Can you recommend me a flash gun?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by simon steel, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. simon steel

    simon steel Guest

    Looking for a flash gun to use with my Pentax K10d.
    I rarely use the on camera flash, preferring available light photography.

    However, I want a flash gun for odd occasions where it would be useful..
    portraits of family, weddings and other events..

    what I want is something 'cheap and cheerful' with ability to swivel head
    for bounced flash...
    Ideally looking for something second hand on ebay [UK marketplace]... but
    dont know what to look for..
    does not need to be recent model..

    any suggestions?

    SS
     
    simon steel, Apr 14, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    A problem with some older flashes is that they have a high trigger
    voltage which can fry the electronics in a digital camera. If you like
    "creative" solutions and making use of cheap stuff from eBay, how about
    getting a flash grip (with a tilting shoe) an optical slave unit and any
    old big flash? Make a bracket that slots into the hotshoe to hold the
    slave sensor in front of the built-in flash, with maybe a shutter
    arrangement so you can vary the amount of direct flash reaching the
    subject. The great thing about digital is that you can review the
    results straight away, so a trial shot or two should be all you need to
    get reasonable exposure settings.
     
    Rob Morley, Apr 14, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    With my K10D I use both the Pentax FGZ-360AF and the Sigma DG 500 Super, if
    you only want one flash then get the Sigma or the new 530 version. If you
    really want cheap and cheerful then go for one of the older Pentax units
    like the AF240Z, this one has swivel but for extra cheap the non swivelling
    AF260Sa can be had for a few dollars and works surprisingly well. I also use
    an Incablitz 260AZ, that works fine as well. I have all the above flashes
    (and others) but really the 360 or 500 would be best.
     
    Pete D, Apr 14, 2008
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    OG Guest

    Can't comment on the K10D, but the built in flash on the K100D does a double
    flash (first one for metering or focus assistance) - and this fires the
    slave before the shutter opens. :-(

    I got an old contax flash for <£30. No in-camera metering, but I can use the
    'auto' settings on the flash with the camera on manual to set the
    appropriate aperture and get good results. :)
     
    OG, Apr 15, 2008
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    If you want a remote slave flash that works off the pre-flash, try the Canon
    HF-DC1. It's designed to work with the Canon 'A' series cameras that use
    the pre-flash. I've read some articles which indicate it also works with
    some cameras from other manufacturers. But, I can't say for sure if it will
    work with the Pentax K10D.

    It doesn't work with my Fuji E510, but, you never know, it might work with
    yours. A quick trip to a local camera vender should give you the answer...

    Sorry, no tilt / swivel head, but you can shift the whole flash around to
    get the effect you want.

    Take Care,
    Dudley
     
    Dudley Hanks, Apr 15, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I guess that scuppers that idea. All my cameras are far too low-tech to
    have fancy stuff like pre-flash. :)
     
    Rob Morley, Apr 15, 2008
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    In addition to the Canon HF-DC1, I use a Vivatar slave to fire and old
    Pentax AF-240Z flash. The flash simply attaches to the shoe of the slave,
    and a regular single flash impulse will fire it. The old Pentax has a
    sensor in the front and can fire on three levels. It works pretty well when
    my ps is in manual mode. Perhaps something like that will work.

    Take Care,
    Dudley
     
    Dudley Hanks, Apr 15, 2008
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    Peter Guest


    However, if you have an old flash you should use a converter. they usually
    coast about twenty bucks.

    I have one that I no longer need and would gladly give it away if I could do
    so without bother.
     
    Peter, Apr 18, 2008
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