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03-12-2012, 04:49 PM   #16
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Metz or Sigma flashes are around $200 range and have P-TTL

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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Yeah, but where does he get a P-TTL flash for <$200?
oh! I skimmed through the replies and thought he had that...well now!
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Yeah, but where does he get a P-TTL flash for <$200?
B&H and Adorama both have the Metz 44 AF1 pTTL flash for $199.99 shipped. For another $30 the excellent Metz 50-AF1 can be had.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RickyFromVegas Quote
Metz or Sigma flashes are around $200 range and have P-TTL
And in addition to the Metz flashes Twitch cited, the Sigma 610 runs $165 at Amazon. I honestly thought it was TTL but the reviews have buried in them one from a K-7 user who says its P-TTL.

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I tihnk the non "Super" flashes from Sigma are not HSS capable, which is dangerous territory for a newbie trying to do outdoor fill flash.
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Helios 44-2 58mm f/2. It's M42 mount with good sharpness, crazy bokeh, and costs around $50 on ebay. Check out the reviews under soviet lenses in this forum's third-party lens database.
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I tihnk the non "Super" flashes from Sigma are not HSS capable, which is dangerous territory for a newbie trying to do outdoor fill flash.
Thanks. I wish the descriptions were more complete. This is what the Sigma site says:
PA-PTTL Pentax
ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-610 DG ST

TTL Auto, Manual Flash, Autozoom Head, AF Auxiliary Lamp can be used with all AF models. Red-Eye Reduction cannot be used with some camera models. Manual flash mode with two levels: Full power and 1/16 power. Auto Power-Off function shuts off 180sec. after use.

But when you read the Super description....
PA-PTTL Pentax
ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-610 DG SUPER

TTL Auto, Manual Flash, Autozoom Head, AF Auxiliary Lamp, Designated Slave Flash, Normal Slave Flash, Rear-Curtain Synchro and Multi Flash functions can be used with all AF models. Red-Eye Reduction, High-Speed Synchro and Wireless Flash functions cannot be used with some camera models. For details please refer to compatibility table. Manual switching of the amount of light is 1/1 - 1/64; Auto Power Off function shuts off 180sec. after use. When PTTL, High-Speed Synchro and Wireless Flash functions are used Automatic Flash Exposure OK will not be shown on the display.

Thanks for the heads up on that one. That ups the cost to $255 via Amazon BTW.
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If you can swing it, the Tamron 90/2.8 macro is great for portraits, and will let you catch some nice cake/bouquet closeup shots later . The Pentax 100 would be equal I'm sure but your budget won't allow that; my older Tam 90 was about $250 but that was a really lucky bid in hindsight! Might need to soften the image later though, macro lenses might be sharper than the couple cares to see of themselves! You'd want another fast zoom to catch shots where 90/100mm isn't the right scale though; one of the 17-70s might be right & I saw one today in the marketplace in your range. I had an old 1st-gen 18-200 Sigma that did very nice bokeh, but a bit slow for indoors and natural light.

While I second older m-focus 50s like my Sears 1.4, the older coatings can show veiling flare indoors from a really bright window. That could really harm a one-off shot, so I'd seek a fast zoom instead.

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I do have some old lenses which have seen little use... again, no AF though

f=55mm, 1:1.8, Fuji photo film co/FUJINON. Lens - Japan.


Mc SEIMAR AUTI, 1:28, f=28mm, No.290724E



And then....


HANIMEX PRAKTICA nova IB


Macro, 52mm dia, NO513826, OSAWA MC, 1:4.5, 80 - 205mm


TITAN, f=135mm, 1:3.5, No. 197669, Japan


Meyer-Optik Gorlitz, 2952044, Domiplan, 2.8/50
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Hello Maxwolfie!
I would replace your 18-55mm kit lens with the SMC DA 16-45mm F4 ED AL lens and later add an SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.7 to complete your focal rang 16mm -300mm. Although the 16-45mm DA is not the top of the range in it's class it doesn't fall too far short and is excellent value for money with two qualifications. (1) If you are using it with on camera flash at the wide end remove the hood (2) If you are doing a group shot try not to go much wider than 18-20mm as you will tend to get some softness and distortion towards the edges of your frame. I'd also take along your 55-300mm lens for candids and head and shoulder shots of the bride and groom. I wouldn't bother with unfamiliar manual lenses because you can concentrate on exposure, depth of field and composition without the added worry of focusing. It would probably be a good idea to hire a P-TTL flash - the AF-540FGZ is excellent and can be fired off the camera as a slave. Finally, take enough of batteries. Also have a look at:

Pentax DA 1:4/16-45 mm SMC | eBay

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Be wary with the AFG540 FGZ, its a good flash but its not as realiable as others.
I had a bulb blow in one last weekend at a wedding shoot, luckly I had another PTTL flash (SIGMA 610 SUPER) as a back-up.
I think the 610 super is a better flash anyway.
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I will use my AF kit lenses for any fast paced action but I do want to buy an older MF lens for when we venture out to get some photos alone with the bridge and groom. I love the bokeh produced by the Helios 58mm f2's, and apparently there are a few variants to these lenses (44M, 44M-4 etc). Are some better than others? I've also read that I might have to tape down the aperture pin if I go for the 44M-4?

EDIT: There also seems to be a K mount version of most the above Helios lenses, this would be perfect as I would not have to worry about changing the adapter ring in/out. Suggestions? Will the AF and aperture work?

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