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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2019, 07:30 PM  
Thunderbirds!
Posted By Katja
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Nominated
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2019, 03:52 PM  
K1 II - best legacy budget lens on the best price to IQ value ratio for the lowest $
Posted By Katja
Replies: 61
Views: 4,923
I can't agree more. I've recently started using a good old Tamron SP 17mm and it delivers a reasonable quality when I'm shooting interior and people (low and wide). This lens is very sufficient until my budget allows purchasing a new wide-angle lens.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-09-2019, 08:43 PM  
Reflecting on the causeway
Posted By Katja
Replies: 24
Views: 424
Nominated ..I love this capture.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 01-09-2019, 08:40 PM  
December, 2018 Runner-up: Lights
Posted By Katja
Replies: 56
Views: 1,488
Nominated
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-09-2019, 08:40 PM  
Zoom out the Light
Posted By Katja
Replies: 8
Views: 288
Nominated
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-07-2019, 07:50 PM  
Pro flash pack for outdoor photography and events
Posted By Katja
Replies: 17
Views: 1,743
Thank you again Class A for sharing your additional thoughts. I've just watched a video showcasing how Godox AD200 is used in practice, and I like the versatility of this product and the power .. and I can live without the zooming component. I found it on ebay.com.au for $487AUD incl. the XPro-P trigger for Pentax. I think it's a pretty good deal, and still within my budget. :)

I also found out that the software for AD200 was updated last year, so it now works as TTL. I feel that this kit should get me going for events photography for now. Thank you again for your additional comments. I appreciate your time.

---------- Post added 01-08-2019 at 01:57 PM ----------



Thank you inkista for your thoughts. I've looked into this option, and I really would like to have the TTL option when shooting events in particular. Other than that I'm happy to use the flashgun in "M" mode. I know keen to go ahead with Godox AD200 .. as it seems to be ticking all boxes for me apart from the zoom.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-07-2019, 12:04 AM  
Pro flash pack for outdoor photography and events
Posted By Katja
Replies: 17
Views: 1,743
I know, but I'm quite okay (still learning) to use the flash in the M mode.

---------- Post added 01-07-2019 at 06:45 PM ----------



I've just checked my strobes (StudioPro F121 - 150) and there is a synch port!



I also think that I should be okay without these two features while I'm shooting in my studio ... but I understand the convenience of having them.



I think, I need to remind myself what problem I'm trying to solve:

1) Having a portable flash (ideally with a built-in transceiver)
2) Automatic wireless HSS support
3) Quick recharge time
4) Remote control of flash power and lens zoom
5) Affordable price (around $500 AUD).

FYI I've got my studio lighting sorted incl. triggers (Aperture Trigmaster). I just thought, that if I get either Godox or Cactus kit, it might also work with my studio lighting. But I reckon, I should keep studio lighting separate from the off-camera flash for now.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-05-2019, 08:04 AM  
Cactus RF60 Flash Review
Posted By Katja
Replies: 171
Views: 23,207
Yes, that's correct.

I've read many posts about Cactus RF60x and also V6II. I somehow feel that this might be the way to go .. and eventually replace studio strobes with another kit.

Thank you for your comments, and also all the other comments re Cactus kit.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-05-2019, 07:55 AM  
Pro flash pack for outdoor photography and events
Posted By Katja
Replies: 17
Views: 1,743
Thank you for your comment Inkista and Stub. These two options were also mentioned by Class A in one of the previous comments.

I've been also reading a lot about Cactus RF60x and Cactus V6II which seem to be a cheaper alternative to the Godox system or Pentax branded flashguns. I already have Aputure Trigmaster II (wireless remote kit) which works alright with my studio strobes and Metz 50 AF 1. However, the Metz flashgun seems to be a bit slow (recharging time) and V6II is much more capable than Aputure. So, I'm looking for a faster flashgun for outdoor photography which will be also capable of HSS capabilities (if required). I reckon that if I get the Cactus kit, I could eventually get another Cactus kit which could replace my existing studio lighting kit.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-04-2019, 01:47 AM  
Pro flash pack for outdoor photography and events
Posted By Katja
Replies: 17
Views: 1,743
I've just noticed this post. Sorry for the late response. The $1600 is WAY OVER my budget ($500 AUD). :)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-04-2019, 01:37 AM  
Cactus RF60 Flash Review
Posted By Katja
Replies: 171
Views: 23,207
It might be a silly question, and I'd like to know if I can use Cactus RF60 as an off-camera flash without the Cactus Transceiver V6 (required when other flash units or strobes have to be triggered). Thank you for your reply. :)
Forum: Winners' Showcase 11-04-2018, 06:35 AM  
October, 2018 Runner-up: Still Life on Water
Posted By Katja
Replies: 56
Views: 1,302
Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-04-2018, 06:34 AM  
Dining forks
Posted By Katja
Replies: 46
Views: 746
Nominated.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 11-04-2018, 06:33 AM  
October, 2018 Third Place: Mirror Image
Posted By Katja
Replies: 41
Views: 975
Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-04-2018, 06:33 AM  
Aquatic Plants
Posted By Katja
Replies: 21
Views: 460
Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-04-2018, 06:32 AM  
Fjord Impressionism
Posted By Katja
Replies: 14
Views: 249
Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-07-2018, 06:06 PM  
Wildflowers season at its best
Posted By Katja
Replies: 3
Views: 197
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-07-2018, 06:05 PM  
Afionas Sunset
Posted By Katja
Replies: 15
Views: 501
Nominated
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-24-2018, 07:14 AM  
Pro flash pack for outdoor photography and events
Posted By Katja
Replies: 17
Views: 1,743
Thank you for your comments inkista. Godox 360 might be the way to go when it becomes compatible with Pentax.

