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03-10-2011, 06:20 PM   #1
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anyone have experience with YN 460 or 460-II Flash with a K-x?

I am looking for an inexpensive flash and found the YN-460 on ebay. Sounds too good to be true based on price and features. Is it anywhere close to the advertised performance? What I really want is a Metz but I can't afford it. I also see a used Sunpak 433 D that sounds good. Does this work on a K-x?

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03-10-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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I don't have a K-x nor a YN 460

but I do own a YN 560 and I use it with my K100D Super

I really like the performance though it only fires up to 1/160 shutter speed; I know it fires up to 1/200 on a K10D so maybe it would do the same on a K-x

It's plenty powerful, has a fast reload time and the controls are easy enough to configure

I heard that the 460II has only slightly lesser power than the 560, some had complaints about its buttons too
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I have two 460-II and they fire attached to my K-5/K-7. It's completely manual of course (eg. difficult to use).

They seem quite a bit less powerful than my Sigma DG 530 Super flash.

I've found them good for slave flash.

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I'm going to borrow this thread, because I also have a few questions about the Yongnuo YN 460 flashes. I'm considering ordering one for an upcoming indoor event I have to photograph, because I have very little money at the moment yet will need a decent flash.

So: I was thinking of taking my K-5 with my FA 50/1.7 or my Sigma 28/1.8 and combine that with the flash (bounced against the ceiling, I'm thinking) to take casual snapshots of people indoors. It is not critical that I 100% nail these photos as they are mainly for documentation but it would be nice to get it right. I'm guessing the light will be low but fairly constant.

Is the YN-460 usable with the 28 mm lens? It does not have a zoom head but I hope it will be able to fill the 28 mm angle of view, no?

Never used an external flash before, much less a fully manual one. What exposure mode should I be using on the camera? Is it smart to keep aperture and shutter speed constant, and just vary the power on the flash as needed? Or should I be keeping shutter speed and flash power constant and vary the aperture? I feel pretty stupid here


EDIT: After some more research; screw that Yongnuo noise, I'm getting an AF280T to use in auto. Will probably save me some headaches.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentax Bob Quote
I am looking for an inexpensive flash and found the YN-460 on ebay. Sounds too good to be true based on price and features. Is it anywhere close to the advertised performance? What I really want is a Metz but I can't afford it. I also see a used Sunpak 433 D that sounds good. Does this work on a K-x?
The Yongnuo flashes are cheap and inexpensive, and work quite well too, which make them quite bang-for-buck, but one thing you need to know is that they are manual flashes, and there is no communication between the flash and camera body besides the signal to flash; there is no TTL, p-TTL, or even Auto mode, meaning you will have to manually set the flash output power.

QuoteOriginally posted by kjfaust Quote
but I do own a YN 560 and I use it with my K100D Super

I really like the performance though it only fires up to 1/160 shutter speed; I know it fires up to 1/200 on a K10D so maybe it would do the same on a K-x
Have you tried putting your K100D in X-Sync mode? That fixes the shutter speed to 1/180th, and your YN-560 and the K100D Super should work at that speed.

Where are you getting the information that the YN-560 fires at 1/200th on the K10D? I have the K10D and the YN-560, and the max sync speed is 1/180th. And as far as I know, that's the maximum sync speed for modern Pentax dSLRS; at speeds faster than 1/180th (unless using HSS), the hot shoe is actually disabled and doesn't send out a sync signal.
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I have 2 of the YN460-II and wireless triggers and I love them - plenty of power, shoots wide enough (18mm is fine and I've been using my 12mm lens with the flash through umbrellas with no problem). As you know, they are fully manual so takes a bit of time to set up for the right shot.

I'm also getting 1/160 max sync, although I haven't played around with the settings on the camera yet.

If you can work with manual then you can't get a better deal.

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