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01-06-2011, 02:21 PM   #1
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flash?

any good flashes for pentax k100D that dont cost an arm and a leg?

01-06-2011, 02:32 PM   #2
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How much is your arm and leg?

(I also saw your post about taking photos at a wedding).

A used copy of a usable flash is about $50. Of course it's not fancy, but will do the job for an amateur like you and me. Examples are: Pentax AF280T, Sunpak 383, Vivitar 5600. My handle mount Metz 45CT-4 cost me only $40.

At the other end of the extreme (for amateurs) are full-featured flash units that run about $300 - $400: Metz 58, Pentax 540. They are loaded with bells and whistles, but not necessarily make you and me better photographers.

We can also talk about flash diffusers. My DIY version costs 50 cents each. A copy of Gary Fong diffusers costs more than my Metz 45CT-4.

Tell us how much changes you can spare, then we can have a more meaningful conversation.
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well i was thinking about the sunpack 383 but didnt know how good the quality is. Im not really looking for something that maybe someone like a pro would seeing that this is just a hobby for now.
as for diffusers im not too sure what im looking for? if that doesnt sound stupid, iwhat do you prefer?
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With older flashes make sure that the trigger voltage of the unit is safe for your camera (some of the older models have so high voltages that they could fry a DLSR). Reviews can be found here: Pentax Accessory Reviews - DSLR Accessories - Pentax Accessory Review Database - Flashes, Grips, Camera Bags.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SOldBear Quote
How much is your arm and leg?
i gotta use that one!
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Don't forget the mid-range, like a Pentax AF-360 FGZ. I was just looking around and found one for $165 at an online retailer. Nicer than the old basic flashes, but costs more like a few fingers than an arm and a leg.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ashleyfatality Quote
well i was thinking about the sunpack 383 but didnt know how good the quality is. Im not really looking for something that maybe someone like a pro would seeing that this is just a hobby for now.
The pros use the older cheap stuff too.

Soldbear above steered me towards the mega-powerful Sunpak 555--which I got on e- Bay for 75 bucks. It has automatic features (though not TTL/through the lens), with a variety of shooting features, not to mention 7 power settings from Full to 1/64th, via simple dial.
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ashleyfatality,

Please check your PM.

Here are my $0.50 diffusers: linky.

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Whatever you do, get a flash that can tilt.

Swivel is nice, but tilt is mandatory.

I have the AF360FGZ and use it with my K200D. It has plenty of power for what I do, tilts, and can be operated wirelessly without any additional hardware.

It wasn't necessarily cheap, but is very reasonable given the great feature set.
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for some reason your link isnt working on my computer.
stupid POS
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QuoteOriginally posted by grainbelt Quote
Whatever you do, get a flash that can tilt.

Swivel is nice, but tilt is mandatory.

I have the AF360FGZ and use it with my K200D. It has plenty of power for what I do, tilts, and can be operated wirelessly without any additional hardware.

It wasn't necessarily cheap, but is very reasonable given the great feature set.

I agree with grainbelt about the tilt and swivel thing. You'll see many recommendations telling how important a swivel head is. IMO, it's a very nice feature for more advanced lighting effects, but certainly not necessary, but the ability to tilt and bounce the flash is very important.

Unlike many users, I like P-TTL and rarely use Auto Thyristor or Manual flashes. I'd take a good look at the Metz 36 AF 4 or AF5 for a flash in the close to $100 USD range. It's got enough power for indoor home use, has a tilt head, is USB updatable, and has the basic P-TTL features.

As far as a diffuser, I like the Demb Flip it with the accessory clear diffuser. Got it years ago after trying just about everything on the market, and nothing comes close to its versatility -- and it's the easiest to carry and store -- folds up flat and fits in a pocket.

Scott
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for some reason your link isnt working on my computer.
stupid POS
Not sure if you direct this to me.

Here's the URL, cut and paste it to the address bar of your browser:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-camera-field-accessories/126789-sto-fen-omnibounce-they-worth-2.html#post1326311
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The value of swivel depends entirely on how much shooting you do with the camera in portrait orientation. I do close to 100% of my on-camera flash use in portrait orientation and swivel is absolutely crucial, while tilt ends up being almost never used.
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linked worked for me
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yeah, my computer decided it wanted to be retarded and not load anything.
anyways, thanks yall so much.

what are yalls opinions on a Quantaray Q383 Super??
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