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07-21-2009, 09:21 PM   #1
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Best external flash for the k-7

I finally got my k-7 and it takes pictures beyond expectations. I have my Canon and Nikon friends who say that the noise in magnification is not as good as theirs but admit that the K-7 does better exposed pictures because of the amazing metering. They claim that they can get the same exposure if they get time to tweak on site a couple of times.

any way .. that said, I would like to ask for advise on the best external flash for the Pentax k-7 that will ensure best synch to maintain the great exposures I get at the moment.

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that depends on what and how far the subject you are shooting. as for close-up shots, the built-in flash is good enough for eliminating noises. in selecting a flash, you need to consider the Guide number for distance and exposure. the built-in flash is around 5 meters effective range. and if you are using beyond that, a 360 would be the advisable flash type. I don't think that you really need a 540 flash unless you need it for strong lighting and longer reach. or do you?

and don't worry about using noises. that is the K-7's advantage on emphasizing details on the photo. you are not looking at chroma noises but detail noises.
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I have the AF-540FGZ and was not impressed with the performance prior to getting the K-7

Since having the K-7 seven beneath this flash it works like a charm. I actually now feel very confident using flash and have cut back at least 99% of my bad shots due to flash.

As well with the WB flash settings in the K-7 it makes for an even better result IQ wise.

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Take Metz 58 AF-1

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QuoteOriginally posted by nulla Quote
I have the AF-540FGZ and was not impressed with the performance prior to getting the K-7

Since having the K-7 seven beneath this flash it works like a charm. I actually now feel very confident using flash and have cut back at least 99% of my bad shots due to flash.

As well with the WB flash settings in the K-7 it makes for an even better result IQ wise.

Cheers

Neil
i totally agree, I never trusted my AF-540FGZ in P-TTL mode on my K10D or K20D. But on the K-7 it works like a charm. The combo of the new metering pattern and linking the AF point to the meter pattern makes all the difference.
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I have both the AF-540FGZ and AF-360FGZ, actually one of the latter and three of the former. Always carry one 540 and the 360 with me, use the 360 for fill flash and as the trigger flash when using multi flash set ups. Often use both one on camera and one off ...in which case I use the 360 on camera. Both are good units, the 540 has some advantages, if using them in manual mode and with radio triggers, but I like the smaller size of the 360 on camera when I don't need the extra power of the 540.
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QuoteOriginally posted by alman Quote
I finally got my k-7 and it takes pictures beyond expectations. I have my Canon and Nikon friends who say that the noise in magnification is not as good as theirs but admit that the K-7 does better exposed pictures because of the amazing metering. They claim that they can get the same exposure if they get time to tweak on site a couple of times.
guess they don't want to admit their gears got beaten. too much pride !!!

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guess they don't want to admit their gears got beaten. too much pride !!!
The K-7 has the best P-TTL implementation I have seen so far with any Pentax dSLR.
Consistent exposure and no longer requiring +E/v Flash compensation. Its one of the pleasant surprises with the K-7.

We should know by now "Canikons are ALWAYS superior to Pentax"......
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We should know by now "Canikons are ALWAYS superior to Pentax"......
Well, it's a sad fact but in this case Nikon does me pining for the D90 - PTTL cannot really hold a handle up to their creative lighting system.
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