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01-15-2011, 11:33 PM   #1
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Any more news on upcoming flash improvements?

Seems that the cameras (and more mirrorless talk) have taken over the headlines for the past little while, so I thought I'd swing things back to the flash side just to remind folks that there was some talk of improved flashes before photokina, but now nothing...

Whether it be new weather-sealed flashes, improved pttl, greater flash exposure compensation range, or allowing higher than x-sync flash triggering (i.e. just let the damn camera fire the x-contact regardless of the shutter speed!), hopefully some flash-related news will be incorporated in upcoming firmware updates...

As an aside, I did have a brilliant idea that Pentax could freely use (some acknowledgement would be nice though) for their next flash: use the same battery setup as in the K-r to allow rechargeable lithiums as the power source but still have the adapter for AA batteries. This would allow for lower temperature use, matching the K-5 in utility and specifications.

I thought of this because of a recent shoot in December where the temperature was hovering near freezing (5 degrees C and falling quickly as the sun went down) and my flashes were next to useless on rechargeable NiMH or NiZn, and of course I had some alkaline backups but even they were slow. Having the lithium battery and AA options would be sweet for flashes. Wouldn't be much trouble since they've already got it figured out in the K-r right?

Come on Pentax! Be interesting!

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No news about flash or frontfocusproblems.
japan,us,hamburg.....nothing....
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Nope. See https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=128397.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zackspeed Quote
No news about flash or frontfocusproblems.
japan,us,hamburg.....nothing....
I've now written a notice to Pentax Paris that I consider the current state of things concerning both issues as unacceptable. I remained silent so far but not anymore. Keep you posted.

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Come on, I never had problems with eneloops in the cold.
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I was hoping to see a new flash announcement like the old Metz 54 mz series with one little lights in the front although it doesn't seem to happen very soon
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