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08-25-2009, 02:12 AM   #1
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Basic/Beginner Hotshoe Flash Recommendation?

Some facts that might help:

* Favorite mode of shooting is Av (aperture priority)
* Camera is a K100D
* Lenses are: Pentax 40mm & Sigma 10-20mm

I just want recommendations for a basic hotshoe flash that's easy-to-use for beginners and will be a noticeable improvement from the built-in flash of the K100D.

Off the top of my head, maybe the Metz Mecablitz 36 AF-4 Digital?

Thanks!


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QuoteOriginally posted by lastdodobird Quote
I just want recommendations for a basic hotshoe flash that's easy-to-use for beginners and will be a noticeable improvement from the built-in flash of the K100D.
Off the top of my head, maybe the Metz Mecablitz 36 AF-4 Digital?
Yes, that'd definitely fit the bill. Very bare-bones P-TTL.
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Have a look at the range of flashes in this league on Matt's guide (linked on his signature above).
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Yeah that's where I got the idea for the Metz Mecablitz 36 AF-4 Digital. Thanks.

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Just a question regarding the page on Matt's guide...

He describes the Metz Mecablitz 36 AF-4 Digital as:

"an entry-level flash with a few more tricks than the Pentax AF200FG and flash power about like the AF360FGZ. The Pentax version of this flash is very new and is just recently easy to find in US stores."


How new is the Pentax version (does this mean P-TTL)? Because "new" is relative to when the review was written. Hehe.

Also, I'm not sure if the amazon-linked item in Matt's Metz Mecablitz 36 AF-4 Digital page is P-TTL or TTL...

For one thing, the amazon page says "Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003" which is over 6 years ago... so that's definitely not new... It also says "TTL Flash for Pentax" and I'm not sure if that means the same thing as P-TTL.

Just trying to clear things up since I'll probably buy that flash on amazon if it's P-TTL This is because you can only use TTL flashes manually, amirite?
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Another one may be the re-released Vivitar 283. Haven't heard much on it yet though.
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If it's a genuine Mecablitz 36 AF-4 (which it is on the Amazon website), then it will be P-TTL.

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If it's a genuine Mecablitz 36 AF-4 (which it is on the Amazon website), then it will be P-TTL.
I don't think I get this.

Genuine?

Why does it say TTL on the amazon website instead of P-TTL?

Sorry, just making sure about spending my hardearned money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lastdodobird Quote
Just a question regarding the page on Matt's guide...
He describes the Metz Mecablitz 36 AF-4 Digital as:

"an entry-level flash with a few more tricks than the Pentax AF200FG and flash power about like the AF360FGZ. The Pentax version of this flash is very new and is just recently easy to find in US stores."


How new is the Pentax version (does this mean P-TTL)? Because "new" is relative to when the review was written. Hehe.
And it was written relatively recently. The flash has only been in US stores for a few months. It's definitely P-TTL. I think Amazon got the description in this case from Adorama, and although Adorama is a good store, they're not always so careful with their descriptions.
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woohoo thanks! I'll probably pick this one up then
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my first flash was a vivitar 285, and then a vivitar 2000

both serve me well!
and still in use some 4 years on!



2000 on my ME and the 285 on the K100D Super
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And it was written relatively recently. The flash has only been in US stores for a few months. It's definitely P-TTL. I think Amazon got the description in this case from Adorama, and although Adorama is a good store, they're not always so careful with their descriptions.
So this will work on auto and is perfectly compatible with the K100D, right?

If so, I'm glad I saw this. Hehehe.
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So this will work on auto and is perfectly compatible with the K100D, right?

If so, I'm glad I saw this. Hehehe.
Yes. Mind you, I haven't actually used one myself, but I'm very confident that this is the case.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PentaxPZ Quote
my first flash was a vivitar 285, and then a vivitar 2000

both serve me well!
and still in use some 4 years on!



2000 on my ME and the 285 on the K100D Super
That looks like a Vivitar 283 on your K100DS. The 285 has a zoom head.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lastdodobird Quote
So this will work on auto and is perfectly compatible with the K100D, right?
I checked the Metz Mecablitz 36 data sheet and it confirms that the flash can do P-TTL.

What is not so hot about this flash: It does not swivel (suboptimal for on-camera) and it does not seem to offer manual power levels (bad for off-camera usage with other flashes).

I think I'd only get a flash which I can manual set to a number of power levels. The next model higher up, the Mecablitz 48 AF-1 digital, supports (eight) manual levels.
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