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11-08-2011, 06:32 PM   #1
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Help with K-5 and 360FGZ flash

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But this is my very first post on this forum and it's about my K-5.

I'm really puzzled about how to use my 360FGZ flash. I want settings that just get me fast shots, no pre-flash, no delays, no nothing, just a an instant response and a properly exposed shot as soon as I turn the camera and the flash on. I use front curtain flash, P-TTL setting, green auto setting on the camera, but I get M Zoom instead of A Zoom. Using the kit lens, 18-55mm, how do I get "A Zoom" to appear on the flash LCD screen? Or isn't it supposed to? I can't get my head around all the possible combinations and permutations of settings. Maybe it's just me. Have any of you found the 360FGZ manual to be confusing and poorly written?

11-08-2011, 07:23 PM   #2
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FYI this would be better suited in the K-5 or flash forums. I'm not going to move it as it's an introductory post also, but I'd consider starting another thread as well if you don't get the answers you are looking for in here.

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11-08-2011, 07:26 PM   #3
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To avoid the P-TTL pre flash you'll have to use flash auto mode (where the flash uses its built-in sensor to determine the flash output). It defaults to P-TTL when turned on so you'll have to hit the mode button to get to "A" flash mode.

It should, however, default to A.Zoom with your DA zoom. That one puzzles me. Make sure, though, that the flash head is pointed forwards, not tilted up or down (the "tilted-head" symbol on the LCD must be off).

Last edited by Ole; 11-08-2011 at 08:52 PM.
11-09-2011, 11:32 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum, DaveJ. You might want to post your question on the beginner Q&A at Pentax Beginner's Corner Q&A -
Good luck.


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