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12-15-2014, 05:59 PM   #856
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If you're ok with a manual flash, the Yongnuo YN-560-II is pretty good. Quality control is not so great, so buy from somewhere with no-hassle returns. Once you get a copy that works, these are great!

12-15-2014, 06:03 PM   #857
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The Pentax AF 500 FTZ isn't a bad choice for a manual flash on the K10D. Power output is adjustable only in full stops, unlike some new manual flashes such as from Yongnuo, but durability of those newer flashes seems to be a question.
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I have had great sucess with this flash although it is completely manual and there are many threads here on using this particular flash.
They can be obtained now on ebay for about $35.00. Take a look

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12-16-2014, 02:20 AM   #859
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With manual lenses an old-school auto-thyristor bounce flash works well. This type of flash has its own built-in sensor, so that you just have to set the indicated aperture and the flash itself will control its light output for the correct exposure.

But be careful about the trigger voltage that the flash puts into the camera. Don't go above 6V with the K10D. This page lists the trigger voltages for many popular old flash units: Photo Strobe Trigger Voltages

If in doubt, use a safe sync: Safe Syncs

I use an ancient Hanimex TZ1 (with a safe sync because of its high trigger voltage). I set the lens to f/5.6, put the flash in auto, and the flash uses its own built-in light sensor to give a correct exposure anywhere from 2ft-12ft from the subject. For closer or further distances, I just adjust the aperture to compensate.


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The Yongnuo stuff is pretty inexpensive and good value now they have concentrated on build quality. Its all manual flash, rather than the auto TTL or PTTL, but that's not really a problem if you want to get to grips with flash on and off the camera.
I got my stuff here for flash and here for the controller. The controller is handy for adjusting power levels and zoom and remote triggering of flash.
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For my 35mm film I use the AF280T and the Vivitar 283 Thyristor flash.

For digital I use the Yongnuo flashes. Terrific value. I actually have 3 of them now, all bought at separate times, and they all work great. I like the fact that they are manual.
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In the backyard with a Sigma 17-70 DC macro (xposted)


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Oh yeah







Yeah , I do like the K10D .. Nearly bought another the other day ...
I also like the K20D ...
The k10 seems to render color better though ( Than the K20 )
Still ..
I dont think I will sell my K10D , I dont have quite as much attachment to my K20's (2) , and I may part with one of them ...

I purchased a split screen for the K10D , still havent installed it (slacker) .
Yeah , the K10D just keeps doing things well ...
If the K20 could reproduce color like the K10 , Wow ! it would be such a collectable ...
But seriously , could you be a Pentax fanboy and not own the K10 ? ( Ok you could own the K20 - ill pay that )

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The K20D heralded the change from the CCD sensor to CMOS. And that is precisely why we are here.
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@Old4570 Those macros are outstanding! I'm amazed at the results of the Vivitar 2X TC! When I get my 100 macro, I'll be on the lookout for one of these!

BTW, I have the K10D, and love it so much, that I've got another coming in with a very low shutter count soon!
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old4570: nice work!

Texas Sage blossom with the K10D & Sigma 17-70:
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Nice one Paul.
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QuoteOriginally posted by paulh Quote
Texas Sage blossom with the K10D & Sigma 17-70:
Lighting, composition, bokeh - all nice, Paul.
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Re: Vivitar teleconverter ....
Its not just 2x teleconverter , its one of the lens specific ones
Its matched to the Vivitar Mc 75-205 F3.5-4.5 lens .. , THe reason I went for it was the longer body on the converter , I really wanted to eliminate the blue dot that the Tamron SP 90mm BBAR produces when aperture is stepped down ..
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QuoteOriginally posted by wtlwdwgn Quote
Nice one Paul.
QuoteOriginally posted by rayallen Quote
Lighting, composition, bokeh - all nice, Paul.
Thanks guys! That lens can make anyone look like a real photographer (even me!)
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