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12-23-2009, 10:12 AM   #1
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The stock flash ain't cutting it anymore on my K100D!!

It's time for me to upgrade to an external flash, but I was kinda set back on my heals how much the Pentax external flash units were going for!!

What are my best (read budget) options for a flash unit? Thanks a lot.

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12-23-2009, 10:27 AM   #2
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I highly recomment the Metz 48-af1

Metz | mecablitz 48 AF-1 TTL Shoe Mount Flash | MZ 48312PS | B&H
12-23-2009, 10:44 AM   #3
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You can pick a Pentax flash up used here on this site. However, an alternate is the Promaster 7500EDF flash.
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12-23-2009, 11:44 AM   #4
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Affordable alternatives are the:
Vivitar DF383 or,
Vivitar DF283,
Bower SFD926P,
Digital Concepts 918AF,
Digital Concepts 952AF,
Rokinon D870AF-P,
Rokinon D900AFZ-P,
Rokinon D980AFZ-P

*all made by Tumax for those companies.

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I have the Bower SFD926P.
Works well and has motorized zoom too.
Has bounce, swivel, bounce card, built-in pull-out diffuser.
Has manual settings and an optical slave too.
It is the same as the Vivitar DF383 and as I mentioned above, all made by Tumax.
12-23-2009, 12:24 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by GerryL Quote
Affordable alternatives are the:
Vivitar DF383 or,
Vivitar DF283,
Bower SFD926P,
Digital Concepts 918AF,
Digital Concepts 952AF,
Rokinon D870AF-P,
Rokinon D900AFZ-P,
Rokinon D980AFZ-P

*all made by Tumax for those companies.
I knew this wasn't going to be simple..........

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12-23-2009, 12:26 PM   #7
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I still need to figure out if my old flash for my Pentax MG would work on my K100d without ruining the electronics in it.

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12-23-2009, 12:36 PM   #8
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12-23-2009, 12:42 PM   #9
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Thanks for the link...........once I get home (I'm 350 miles from home right now, making sure all you guys get your FedEx next day air boxes!!) I'll check it out. Can't remember the name of the flash......thristor 222 or something like that.

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QuoteOriginally posted by vmax84 Quote
I knew this wasn't going to be simple..........

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They are all the same inside (electronics) or how they function.
The only differences is the brand (re-branded as all are made by Tumax) and you have some sort of 3 choices..simple, with just the bounce but no swivel, then tne bounce and swivel with one model having a simple LED indicator lights and the other model having the LCD back.
If you google these models, you will see what I mean.
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Pentax AF280T: - KEH.com

Offers tilt and swivel like the expensive ones, but not the same exposure adjustment capabilities - this is done on the camera
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QuoteOriginally posted by eclipsed450 Quote
Pentax AF280T: - KEH.com

Offers tilt and swivel like the expensive ones, but not the same exposure adjustment capabilities - this is done on the camera
One of the favorites also among Pentax users and quite small but quite capable.
Becoming also expensive, that's why I went for the alternative and P-TTL.
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The Pentax AF280T is also almost the same price as a brand new Vivitar 285HV.
Vivitar is a lot, lot bigger though and made like a tank.
It also works on the auto-thyristor principle.
I also bought the Vivitar 285HV in lieu of this Pentax AF280T because of the becoming ridiculously high price..plus I got the Vivitar 285HV brand new compared to the Pentax "used".
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QuoteOriginally posted by GerryL Quote
One of the favorites also among Pentax users and quite small but quite capable.
Becoming also expensive, that's why I went for the alternative and P-TTL.
Guess I finally made a good "investment" :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by eclipsed450 Quote
Guess I finally made a good "investment" :-)
Yes it is a good investment!
I should've gotten them when they where still selling for cheap!
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