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Old Sep 16, 2010, 11:55 AM   #21
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The Y/N 560 arrived late yesterday (15 Sep) afternoon. I will get a chance to work with it today.

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Mine was delivered to the office yesterday, but I'm afraid no chance to even try it out yet. I'll look out in anticipation for your report / review !

Basic Intro here : http://speedlights.net/2010/05/25/yo...60-discovered/

and a good first write up here : http://betterfamilyphotos.blogspot.c...sions-and.html
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Old Sep 17, 2010, 4:39 PM   #22
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Come on Sarah ... I'm waiting for your bells & whistles review

First try out this evening and I'm very happy. Works superbly as a slave unit using the in-built flash as commander. Not P-TTL but not one shot was flooded, excellent and easy to use (this is important - I have always found flash units daunting !). Tried different distances etc. and I really like this flash. Very well made compared to my previous Chinese flash - feels quality.

More to come ......
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Old Sep 20, 2010, 11:33 PM   #23
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Hi Kevin-

I got a call that I had to begin the two classes I am teaching a week earlier, so I had to buckle down and get the PowerPoint done and the lesson plans.

Here is a photo from the Y/N 560 used as a slave flash with the Canon SX-130. It was a photo that I needed for the PowerPoint presentations. The result looks good considering the camera. More to come tomorrow.

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Old Sep 21, 2010, 12:02 AM   #24
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Yes, that's really nicely exposed, no highlights at all. Look forward to seeing more.

Doesn't your husband ever get fed up modeling for you (I've seen him in photos ever since I joined here 5 years ago). My regards to him for his patience !
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This looks pretty similar to the discussion in the flash forum about suitable flashes for Pentax.
There are several differently branded flashes which look like they are actually the same units, including the Bower, Vivitar, Bell&Howell, and Digital Concepts. There may be others. I don't have them all to compare directly, so wouldn't swear they are the same, but the specs are almost identical, and if you scratched the name off the case, you couldn't tell them apart.
I have the Digital Concepts model 952AF/Pen. It works pretty much as advertised- Pttl, focus assist, bounce vertically and horizontally. It does need the pull-out diffuser for pictures closer than about 6feet, even then needing a touch of negative exposure compensation. Beyond that, it works fine. The flash head adjusts in steps, from 24 to 85mm lens equivalent, with the diffuser spreading it to 18mm on the low end. When the head is turned up or sideways, it defaults to the 50mm position.
High speed sync is not possible with it. As a slave, it triggers on pre-flash, so can only be used with the camera in manual.
If you can live with its limitations, it is an economical alternative.

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Old Sep 21, 2010, 12:37 AM   #26
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Thanks for the information Brian.

I found another one offering P-TTL too (not sure if it's available in the USA - might be re-badged) : TUMAX DIGITAL DSL988AFZ and it goes for around US$75 here (China).
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Kevin, Brian, and Mav-

Well, here is my contribution for the evening. I used the Kx with the Pentax 55-300mm and the Y/N 560 in manual mode. I more I use it, the easier it is becoming to nail the exposure. This one took me 4 shots to nail the exposure. I am hoping that it will take fewer shots.

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Well done. Learning new gear always takes a little fiddling around. It's good you have someone who will let you take photos. My wife runs away every time I get the camera out. I find that people shots with flash are often the hardest to get right. Maybe because I don't get enough practice.

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You absolutely nailed that one Sarah, perfect exposure.
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Kevin, Brian, and Mav-

I am very fortunate indeed that my husband of 53 years, Bradley has always been very patient with me taking his photo and testing, testing, and testing. It surly does make things more fun and productive for me.

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