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02-04-2014, 09:44 PM   #16
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I think I might pick up a YN560II from eBay.

For Adorama & B&H, probably some cleaning tools & stuff to go with the flash. Or maybe a monopod. Still deciding!

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Nope. So maybe some basic cleaning tools & a flash? Any recommendations?
I don't know if you'd be able to find one from either Adorama or B&H but for a good flash unit I strongly suggest the good 'ol Pentax AF280T flash unit. Probably one of the best units ever made by Pentax, and can be had for less than $50 usually.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bcrary3 Quote
I don't know if you'd be able to find one from either Adorama or B&H but for a good flash unit I strongly suggest the good 'ol Pentax AF280T flash unit. Probably one of the best units ever made by Pentax, and can be had for less than $50 usually.
For manual flash, the Yongnuos are hard to beat... Do you wan't TTL or Auto-mode in your flash?
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For manual flash, the Yongnuos are hard to beat... Do you wan't TTL or Auto-mode in your flash?
I don't know! :-D

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To use manual flash, you either need trial and error or prior experience. If you have time for test shots on location, you can look at the test shots (and their histograms) and dial in the flash power until you get it right. You can keep shooting at that setting but you need to change it if you change distance. Prior experience can reduce the need for test shots.
P-TTL on the K-5(II) has some bugs when using bounce-flash, that's why many people use their flashes in auto-mode*

*Flashes with Auto-mode have their own light meters, they tend to be more reliable than P-TTL on the K-5(II), the current Pentax 360&540 and the Metz 58 have auto modes, if the budget is tight you can also look at some of the older Metz SCA3000 flashes (i.e. Metz MZ40), those don't have P-TTL but they work just like the new ones in auto-mode.
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The Pentax AF280T has a flexible bounce head, which is a really nice feature, TTL auto, auto (green box and red box, I have no idea what that even means) MS (H & L) and Manual. It is fairly simple to use.
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The Pentax AF280T has a flexible bounce head, which is a really nice feature, TTL auto, auto (green box and red box, I have no idea what that even means) MS (H & L) and Manual. It is fairly simple to use.
It has TTL but no P-TTL, only manual and auto-mode will work on newer DSLRs (same as the older Metz flashes)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Boris_Akunin Quote
It has TTL but no P-TTL, only manual and auto-mode will work on newer DSLRs (same as the older Metz flashes)
I haven't had a problem using it on my K-5 unless you mean ones newer than that?

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I haven't had a problem using it on my K-5 unless you mean ones newer than that?
In TTL-mode?
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In TTL-mode?
Just fooled around with the TTL-Auto mode, and it seemed to work fine, as in, it discharged.
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Just fooled around with the TTL-Auto mode, and it seemed to work fine, as in, it discharged.
Maybe it defaults to auto mode if it doesn't get the right response from the camera. My Metz MZ40-3i dicharges too when I set it to TTL on my K-5 but it's always at full power.
The reviews seem pretty clear about the AF280T not having P-TTL: PENTAX AF 280T reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database
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I don't even know how to tell if it is at full power or not... Truth is, I don't really use it a whole lot..
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I don't even know how to tell if it is at full power or not... Truth is, I don't really use it a whole lot..
Anyway, it's a good cheap option for auto mode.
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Thanks!
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Anyway, it's a good cheap option for auto mode.
Plus the movable head. When I looked at new flash units a few years back, from Pentax, ones that had no bounce head, fully auto, and were frankly really ugly looking ran about $400. For like $30-$50 you can't really beat the AF280T... Even if it is at full power all the time, the bounce head compensates for that.
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