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09-06-2016, 12:31 AM   #1
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difference pentax AF360FGZ and pentax AF360FGZ II

I own a pentax K1 and need a small flash (as much as possible) compatible with the camera.
Will the pentax AF360FGZ do the job? Or should I go for the type II?
If the only difference is the weather sealing, then I choose the pentax AF360FGZ

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QuoteOriginally posted by hansenn Quote
difference pentax AF360FGZ and pentax AF360FGZ II
Hi hansenn. There are 3 major differences between the 2 flashes. The AF360FGZII has the weather sealing, a video light, but the biggest difference I think is a tilt AND swivel head which the AF360FGZ does not have. If you want to bounce the flash, the swivel is a must have in portrait orientation IMO. Hope this helps.
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thanks for the quick and clear answer
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QuoteOriginally posted by hansenn Quote
thanks for the quick and clear answer
Most welcome. I have put a link to the forum flash database so you can compare for yourself the specs on both.
Good luck with whichever you choose,


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Also, old FGZ360 has plastic base that has tendency to break easy, especially when used often. New versions of FGZ flashes both have metal base.
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And they improved the battery door design on the II. All in all, it's worth getting

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The only thing I think the -II series (whether 360 or 540) give up over their predecessors is auto-thyristor control (which is almost as good as true TTL was, but the flash has to be on the camera or exactly equidistant from it, otherwise the exposure will be off because of distance considerations).
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One thing to note. the pentax flash has poorer built quality thant Metz's. especially the lighting head.

You can buy a metz but it is usually bigger.

the last , AF201FG. optionally, with a external cord. 1.5 meter.

that should fit 99% need of 99% people.

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QuoteOriginally posted by andy888 Quote
the last , AF201FG. optionally, with a external cord. 1.5 meter.
+1

Everyone should have one lightweight AF201FG packed away in their kit -- especially for K-1 and K-3ii users

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As already mentioned by other posters, if you have the budget for the AF360FGZ II, I suggest you go for that, there are several (and significant) improvements/advantages in the II version over the previous one. While others may like/suggest off-brand flashes, I don't have experience with those, but I would rather stick with Pentax brand for the interface and build quality, YMMV of course.
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QuoteOriginally posted by andy888 Quote
One thing to note. the pentax flash has poorer built quality thant Metz's. especially the lighting head.
Are you including the low-end (Tumax-made) Metz flashes in this statement? The Metz 36-AF5 is price competitive to the Pentax AF201FG.


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The AF360 does tilt up and back down to a level position and operates in wireless mode as master, control, or slave with Pentax cameras and AF360/AF540 series flashes (including II) exclusively. If you do not need the left/right swivel or WR and want more power/features than the AF201, the AF360 may be a choice.

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thanks for the input...I think it will be the 360 FGZ II.

I always used a metz on my k-5IIs but I was not very satisfied with it, especially in backlight situations.
Also I had that locking pin issue. The flash wouldn't come off the hotshoe without using a small screwdriver
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The original AF360FGZ and AF540FGZ will both do TTL with older Pentax TTL bodies, including the 645 and 67 cameras, as well as doing PTTL with Pentax digital cameras so-equipped.
If you don't need the old TTL, get the newer model.
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The point about losing Auto 'A' mode on the latest Pentax models is usually made in these type of discussions .... And it's always pointed out that it is useful for automatic flash working with manual focus lenses. Many often say that the exposure accuracy is better than P-TTL. I'm not sure about that, but I do wonder if the loss of that older auto mode is really such a bad thing ......

In practice it really is quite a lot of faffing around, and adds a good bit of extra effort .... And we're already dealing with manual focusing, and possibly stop down metering as well, depending on the type of manual lens. Then you have to dial in your aperture and ISO onto the flash, as well as deal with those on the camera .... And any flash exposure adjustments require a good bit of mental figuring and trickery.

But then again, it's nice to have the option when needed .... right?
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