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02-28-2011, 03:46 PM   #1
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external flash

hi all,
i've been looking around for a good, basic external flash for my k-x. the only options i would like to have are automatic and zoom capabilities, as well as some manual control. obviously, i need the flash to be able to swivel and bounce light. are there any good suggestions that you guys can offer? price is a factor as well.
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02-28-2011, 04:00 PM   #2
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Please read this post. It has the names of the flash I'm familiar with.

For (used) cost/performance ratio, it's hard to beat the Sunpak 444D (or 36DX). Unless you're lucky and find a Nikon SB-24/25/26/28 at a good price.

A good used copy of the Sunpak 444D is about $40 - $50.
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hey soldbear, thanks a lot!
03-03-2011, 11:39 AM   #4
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Ok this is a plug for some sale Items i have, but it may help the OP. I have a Pentax 540FGZ and 360FGZ for sale in the market place right now!

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If you take C-factors items, make sure its the 540. You'll just regret not taking it later. The 360 doesn't swivel left to right. I hate that.
Also check out the Sigma 530 Super. I just landed one on marketplace for 120 bucks. It has a guide # of 54.
Or you can just get manual flashes. I also have a Yongnuo 460. They run about 60 bucks and can fire with remote triggers off camera. They rotate L-R and swivel up and down.
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I'm not normally a Bower fan, but this one works fine for my casual use. 2 auto modes and a full-power M mode, bounce, swivel and manual zoom.

Bower SFD290 Auto Flash SFD290 B&H Photo Video

Had an AF540, but it was over-kill, and we never bonded...

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03-05-2011, 06:10 AM   #7
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i heard about bower, and even vivitar. i'm not sure how the new vivitar flashes hold up because the shoe mounts are plastic on them. how are metz flashes as well?
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Just a word of warning.

The Tumax made flashes ( Bower, Vivitar , Rokinon, and others) do not work on the Pentax K5.

They start strobing as soon as you push any button on the K5

Peter

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QuoteOriginally posted by r00t_b33r Quote
i'm not sure how the new vivitar flashes hold up because the shoe mounts are plastic on them....
If the flash, which is attached to the camera body, bangs against something, would you rather have the flash's foot break or the camera's hotshoe break?
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