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01-12-2009, 08:26 PM   #1
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Old flash on K200D

Well I have acquired for nothing a Sunpak external flash (from K1000 film SLR days) and was wondering what the best way to use it on my K200D is (safely)?

I read something about large voltages damaging dSLR's so not to use old style flashes directly on the hotshoe. what are my alternatives? i guess a wireless hotshoe trigger would work fine? are the deal extreme ones any good?

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I can't really offer any advice on dealing with high voltage flashes, but as far as using an old flash, I've had rather nice results with the following:

Set your camera to manual, with the shutter speed withing sync range (I've had good results using 1/125s in conjunction with my AF16) and then adjust your aperture based on the distance of your subject. Most manual flashes have a nifty chart on the back for this. Just whatever you do, don't trust the green button.
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yeah it does have the chart on the back of the flash, wasnt really sure how to use it, so thanks for that

ill post some photos of the flash later
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Yet again, the same question - I've probably asked it myself.

1. Check the flash voltage Measuring the Voltage on a Vivitar 285 or 285HV Flash Head - Life is a Prayer.com and Photo Strobe Trigger Voltages
2. Use a peanut aka remote flash controller Seagull SYK-5 Wireless Flash Remote controller
3. Do a search of the forum
4. google it.

Good luck

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thanks mate

i did a quick search but couldnt find anything
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there is a thread running in the accesspries forum now about this and have been many over the past year

if you intend to measure the goltage see the following, not all meaters tell the truth

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/155756-post11.html
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