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02-02-2015, 04:04 PM   #1
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Best flash gun for a p30t

I'm waiting for my P30T to arrive and I've been looking at flash guns on Ebay . I've seen pentax AF160SA, AF260SA,
AF200S. Which is the best of these, and are there other flash guns that work better with the P30T?
I assume the larger numbers are more powerful (?) but I don't know if any are more compatible, or have better features.
Any suggestions gratefully accepted.

02-02-2015, 04:16 PM   #2
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I have an AF280T and it's a really good flash. I use it with my K20D as well.

The truth is, the P30T (which I also have) doesn't have TTL so any auto thyristor flash will work well with it but without the TTL flexibility.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
I have an AF280T and it's a really good flash. I use it with my K20D as well.

The truth is, the P30T (which I also have) doesn't have TTL so any auto thyristor flash will work well with it but without the TTL flexibility.
Thank you for your speedy reply. You've confirmed what I thought, but I didn't want to waste my money on the wrong one.
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Hi AlJohn,
My P30t is long dead, but I still have its original manual here.

You can download a copy from Pentax P30t instruction manual, user manual

Pages 27~29 show the Pentax flashes that were compatible with the camera's Programmed Auto Flash mode:
AF200Sa, AF240Z Af160Sa

AF200T, AF280T and AF400T will fire fully in TTL mode, resulting in incorrect exposure.
But the AF280T and AF400T will work in Programmed AE, adjustable by their Auto settings.

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I must apologise, I did download the manual yesterday morning. I had a problem with my printer and it took a long time to print off. I didn't have time to read it through. Last night I was too intent on EBay,got bewildered by the choice of flash guns for sale so asked on the forum. I should have RTFM, read the f manual, before asking. Sorry about that and thanks for the help.
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How would this flash work?

The most available (read cheap) flash units appear to be AF200S, AF160SA at the moment. I really don't want to spend too much until I get to grips with film photography again (it's been 20 odd years) and something around 10 leaps out at me.... The only AF280T was more than I paid for the camera ! So, to help a tight old person, how would the cheap ones work out with the P30T?
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If the prices are similar, I suggest to get the AF160Sa, then you can follow the instruction book and get the most out of that camera.
However you will need a Pentax -A lens to get full functionality.
(As I recall the P30t had limited functionality with -M lenses, although I used it with those lenses and an older AF16 flash which had its own internal auto mode. .)
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Wow, thanks. That seems a good idea for me, re-beginning again with film. I only went digital 'cos of being able to manipulate images on my computer. I do miss the,er, mechanicalness (!) of my ME Super. Hope I enjoy the same with my P30T Thanks again.

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The P30T is very enjoyable to use. I think you will like it. It's plastic but it feels very solid. The shutter sound took me a roll or two to get used to. Very loud But now I enjoy that as well.
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I got a P30T a few weeks ago, spent 2 hours walking around with it today, and finished my first film in it. Very enjoyable, and (with its small grip) nice to hold for that length of time with a wrist strap.

I think you'll find it easier to use than the ME Super. The shitter speed dial is much quicker in use than the up/down buttons, and the exposure lock is much more useful than the exposure comp dial on the ME Super.

If you'd really like a 280T flash, why not hold on a bit on eBay. I bought one last summer for 20 that came in its original case and looks totally unused.
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