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    Pentax compatible flashes

    I'm looking for a flash for my Pentax K-X, does anyone know if they work with cannon style flashes, or any commonly available flashes around? The price for a genuine pentax flash I believe is around $400
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    G'day Brad

    There are a number of flash manufacturers - to some extent you will need to google to locate one
    also ... suggest you look at "shopbot > electronic > camera flash" - there are flashes there for $180 upwards

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    Hi Brad

    some of compatible flashes that are not Pentax that has TTL functions for the camera are:

    -Metz series ie. mecablitz 36/48/58
    -Sigma 500 and newer 530 series
    -the more expensive Chinese Yongnuo models

    if you do not require TTL you can just buy a cheap flash like say, a Nikon SB25 or SB28 or a Canon and use it in full manual mode both on your flash and camera to trigger it. I bought a cheap SB25 for 50 bucks a few yrs ago to use on my K100D and K20D.

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    There are two options

    a) Pentax or compatible (e. Sigma 530 series) that provide p-TTL exposure control features
    The older Sigma 500 series do not provide the current p-TTL on Pentax (they support an older Pentax stanard)
    Edit: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/techupdate...ntax-flashguns

    b) Centre pin only manual flash (no TTL exposure control) - which is what you would use for studio anyway

    a costs more than b.

    Edit2: http://pttl.mattdm.org/ <<< Full list of p-TTL flashes
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    Thanks for the helpful replys!
    I have a slightly noob question.. what does "p-TTL" stand for or mean?
    I've seen how some say they're only TTL and some are p-TTL, do they make a huge difference for a learner photographer?

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    TTL and p-TTL are different. Canikon etc have similar proprietary versions.

    P-TTL is Pentax's preflash-based through-the-lens flash metering system.
    P-TTL flash uses a preflash to meter with the normal exposure meter, then adjusts the output of the flash for the actual exposure.

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    Buy sigma 530 or pentax 540. There is no reason to get a non-TTL flash these days.
    don't get baby flashes, they don't hack it when you need to bounce.

    a flash will last you many camera bodies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reaction View Post
    Buy sigma 530 or pentax 540. There is no reason to get a non-TTL flash these days.
    don't get baby flashes, they don't hack it when you need to bounce.

    a flash will last you many camera bodies.
    I would say it would depend entirely on what the OP's intended use and budget is.
    No point spending large amounts of money on features that may never be used.

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    Thanks for the info. Its exactly what I have been looking for.
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    hmm I use nikon sb28's in manual mode on my pentax........doesnt have ttl or pttl........works great for me.
    cheers
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    My understanding of P-TTL is the glass protecting the sensor reflects light unlike film. TTL flash on film cameras from my experience with pentax and olympus was very accurate. The P-TTTL goes through a range of extra hoops as described above to overcome reflection issues. With film I prefered TTL flash. With digital I almost exclusively use manual flash with manual camera settings. I have 3 sigmas and 1 pentax flash. I prefer the sigma with my telphoto lenses and the pentax for indoors and outdoor people fill flash. As everyting is manual, I don't need all the extra features. Reason for all the flashes is I am always breaking them with my outdoor photography.

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