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Good Midrange Flash for my K3 - p(ttl) not required.

Posted 11/05/2015 - 14:52 Link
I have read all the related questions and answers and I apologise if I am asking for the same information. I am new to off camera flash photography and Im not yet sure if I am ready for (p)ttl so my question is really around the best manual settings based options

Right now, I have no justification for buying anything really expensive and as much as I have seen the great reviews for the Metz brand I'm happy to start with something else until I become much more proficient than I currently am. So I've narrowed down my options to Youngnou at the lower end and Sigma at the higher end. I want the ability to swivel, bounce etc but I don't want to break the bank. It would be nice to get some diffusers as well.

When I know what Im doing, I'll upgrade. Recommendations welcome, even if it's not the brands I mentioned. Thanks
Edited by kanfranben: 11/05/2015 - 14:54
Posted 11/05/2015 - 20:26 - Helpful Comment Link
I've had the Sigma EF 610 DG ST for a few years. It does P-TTL, zooms with the lens has bounce card and wide angle fresnel. It only seems to lack High speed synch. Very nicely made and powerful. Takes cheap rip off Canon shape diffusers too.
Posted 11/05/2015 - 20:37 - Helpful Comment Link
I've got a Yongnuo YN 560 111, well made, great for the price, full manual but easy to use, built in Wireless so easy to set up a remote trigger. Great to start off and learn with but you wont grow out of one either - would be a useful bit of kit to have even after you have brought something more elaborate.
Posted 12/05/2015 - 07:13 - Helpful Comment Link
If you don't want automation (auto-thyristor or pTTL), Cactus RF60 or Yongnuo 560 are great options.

Consider radio-triggers for off-camera use; no chance that the on-board flash affects the image. E.g. the V6 for the Cactus and the benefit that you can remotely set the power levels of the RF60.
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Posted 14/05/2015 - 19:49 Link
I'm going to look closer at the Sigma and the Cactus. Thanks for all the comments.
Posted 15/05/2015 - 12:46 Link
I recently bought the Cactus RF60 and V6 trigger. Very nice bits of Kit and what the V6 can do is incredible

120 for the gun and 50 for the trigger from calumet
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Pentax K5 / Pentax K5 11/ Pentax K200D / Canon Rebel T1 i / Canon 650D / Pentax MX-1 / Fuji XF1 /Fuji X 10 / Canon EOS-M / Canon G10/ Pentax Mz-7 x 2
Posted 19/05/2015 - 15:43 Link
Hi Judderman62,

How heavy is the Cactus? My K3 with Sigma lens isn't exactly light so I am now concerned about total weight but I do like what I've heard about the Cactus. I know everyone raves about the triggers but how good is the gun itself?
Posted 19/05/2015 - 22:20 Link

don't know not used it. I'll probably use it about 2 -3 times in the next 5 years - I'm not a big flash user.
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Pentax K5 / Pentax K5 11/ Pentax K200D / Canon Rebel T1 i / Canon 650D / Pentax MX-1 / Fuji XF1 /Fuji X 10 / Canon EOS-M / Canon G10/ Pentax Mz-7 x 2
Edited by judderman62: 19/05/2015 - 22:21

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