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Old Mar 28, 2006, 6:21 AM   #11
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Ive used the EF500ST for 10 months and i can vouch for it.

I did have one problem - i may have stated in another thread. After a while the filament began to burn through the front lens AND the diffuser lens (i use the diffuser all the time). I sent it back to (CR Kennedy in australia), it was away for about 6 or 7 weeks which is a joke to be honest- and they replaced the filament, the front lens and the diffuser lens and reassembled the unit.

It still smells like burnt, and I dont know why they didnt just replace the entire unit. But now works fine
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Old Mar 28, 2006, 7:18 AM   #12
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I have a Vivitar 285 with a remote sensor and a Stroboframe. It will probably not produce the exposure results of a P-TTL unit but all I have to do is set the camera to the correct aperture, ISO and shutter speed and then fire away.

I have always gotten excellent results with this flash on print film,but I realize that a digital sensor has less exposure latitude. So far I have gotten good results. The nice thing about this setup is that it works with my Fuji S7000 as well as my *istDL.

Yes I would like a dedicated flash unit but the system I currently own does fit my current needs and didn't cost me anything (except twenty odd years ago when I bought it).

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Old Mar 28, 2006, 7:24 PM   #13
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Yeah, the 285 is no doubt a fine flash. I also used it for many moons with my 35mm gear. It also works great with my digital Panasonic FZ20. The FZ20 can maintain F2.8 thru the entire 12xzoom range, so it was pretty easy to pretty much"set it and forget" for the most part. I would still have to from time to time adjust the flash head for longer or shorter focal lengths. However with the DS, the aperature does change thru the zoom range.I just think that the Sigma unit would be better because of the changing aperaure as I zoom in and out. Sometimes "the shot" is only there for a second, so theres no time to re-adjust. Anyhow, I should be finding out soon how it`s all gonna work out. I was just over at the sigma4less website, and checked my order, and the flash is on it`s way!
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Old Mar 29, 2006, 1:27 AM   #14
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Andre_L wrote: hey crash man you got any photos with that flash?

Andre

Do I have photos OF the Flash or TAKEN with the flash?

Which would you like? I will take some to demonstrate if you like.

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Old Mar 31, 2006, 8:12 PM   #15
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I recieved my flash today, and it just so happens that I alsofound out todaythatmy favorite local rock band is playing tomorrow night at a dimly litnearby saloon! So...:G

Support yer local musicians, ...cuzz they need the money, JH
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Old Apr 2, 2006, 10:24 PM   #16
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Aw`ight, I did use my new flash last night , and it all worked as advertised! I did have a couple of minor "snags" with it though. There was a highly lightreflective sign behind the band and so the first few pics were way under exsposed, but once I realized that it was the reflection throwing off the light metering, I moved to the side and kept the sign from out of the pics, and that took care of that. Later on my pics suddenly became way, way, over exsposed and the zoom indicator failed to change as I zoomed in and out. I remounted the flash, and that took care of that problem. what I think had happened in that instance was that the flash had moved slightly on the DS body and the contacts between the flash and thebody were no longer aligned, so the flash and body couldn`t communicate properly. I made sure that the flash unit was thenfirmly mounted. I give the Sigma flash a "thumbs up"!
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Old Apr 2, 2006, 11:03 PM   #17
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I knew you would be happy with the Sigma EF500 flash. enjoy :|:|
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Old Apr 2, 2006, 11:20 PM   #18
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Haven't I seen ads in mags recently where Pentax has brought out a new flash for the DS/DL series, one more powerful than their previous flash???

Sorry I am not up on flash model numbers, so this may seem like gibberish, but some mag had an article on flashes, and there was a new Pentax flash...just wish I knew where I saw it...would like to know what it costs...
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Old Apr 3, 2006, 1:17 AM   #19
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You are probably thinking about the New Pentaxt Flash that was revealed when they did that last camera show PMA 2006 and the hooha about the new 10mp Pentax Camera.

This page shows the back of the flash panel, but no info on it, all the hype was about the camera and lens, not the flash.

http://www.pma-show.com/2006/digital..._10mp_slr.html

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This might be the Penatx flash You are refering to:

http://www.pentax.co.jp/english/news/2005/i0518.html
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