---------- Post added 09-25-2018 at 01:26 AM ----------



This is a valid observation mcgregni. When I'm shooting events, there is no time to set up the external flash on the stand. And it can be quite time-consuming to fiddle with "M' setting. Unless you can "smell" the light.



This was also my second thought. The Pentax AF-540FGZII looks like a very good flash. The only downside might be the recharging time (as per some reviews). I'm trying to avoid getting the power pack as my gear is already of a considerable weight.

In the meantime, I picked my good old Metz 45-CT 4 to see what it can do. Unfortunately, I can't use this flash unit in TTL or HSS mode, but it certainly has the power and the required rechargeable time which is crucial for events photography. Today, I placed an order for the latest generation of the rechargeable AA batteries to give this unit a fair go. :-) I've noticed that this flash unit has the "W" mode which is recommended for sequence shots for continuous shooting. To be honest, I've never really explored the full potential of this flash unit. So, I might see what it can do, rather than rushing into spending $$$.

Thank you again for your comments mcgregni.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-23-2018, 06:24 AM  
Pro flash pack for outdoor photography and events
Posted By Katja
Replies: 17
Views: 1,743
Thank you for your response Class A, and also for the hint re HSS. I keep forgetting about this feature in my Metz 50 AF - 1. I should definitely start using this feature! ND filters sound very clumsy .. especially when I'm doing "kids in action" photography.

On the other note, my husband just suggested checking the model number of my rechargeable batteries, which I use with my current flash unit. To my surprise, these batteries were manufactured in 2004! I reckon this could also cause some issues, and in particular with the "recharging" time.



The issue is with the power and also the recycled time. I'm used to setting my flash unit in "M" mode. Sometimes, I take one picture after the other. The flash unit goes off a few times, then it doesn't fire at all. I am aware that I can use a high ISO to get a shorter rechargeable time. But that doesn't seem to make any difference. On some occasions, the flash was overpowering all scene without me changing any setting in my camera or the Metz 50 AF -1.

I've got Trigmaster II (Aputure), but I usually use these devices only in my studio.



I'm happy to use "M" mode as I like to be able to control the light.

Note: when I'm shooting events, I've no time to stop and set up my flash on the stand. I usually have the flash mounted on my camera. This is the most convenient option when I need to move around. Alternatively, I'm used to bouncing the flash from the ceiling when I'm doing indoor photography. But, this isn't possible when I'm asked to shoot outdoor.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-23-2018, 01:04 AM  
Pro flash pack for outdoor photography and events
Posted By Katja
Replies: 17
Views: 1,743
Can somebody please shine some light for me, into the best pro flash kit for Pentax k3 and also k1 including a battery pack? I've been looking at the following items.

1) Godox Witstro AD180/AD360 Cheetah Bare Bulb Hotshoe 180W HSS Flash No
Godox Witstro AD180/AD360 Cheetah Bare Bulb Hotshoe 180W HSS Flash No 702334862575 | eBay

2) Metz Mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Camera Flash (doesn't come with the portable battery pack) I understand that this flash unit requires a special adapter SCA 3702 which I have got for my old Metz 45 CT 4.
Metz Mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Camera Flash* | eBay

3) Interfit Strobies Pro-Flash 360 W/s Kit with Battery
Interfit Strobies Pro-Flash 360 W/s Kit with Battery STR227 B&H

I've got Metz 50 AF-1 which is sufficient when I need to take one picture at the time. But this flash unit can't keep up with the increased demand e.g., using the flash as fill-in light on a bright sunny day; taking a lot of pictures which requires a fast recharge time.

Thanking you in advance guys.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-11-2018, 06:30 AM  
Wildflowers season at its best
Posted By Katja
Replies: 3
Views: 197
A couple of weeks ago, I was coming back from Morawa in WA (Western Australia) where I did a workshop with Steve Parish "Nature Connect". On the way back home, I was driving through the picturesque landscape of WA (Western Australia). The moonrise over the canola field was amazing. I didn't stop the car straight away, but after realising that "this scene" was the best one, I made "U" turn and drove back to take a shot or ten. I was very pleased that this time, I decided to go back.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-09-2018, 07:26 PM  
Moving cars.
Posted By Katja
Replies: 10
Views: 218
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-09-2018, 07:26 PM  
Passing By
Posted By Katja
Replies: 30
Views: 904
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-09-2018, 07:25 PM  
Near the lake
Posted By Katja
Replies: 17
Views: 309
I would like to nominate this photo
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