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06-21-2012, 08:21 AM   #1
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Looks Like Rumors Of A New Flash Are True

This past weekend my AF-540FGZ flash overheated, melted and deformed its housing, and leaked clear fluid on the ground (the Eneloops powering it are fine though).

I went to the C.R.I.S. Camera Services web site to check on the repair cost (my flash is out of warranty). Filling out their on-line Repair Quote form generates a notice to the consumer:

"Limited service life:
The manufacturer of this item has indicated that certain parts are no longer in stock and are not being remanufactured. ..."

This indicates the Pentax top-of-the-line flash is no longer be manufactured. The rumored flash will probably be its replacement. I hope it's weather sealed and built to the same standards as the K-5.

06-21-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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Where else have we heard that there will be a new flash?

Also, what are they going to do now that your flash isn't supported any longer?
06-21-2012, 09:13 AM   #3
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There was a rumour - I think it was with that Hong Kong FF posting via Rice High - about a new body and a new flash.
06-21-2012, 09:36 AM   #4
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Long overdue. The Pentax flash system is very dated.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
Long overdue. The Pentax flash system is very dated.
yep lets hope they do more this time than the last update which pretty much was the same old flash but pTTL
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QuoteOriginally posted by jmg257 Quote
There was a rumour - I think it was with that Hong Kong FF posting via Rice High
Unfortunately if it was combined with an FF rumor than you might as well start looking at some Metz flashes...
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New flash would be FANTASTIC! Awesome wireless triggering like Nikon system would rock! But then again, so would a camera with a flash sync of 1/250
06-21-2012, 10:51 AM   #8
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I'll hope that the new flashes will be next to wheater sealed also running on the D-Li90 battery pack, since that is a very powerfull battery.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
I'll hope that the new flashes will be next to wheater sealed also running on the D-Li90 battery pack, since that is a very powerfull battery.
Flashes that run on the D-Li90 would be nice (it would be nice if all the cameras ran on that battery)
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Flashes that run on the D-Li90 would be nice (it would be nice if all the cameras ran on that battery)
Yep, that would make it great for us. You can just pick up every Pentax product and put in one of your battery's where you can invest on having some spares for holiday or when working with your gear.
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I'd like to see what Pentax can do to upgrade their flash system.

I've used Nikon flash systems and found them really effective, whereas Pentax seems "good enough to get the job done". I think some clever metering may be involved, as well as finely adjustable flash output. Maybe.

I'm just saying there is room for improvement.
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Maybe, I'm just saying there is room for improvement.
and I hope they keep in mind that we are cheap bastards.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
and I hope they keep in mind that we are cheap bastards.
Speak for yourself! On the other hand, I've always struggled to see what the recent Pentax flashes have offered over the Metz range, aside from being more expensive.
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Where else have we heard that there will be a new flash?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kryscendo Quote
Also, what are they going to do now that your flash isn't supported any longer?
I've e-mailed C.R.I.S. about it and their reply was "From your description, this is not something we have seen or heard of before and would suggest that you send in the units for a free evaluation."

The flash was being powered by the TR Power Pack-3 at the time. The Power Pack is under warranty, the flash is not. I'm hoping that there was a problem with the Power Pack that caused the problem with the flash, and they'll repair both under the Power Pack warranty. I do a lot of hoping some times...
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