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10-10-2015, 05:09 PM   #1
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K200D with external flash

Hello everyone,

I've had my K200D for 6 years now, and I love it. Being a new mother, I thought I should buy a external flash to better control the lighting when doing pictures of my little girl. I bought a Youngnui YN-460 II. I know it's a entry lever flash, but that's what I could afford right now. I had read that it was compatible with all pentax camera. But I cannot get it to work. Can anyone help me? Is there a setup to do on my camera?

Thanks.

Annie

10-10-2015, 07:15 PM   #2
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I used to own a K200D several years ago, but it's been awhile, so my suggestions will be based on some assumptions and a foggy memory of the camera's features/operation. First, try setting your dial on top to the flash sync "x" setting. Your flash should fire for sure at that setting which forces your shutter speed to whatever the flash sync speed is for the camera. In general, I'd recommend you shoot in "x" setting whenever using flash. But, assuming that works, you can play with other dial settings. A key with the other settings is to make sure that if you're in Av or Tv or Tav that the resulting shutter speed is lower than the flash sync speed. If it's not, the flash won't fire.
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10-10-2015, 07:51 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by BlueEye Quote
Hello everyone,

I've had my K200D for 6 years now, and I love it. Being a new mother, I thought I should buy a external flash to better control the lighting when doing pictures of my little girl. I bought a Youngnui YN-460 II. I know it's a entry lever flash, but that's what I could afford right now. I had read that it was compatible with all pentax camera. But I cannot get it to work. Can anyone help me? Is there a setup to do on my camera?

Thanks.

Annie
I am not clear on what you mean that you "cannot get it to work".

To fire the flash, you mount it in the hot shoe, ensure it is pushed all the way in and secure, turn it on, set the camera shutter speed to 1/60 second, and just take a photo. It should fire. If it does not fire, try the test button on the flash. Try fresh batteries. If it does not fire when pressing the test button with fresh batteries, contact seller and get it replaced under warranty.

Be aware this flash does not support TTL. It is a manual power only flash. That means you need to set the 200D to X-synch (1/180th of second) and vary the exposure (and ISO) based on your approximate distance from your little girl. The YN460-II has a guide number of 38 at ISO100 at full power. So if you are about 6 Feet from your daughter, the aperture would be 38/6 or f6.3. You can also vary the power.

If you are using it as bounce flash for softer results the aperture could be a stop or more (say f5.6). It's best to experiment. Check your test exposures on your camera’s LCD, for over or under-exposure.

Also you can use it as an external flash as well, ie it is triggered by your camera's own built-in flash to fire. This requires configuring the 200D to set it as a master or slave for this.

PF issued a great guide recently on using Flash with Pentax that I've found helpful on the finer points of using electronic and external flashes at Comprehensive Pentax Flash Guide - Articles and Tips | PentaxForums.com

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QuoteOriginally posted by johnhilvert Quote
That means you need to set the 200D to X-synch (1/180th of second)
To elaborate a little, if your camera detects a Pentax compatible flash, it will automatically set the shutter speed at 1/180s or slower. For a generic speedlight like the Yongnou the camera simply turns off the hot shoe if the shutter is set too fast. Sooooo...set to "X" or work in manual mode with the shutter below 1/180s.


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