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6 16,338 Sat November 16, 2013
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83% of reviewers $7.33 6.33

This compact flash is a further development of the AF 16, and was designed for use with the compact MV, MV1 and ME Super cameras, but it can be used on any camera with a hotshoe. The flash has two Auto settings where a sensor in the flash meassures the exposure and turns the flash off when the subject has received the right amount of light. You manually set the aperture corresonding to the selected auto setting as per the table printed on the back of the flash.

The flash also has a manual setting where it just fires at full power.

Compared to the AF 16, the AF 160, when fully charged, sets the camera's shutter speed to the flash synchronization speed, and also enables the camera to show a "flash ready" symbol in the view finder. This additional automation is available with the MV, MV1, ME Super and later cameras. On the ME, MX , and "K" film bodies, the AF 160 works just like the AF 16.

Flash nameGuide Number (meters ISO 100)Flash controlFlash rangeFlash coverage (24x36)
PENTAX AF 16016Auto (two settings),
Manual (full power)
0.5m to 6m28mm lens
Flash coverage (APS-C)Rotating flash headFlash durationSensor angleConnections
19mm lensNo1/30,000 to 1/1,500s18 degreesHot shoe
Hot shoe pinsBatteriesRecycle timeDimensions (W x H x D)Weight
3 (incl. ground)2 x AA8s (Alkaline)66mm x 81mm x 41mm145g with batteries
Accessories includedIn production

Dedicated camera functionsActual availability depends on the camera, exposure mode and flash settings
Set synch speed when flash is chargedYes
Flash ready signal in view finderYes
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Registered: October, 2008
Location: Frisco Texas
Posts: 382
Review Date: November 16, 2013 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $9.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Small and light weight
Cons: Low power

This flash is perfect for what I needed. I needed a small flash that I could use when I was just bringing my 18-250 lens and want to travel light. The internal flash gets a shadow with wide angles. This flash solves that.
New Member

Registered: February, 2013
Posts: 9
Review Date: June 19, 2013 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $10.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Small light and cheap
Cons: underpowered and feels cheap

The reasons for owning this flash isn't for your primary work. It serves the same purpose as the built in flashes of the newer camera. Its small, fits in the pocket of a small camera bag. Has enough power to get the snap shot. Fast to pull out, fast to mount on the camera, then when you don't need it, put it in your back pocket.

It does what you need when you need it. For serious work, get a more serious flash. But for the cost of this one, any camera without an onboard flash should also have this one next to it in the camera bag.
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Registered: January, 2011
Location: Grand Haven, MI
Posts: 119
Review Date: February 17, 2012 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $3.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: compact,works well

For the price cant ask for more. I use it almost solely with DA 16-45 on *ist DL. With the on camera flash you get that 1/2 moon of darkness from the lens sticking out on the 16/45 this flash fixes that for me and is light.
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Registered: May, 2011
Posts: 262
Review Date: June 7, 2011 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: cheap. ok in its day for happy snaps
Cons: No better than onboard flash with newer DSLRs

I've had this flash for eons - back to SLR days with no intehrated flash.
It served its purpose then but is really no better than onboard flash now with newer DSLR's.
It can still come in handy for macro work with the unit hand held or possibly tripod mounted. Hook it up to the hotshoe via a cable and off-camera hotshoe mount and give it a try. It's small enough to easily carry around.
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Registered: December, 2010
Location: East of England
Posts: 6
Review Date: December 7, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Very cheap; compact, well made design; great for macro work
Cons: Limited control over flash power; not as bright as many external flashes; 8's wait between burst

I bought this flash second hand with the intention of using it for macro work, and I'm pleased to say that it is perfect for this purpose.

Its design is compact, but it feels sturdy and looks good, very 80's. It weighs only 145g, but still feels fairly weighty because of its size.

It takes 2 AA batteries which last quite a long time, but one of my biggest issues with this flash is the cycle time between bursts which is around 8 seconds and gets frustratingly long as the battery gets low.

The flash offers three power output options controlled by a somewhat cryptic dial on the side: auto low output (red), full power (M) and auto high output (green). The auto modes does a great job of calculating the correct exposure from the sensor on the front, but this flash doesn't offer the range of control that a more advanced cobra flash would.

One thing this flash doesn't have that I would like to see is provision for an additional diffuser or filters as I prefer a diffused flash.

On the back is exposure dial, on/off switch and a light indicating when the flash is ready to fire which fires the flash if pushed.

In terms of coverage, the specs claim it can cover a 19mm lense on an aps-c sensor. I think this is pretty optimistic, I noticed significant vignetting at 35mm.

As the previous review said, the biggest issue with this flash is the brightness of the flash, it's good for 10 or 12 meters but isn't as strong as most external flashes.

In short, this is a great, cheap flash for carrying with you everywhere because of it's compact design. But for portraiture and other long range work something with more control and power would be preferable over this flash.

Registered: February, 2008
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 4,462
Review Date: May 4, 2010 I can recommend this item: No | Price: None indicated | Rating: 1 

Pros: Very light
Cons: Underpowered

I purchased this flash for use with my first 35mm camera a Pentax MX in 1982. Disappointment shortly followed as I found this flash to be virtually useless for anything more than a simple portrait. It just doesn't have enough power. If you are in the market for a used Pentax flash for your film camera you would be better served by a more powerful unit such as the AF 200S, AF 200SA, AF 280T or many others. Accept it as a gift only.
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