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11-30-2007, 05:46 PM   #1
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*istDS + Pentax flash AF160SA

Hi,

Somebody gave me a Pentax flash, AF160SA. I know it's an old one, but is it safe and how can I use it ?(I know it won't give me great results, but it's better than the built in) .

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Mike

12-04-2007, 03:38 AM   #2
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No reply? Maybe I should put the flash in the garbage lol!

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I'm not sure about the AF160AS, but according to Photo Strobe Trigger Voltages the AF160 is safe.
However, if you have a voltmeter you can measure it yourself.
Secrets of Powershot Flash Photography explains how it's done

Hope this helps
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QuoteOriginally posted by pixmike Quote
No reply? Maybe I should put the flash in the garbage lol!
That seems a tad drastic.

You can download a PDF version of the manual:

http://www.pentaximaging.com/files/manual/AF_160Sa_FLASH.pdf

And Matt Denton has this to say about the AF160SA.

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I have a similar SA series AF flash, the slightly more powerful Pentax AF260SA. Like the AF160SA, it works fine with the K100D/K10D. However this is a no frills standard flash that is auto everything. So long as you use it within the prescribed flash range, it is pretty much dependent on the in-built sensor. Very compact size actually makes this quite a useful flash for those times you don't want to lug a big flash around. I use it off camera as a fill in flash.



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Thanks guys! At least I know I can use it safely lol!

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