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09-08-2016, 08:13 AM   #1
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flash for k3

I am wanting to get a flash for my K3..not having $3-400 to spend, am looking at the yungnuo 560 III or the one of the Godox models...would be on-camera usage primarily at this point...in older posts I read that the yungnuo may not fit the k3 hotshoe very well...does any one have experience or advice...would like to keep costs, new or used, below $150.00
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I was like you - gimme quality without robbing me...

I like the Cactus RF60 + V6 combination - I can use the RF60 on-camera as a trigger for the V6 with any other flash I have on hand....

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How much flash do you need? This one looks interesting to me for a small handy flash for those cameras without one:

Pentax AF201FG Flash 30458 B&H Photo Video
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QuoteOriginally posted by 49tandrew Quote
I am wanting to get a flash for my K3..not having $3-400 to spend, am looking at the yungnuo 560 III or the one of the Godox models...would be on-camera usage primarily at this point...in older posts I read that the yungnuo may not fit the k3 hotshoe very well...does any one have experience or advice...would like to keep costs, new or used, below $150.00
thanks
I think if buying a 3rd party flash, I would stick with a brand like Metz. Lots of choices ...but if looking for something inexpensive, you could consider something like this one: Metz mecablitz 36 AF-5 digital Flash for Pentax MZ 36357PS B&H

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I had an Opteka EF-790 DG flash that I used a lot before I got my Pentax AF540 FGZ and it was awesome. I'd say it seemed like 90% of the Pentax flash I have now. Worked on the K5 and the K3 no problems.
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You could try to Find a Sigma EF 530 https://www.amazon.com/Sigma-EF-530-Electronic-Pentax-Samsung/dp/B000UHDRAS

By my knowledge the cheapest flash for Pentax that does full pttl and swivels two axis. There is a newer model the 610 but that is also more expensive.
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thanks to everyone....off to the marketplace.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 49tandrew Quote
I am wanting to get a flash for my K3..not having $3-400 to spend, am looking at the yungnuo 560 III or the one of the Godox models...would be on-camera usage primarily at this point...in older posts I read that the yungnuo may not fit the k3 hotshoe very well...does any one have experience or advice...would like to keep costs, new or used, below $150.00
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I shoot with Yongnuo - they are very cheap but also very durable. Last ones I bought was 560 IV, the first ones was pair of 560 II

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I just got a 560IV in haven't had a chance to even test it, but it looks to be a solid unit. I use wireless receivers and a transmitter on the K3II. I have yet verified it yet but supposedly it will pair with my transmitter
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so, after looking around I settled on the yungnuo IV and while I have used it only a little since purchase I am very pleased so far. I am wondering if anyone has experience with using lithium batteries (which I prefer) in yungnuo. I have read that yungnuo discourages the use of li-ion (which I assume to be the same as energizer lithium batteries) but in the instruction book there is no mention of it. I know when I was shooting with a k5 lithium batteries seemed to last a lot longer than alkaline models.

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I use Eneloop batteries, from Sanyo(now Panasonic )...
They're very very long lasting, and have plenty of recharching cicles...
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Many photographers would recomend it, and guess what, they're not li-ion.
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Sanyo was became fameous with Eneloop, and now it's under Panasonic division
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I would never go back to a disposable battery for a flash after using eneloops.
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Congrats on your decision. Once you've kind of got past the honeymoon phase it would be good if you can pass on your experiences here on the forum.

I have the Godox Ving 850s and the lithium ion battery is great for recycle speed and longevity. The build of the flash us also great.

Its a pity they stuffed up the initial release with substandard batteries.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 49tandrew Quote
I am wanting to get a flash for my K3..not having $3-400 to spend, am looking at the yungnuo 560 III or the one of the Godox models...would be on-camera usage primarily at this point...in older posts I read that the yungnuo may not fit the k3 hotshoe very well...does any one have experience or advice...would like to keep costs, new or used, below $150.00
thanks
I have used various Nikon flashes on Pentax bodies (K7 & K50) and they work great BUT you have to get the earlier models that have a AUTO function that was removed from the later models.

The models I have used with success are Nikon SB-20 (mid-range. Probably my favorite), SB-24 (most powerful and versatile but big and heavy) and a very small SB-30.

They all work great. Just set the camera to manual and pick 180 as your shutter speed and mid-range aperture and the flash will take care of the exposure levels. Frankly I found the Nikon flashes to be superior then the Pentax PTTL flashes I used.
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I also shoot with Yongnuo - i have YN-560 IV and YN-560 III + YN-560TX.

But good news is, that now they have new YN-660! That's even better!

And if You are interested in P-TTL, then they have YN-585EX. (P-TTL - it is for Pentax).
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