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The AF 200T is a hot-shoe mounted flash which provides TTL automation, two-level auto flash (using the sensor in the flash), and four levels of manual output.

TTL automation works with cameras which has a built-in TTL flash sensor like the Super Program/Super A, LX, 645 film series, 67II, many autofocus bodies, and the *istD, DS and DS2 DSLR cameras. On non-TTL cameras the auto flash and manual modes can be used.

The flash can be used for consecutive shooting at speeds up to two frames per second when set to the manual, 1/8 flash intensity mode.

Optional accessories: A wide-angle adaptor which broadens the angle of view which is covered, and a telephoto adaptor, which extends the range.

Flash nameGuide Number (meters ISO 100)Flash controlFlash exposure comp.Flash range
PENTAX AF 200T20TTL auto,
Auto (two settings),
Manual (full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8)
NoTTL: 0.6 - 14.3m
with f/1.4 lens at ISO 100,
Auto: 0.6 to 7.1m
Flash coverage (24x36)Flash coverage (APS-C)Rotating flash headFlash durationModeling light
28mm lens
24mm with adaptor
19mm lens
16mm with adaptor
No1/30,000 to 1/1,500sNo
Autofocus spotbeamSensor angleConnectionsHot shoe pinsBatteries
No20 degreesHot shoe4 (incl. ground)4 x AA
Recycle timeDimensions (W x H x D)WeightAccessories includedIn production
8s62 x 97 x 58mm175g without batteriesOptional: AFW1 wide-angle adapter
AFT1 telephoto adapter

Dedicated camera functionsActual availability depends on camera model, exposure mode and flash settings
Set synch speed when flash is chargedYes
Flash ready signal in view finderYes
Flash confirmation in viewfinderYes
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Senior Member

Registered: August, 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 179
Review Date: January 30, 2016 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $1.50 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Size, controls, power
Cons: none

This has everything you could ask for in a small flash.
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Registered: December, 2008
Location: Fishtown, Philly PA
Posts: 55
Review Date: July 27, 2015 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $15.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: price, size, ease of use
Cons: no tilt or swivel or easily found diffuser

bought a few of these on ebay for "strobist" type use.

they have more manual settings that other vintage pentax units so should be useful for cheap trigger set up for product photography.

took one of them on a recent trip to england in lieu of my metz af-58-1 because I wanted a light kit and didn't want to worry about carting around a $400 flash unit while travelling (security).

used the af-200t for some group shots of students on a study abroad trip and as well as some dark interior candids and it was perfect for that application.

I also used the vintage pentax wide angle diffuser (AFW-1) to take a little harshness away and that made it work just fine for the interior candids-- with the wide end of the 18-55 kit lens and the auto settings on the flash.

I think this is a great value and you can find them for less than $20 on ebay.

so, another nice value from pentax in the used arena.

Just be careful when you buy, the contacts can erode if batteries are left in them for long periods and I had one unit show up DOA for that reason.
Senior Member

Registered: April, 2009
Location: California
Posts: 207
Review Date: April 30, 2015 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $42.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: compact, wider manual power settings
Cons: fixed flash head, not enough power

The AF 200T is a versatile entry-level analog TTL flash unit designed for full use for the Pentax LX, ZX/MZ series 35mm film SLR cameras and possibly workable with the ist-D DSLR. With later DSLR cameras it can be used as a dedicated automatic unit with 2 level auto-aperture settings. When powering on, it switched the shutter-speed of all electronic powered cameras to X-synchronization or slightly slower so flash pictures didn't come out 'cut' due to missed synchronization.
On TTL mode, it read subject light from the same camera sensor on the LX, Super Program/Super A and was quite accurate within its range.
I used it on my mostly film days and it was very useable at close distances (10 feet or less) and as a flash-fill unit for daylight shooting with a variety of power settings from full to 1/8 power. Like its bigger sibling, you can use it off camera with a Pentax-supplied or third-party hot-shoe to flash cable.
I disposed of it before I got my Pentax DSLR, but based on a similar unit that I still use, the bigger AF 280T, I can tell you that it can be usable as dedicated automatic unit (meaning that you take camera of AUTO ISO, setup ISO to same fixed value in camera as in the flash, be sure the dedicated aperture is matched in both flash and camera and power-on the flash unit letting it set the x-sync speed automatically). Hint: setup your Pentax camera to Aperture-Priority, any fixed ISO you like. If I was going to acquire one of the new Pentax K DSLR cameras without built-in flash, I may get one of them to match.
Of course, the AF 200T is not as powerful and cannot swivel the flash head as the AF 280T or most recent flash units, but built-in units can't either. If you still have one, don't discard it; if you have some little change, get it to give it a try.

Registered: April, 2012
Location: Sydney
Posts: 1,165
Review Date: February 8, 2015 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: they are all but forgotten
Cons: light build

I stumbled upon these looking for another AF200s The T's of course have manual control on the back which was what I was really after,

Initially I expected an update on the AF200s body, they are sightly different, the T's being just smaller and lighter but with the GN staying the same.

The built quality feels a little less secure if one can say as much. The door to the batteries feels a little thinner and just all round they give the impression of being just a titch more delicate.

Having said that, I bought 2 second hand for $50 and they work a treat, For a cheap "strobist" flash that will work in TTL when you are lazy, these appear to be great. I'll update when my wireless triggers arrive and I can begin having some proper fun with them.


How silly of me. They do not work in TTL because TTl is not PTTL But that is ok. It really is.

Because they are great as manual little flashboxes!! Consistent, recycle times is instant at 1/4 and 1/8th power, and they are light enough to hang off the top of some cheap Chinese wireless triggers.

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Registered: June, 2008
Location: Florida Hill Country
Posts: 17,247
Review Date: June 17, 2011 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $8.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: form factor
Cons: non swivel

Has ttl capabilities and works well on my SuperProgram, MZ-3 and *istD. Also has auto thyristor modes and fully manual with 4 power level settings.
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Registered: May, 2010
Location: Oregon Cascades
Posts: 11,718
Review Date: April 17, 2011 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $15.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Easy manual control, small and light, good build quality
Cons: No tilt or swivel

While this flash is not going to compete with modern flashes with many more features and higher power it is an incredible bargain for what it is. It would not deserve a '9' going up against other classes of flashes but in its niche I think it deserves the rating.

I use this off camera on manual settings. The lack of tilt / swivel doesn't hurt since I mount it on a swivel bracket on top of a light stand. This is one of the few Pentax flashes with easy manual selection of power levels. It has 4 settings from Full to 1/8 power. The 20 guide number doesn't hurt in this application because you can move the flash around and for product photography it works great.

Although I normally use it in manual, off-camera, and I think that is where it shines, it does have ttl and could be used on-camera. It would work fine in small settings where a big guide number is not needed. The small size and light weight are a big advantage here. In larger settings or outdoors I think it would be very under powered.

These are available used for very little and mine has been very reliable.
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Registered: May, 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,418

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Review Date: March 27, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $15.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Light weight, small size, manual output control, cheap
Cons: head doesn't turn or tilt

I mainly use them (I've got 3 of them) with radio trigger, the manual output control make them very easy to use. I use it several time on K10D hotshoe also. set the ISO value then set the F stop as shown on the flash and shot away.

due to the small size I can pact three of them all together in a slot and they are light so I won't feel tired at all carry them around. Of course they are cheap too :P
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