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Latest Review Posted PENTAX AF 540FGZ
Pentax released the AF540FGZ in 2005 as the second P-TTL flash designed for the new *ist Series auto-focus film/digital cameras. (It’s a bigger brother to the AF360FGZ that came out four years earlier).


I bought my AF540FGZ for use on my Pentax MZ-S & *ist film cameras and together this combo enables you to use all of the flash’s features in the P-TTL mode. (Along with a F, FA or FAJ Series lens) Note Pentax also indicates using A Series lenses with the P-TTL flash can result in incorrect exposure, so AF lenses are recommended.


The great thing about this flash is that it’s backwards compatible the older TTL flash 35mm/645/6x7 film cameras and will automatically switch to using that mode when mounted on a LX/645NII/67II or other TTL flash cameras. Note the older the film camera the less features are available on the flash. (Refer to the AF540FGZ flash manual for what functions are available for each camera “group”.


This is also the second Pentax flash to feature a wireless control option as well as a “format” setting to switch between 35mm, 645 and 67 camera formats.


The AF540FGZ has a tilting head for bounce flash and the head also swivels. The flash also has a built-in catchlight & wide-angle panel.


The build of the AF540FGZ is OK and if treated carefully you should not have any issues with the battery door either. This flash weighs 380 grams without the four AA batteries installed. Compared to its little brother, the AF3600FGZ weighs 270 grams ...



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