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08-19-2009, 06:50 PM   #1
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Flash for K2ooD

What is a good flash for a k200d?

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How much money do you have?
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Too many options.
What are you looking for? P-TTL? Value of money manual flash?
With the question you ask, I'd certainly say the best would be either the Pentax AF540FGZ, Metz 58 AF-1 or Sigma EF530 DG Super, all of which have their pricetags to boot.
Any more economical than this, you'll be losing functionality, and most importantly, swivel capabilities.
But more info on your needs would be helpful.
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As ash said but those need some serious cash.
If you want P-TTL or dedicated flash, there are affordable ones like the ones offered by Vivitar or Digital Concepts or Bower.
You also have the Promaster or Quantaray.
The thing you lose on these flashes are the wireless capability.
If you don't care for wireless capability, then you can google these or ask here.
Budget? Specs you want for the flash?

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I'm looking for a P-TTl flash that is inexpensive. I'm not into wireless. A flash that a beginner can been with.
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Does anyone know if the Pentax AF220T is compatible with the K200D?

I also have a K200D and am looking for a cheap flash. I see a used AF220T for sale locally and wondered if its a total match for my camera or does it have to be used manually or something?
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Don't buy the Pentax AF220T.

It's TTL. On a K200D (needs P-TTL, not the same as TTL), it is essentially a fully manual flash.
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QuoteOriginally posted by drogheda99 Quote
I'm looking for a P-TTl flash that is inexpensive. I'm not into wireless. A flash that a beginner can been with.
Again, lots of options there.

Our resident flash specialist, mattdm, has summarised all the available P-TTL flashes here for your reading (PS. there may be further ones available, but just not at the time of his writing this article):
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-articles/43589-pentax-p-ttl-f...omparison.html

And again here on his own website...
Pentax P-TTL Flash Comparison: The Definitive Guide

Then if you have any further questions let us know...

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QuoteOriginally posted by SOldBear Quote
Don't buy the Pentax AF220T.

It's TTL. On a K200D (needs P-TTL, not the same as TTL), it is essentially a fully manual flash.
The AF280T (but not the 220T) is automatic, but not P-TTL. Many newer flashes are TTL-only and not capable of automatic operation on a non-TTL camera like the K200d, because they don't contain a light sensor. I wanted an inexpensive flash and find the AF280T is very effective on the K200d in automatic mode, and seems to cost about $35-40USD used. Automatic mode, using the built-in sensor, produces mostly accurate exposures, to about the same extent that the camera's built-in metering does for non-flash exposures. The swivel is very useful compared to my non-compatible (due to trigger voltage) tilt-only Vivitar 283. The AF280T isn't the most powerful flash, but it is compatible with the K200d, so long as you don't require P-TTL mode or other features that it doesn't have. Obviously it depends what you want the flash for, but now that I have the AF280T I have no immediate desire for a P-TTL flash, whereas with just the camera's built-in flash I felt more limited.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tibbitts Quote
The AF220T is automatic, but not P-TTL.... Automatic mode, using the built-in sensor, produces mostly accurate exposures, to about the same extent that the camera's built-in metering does for non-flash exposures.
Paul,

Interesting. My search returns an AF220T model that is TTL and full-power manual only, no auto, no flash light sensor.

This is what I'm talking about:

http://www.pentaximaging.com/files/manual/AF220T_FLASH.pdf
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QuoteOriginally posted by SOldBear Quote
Paul,

Interesting. My search returns an AF220T model that is TTL and full-power manual only, no auto, no flash light sensor.

This is what I'm talking about:

http://www.pentaximaging.com/files/manual/AF220T_FLASH.pdf
You are completely correct. I somehow read "280T" even though the post clearly describes the 220T. Sorry - I will edit my previous post. Thanks for the correction.

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Here is the link of one inexpensive flash that has been reviewed here in the forums.
It is the Digital concepts 918AF.
It works in P-TTL.
Just have a read of the thread: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/camera-studio-accessories/49880-digital-c...ed-tested.html
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Here is another affordable flash that has been also reviewed here in the forums.
It is the Vivitar DF-383.
Here's the link to the thread: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/camera-studio-accessories/65812-pentax-df-383-review.html

Vivitar also has a more basic than this model, the DF-283.
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