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05-20-2011, 07:29 PM   #1
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Bounch flash w/ P-TTL?

I'm shooting a K5 w/ 18-135 and a Metz 50 AF-1. It seems to underexpose quite a bit when I bounce flash.

Is this normal? Should I be shooting on manual? I suppose there camera may have no way of knowing how far/good/etc the bounce is thus can't correctly determine the flash power for exposure...

How should I be doing this?



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It may be that the flash can't push out any more power or just that the P-TTL isn't quite reading the scene properly.

If I have that issue and it's because of the second reason, I just manually adjust the flash compensation on the camera itself up a bit. That way, the flash pumps out a bit more power.

You could also experiment with manually adjusting the zoom head on the flash.

I find sometimes that this automation does quite well for a lot of the time but sometimes totally screws up.

Hope this helps.

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Until you're comfortable with using the Metz in P-TTL mode with your K-5, I'd suggest shooting manually. P-TTL can behave differently with K-5s around, so it's hard to gauge what the issue is with yours. But start with bouncing in small rooms with bright surfaces/walls and see if this is a consistent finding. Getting used to your own camera's nuances also helps in your confidence in using the P-TTL system.

It was this way even with the K10D and K20D - lots of complaints initially. Then users got used to their cameras and 'know' what works for them in P-TTL.

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I actually prefer to use my AF540 in "A" mode - it provides more consistent output.

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I find pttl a crapshoot most of the time
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I don't know about your flash type, but with my sigma, it works better if you put my k10d in either P mode or shutter priority. p-ttl will never have as consistent output as manual flash, though.
try bouncing off a wall instead of a ceiling. you can also use a longer shutter speed in shutter priority mode to get more ambient light in the scene

hope this helps in some ways


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05-21-2011, 09:25 AM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by Javaslinger Quote
I'm shooting a K5 w/ 18-135 and a Metz 50 AF-1. It seems to underexpose quite a bit when I bounce flash.

What aperture and ISO settings are you using when you bounce the flash? I find that I usually need to crank up the ISO to 400-800 if my aperture is stopped down more than about F5.6 or so, depending on the lighting particulars of the room. The good news is that the K5 can handle higher ISOs extremely well.

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