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05-14-2012, 04:31 AM   #1
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Using Built in Flash in Wireless mode with External Flash i.e AF-360fgz

I've been reading the K-5 Manual on how to set up the built in flash in wireless mode when using an external flash unit in combination with the built-in flash .

so here is how I did it,


Turn on the power to K-5 set the camera to Wireless Flash. Press the four-way controller ( Down arrow ) then flash mode screen appears.select Wireless mode.

set the power switch on my AF-360fgz external flash unit to WIRELESS and set the Wireless mode on the external AF-360fgz flash unit to SLAVE.

To set up the channel for wireless comms between the external flash unit and built-in flash I placed the external flash unit on the camera hotshoe locked it in and switched the power back on to

Wiresless for AF-360fgz external flash unit and on then turned on the power to the K-5.

pressed the shutter half way . and now apparently the external flash and the camera are on the same Default channel CH1. I'm not sure if this step needs to be repeated everytime user needs to

use the external flash unit in wireless with the camera ? someone else can confirm this. or if the default is set to CH.1 may be this step is not required . it may be only required if another channel is to

be selected ?

Detattach the external flash from the camera hot shoe and placed it where ever you feel is suitable to create the effect your after , I placed my External Flash unit behind the subject some where

underneath the lace curtain to see what effects I can create

I like the cool effects that i can create with my K-5 built in flash and the external AF-360fgz Flash , I think same process applied for AF-540fgz


Anyhow here is some sample shots , I hope this would help others to set up their camera to operate in Wireless Flash mode.







me iz very happy


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Thanks! I keep meaning to do this.
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Sounds good...this can help too.

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I've had a lot of fun with the wireless on macro, lately, as well. I can hold the AF540 and move it around until I get the effect I want. Oddly, the EXIF says the flash was manual, but it was wireless PTTL.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
Thanks! I keep meaning to do this.
yeah , no prob ,it won't take long to set up both flash units in wireless mode, I had plenty of fun trying to create different lighting effects.

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Sounds good...this can help too.

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Just watched that Video jm , a little bit long-winded . but comprehensive

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I've had a lot of fun with the wireless on macro, lately, as well. I can hold the AF540 and move it around until I get the effect I want. Oddly, the EXIF says the flash was manual, but it was wireless PTTL.
I wonder if That is normal for EXIF info to display Flash is Manual when you're firing both flash units in WIRELESS , do you want me to try it on mine and we can compare notes , I haven't checked the EXIT data from running the 2 x flashes in wireless?

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Sure, let's see. I did have the exposure on the camera on manual as I often do with flash work.
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EXIF data indicated that the mode of operation is "Manual" also when I selected the camera picture mode to "M" , no mention of "WIRELESS" Flash and also same in Av Aperture settings, again EXIF only shows the Av setting as the picture mode but nothing indicated with regards to WIRELESS.
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QuoteOriginally posted by disco_owner Quote
EXIF data indicated that the mode of operation is "Manual" also when I selected the camera picture mode to "M" , no mention of "WIRELESS" Flash and also same in Av Aperture settings, again EXIF only shows the Av setting as the picture mode but nothing indicated with regards to WIRELESS.
Flash information in EXIF seems to be somewhat confusing anyway. For example, I've never quite understood what "compulsory mode" is all about.

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