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10-16-2012, 07:17 AM   #1
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External Flash

I have a Pentax K20d and want to purchase an external flash but have no idea which one I should purchase. Could anyone suggest one. Am not a professional photographer so looking for something in between that won't add me to the bankrupt statistics.
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10-16-2012, 08:38 AM   #2
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I got the top Pentax model, the AF 540 FGZ, to set on full auto and hope the pictures come out OK. Still, I often get that deer in the headlights look:



Humor aside, my photo illustrates a flash reality: sometimes the shot will look like it was taken with a flash.

I think flashes like the AF 540 FGZ are way too expensive but the alternative is to supply your own knowledge, talent and experience to the shot, every time. With the high-end P-TTL flashes, you can use the auto modes sometimes. Manual settings are easier too, and compatibility allows more potential setups. To get really good flash shots, you need knowledge, talent and experience, which allow you to use fully manual flashes well.
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I have the Sigma EF-500 DG Super and I couldn't be happier. This flash has been replaced by stronger/more powerful ones (530 and 610). I would get the strongest one (Highest Guide Number) you can afford. I bought my flash at the following website:

Photo 4 Less - Professional Photography Equipment, SLR Cameras, Lenses, Flashes | Flashes

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Are you open to used? What features are you looking for? Budget (Hot-shoe flashes can be had for $10-$400)?

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I'd go for a Yongnuo YN560.... It's a manual flash (no auto or pttl) but learning is quick and if you want to do any strobist or off camera work you'll be in manual mode anyway... It's also pretty powerful as well as having lots of control in power settings...

It's also very cheap.
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I recommend the Nikon SB-25. Available used for under $90US. Ideal for off camera use, with 6 power levels (1/1 down to 1/64) in manual mode. Works on camera in both manual and auto mode.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DaveHolmes Quote
I'd go for a Yongnuo YN560.... It's a manual flash (no auto or pttl) but learning is quick and if you want to do any strobist or off camera work you'll be in manual mode anyway... It's also pretty powerful as well as having lots of control in power settings...

It's also very cheap.
+1 I'm really happy with mine (YN560 II).
And then you can see if you get it used etc, before spending a lot of Money.
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I would recommend a Nikon SB-26.... Well I would recommend you get several of them. Works great in Auto mode and they are amazing studio strobes as well!

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