Suggested Flashguns for K-x


CheekyChappy

Link Posted 07/03/2010 - 00:24
Hi
I am looking to get a flashgun for my Pentax K-x mainly for portraits and occasional group photographs. However, the pentax flash guns seem very expensive and I am trying to get a flash gun on a tight budget. Any suggestions?
Thanks
Nigel
Pentax K-x, DA18-55 lens, DA50-200 lens, Metz 48 Flash

Anvh

Link Posted 07/03/2010 - 00:33
Hello welcome to the forum.
Your answer is probably already answered twice on the first page of the link and probably countless of times on the other pages. link
I'm sorry that I don't have the "puff" to go into it again.
If you've more specific questions I'm happy to answer them.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

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Darstadlydarcey

Link Posted 07/03/2010 - 11:42
I'm with Cheeky Chappy on this. Went to the link Stefan and lots of complicated info which will be useful one day,
But for beginners can anyone recommend a good, not too expensive flash for use with family portraits, groups etc. Some of the links are quite old and obviously new flashguns are probably released on a very regular basis. I also have a KX.
Pentax K50,FA 35 2.0,FA 50 1.4, DA 18-135 WR, Sony RX100 2, Manfrotto bits...

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Darstadlydarcey

Link Posted 07/03/2010 - 12:05
Just seen the Forum discussion"Which Flash" in the Flash section and the discussion of the Metz 48 which seems to answer most of the Qu's raised here - apologies should have seen it before!
Pentax K50,FA 35 2.0,FA 50 1.4, DA 18-135 WR, Sony RX100 2, Manfrotto bits...

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Anvh

Link Posted 07/03/2010 - 15:33
Steve, there are even two topics titled "Which Flash?" on the first page alone, that's why I linked you to the page instead of the topic.

It really doesn't matter, I get lost in all the topics as well but to answer the "witch flash?" question monthly is becoming a bit of a drag

Maybe some of the experience forum members should make a good article about which flash to get and make it into a sticky.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

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CheekyChappy

Link Posted 07/03/2010 - 23:46
Thanks for the link Stefan and thanks for the very quick response. Sorry for asking a question that has already been asked before. I had done some searching before posting this and got the impression that most discussions were not specific to the pentax k-x. I have not had a chance to study the links you sent me thouroughly yet but will do. Cheers Nigel
Nigel
Pentax K-x, DA18-55 lens, DA50-200 lens, Metz 48 Flash

Anvh

Link Posted 08/03/2010 - 01:06
The camera doesn't really matter, by its age it might or might not do some functions.
Since the k-x is brand new it will do everything besides all the other modern Pentax won't do and that is TTL flash metering, however it does use the newer P-TTL but only the newer flashes support that. You can also use the wireless function as well if the flash support that.

This link would be useful to find out what a flash can. link
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

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PG

Link Posted 08/03/2010 - 07:08
Go for the Metz 48 AF-1. It's a decent flash, well spec'ed and cheaper than Pentax's equivalents.
PhilipGoh.com - Wedding and Portrait Photographer

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Pwynnej

Link Posted 08/03/2010 - 09:24
Anvh wrote:
Steve, there are even two topics titled "Which Flash?" on the first page alone, that's why I linked you to the page instead of the topic.

It really doesn't matter, I get lost in all the topics as well but to answer the "witch flash?" question monthly is becoming a bit of a drag

Maybe some of the experience forum members should make a good article about which flash to get and make it into a sticky.

I've completely missed all these topics Stefan I didn't realise so many people were into witch photography

I think even the K-7 5fps frame rate will struggle as the witches make their escape on broomsticks
Z-1p, K-1, P50
F50 1.7. FAs 24, 35, 50 1.4, 85, 135. DFA15-30, DFA24-70, D-FA*70-200. D-FA 100. The SMC-FA Limited Trinity.
Metz 45 CL-4, AF500FTZ. AF540FGZ.
Some Mamiya and some Nikon

techno-terminator

Link Posted 08/03/2010 - 09:26

let the education continue

proud owner of a couple of cameras and a few bits and bobs

vic cross

Link Posted 08/03/2010 - 10:53
Stefan. I'm not sure if you meant the K-x can use TTL or if you meant it's like the K10--K7 etc it can only use P-TTL? If it can use TTL then CheekyChappy I possibly have an AF-500FTZ for sale which I used on my *istD which I have now sold. It's in what I would call Mint minus condition. Just a few MINOR scuff marks through use. Make me an offer around 200.00 and we can talk. You can't send PMs yet but I think you can respondto a one? I'l send you a PM and you can try to reply. CHEERS Vic.
Born again biker with lots of Pentax bits. Every day I wake up is a good day. I'm so old I don't even buy green bananas.

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Anvh

Link Posted 08/03/2010 - 15:20
Vic, just like the K10D-K7 the K-X can't use TTL either, that's what I meant.

Pwynnej wrote:
I've completely missed all these topics Stefan I didn't realise so many people were into witch photography

I think even the K-7 5fps frame rate will struggle as the witches make their escape on broomsticks

Since those Harry Potter movies, the whole world is into it
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

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CheekyChappy

Link Posted 08/03/2010 - 22:52
Thanks for the offer Vic - I'm sure this is a good deal but outside my budget at the moment. I think I am heading more towards the metz 48 as I can get this brand new for less - although I do accept that it is a lower spec than your AF500
Nigel
Pentax K-x, DA18-55 lens, DA50-200 lens, Metz 48 Flash

vic cross

Link Posted 09/03/2010 - 10:09
No problem CheekyChappy as Stefan answered my question your camera needs P-TTL and the AF-500FTZ is a TTL and NOT P-TTL, which is why it is only usable on manual on my K10 and I have 2 AF400T hammer heads I can use the same way. CHEERS Vic.
Born again biker with lots of Pentax bits. Every day I wake up is a good day. I'm so old I don't even buy green bananas.

Anvh

Link Posted 09/03/2010 - 12:50
Vic I believe the AF-500 has an Auto-mode that you can still use but only with the ist* camera's you can use TTL metering.
They don't use TTL any more because the results were not accurate enough.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ
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