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Old Sep 5, 2010, 5:44 PM   #11
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Please don't feel alone, Les-

I also feel the same way about my 360.

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Old Sep 5, 2010, 7:49 PM   #12
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i like my sigma 530

http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-Electron.../dp/B003WH0KZI

$149
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Old Sep 7, 2010, 8:26 PM   #13
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Kevin-

Continuing our discussion of external flash units. I used the YN460 with my Kx today and took these two sample photos.

This first photo has the YN460 in the Bounce Flash position and the Kx camera set to Flash WB:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Pe...8_h8A2f-X3.jpg

In this second photo I used the same YN460 bounce flash, but selected AWB:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Pe...6_WXto4-X3.jpg

Not bad considering I spent $45 for the YN460.

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Old Sep 8, 2010, 12:48 AM   #14
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Thanks for the excellent tip Sarah ! The AWB gives a much nicer and more natural shot.

I am a relative newcomer to flash photography (not including pop-up flash of course !) and have been doing a lot of reading on Strobist etc. Flash photography is like entering a whole new world - so much to learn and so many techniques to absorb.

My YN 560 ($50) should arrive tomorrow so maybe this weekend (if my home decorating is finished) I can get to try it out and post some shots.
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Going back to the original question by Maverick..... Maverick, that appears to be the same flash that has been sold for a couple of years on ebay under the Bower name. I have two of them that I used for remote trigger and/or slave flashes. They work fine on the Pentax, but are purely manual and somewhat underpowered.

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Old Sep 8, 2010, 6:17 PM   #16
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Please don't feel alone, Les-

I also feel the same way about my 360.

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Sarah,

I'm glad (only sort of ) to hear that another photographer and a well experienced one at that, also has concerns about the 360.

The flash that I was happiest with....is my quarter century + old Vivitar 285 HV.

Worked well on all my different cameras...Leica, Pentax, Mamiya medium format, etc.

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Old Sep 9, 2010, 9:55 PM   #17
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Thanks to everyone for your help. Always love the feedback here. I'm trying something out which could be bad or good (if bad I will return it.) I found a Bell and Howell flash for Pentax that is advertised to be P-TTL...if its true or not I'll find out soon. I read up on it and found out its the same model as Rokinon, just branded differently. Trial and error. Will keep you posted.
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Old Sep 13, 2010, 6:51 PM   #18
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Hi Mav-

I will be interested to hear of your results with the Bell & Howell P-TTL flash. a good, but reasonable flash still remains the unsolved element for the Kx, at least for me.

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Old Sep 13, 2010, 8:53 PM   #19
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Mav and Kevin-

I had a chance to follow-up on John Patullo's suggestion of the Sigma Flash at $149. I was able to borrow one from a good friend. John is correct it is adequate, but I am not so sure it will be strong enough to be effective in the "bounce flash" mode.

This shot was taken with my Kx, using the 55-300mm lens at a distance of 15 feet, with the flash head in the straight on position, and the WB set to Auto.

Please just click on the link below:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Pe...9_2UkaE-X3.jpg

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Old Sep 16, 2010, 9:53 AM   #20
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Kevin and Mav-

The Y/N 560 arrived late yesterday (15 Sep) afternoon. I will get a chance to work with it today.

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