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AF 540 FGZ II flash - $267 off at B&H
Posted By: Adam, 11-11-2015, 11:10 PM

B&H is running a nice special on the Pentax flagship flash, while supplies last. Get it for $362.50 while supplies last.

Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash 30456 B&H Photo Video

The deal expires on December 31st or when sold out.


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12-04-2015, 11:20 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by clackers Quote
The II version certainly does! Weather sealed and with modelling light, too.
Thanks! Bought it yesterday

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it's not sold out but it's showing up at $399 now... bummer. I see it's 379 now on Amazon though.

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it's not sold out but it's showing up at $399 now... bummer. I see it's 379 now on Amazon though.
Adorama is still honoring the original sale prices of $362.50 for the 540 and $284.00 for the 360.

Pentax AF-540FGZ II Dedicated Shoe Mount Zoom Flash

Pentax AF-360FGZ II Dedicated Shoe Mount Zoom Flash

Does anyone have any thoughts on these compared to the Metz 52 at $319 and the Metz 44 at $263? I know they aren't weather sealed but other than that...?
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My flash died this morning during a beach shoot when a rogue wave hit me and I had just read this thread before heading out to meet the model. Figured it was meant to be so I put the order in at Adorama.

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My flash died this morning during a beach shoot when a rogue wave hit me and I had just read this thread before heading out to meet the model. Figured it was meant to be so I put the order in at Adorama.
You were thinking of doing more 'in the rain' shots anyway, IIRC! :-)
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Adorama is still honoring the original sale prices of $362.50 for the 540 and $284.00 for the 360.

Pentax AF-540FGZ II Dedicated Shoe Mount Zoom Flash

Pentax AF-360FGZ II Dedicated Shoe Mount Zoom Flash

Does anyone have any thoughts on these compared to the Metz 52 at $319 and the Metz 44 at $263? I know they aren't weather sealed but other than that...?
TBH, at the current price (with a little more for the Pentax flashes), I would prefer the Pentax version for the following reasons (and I use flash a lot when I need to):
-WR, front LED in place of catch-light (independent of swivel head position), Pentax flash mode compatibilities.

Of course, not to say that Metz flashes are not good, just not compare favourably to Pentax flashes at the current price levels.
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TBH, at the current price (with a little more for the Pentax flashes), I would prefer the Pentax version for the following reasons (and I use flash a lot when I need to):
-WR, front LED in place of catch-light (independent of swivel head position), Pentax flash mode compatibilities.

Of course, not to say that Metz flashes are not good, just not compare favourably to Pentax flashes at the current price levels.
Thanks for responding to my question! It's much appreciated!

I just purchased the K-3II so I'm not sure I'll be able to swing one of these. I've always wanted a top quality flash, it seems like something one should have available, but they've never made it's to the top of my want list. Now to decide which one...
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QuoteOriginally posted by JimS_256 Quote
Thanks for responding to my question! It's much appreciated!

I just purchased the K-3II so I'm not sure I'll be able to swing one of these. I've always wanted a top quality flash, it seems like something one should have available, but they've never made it's to the top of my want list. Now to decide which one...
You're welcome, IMHO, if you can stretch it a bit (price wise), always a good idea to get the "bigger" 540-II for more reach. Notice that the 540-II is not much bigger in terms of physical size than the 360-II. I paid close to 400 dollars last year in Japan for the 360-II. I think the 360-II is cheaper and better value if you are getting it from Adorama.

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QuoteOriginally posted by clackers Quote
You were thinking of doing more 'in the rain' shots anyway, IIRC! :-)
My thoughts exactly! Now maybe I can start thinking about picking up a DA55 to go fully weather sealed for less than dry portrait sessions.
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You're welcome, IMHO, if you can stretch it a bit (price wise), always a good idea to get the "bigger" 540-II for more reach. Notice that the 540-II is not much bigger in terms of physical size than the 360-II. I paid close to 400 dollars last year in Japan for the 360-II. I think the 360-II is cheaper and better value if you are getting it from Adorama.
Thanks again for the helpful suggestions! Basically that's my dilemma. Since my flash experience is limited to on camera flashes and inexpensive ones from the film era, I'm not sure where I'd need the longer reach. I'm a hobbyist not a pro, mostly interested in wildlife and landscape.

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My thoughts exactly! Now maybe I can start thinking about picking up a DA55 to go fully weather sealed for less than dry portrait sessions.
One of my favorite sayings is "Never turn your back on the ocean." I recite it over and over in my head whenever I'm on a beach near saltwater.
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One of my favorite sayings is "Never turn your back on the ocean." I recite it over and over in my head whenever I'm on a beach near saltwater.
Yes, very true.

So....I guess the components in the flash had time to dry off because it seems to be working fine now. Adorama already shipped the new flash so I'll probably end up keeping it and use the old one as a second light or as a backup. At the very least I'll give the new one a try to see what I think of it.
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Thanks again for the helpful suggestions! Basically that's my dilemma. Since my flash experience is limited to on camera flashes and inexpensive ones from the film era, I'm not sure where I'd need the longer reach. I'm a hobbyist not a pro, mostly interested in wildlife and landscape.[COLOR="Silver"]
I don't think you will notice any difference in terms of power output between the two (360-II and 540-II). At the point you are more comfortable with handling flash photography you can always add another one and use it with wireless remote control. And it is always a good idea to keep the same brand (Pentax) to avoid compatibility issue. And by the way, I have 3 flashes (one old 540, one old 360 and a new 360). I seldom find a need to use the 540 now since I got the new 360.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aleonx3 Quote
I don't think you will notice any difference in terms of power output between the two (360-II and 540-II).
There's a big difference in the Guide Numbers (36vs54).

Whether that's noticeable, especially for close subjects, is a different matter, though. :-)
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There's a big difference in the Guide Numbers (36vs54).

Whether that's noticeable, especially for close subjects, is a different matter, though. :-)
I agree with on the difference in guide number and I guess I might have misled people regarding the power output. Yes, you are correct (thanks for keeping me honest). However, the key to flash photos is not about how powerful the flash is... it is about balancing between flash and ambient light.
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However, the key to flash photos is not about how powerful the flash is... it is about balancing between flash and ambient light.
True, Aleobx.

But if the ambient light level is high, you'll need a bigger GN to overcome it.

Ultimately pros will resort to more powerful strobes to do this outdoors.
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