Pentax Dedicated Flash Guide


McGregNi

Link Posted 14/10/2015 - 00:39
I am very pleased to tell you that my Guide to The Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System is now available on PentaxUser, as a PDF download on the Articles Page ....

PentaxUser-Articles-Complete Pentax Flash Guide link











Thanks to John and the editorial team for helping me bring it to members right here on PU I have really enjoyed putting this together, and I hope it will prove helpful and informative for anyone who is interested in using Dedicated system flash with their Pentax cameras.

You'll find that it covers most aspects of camera with flash operations, modes and techniques. Of course, the real point is that its about PENTAX FLASH ! No more talk about another brands system and pictures of the competition's equipment, which we see all the time in books on flash photography .This is all about OUR flash system and equipment.

This is an evolving and developing project, and I am already preparing the 2nd edition which builds and adds to the current version, and that will be available in time. As always I see things here collaboratively, and value all your feedback, ideas, corrections and comments. I hope with that help to maintain this as a definitive resource on flash with the Pentax system.

Please download the guide and enjoy!

PentaxUser-Articles-Complete Pentax Flash Guide link
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/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver
Last Edited by McGregNi on 14/10/2015 - 01:09

JohnX

Link Posted 15/10/2015 - 18:16
Thanks NIgel.

You've certainly put a lot of effort in to this. I look forward to learning how to use my flash properly!

davem

Link Posted 15/10/2015 - 19:25
Very useful. Thanks Nigel and the team.

This is the sort of thing I hoped the website would work towards.

Dave

jemx99

Link Posted 15/10/2015 - 20:31
Had a quick look and it looks a very useful guide, I've been looking forward to you posting this, many thanks for your hard work Nigel.

McGregNi

Link Posted 16/10/2015 - 08:49
I'm glad you've seen it chaps, and I hope you find it an enjoyable read. For me, well, I'm sure you all know, thinking and writing about things is just as much an important part of the hobby as the actual photography! No doubt I think about things too much

Let me know how you find the guide .... It's not going to provide all the answers, and it's already evolving with a new version being prepared. But I hope mainly that it will raise interest in flash with Pentax cameras. If there are any uncertainties or questions please raise them here for discussion and I will use that to improve the guide as it goes forwards .....
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/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver

Nakedgun

Link Posted 16/10/2015 - 18:47
Strong work, Nigel!
"A republic, madam, if you can keep it." - Benjamin Franklin

McGregNi

Link Posted 17/10/2015 - 08:29
Thanks! Let me know how you find it ...I hope there's something handy in there ...
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/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver

tyronet2000

Link Posted 18/10/2015 - 20:49
Looking forward to reading this Nigel. I've had a couple of Pentax flash guns just languishing in a box. Maybe I'll be able to get some benefit from them now
Regards
Stan

PPG

McGregNi

Link Posted 19/10/2015 - 16:49
That's right, no excuses now! Plenty of bedtime reading for everyone Let us know how you find it Stan, and any questions please fire away ....
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/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver

McGregNi

Link Posted 05/04/2016 - 03:44
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/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver

richandfleur

Link Posted 05/04/2016 - 04:12
Great stuff Nigel!

McGregNi

Link Posted 05/04/2016 - 17:11
Thanks again Richard, I always appreciate your appreciation. So now you've got all the info, we just need you kitted out with some flash gear ....all ready to shoot some SHOPKINS !
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/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver

petrochemist

Link Posted 06/04/2016 - 12:07
Thanks for the hard work Nigel, that definitely makes easier reading than the manual & covers more information...

If you do a 3rd edition could you add a table of the features supported by the different models?
It's obviously based around your hardware, but mostly very relevant to my hardware too.
A quick look up of my 360FGZ's limitations would be helpful, and such a table should be very useful to those in the market for a new flash.
Mike
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Pentax:K7, K100D, DA18-55, DA10-17, DA55-300, DA50-200, F100-300, F50, DA35 AL, 4* M50, 2* M135, Helicoid extension, Tak 300 f4 (& 6 film bodies)
3rd Party: Bigmos (Sigma 150-500mm OS HSM),2* 28mm, 100mm macro, 28-200 zoom, 35-80 zoom, 80-200 zoom, 80-210 zoom, 300mm M42, 600 mirror, 1000-4000 scope, 50mm M42, enlarger lenses, micro 4/3 cameras with various PK mounts, Zenit E...
Far to many tele-converters, adapters, project parts & extension tubes etc.

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JohnX

Link Posted 06/04/2016 - 12:52
I echo the praise for this publication Nigel, and if you do write a 3rd edition, I can loan you a AF160FC if you want 'hands on' and feel that it might be useful? Please PM if interested.

McGregNi

Link Posted 06/04/2016 - 17:38
Good suggestions Mike and John .... They will become part of the next version, thanks. I can see the good use for a table of features; the Guide is essentially about understanding how the flash system interacts and functions on Pentax DSLRs, plus a good amount of 'lets put it all into practice and contexts'. But I want it to help people with their flash choices and understanding of the equipment options, so a table including the newer AF201, the older AF200, the ring flash, and the 4 '360/540' models now would be an excellent addition!

John, I'll take you up on that kind offer, thanks The Pentax ring flash I understand offers a premium package with its split ratio contrast control, and I'd love to try it out and write a new section on it for the Guide! I'll PM you for the arrangements

I am intending on issuing a new version after the K1 has bedded in for a while, in order to include any K1 flash features, such as the 1/200 x-sync and any custom setting additions we may see. I've also decided to expand the wireless section to include the Slave modes, which are not yet covered. Probably also discussion on how to integrate both P-TTL and'dumb slave' options with another third party radio system .....

Thanks again for all the support here .... Please download the latest Guide version from the link in my Signatures, or the link in the post above announcing the 2nd edition
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/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver
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