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Old Jan 17, 2011, 7:57 PM   #1
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Default Recommendations for a good Kx External Flash

I am soon to move back to a Kx. What is the experience and thinking on the best budget external flash less than $300. Thanks in advance for your regular excellent input.

I used the Sigma 500DG with my K100D, but I believe that the synch is different on the Kx.

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Old Jan 17, 2011, 8:15 PM   #2
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metz 48 af-1 work really well on the pentax. Or the pentax AF360. But I know with the firmware updated on the metz. It works very well..
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Old Jan 17, 2011, 10:24 PM   #3
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Thanks, Shoturtle, but that is more than I can spend right now-

Does the Kx have P-TTL flash Synch?

Is the new Sigma 610 external flash an option?

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Old Jan 17, 2011, 10:24 PM   #4
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Sarah,

Good to see you move back to a Kx. A friend has one and she really enjoys it.

Can't help a lot in flash recommendations. But I finally learned to use my Pentax 360 to the point that I'm relatively happy with it now, after a couple of years of not being pleased with it.

I'm doing a lot more bounce and also using the two slide outs...the fresnel screen to cover the flash face and using the white bounce card, or angling it to bounce off the ceiling.

It seems reliable, but I don't know what the price in the USA would be, or if it's in the price range you are looking at.

Two things that are a bit of an issue, although easy enough to cope with, but just shouldn't be that way from the factory, IMO.
  • The battery door slides down sometimes. I always check it and if need be, put it back into position. I've heard that this problem isn't just with mine.
  • The foot of the flash and the hot shoe on both my K10D and the KM (K2000) are a very tight fit. I find I have to slowly, carefully, move the flash foot onto the shoe and off the hot shoe. I say carefully, because I'm a bit concerned about damaging either component if I use too much force or speed, when fitting.
Other than that, it seems to be a pretty decent flash.

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Sarah;
I think the only difference in sync is the flash sync speed, but that wouldn't prevent you using the Sigma flash with the Kx.

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Old Jan 18, 2011, 10:59 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot, Brian-

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hi there!

I just bought a "Dörr DAF42" flash (which essentially is a Soligor made flash I believe, it is really cheap, around 100€), but it has a diffuser, bouncer ( is that what it is called?) builtin, and it has a swivel head and it can tilt. I like it..

Here is a sample pic, I am absolutely novice about flashes, but this one I really like, I find that I can take pictures that "almost" look like lowlight images...
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If you're going to spend $300, why not spend a few bucks more and get an AF 540. You can pick them up used, in great condition, for around $325 + shipping.
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Hi Sara,

I have a Sunpak auto 383 super. It is a Thyristor flash but quite powerful. You can find them used in the $50- $60 range on e-bay. It has a tilt and swivel head. It is not a TTL flash but it does a remarkable job. To use it off camera I use a Cactus radio trigger.

http://cgi.ebay.com/SUNPAK-AUTO-383-...item1c18a97cfe

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Many thanks, Michael, Eddy, and Lou-

I really appreciate your suggestions. My budget is under $200.00 with as much output as possible. So, I am having fun with my "hunt" for the right flash.

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