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02/26/2007 06:40:15 AM · #1
I don't use a flash often and haven't gotten around to purchasing one since going digital. Now I need something a bit more powerful than the built in flash of my *ist DL, but want to keep things as cheap as possible. Oh, and it had better also be compatible with the K10D I'm currently drooling over. Any suggestions?


02/26/2007 07:08:41 AM · #2
1. Pentax AF-360 FGZ
2. Soligor DG 420Z: //www.ciao.de/Soligor_DG_420_Z__2206855
3. Pentax just announced that a new flash will be available.
I am new into this and on the long term I am also looking for a Pentax flash. Maybe the experts can give a further advice.
02/26/2007 07:31:22 AM · #3
I purchased the Sigma EF-500 DG Super about 4 months ago and have not had a problem with it. Quick recycle time and many accesories - but simple to use.
02/26/2007 07:45:01 AM · #4
You have a bunch of options:

Pentax AF360FGZ - Earlier model, has tilt, but no swivel. Slightly pricey (around $299 U.S.), but very decent. Supports front/rear curtain synch, High-speed synch and zoom. Also has many smaller features.

Pentax AF540FGZ - Latest model, has tilt and swivel, all the same features as the 360FGZ, higher guide number. Very pricey.

Pentax AF-200FG - Very basic flash. No tilt or swivel, meant as a travel/portable quick flash.

Sigma EF-500 DG Super - Flash much like the 540FGZ, smaller guide number (I think), cheaper in price. This flash also comes in a couple of lesser models without high-speed synch and other features. Watch for that.

Pro-Master 4800XT - Doesn't support high-speed synch. Cheaper model, hard to find sometimes.

There are others.. Sunpak makes a couple of Pentax mount flashes, but none with the more advanced features.

Just keep your eyes open and look around. Personally I'd recommend the Sigma EF-500 DG Super if you're looking for a good full-featured flashgun with a decent price. All recent Pentax DSLRs fully support it
02/26/2007 08:07:24 AM · #5
Thanks guys. Most appreciated.
02/26/2007 08:11:30 AM · #6
I forgot to mention that the AF-200FG won't be available until the summer.. but it's really probably not what you're after anyway :)
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