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11-05-2014, 12:00 AM   #1
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K-3 Wireless flash set-up?

Hello everyone.

I just bought my first external flash tonight, a used AF-360FGZ!

My question is: How do I set it up for wireless use with my K-3? I have followed the steps outlined in the user's manual as well as the "Registering the Flash Channel for Wireless Flash" article on the Pentax.com help section but unsuccessfully.

I have also tried following a couple very well made videos on youtube, but still cannot get it to work because the Wireless flash option is greyed-out in the flash menu.


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11-05-2014, 12:49 AM   #2
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first of all make sure the back side of the flash, the plastic light has direct vision with your camera, this simple step I missed when I first used it....then if you just use the info screen, rather than going to menu, and use the arrow pointing down it will take you to the four flash chices, of which you want to choose wireless remote, make sure the flash is on slave....and the camera flash is up.....this should work, let me know what happens....
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pop up flash is up? Not in green Mode? Wireless mode selected on flash?
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QuoteOriginally posted by robjmitchell Quote
pop up flash is up? Not in green Mode? Wireless mode selected on flash?
I shoot with the flash up....adds a little key light anyway....don't know if it's neccesary.....it works like this for me using two speedlights, my Pentax and sigma flash...This is remote using the k3 as the master, not a seperate remote controller....

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Thanks all for your replies!

QuoteOriginally posted by phoenixvision Quote
first of all make sure the back side of the flash, the plastic light has direct vision with your camera, this simple step I missed when I first used it....then if you just use the info screen, rather than going to menu, and use the arrow pointing down it will take you to the four flash chices, of which you want to choose wireless remote, make sure the flash is on slave....and the camera flash is up.....this should work, let me know what happens....
@Phoenixvision, I followed all these steps. The flash is in wireless slave mode . Interesting note: whenever I half-press the shutter and metering is on, the the slave mode disappears from the flash screen and It automatically sets itself to a focal length of 16mm and blinks. Whenever metering stops, it returns to where it was before.

I tried accessing the wireless mode as you mentioned, but cannot find it in under the "info" menu, only main camera settings there (ISO limits, file format, ...). When I try to access it under the flash menu on the K-3 screen (bottom key on the 4-way controller), the wireless option is greyed-out and not selectable.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pomabille Quote
Thanks all for your replies!



@Phoenixvision, I followed all these steps. The flash is in wireless slave mode . Interesting note: whenever I half-press the shutter and metering is on, the the slave mode disappears from the flash screen and It automatically sets itself to a focal length of 16mm and blinks. Whenever metering stops, it returns to where it was before.

I tried accessing the wireless mode as you mentioned, but cannot find it in under the "info" menu, only main camera settings there (ISO limits, file format, ...). When I try to access it under the flash menu on the K-3 screen (bottom key on the 4-way controller), the wireless option is greyed-out and not selectable.



What shooting mode are you in? Wireless is not available in "remote 3sec." or "M.UP" modes.
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It's also not available in Green (auto) mode.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pomabille Quote
Thanks all for your replies!



@Phoenixvision, I followed all these steps. The flash is in wireless slave mode . Interesting note: whenever I half-press the shutter and metering is on, the the slave mode disappears from the flash screen and It automatically sets itself to a focal length of 16mm and blinks. Whenever metering stops, it returns to where it was before.
This could only happen if you have th eflash on the camera as 'slave' and on camera makes no sense , so don;t put the flash in slave when flash is on camera .....only master or controller have any revelvance for on camera flash.



QuoteOriginally posted by pomabille Quote
I tried accessing the wireless mode as you mentioned, but cannot find it in under the "info" menu, only main camera settings there (ISO limits, file format, ...). When I try to access it under the flash menu on the K-3 screen (bottom key on the 4-way controller), the wireless option is greyed-out and not selectable.
quick summay

k3 in shot mode (half press shutter and release)

1 press flash icon on k3 ( may need to press (1-2) button if selector is in AF mode)
2 select wflash icon
3 cursor down select master or control as required
4 pop up flash

360

1 MCS switch to S
2 on off switch to middle position (wireless)

test

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QuoteOriginally posted by Al_Kahollick Quote
What shooting mode are you in? Wireless is not available in "remote 3sec." or "M.UP" modes.
I'm in all the most basic modes, either P, Av or M, single frame shooting.

QuoteOriginally posted by awaldram Quote
quick summay

k3 in shot mode (half press shutter and release)

1 press flash icon on k3 ( may need to press (1-2) button if selector is in AF mode)
2 select wflash icon
3 cursor down select master or control as required
4 pop up flash

360

1 MCS switch to S
2 on off switch to middle position (wireless)

test
This is the procedure that I tried to follow, but the wflash icon is greyed-out and not selectable.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pomabille Quote
I'm in all the most basic modes, either P, Av or M, single frame shooting.



This is the procedure that I tried to follow, but the wflash icon is greyed-out and not selectable.



I'm new to the K3 and wireless flash myself, but if wireless flash is not available in those modes (P, Av or M) then something is not right with the camera. Try e-mailing Pentax Customer Service, they should be able to tell you if your camera needs servicing or not.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Oldbayrunner Quote
It's also not available in Green (auto) mode.
On mine, that is the only exposure mode where wireless does not appear as an option for the flash.
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