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07-10-2014, 04:35 PM   #1
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K-5 II question - bounce flash

For about a year, I had a K-5, which was great, except for one problem - as is widely noted, bounce flash exposure was very erratic in TTL mode. As a result, I went back to Nikon. I'd still like to get back to Pentax, - especially for the in camera stabilization feature, if the bounce flash problem is solved. It seems clear that there is no problem on the new K-3, and I've seen a few reports that there has been a firmware update to the K-5 II that resolves the problem on that camera. I'd be interested to know what current K-5 II owners are finding when using bounce flash.


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I've had a K5 IIs since December. I've shot 283 frames using flash, about half of which were bounced using AF 540 FGZ. I have no over exposures. Not having experienced the issues those with the K5 suffered, I wouldn't pronounce it cured, but I can say it has yet to be a problem for me.

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From what I know, the overexposure is due to a hardware issue. The k3 has an entirely new metering system, and that's why it doesn't have the bug.

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Indoor events with either K5 or K5Iis, camera is manual exposure, Pentax 540 in P-TTL and flagged with "the black foamy thing" . Typically, I set - .5 to -1 EV on flash, sort of depends on ceiling color and height.

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With my K-5 I use a Metz 58-AF 2 and use the flash's meter instead of the Pentax TTL. Problem solved.
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Thanks, everyone - it looks like not using TTL is the answer with the K-5 II.

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