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07-09-2015, 01:26 PM   #1
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TTL Flash Help

Hi - Can anyone tell me of a reasonably priced "on camera" TTL flash unit that is compatible with my K-3?
I can find many but most seem to be slave units (off camera) only.
Just want something that is on camera ttl and reasonably priced.
Sure this must have been asked a thousand times so thank you for your patience!

07-09-2015, 01:35 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by SimplyIan Quote
Hi - Can anyone tell me of a reasonably priced "on camera" TTL flash unit that is compatible with my K-3?
I can find many but most seem to be slave units (off camera) only.
Just want something that is on camera ttl and reasonably priced.
Sure this must have been asked a thousand times so thank you for your patience!
I thought the Metz 52 was a good blend of features/price
07-09-2015, 01:51 PM   #3
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k-3 does not do TTL. Just FYI in case you did not know that. A compatible flash needs to understand P-TTL.

Here is the Pentax flash list: Flashes (Genuine Pentax) - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database
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QuoteOriginally posted by enoeske Quote
I thought the Metz 52 was a good blend of features/price
Love my 52 as well, recycle time is great and I get a lot of shots before switching batteries by using eneloops with it.

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Welcome to the Pentax Forums!

A few years ago forum member mattdm put together an extensive Web site that details the features of Pentax and compatible third-party flashes. While it has not been maintained since July 2014, it is still incredibly useful. Of particular value is the discussion regarding the lower-tier Metz models and their relationship to numerous other (virtual identical) clones made by Tumax. Highly recommended:

The Definitive Guide - Pentax P-TTL Flash Comparison


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I bought a Pentax AF 360 FGZ off ebay for $139. It was so new I didn't even find marks on the hot shoe mount. I have had numerous 3rd party PTTL units. The ability to shoot high speed sync and wireless PTTL makes this flash worth every penny. I will never buy another 3rd party flash. Pentax only for me.
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I second that! Those features you mention all add to the value and convenience of 'Dedicated' system flash. The newer Pentax MkII flashes with weather resistance have added some new features as well.



I agree with the Metz suggestion above ... From what I'm aware of, the main, current, fully featured third party offerings are the Metz 64 / 58 / 52 models ..... The Sigma 610 DG Super, and there are 4 Tumax models (can't remember the designations, but a quick search will bring up their site).



The Pentax flashes are certainly very good quality, and you can relax about compatability.



I also second the recommendation to Matthews P-TTL site which includes loads of info on compatibility and feature issues on plenty of more modest flashguns also.



I might as well mention it now ... I have been preparing a large scale guide to the Pentax dedicated flash system (includes all about the camera modes and settings, built-in and accessory flash use). It has illustrations and close ups of the gear and control panels showing settings etc . It is nearly ready for distributing, publishing etc and I hope to have it available for members here on PF in some form. I'll update with a new thread when its ready.
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one option... if you can find a use sigma ef-500 dg super, it's labeled as pa-pttl on the box.

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Thanks guys - based on the above I've chosen to go with the Metz 52
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QuoteOriginally posted by SimplyIan Quote
Thanks guys - based on the above I've chosen to go with the Metz 52
excellent choice, it has all the features for a very good price ! you can take it off camera and still have TTL

Read the full review here : https://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/metz-52-af-1/shooting-modes.html
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