Complete Pentax Flash Guide

Forum member Nigel McGregor shares his complete Pentax Flash Guide with us.

13/10/2015 - 15:34

Forum member Nigel McGregor shares his complete Pentax Flash Guide with us. This document, written by Nigel McGregor covers the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System, and explains the operation of Pentax's dedicated flash lighting system, including camera operation, built-in flash, Pentax flash guns, as well as dedicated third party flash units. 

Topics covered in detail:

  • Flash and ambient exposure
  • Camera flash and exposure modes
  • Flashgun flash modes
  • Flash range
  • Flash head zoom
  • Custom settings
  • High speed sync (HSS)
  • Wireless (off-camera) flash
  • Flash modes
  • Pentax AF-360 / 540FGZ (II) WE Flashguns
  • Miscellaneous Features
  • Third party flash units

Download the Complete Pentax Flash Guide here (PDF, 10MB)

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McGregNi

Link Posted 14/10/2015 - 00:18
Thanks to John Riley and the editorial team for bringing my guide right here to PU for members to see. It was really enjoyable preparing the material and I hope it will be helpful to all photographers interested in the Pentax Dedicated Flash system.

This is only a start, and I intend this to be an evolving project and an ongoing resource. Watch out for updates in time as the guide develops.

I am hosting a discussion thread in the flash forum about the guide contents, so please get involved and feedback with ideas, questions and suggestions. I hope you all find the guide an enjoyable and interesting read !
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60 Flash & V6 Transceiver

stub

Link Posted 14/10/2015 - 20:45
Thanks a lot Nigel. As someone who has always thought of Pentax's flash systems to be a great mystery. I will certainly follow your discussion group with interest.
K1 K-5ii K7 Various lenses

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McGregNi

Link Posted 15/10/2015 - 10:15
I hope you find some help in there with your settings questions! There's quite a lot of info on controlling and balancing ambient with flash lighting, and working with a combination of manual camera exposure mode and P-TTL flash mode .... That for me personally, is usually the most reliable and controllable configuration when the ambient light is fixed, like indoors.
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60 Flash & V6 Transceiver

richandfleur

Link Posted 15/10/2015 - 22:35
Top work sir, much appreciated.

McGregNi

Link Posted 16/10/2015 - 13:41
Thanks Richard
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60 Flash & V6 Transceiver

jvs

Link Posted 20/10/2015 - 16:28
Well done and thank you, Nigel!

As a total ignoramus regarding flash photography, I will get stuck into this with relish!
John

McGregNi

Link Posted 22/10/2015 - 05:26
You're welcome! Get stuck in, I hope you find it helpful .... if you get stuck or there are any questions please raise them on the Guide Thread in the flash forum section.
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60 Flash & V6 Transceiver

Wildwood512

Link Posted 02/12/2015 - 05:26
Nigel, how awesome! Can't wait to dive into this flash tutorial. Thanks for all your efforts and for sharing your knowledge...it's much appreciated!

Donna 😄
Cheers...Donna 😊

McGregNi

Link Posted 27/12/2015 - 12:42
Thanks! Glad you found it and I hope its helpful. Please raise any questions or feedback in the flash forum where more are likely to see it
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60 Flash & V6 Transceiver

silvermouse482

Link Posted 29/02/2016 - 08:33
Thank you for this guide, it's really helpful!

McGregNi

Link Posted 21/03/2016 - 15:13
You're welcome, and glad you saw the Guide ....
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60 Flash & V6 Transceiver

McGregNi

Link Posted 05/04/2016 - 03:47
2nd Edition Now Available ....

My Guide to Pentax Flash has been updated, bringing plenty more information and new images....


This new 2nd Edition brings the following improvements and additions ....

- Improved information surrounding P-TTL functioning with differing lens types
-Expanded feature listings for Dedicated System flashes and Radio Triggered alternatives
- Addition of X-Sync Mode within the Camera Exposure Modes section
- New images of the AF-540FGZ II WR Flash, including control panel and displays
- Expanded coverage of the new features with the AF 540FGZ II WR
- Side by Side Coverage of the older & newer flagship Pentax Flashes
- Expanded Wireless Operations section including new discussion on multi-flash exposure control using the Lighting Ratio Control and Flash Compensation options
- New look and font plus Page Numbers added


Its a significant update to the original Guide, and I invite all interested Pentaxians to grab a copy from the forum article, linked here ...... link

As always, I welcome feedback, further questions and any Pentax flash related discussion
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60 Flash & V6 Transceiver
Last Edited by McGregNi on 05/04/2016 - 03:47

ElizabethKelly1966

Link Posted 14/08/2016 - 15:40
Insane guide, I am a beginner and this is huge for me. Thanks!

McGregNi

Link Posted 29/08/2016 - 08:05
Thanks Elizabeth, glad you found it!
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60 Flash & V6 Transceiver
Last Edited by McGregNi on 29/08/2016 - 08:06

Alexander70

Link Posted 05/11/2016 - 14:13
Insane work, I love your in-depth articles.

McGregNi

Link Posted 05/11/2016 - 17:45
Thanks ! .... Well, clearly the next edition will have to be re-named 'The INSANE' Guide to Pentax Flash' !!
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60 Flash & V6 Transceiver

pschlute

Link Posted 23/12/2016 - 09:41
Thanks Nigel, very useful guide.
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AM1976

Link Posted 23/12/2016 - 13:52
Great in-depth guide about Pentax Flash. thanks for precious knowledge!

IWilliams83

Link Posted 29/12/2016 - 15:08
One of the best articles on site. Great for beginners!

McGregNi

Link Posted 09/02/2017 - 21:25
pschlute wrote:
Thanks Nigel, very useful guide.

You're welcome Peter, please feel free to post on the flash forum if you have any feedback or further questions ....
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60 Flash & V6 Transceiver

Robert62

Link Posted 21/06/2017 - 14:38
That's exactly what I was looking for, thanks so much!

McGregNi

Link Posted 23/07/2017 - 12:44
"Supplement to the 2nd Edition of the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System "

And now I am pleased to tell you that my 'Flash Guide' has been updated again, this time with a new "Supplement" PDF.....

This Supplement contains 40 more pages of Pentax flash related material ...... Here are the key new sections :

1) New Camera Models (K1, K3ii, K70, KP) Flash Features and New Choices
2) The AF 160FC ('Circular Ringflash') & AF 201FG
3) Automatic Flash Photography Technques, AE Modes/AutoISO
4) Off-Camera Control Technologies (Optical / Wireless / Radio / TTL & Manual Systems)
5) Pentax Optical Slave Modes
6) Extension Cord (Wired Off-Camera) Operations


I hope this new material will prove helpful and useful for members! This Guide resource is on ongoing project, and with this update I am bringing things up to date and adding more coverage to areas that were not dealt with previously, with the aim of making this Guide resource an accurate and detailed account of working with flash and our Pentax cameras. As always I value all feedback, comment, corrections and ideas for improvements or additions! I depend on the input and enthusiasm of forum members committed to flash

The new "Supplement" PDF is available for download now from this direct link ....
..... link

Enjoy the Supplement, and please feedback here or on the related Forum thread within the Flash Photography Section.

Nigel
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60 Flash & V6 Transceiver

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