Pentax flash system

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by mogh baba, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. mogh baba

    mogh baba Guest

    Hi,
    I have gathered that Nikon has the best flash system available. I come
    from old manual lens system and consider to move to digital and plan
    to buy Pentax K10D. I am only a hobbyist but I do some seriuos jobs
    for a shop complex were I work myself. I just want to point that I do
    not have a complicated usage for flash photography.
    How does Pentax flash system compares with Nikon's. For general
    purpose photography and some product photography and interiour shots
    do I loose something by choosing Pentax?
    I plan to get the latest Pentax flash Af 540. My next plan after
    camera+lens+flash is to get some sort of studio lighting for more
    serious shots.

    Thanks for your attention

    Mogh
     
    mogh baba, Nov 26, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    The Pentax system is very good, you will not be disappointed. Also look at
    the Sigma DG 500 Super, very nice, powerful flash and somewhat cheaper.
     
    Pete D, Nov 26, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    Also recomend you have a look over at for lots of good info.

    http://www.pentaxforums.com/
     
    Pete D, Nov 26, 2006
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  4. The Pentax system is very good, you will not be disappointed.

    Some of the biggest complaints people have had with the K10D, though,
    regards the flash support. As I recall, the specifc complaints include
    no built-in wireless flash support (except via the built-in flash
    itself?), no PC sync socket, and apparently limited TTL (as opposed to
    pTTL) support.

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    Marc Sabatella, Nov 27, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    Looks like it may be a problem for some but Sigma will fix them apparently,
    I will test with my DG 500 Super when I get my K10D this week. Apparently it
    only affects units above a certain serial number, I have one of the lower
    numbered units that works fine on my DS.
     
    Pete D, Nov 27, 2006
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    John Francis Guest

    Make that no TTL support - only P-TTL.
    As far as the wireless side goes wireless flash is only supported with
    external flashes (such as the 540FTZ) - unlike the *ist-D the built-in
    flash can not be used as a wireless controller. Apparently there was
    some kind of interference between it and the shake reduction system.
     
    John Francis, Nov 27, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    I wonder if a future firmware update might re-enable this feature or was it
    removed altogether?? I am thinking I might buy a 360FGZ to control my Sigma
    DG 500 Super.
     
    Pete D, Nov 27, 2006
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    Steve Guest

    I have two 360's and they work together great wirelessly, it's just that one
    has to be on the camera. I suspect a firmware upgrade won't work unless the
    transmitting hardware is still in the camera. I could swear a month or so
    ago I read a review that said the built-in would trigger the remotes so I'm
    really sad that it won't. But not so sad as to give up the K10D.
     
    Steve, Nov 27, 2006
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  9. Some of the biggest complaints people have had with the K10D, though,
    I'm not sure which problem you are referring to here, but the issues I
    mentioned are inherent in the specs of the K10D, and the followup by
    John Francis clarifies this - actually no built-in wireless or TTL at
    all (and presumably, I was not mis-remembering about the lack of PC
    sync).

    So for *some* people, these will be serious limitations. On the other
    hand, if you don't need these features, the pTTL flash system does
    actually work very well from what I understand, including use in
    wireless mode with an external commander. Which is to say, if you
    construct your system appropriately and don't expect to be able to
    connect things in ways that are not supported, there is no reason you
    shouldn't get results as good as with Nikon. I have no idea, BTW, if
    Nikon has similar issues with any of its cameras. In particular, I was
    under the impression that most manufacturers were phasing out TTL.

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    Pete D Guest

    I think the specs still lead you to think that the wireless commander is
    built in, it saddens me too but it is not something I have been particularly
    fussed about in the past but was thinking that it might be a nice feature to
    "play" with. Will make no difference to me either, from the photos starting
    to be posted this is a seriously good camera that some are trying to find
    fault with because they have already invested in another brand. From what I
    can find out so far mine could be here in the next day or so, w00t!!
     
    Pete D, Nov 27, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    Issue I believe was that the flash was not syncing correctly resulting in
    underexposed shots, only in P-TTL mode, manual was fine.

    http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/...0dg-super-flash-owners-k10-you-need-read.html
     
    Pete D, Nov 27, 2006
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