B&H for only $25 a while back. It's got roughly the same specs as the Sunpak 383 super, except it has a manual zoom head. I also bought a smaller Sunpak 222 Auto (GN of around 72 feet at ISO 100, tilt but no swivel, 2 auto ranges) for $7.00 from the used department at keh.com.

It looks like http://www.keh.com has a few Sunpaks. They have some inexpensive ones with tilt (but, no swivel) with 2 auto ranges and a smaller GN, too. Look under the Camera Store Tab, and you'll see Sunpak Flash in a category by itself under Accessories. Then, go to shoe mount.

Sunpak Shoe Mount Listings at keh.com

I'd probably stick to a flash with a relatively low trigger voltage just to be safe. I don't know what the Pentax DSLR models are rated for. A lot of the Sunpaks have relatively low trigger voltage, so they're good ones to look for on the used market (the ones with multiple auto ranges with a sensor on the front), Check any flash you use to make sure of it's trigger voltage if you can't find out more about it. For example, some of the older Vivitars can fry some modern cameras.

http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html


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Old Jun 25, 2007, 1:08 PM   #3
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I moved this post down to our Pentax/ Samsung dSLR Forum, where you are more likely to get some responses from Pentax owners about what works best on your model.

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Old Jun 25, 2007, 4:11 PM   #4
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*** Can someone help me decide on a flash unit, new or used, that will work properly on my Pentax K10D.* I need suggestions on the manufacturer and model numbers.***I don't want to spend an excess amount, and will use it for general illumination, perhaps out to 30 feet.* I can go up to about $60.

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280T Pentax may do. I just sold one

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...5425&rd=1&rd=1

It does TLL and with your K10D it will just be like any manual flash. Its going rate is around $50-60 shipping included.

It tilts and swivels. And in case if Pentax goes back to TTL (a big IF).......

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Old Jun 25, 2007, 5:55 PM   #5
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Basically you have TTL, P-TTL and Manual (Thyristor) flashes.

Your K10D will work automatically with the below models as the K10D uses P-TTL metering.

P-TTL Models are:

Pentax AF540FGZ

Pentax AF360FGZ

Pentax AF220T

Sigma EF500DG Super

Sigma EF500DG ST

In manual mode and using the old school manual flash adjustment you can use any of theflashes already mentioned (TTL and Manual flashes).

Also check these websites for other info onTTL and Manual (Thyristor) flashes.

http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/flashes/AF/index.html

http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/flashes/TTL/index.html

http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/flashes/non-TTL/index.html

http://www.photozone.de/2Equipment/pentaxflash.htm

Go here (http://www.chem.helsinki.fi/%7Etooma...flash-faq.html) to have a read up on how to use the Guide number and settings for manual mode flashes.

Unfortunately, for $60 you will be only able to find older used flashes or the basic style TTL mode only Pentax AF220T which is about $60 Canadian.

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Old Jun 25, 2007, 6:12 PM   #6
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If you have a local Ritz camera, you can pick up a Quantaray Bounce, Swivel, Zoom flash (Auto Thyristor Type)for~$49.99
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