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01-07-2011, 01:42 PM   #1
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Flash for a K200

I have been looking into getting a flash for my K200. I'm fairly new to all of this and was wondering what would be good to start with. I was hoping to find one that will also work as a slave. But not have to spend a arm and a leg.

01-07-2011, 01:57 PM   #2
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First, welcome!

When you mention you'd like one that will work as a slave, I assume you mean wirelessly?

I use the Pentax AF360FGZ with my K200D, both mounted to the hotshoe and triggered wirelessly. It has a full complement of manual and P-TTL modes and a reasonable power output. Currently about 220 dollars - potentially an arm, but likely not a leg.

The more powerful AF-540 has a swiveling head and costs $385 at b&h right now. Unless you find you need the power and shoot a lot in portrait orientation, may not be necessary.

The Sigma EF-530 is shown as being discontinued, but is fully featured and may be a good option on the used market.
01-27-2011, 12:48 PM   #3
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I'm going to be taking pictures for a friends wedding in June. Plus I want a flash that will work with anything I need to use it for.
01-27-2011, 08:48 PM   #4
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I got the "cheapest," the AF-200FG for about $50 (including shipping) for a like-new unit off the internet - and find it's pretty useful for being so small. No swivel. No tilt. But it does have a built-in flip-down diffuser for wide-angle, it's compact, works seamlessly with my K200D, and seems to cycle fast enough for my purposes even with plain NiMH rechargeables. (Some folks have been using the NiZn rechargable batteries in their various models of flash units for a slightly faster cycle time, but caution against over-cycling them with the higher native voltage than alkalines.) I imagine you can look up the guide numbers for the various models to see how high you need to set your ISO to work with them at a prescribed distance.

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