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01-12-2011, 11:21 AM   #1
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Shooting Wedding with K7

Hi all, a friend of ours wants me to shoot her wedding. She's not looking for anything professional, just decent photo's. It will be a very small wedding,60 people if everyone shows up. I know I will need a hot shoe flash, and wondered if the Pentax AF360 would suffice?

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Hi,
If you can get 540 or Metz flash: they have swivel heads.
Good luck,
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Yes, the AF360 would work fine, it just doesn't have the swivel head. I suggest you get the Metz 48 because I think it's a better flash for the money.
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I'd only recommend the 360FGZ if you plan to use it off camera. Like others mentioned, the head doesn't swivel which basically kills the ability to get a good bounce for portrait (i.e. vertical) shots. Either that or find a way to diffuse the flash output. How soon is the wedding and are you pretty good at flash photography?

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I shoot weddings and I think a swivel head is really helpful.
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If you already have the 360 flash and are not willing to get another flash (whether P-TTL or not) with swivel head, then consider investing in a hotshoe extension cable. This cable will allow you to hold the flash in your hand to angle it any way you like without needing to worry about wireless limitations, particularly with the angle of the flash head vs. the 'eye' of the flash for wireless function. Hope this helps.
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Someone should invent a swivel hot shoe adapter. It would be pretty easy to cobble together out of parts.
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..or just stop making flash heads that just tilt and not swivel. To me it's like designing a car that turns left but not right (OK that's a slight exaggeration).

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I shot a wedding with the 360 and while it done rather well, I did feel like I needed the swivel for portraits, could have made a difference I felt. But for the price I got it for (Dixons uk had them at 60% discount) it was silly to not get one and overall it did save the wedding shots.
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If you don't mind the goofy looks, you can set it up wireless using your on-board flash as the master and just hold the 360 off to the side. Works for me.
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..or just stop making flash heads that just tilt and not swivel. To me it's like designing a car that turns left but not right (OK that's a slight exaggeration).
Love it Ash... What an awesome picture (car that doesn't turn right)!
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QuoteOriginally posted by John Araki Quote
If you don't mind the goofy looks, you can set it up wireless using your on-board flash as the master and just hold the 360 off to the side. Works for me.
That's right - this too can be done. Only, the inconvenience of it requiring the flash's sensor to be within about 90 degrees of the control flash (a fixed popup flash), means that you need to be cognisant about which way the hand is holding the flash up to the control. With a hotshoe extension cord, there is no need to worry about this.
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Not long ago i shot at a wedding with my K7 and a Metz 45 CT-5. Camera at manual exposure, 1/60 of a second, and reading the dial on the Metz to set the diafragma.
The Metz can take very good care of the exposure.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sakura Quote
Not long ago i shot at a wedding with my K7 and a Metz 45 CT-5. Camera at manual exposure, 1/60 of a second, and reading the dial on the Metz to set the diafragma.
The Metz can take very good care of the exposure.
The old Metz is a wonderful piece of equipment. And indeed the Auto-settings works very reliably. But nowadays I usually prefer the 50MZ5, because in Auto-mode it will read the aperture and ISO settings of the camera, which is as convenient as it gets.

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