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05-17-2009, 06:46 AM   #1
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Pentax sp500 Flash recomendations.

Hello I'm new to this site and photography in general. I have to take a photography class for college so I purchased a Pentax Sp500, but I'm not sure what flash I would need. What flash would you recommend I purchase?

05-17-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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You've got a couple of choices. A Vivitar 283 or 285 would suit your needs just fine. Just match aperatures (on the lens and on the flash) and you're set for proper exposure. The only downside to these flashes is that they don't do swivel, only bounce.

A Starblitz 3600btz does both bounce and swivel, in addition to: built in slave, twin flash (one flashtube on the body, one in the bounce head), zoom head, and movement in 15 degree incriments. One major limitation of the unit is that there's only two power modes for flash.
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First, the SP500 does no have a hot shoe, so you need a PC cord... which means, any flash you get should have one 'in the box' or at least available for extra charge.

I bought an old Vivitar because it had a PC cord (and 1/8 power setting) which we've been using with good results. With the auto thyristor flashes everything's so easy.
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Does the SP500 have a cold shoe, though? If not, he will either need to hunt down an old Spotmatic accessory shoe (clips onto the viewfinder) or get some kind of bracket he can mount the hotshoe adapter to.

I'd first talk to the instructor and make sure if flash is going to be required, allowed, or prohibited. Depending on the answer you may be able to save yourself the hassle and expense.

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