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08-07-2015, 02:13 AM   #1
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K3 II - is there a "little flash"?

The K3 - II removes the flash and puts in the GPS.

It's probably better for most people. I have actually bought the Pentax hotshoe GPS (under 100 on Ebay from Japan) and it works superbly but having it built-in is something which should have been there for years. Georeferencing is such a handy thing these days.

But sometimes a flash is necessary. Even the rubbishy LED flash on my Samsung S6 phone is great, not because it works for what most people would call normal use (the Nokia 808 xenon flash was OK for that) but because it enables a pic to be taken of something close-up in the dark or in poor light.

Is there some very compact hotshoe flashgun which works with the K3? The smaller Pentax one is way too big - as well as pricey for the rare time I would need it. I have a remotely controlled radio+slave flash for the proper stuff, with an umbrella etc. but that's all too big.

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This is the smallest and cheapest option. Pentax really ought to be offering it as a kit option but as far as I know they aren't.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pentax-AF201FG-Compact-Auto-Flash/dp/B00TF6TQPA/ref=...s=pentax+flash
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I've got a flash called a Meike 320. It's not insanely powerful and it has an annoying habit of firing whilst still recycling but it's got full tilt & swivel (well, up and down 90 and 270 left/right) and it's served me very well so far. There isn't a P-TTL one as far as I'm aware though. I got a TTL one made for Lumix cameras and I just use it in manual mode and it works fine. I think you can use it as a wireless slave with the sensor on the front too but I've not tried it.

It's quite an interesting design as the swivel is part of the foot, so the whole unit swivels. This does mean changing settings is a bit annoying when you're shooting portrait but it's a small price to pay for an otherwise decent flash.

They're about 55, not too bad but I'm not sure about their longevity yet.

EDIT: As a bonus as well, if you've got a GR the Mekie 320 came with a nice little pouch that fits the GR perfectly! I probably use that more than the flash to be fair :P

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Thanks for that Jonathan.

Can the AF201 be turned to point backwards, into an umbrella behind the camera? Even such a simple setup is massively better than the on-camera flash.

There is an endless number of chinese manual flashguns, well below the 100 mark, some of which are not bad. They are fine for a studio setup (arguably a manual flash is the best for that anyway) but for replacing the K3 flash, one needs TTL.


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QuoteOriginally posted by peterh337 Quote
for replacing the K3 flash, one needs TTL.
The main reason the AF201 doesn't replace the built-in flash is that it can't act as a controller for an off-camera flash.
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QuoteOriginally posted by peterh337 Quote
Thanks for that Jonathan.

Can the AF201 be turned to point backwards, into an umbrella behind the camera? Even such a simple setup is massively better than the on-camera flash.
Yes but it will not be completely at 90 degrees above the lcd. That is completely backwards would be 180 from the way it points when point forward. I guess it is about 160 degrees. Sorry my description is so flaky. It is a nice little flash if you do not need to fire an off camera flash.
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+1 on the Meike
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Another small flash is the Metz 26AF-1

Less expensive than the AF201FG and more powerful.

Metz 26AF-1 Digital Flash for Pentax P-TTL / Remote TTL (Slave) MZ 2631796P

But is isn't WR.

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This effort is actually still ongoing per the developer but not via this funding effort.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flashq-q20-a-handy-flash-reinvented#/

Although not P-TTL it is very capable and slick.
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This one looks about the smallest
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but would it work with the K3?
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Another small flash is the Metz 26AF-1

Less expensive than the AF201FG and more powerful.

Metz 26AF-1 Digital Flash for Pentax P-TTL / Remote TTL (Slave) MZ 2631796P

But is isn't WR.
Oh you just had to post that didn't you (-; My credit card is still crying from the K-3II and you come around with a very small sleek Metz. Seriously, thank you for the link. That looks like a fine choice for fill flash work without occupying a large chunk in my bag. I use a AF-360FG but it is rather large for my day bag. Thanks again,

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Trouble is, the little Metz is almost never in stock. I got the Pentax 201 instead because I was tired of waiting. It works fine.
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