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03-23-2013, 04:54 PM   #1
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Sigma EF-530 DG ST flash

Hi, has anyone used this Sigma flash on a K30, is it fully compatible? They sell for AU$99, I'm looking at buying one.

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Works fine on K5 - cannot see any reason why it would not work fine on K30 - it is not as useable as the Super version which can be used remotely and triggered by the onboard flash - I bought a replacement 530 Super a couple of weeks ago via the Internet - turns out the seller "dcxpert" is CR Kennedy the distributor in Aus for Pentax & Sigma. $160.

They are new old stock as the 610 version is now the current model.

Very good buy for either model.
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The EF-500 doesn't work at all on the K-30, not even firing, the EF-610 mostly does OK (see my other posts on this). The EF-530 hasn't been mentioned by anyone as working OK as far as I know, so it's 50/50. I had a few emails and phone conversations with helpful tech guys at UK Sigma servicing, perhaps you could try that at your end.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kev.pride Quote
Works fine on K5 - cannot see any reason why it would not work fine on K30 - it is not as useable as the Super version which can be used remotely and triggered by the onboard flash - I bought a replacement 530 Super a couple of weeks ago via the Internet - turns out the seller "dcxpert" is CR Kennedy the distributor in Aus for Pentax & Sigma. $160.

They are new old stock as the 610 version is now the current model.

Very good buy for either model.
Thanks for the info, looks like the 530 super might be the go for me, especially at that price.

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I sent my 500 super back to Sigma for a software upgrade to work with my K-r. The did it for free. My only cost was shipping it to them. You can contact them through their Support/Online Repair page to confirm that they can upgrade the software for your camera.

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I should have added that Sigma could not update my EF-500 to work with the K-30. They tried but failed and I ended up buying an EF-610 DG Super part exchange through the service dept. at a good price.
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I currently have a Sigma EF-530 DG ST attached to my K-30. To the best of my knowledge, since the flash was acquired secondhand, it works well with my camera. The flash fires off and the TTL works.
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I recently acquired a Sigma EF-530 DG ST and have used it successfully with both a K-30 and ist* DS. It is powerful and inexpensive. Though I can not say how it will function with newer Pentax cameras, I can recommend it for use on a K-30.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SteveB Quote
I should have added that Sigma could not update my EF-500 to work with the K-30. They tried but failed and I ended up buying an EF-610 DG Super part exchange through the service dept. at a good price.
Steve, does HSS work on the k-30? I have a 500 DG Super that only did HSS on my old K100D. It wouldn't work on my K-x either. In other words, would you recommend this flash?

I also wonder if anyone has been using a Bolt brand flash on their K-30's
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