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10-15-2017, 03:21 AM   #1
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My K-3 wants an external flash

Nothing fancy, just want to have a flash that has it's own power source. Must be fully compatible with my K-3. Please recommend.

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This is the least fancy one you can get for the lowest price which supports p-ttl: PENTAX AF 200FG reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database
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Iíve been using a Yongnuo YN585EX with my K3 and Iím quite happy with. Itís a p-ttl synced flash and works really well for me. Have used it manual too and it produces a lovely quality of light. Got mine off ebay and Iíve seen them on Amazon.

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This is from a previous thread a few months ago on the Yongnuo YN585EX. Have a Look.


Just got one for $54 on Ebay from a guy purchased in a Store closing New in a box. Haven't used it much; but already got $55 worth out of it. Slave works. Used at my Grand Babies first Birthday Bounced with catch lite panel extended one stop under exposed. All in All so far heck of a deal. I plan on using it this summer as a slave catching Humming Birds at a feeder and in flower pots. Attached birthday photo still getting some shadow and 1 stop - fixed in PP. The room was very large so I don't know for sure if under exposer was flashes fault or not.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kshapero Quote
Nothing fancy, just want to have a flash that has it's own power source. Must be fully compatible with my K-3. Please recommend.
Compatible for me is, it fires on the camera.

On K3-II's, I use $60 YN560III's on camera for events and off camera for headshots, portraits and products. About the same power as a Pentax 540 and they recycle faster. I'm comfortable with manual control for events and manual is all I want in studio, both speed lights and mono lights. Their built-in wireless receiver lets me easily and quickly control zoom and power from camera with a simple, inexpensive remote & trigger . I buy them from Adorama or B&H with free expedited shipping and real customer service.

As others mentioned, they do make an auto or Pentax -TTL version that's another $20, YN-585EX . If it had the wireless receiver and I could control zoom and power, it would be a no brainer decision for me, probably what you're looking for.

Regardless of brand, buy good batteries and a good charger . And the "black foamie thing" is your friend.

Examples below, in order: Event fill, event bounce, off camera studio, off camera with ND filter for shallow DoF and a product shot.

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I have the YN560IV and it works great plus for an extra $20 you can get the 603 triggers that also work as a remote for flash and camera. Just a tight fit on the K3-II. If you have followed any of Brooke's post you will see how well they work . Brooke's talent might have something to do with the results !
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I would suggest getting the AF 360FGZ II if you can afford it... compatibility and versatility of this flash is almost indispensable for my type of photography. I carry it with me all the time, day or night, indoor or outdoor. IMHO the front facing LED is so nice to have essentially providing two light sources in hot-shoe flash setup. Besides, it can be used for short and quick video shooting as well. I used to carry two flashes with me when shooting events like weddings and birthday events. I just need to bring the 360FGZ II with me now. You can opt to get the more powerful one such as 540FGZ II, but I just prefer the smaller (and less power) one for my style of photography (prefer less artificial lighting).

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