Flash for K-S2


Wizhunter

Link Posted 16/04/2017 - 14:26
Buying a K-S2 and will be wanting an external flash in the coming weeks, can anyone recommend one that isn't over expensive.
Thanks in advance
Tim

McGregNi

Link Posted 16/04/2017 - 14:41
It would help if you gave an idea of how you plan to use it .... What subjects, on or off camera, in which sort of situations. Plus some idea of your previous experience and use of flash previously. This will all make it easier to suggest specific products or entry points into different types of flash systems.
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

Wizhunter

Link Posted 16/04/2017 - 14:55
Will be for Portraits and Pet Photography McGregNi and will be generally on camera till i get used to the Pentax brand, I mainly take photo's for friends and family so not into making money or doing anything professional at the moment. I have done several weddings in the past with my Canon gear but don't want to jump into that again until i have some experience with the K-S2.

HarisF1

Link Posted 16/04/2017 - 15:03
The Pentax AF540 and AF360 flashes are the usual midrange flashes to use on the system. These are fully compatible with most (and all modern) Pentax DSLRs.

Third party offerings by Sigma and Metz are also very competitive.

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stub

Link Posted 16/04/2017 - 15:14
You will notice a big difference in choice in flash units for Pentax. Compared with the choices for Canon. Especially in off camera control... (Very very limited choice) If your looking to save money then a manual system would be the way to go.. Something like the Yongnuo 560iii or mark iv with the TX560 trigger, Which gives you remote setting of the flash unit. Ideal for when placed inside a softbox.
For Pttl I would choose the Yongnuo YN585EX. theres no logic in using Pentax flashes these days as they are expensive.
K1 K-5ii K7 Various lenses

Stuart..
Last Edited by stub on 16/04/2017 - 15:42

McGregNi

Link Posted 16/04/2017 - 15:19
I agree on the Pentax models there. It sounds like you need on-camera P-TTL with bounce mainly, so I'd look out for a well priced Pentax AF-540FGZII ....discounts come around sometimes. If you're not working in large rooms then the 360 model might have enough power for your needs.
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

Wizhunter

Link Posted 16/04/2017 - 16:07
Thanks for your advice guys, it's much appreciated

Tim

pentaxian450

Link Posted 17/04/2017 - 00:19
If inexpensive is the main point, the Sigma EF610 DG Super does fill the bill with all the bells and whistles. If you can deal with the awful interface.
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)

Mag07

Link Posted 17/04/2017 - 18:29
My mom needed a flash for her KS2. She tried my Metz 52 but found it a bit too bulky and confusing. We thought we'd try the Metz 44 and it seems like a match made in heaven, size/weight wise for the KS2. It doesn't hurt that it's a great flash either. They have intuitive interface, consistent light and fantastic build quality. If the Metz 44 AF1 is within your budget, I would not hesitate. They seem to be a great medium way between cheap and cheerful and Pentax original.
'Photography...it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten....' (Aaron Siskind)

nocturnal

Link Posted 24/04/2017 - 09:24
I have a Metz 50 AF1, it is superb, less than 100quid used mint condition boxed, firmware updates etc, German!!! 😉
"In a photographic context I don't like the use of the word 'shot' as where I live this word refers to an extreme act of violence and not the beautiful craft of photography"
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