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03-17-2009, 07:28 PM   #1
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ME super and modern flash?

I know, I know -- use available light, yadda yadda yadda...BUT I wondered if modern Pentax flashes are backward compatible with the older film cameras -- will they shoot TTL? A long shot, I know, but I didn't see anything that said it would not work.

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The 540 will switch to TTL mode for sure, I would assume the 360 does as well. 540 works just dandy on both my PZ-1 and Super Program.

As to "available light" ... if the flash is in your hand, doesn't that make it "available"?
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So the ME super supports ttl flash from the af280t?
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They will fire for sure, but me no think they can do TTL

What I think they can do is letting you know when the flash is ready and set the speed to 125
In the manual only automatic flash sync is mentioned and it says you should set the F stop manually.

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Maybe I will have to play with this a bit -- sacrifice a few frames.
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Yes probably.

Does your flash have a semi-auto setting?
I have only older flashes in which there are 2 or 3 settings for f 5.6, 8 or 11 and then have a semi-ttl flash?
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Sadly, your ME Super won't do TTL flash metering. You need a flash that supports "Auto" which uses a sensor in the flash itself instead of a sensor in the camera.

The only manual focus cameras with TTL support are the LX and the Super Program.
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I use my 540 flash on my Me Super. Though on "A" mode. It works pretty well. I have sample shots on my external HD, will try to look for it. The exposure is good, though the sharpness...not so...

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Does the 360 and 540 flashes have a light sensor? I've used my af280t flash on my Me Super successfully, it's quite easy with the film speed and aperture scale on the backside of the flash.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sharko Quote
So the ME super supports ttl flash from the af280t?
My apologies, I did not mean to imply the ME supported TTL. Should have proofed my post better when I penned it. The AF540FGZ will support TTL on bodies that support TTL flash, the ME does not. (I *think* the LX was the first series of bodies that supported TTL?) But you can use the AF540 and AF360 flashes on the ME - it will just be in fully manual mode.

Again, sorry for the incomplete answer.
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Ah -- so I'll have to put the thyristor back on my Vivitar 283 (it presently sports a vari-power knob). I will also have to try my Metz 48 on my LX when it gets back from CLA. I don't use flash much with film, BUT...

QuoteOriginally posted by filmamigo Quote
Sadly, your ME Super won't do TTL flash metering. You need a flash that supports "Auto" which uses a sensor in the flash itself instead of a sensor in the camera.

The only manual focus cameras with TTL support are the LX and the Super Program.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Venturi Quote
But you can use the AF540 and AF360 flashes on the ME - it will just be in fully manual mode.
Another piece of wrong, or incomplete, info that will confuses whoever not familiar with the AF540 and AF360 flashes.

As some posts above stated, the AF540 and AF360 flashes can be used in Auto mode: the light sensor on the flash will determine when there has been enough light and then squelch the output.

All you need to do is to match the ISO and the aperture settings on the flash and on the camera.

You can set the shutter speed on the camera to X, or just leave the camera in aperture-priority mode. When the flash is fully charge, if the camera is in aperture-priority mode, the flash will set the shutter speed to X.

"Fully manual mode" implies the flash firing at full power, which is not the case.

QuoteOriginally posted by geauxpez  Quote
so I'll have to put the thyristor back on my Vivitar 283 .
No need to do so. You can use the AF540 and AF360 flashes just as you would the Vivitar 283 with the thyristor.

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