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10-11-2013, 08:45 AM   #1
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Vivitar DF-383-PEN flash no workee w/K-30, works fine on K-x

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Upgraded from K-x to K-30 recently. Everything a/b K-30 is great EXCEPT my flashgun does not work on K-30 (i tried upgrading to latest 1.05 camera firmware, no change). Instead of flashing once when shutter pressed, it either does not flash OR it goes crazy flashing continuously on and off a/b 5-10 times per second until I turn it off. Any ideas or suggestions? I can provide more specific info, if asked. It stills works fine on my K-x. If I can't solve, guess I'll have to use my K-x when using the flassgun (rare activity anyway).

10-12-2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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My metz 45 same problem high speed continuous flash, metz have a firmware update for it but it requires sending to them and costs money.
My metz 48 would not work in hss but they also came out with a upgrade so there is a difference with the two cameras ,it's not your flash,or camera faulty.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kodai84 Quote
Greetings.

Upgraded from K-x to K-30 recently. Everything a/b K-30 is great EXCEPT my flashgun does not work on K-30 (i tried upgrading to latest 1.05 camera firmware, no change). Instead of flashing once when shutter pressed, it either does not flash OR it goes crazy flashing continuously on and off a/b 5-10 times per second until I turn it off. Any ideas or suggestions? I can provide more specific info, if asked. It stills works fine on my K-x. If I can't solve, guess I'll have to use my K-x when using the flassgun (rare activity anyway).
Vivitar doesn't list any fash that works with the K30. The last Pentax camera listed by Vivitar is the Kr.

I had the same problem with a Metz AF48 until they put out a firmware update so evidently Pentax changed something in the circuitry.

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01-27-2014, 06:39 PM   #4
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Well, I think I got it working now in Manual mode :^/

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Sigma Service couldn't update my EF-500 DG Super so they let me trade it in for a 610. Something drastic changed in the K-30's flash system, all the 3rd party flashes had issues it seems.
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