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11-27-2016, 10:56 AM   #1
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Replacement wide angle diffuser panel for AF540 FGZ II?

Does anyone know where you can buy a replacement diffuser (wide angle panel) for the Pentax AF540FGZ-II for a reasonable price? I pulled it out one time and the little hinge points broke right off.


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Mine broke on my 360. I didn't replace it but to get the zoom to work i stuck a piece of wood in its spot.
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What about using a pop on diffuser?

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11-28-2016, 07:05 AM   #4
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Mine broke on my 360. I didn't replace it but to get the zoom to work i stuck a piece of wood in its spot.
Thanks swanlefitte. I may have to try that.

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Thanks UncleFanya, that would work for some shots, but the flash will always assume it is wide angle with the plastic diffuser panel broken so I can not set the focal length, even in manual mode. I typically use bounce flash, and a wide angle bounce is not always ideal.


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QuoteOriginally posted by klh Quote

Thanks UncleFanya, that would work for some shots, but the flash will always assume it is wide angle with the plastic diffuser panel broken so I can not set the focal length, even in manual mode. I typically use bounce flash, and a wide angle bounce is not always idea.
I didn't realize that - hopefully the trick with a wood block works for you.
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Can you drill a small hole and use epoxy glue to attach a piece of wire?

See this thread.

I'm sorry I lost all the intermediate photos. The one at a end of the thread shows the panel after being repaired.
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Can you drill a small hole and use epoxy glue to attach a piece of wire?

See this thread.

I'm sorry I lost all the intermediate photos. The one at a end of the thread shows the panel after being repaired.
Thanks. I saw your thread, and I may have to try something like that. The hinge tips on both sides broke off (but I do have them), so I am tempted to try gluing it back together first. The tips are much smaller on the model II. I am amazed at how flashes (not just Pentax) have such a cheap part that is so difficult to replace. It's really a poor design.


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Here's an update in case anyone else runs into the problem. Using the broken panel, I was able to push the sliding bracket down into the flash until it seated with a click. Of course, the panel won't stay in, but now the flash thinks it is so the zoom features work as they are supposed to. Since I don't really need the panel, it's not necessary to replace it. For the rare times I need a wide angle I can always use one of my Sigma or Yongnuo flashes.
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Interesting as i recall on the 360 1, it was a button inside in the middle. My piece of wood holds it down while still letting the bounce card slide out.
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