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04-17-2016, 11:02 AM   #1
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Flash for my K-50

Hey guys

once again I'm very interested in your opinions!

I want to buy a flash for about 200euro, wich leaves the genuine pentax ones out right from the start.
I've looked at a Metz mecablitz 52 av-1 (a used one would be nice, too but i can not find one so far)

Can you recommend another flash?
I'd like to get one with an automatic mode to shoot "without thinking" at rather hectic family gatherings
The small ones are fast you know

Or should i try a manual first.
Maybe order both and see what fits better?

I welcome your input

Greetings Sascha

04-17-2016, 11:06 AM   #2
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I have the Metz 52 and used it with great success with the K-50. P-TTL and HSS are both useful for the hectic moments you mention and it can of course be used manually if you want the control, or off-camera.
A manual flash is fine when you have time to set up the shot, or if you know in advance what to expect, but they take a fair amount of experience to be able to adjust and shoot as you go.
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I use the Metz 50 AF-1 with a K-5 II and now with my K-S2. One thing using it, with my K-5 II the P-ttl worked fine with the flash pointed straight ahead, but wouldn't expose properly if the flash head was turned up or to the side for bounce flash. I would have to use it manually. With the K-S2 this problem has been solved. Don't know about your K-50. I still use it mostly manually and adjust flash output on the flash itself and for the ambient light either adjust the shutter speed or iso as needed.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wingincamera Quote
I use the Metz 50 AF-1 with a K-5 II and now with my K-S2. One thing using it, with my K-5 II the P-ttl worked fine with the flash pointed straight ahead, but wouldn't expose properly if the flash head was turned up or to the side for bounce flash. I would have to use it manually. With the K-S2 this problem has been solved. Don't know about your K-50. I still use it mostly manually and adjust flash output on the flash itself and for the ambient light either adjust the shutter speed or iso as needed.
did someone with a K-50 experienced this , too?
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The Pentax AF201 should do it. No HSS and it won't serve as a remote trigger, but for simple on-camera with bounce capability, mine works well. Leading and trailing curtain sync in auto, plus a reduced power option. Weather-resistant too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NoobOnTour Quote
did someone with a K-50 experienced this , too?
No. Although it's easy to run out of power with bounce flash, in which case TTL will not be able to correct (whatever flash and camera you have). You need to be careful how far you're bouncing, what you're bouncing off and how much of the flash's power will reflect onto your subject. You may need to start with a wider aperture so you have enough power to expose correctly.

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QuoteOriginally posted by NoobOnTour Quote
did someone with a K-50 experienced this , too?
While I don't have the K-50, I do have the k-5 and after updating to the latest firmware and never using Auto-ISO when doing flash work, I have not had any more issues with bounced flash.
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Ok, thank you for your feedback guys.
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one last question....

does it make sense to buy a flesh used or is there a factor against it?(besides no warranty)
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No different to buying anything else...as long as it's been looked after it should be fine.
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