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    Flash

    So my husband has worked his butt off doing overtime which means he is going to buy me a present

    I am thinking a flash and I have no idea which one would be good for me. I think I would want it primarily for low light indoor photos of the kids bouncing it off roof, walls etc but I would also like to try using it for cycling photography...where do I start?? Do I need a Pentax or is another brand eg. Sigma, just as good??

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    get either the Pentax AF540 or the Sigma EF 610 DG Super (not the ST)

    http://pttl.mattdm.org/models:sigma:ef-610-dg-super

    http://pttl.mattdm.org/modelsaf540fgz

    They both have wireless which gives you great off camera options.
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    I use the pentax af540fgz and i am really happy with its performance and versatility. I am glad i got the more powerful flash (re: 360)
    The rotating head and tilt, plus diffuser etc may help you if you want to do a lot of bounce flash. .... not to say the other brands aren't good though.

    rob

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    Hi Mopsy, I love the idea of spending your partners hard earned - go for it.

    I have an older model Sigma flash than the current ones : EF-500 DG Super. It works well and i agree with an earlier poster regarding swivel & tilt. I find the swivel function invaluable for bouncing flash in portrait orientation. The Sigma works well with exposure on the K7 & the functionality seems good so I assume newer models would be good in this respect too. The only negatives with the flash are related to quality. I had to have it's mainboard replaced when it was about 18 months old and there are some minor issues with it such as the light on the rear panel is no longer working. Whether alternatives sucg as the Metz are any better in this regard I don't know - although I have heard good reports about their units.

    Hope that is of some help.

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    Well I figure he got to go away and do his over time while I was left with our two crazy kids so I probably worked harder

    I was wondering about the Metz but I have to say that I like the price of the Sigma which I have found down the road for $320. To be perfectly honest I have absolutely no idea what to look for really other than the difference in the output. The Sigma seems quite good to my untrained eye!

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    I agree with ploveday, the Metz 58AF-2 is exellent

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    Well I have done it...bought a Sigma, have to wait for it to come in which could be today or possibly Monday...thanks for the help I would really have had no idea otherwise.

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    I've read some good things about the Yongnuo's; as in they give good results for a small price.

    And I just read somewhere they don't make pTTL flashes. Never mind then

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    Quote Originally Posted by macrocephalic View Post
    I've read some good things about the Yongnuo's; as in they give good results for a small price.

    And I just read somewhere they don't make pTTL flashes. Never mind then
    My first post; though not a strobist. But many of my photography friends are very impressed with YN560. I tried it hands on, it is pretty decent, works well with my K-r, most of all it is really cheap, only problem is its a fully manual flash. Of course if you have more money, the Metz 58AF-2 is pretty good value buy.
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    So 'on order' is kind of a loose term for 'will get here eventually, don't know whether they have actually made any yet'..................so I am looking at alternatives and it seems there is clearly nothing comparable in the price range. I have had a look at the Metz58-2 which is a heap more than I was wanting to spend but the 58-1 I think I can manage (best I can find is $450 shipped from US by next Monday).

    So my question is whether anyone has any thoughts about the 58-1. The guide number is comparable to the Sigma and I can see that Metz seems to be highly regarded in terms of quality.

    I am no fantastic photographer by any means and I am definitely a beginner in terms of hotshoe flash but I just want to make sure that I don't buy something that I will grow out of in a few months without going overboard buying something which I will never get full use out of anyway.

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    Mopsy,
    I work for a Camera retailer and am currently awaiting delivery of the Sigma EF610 DG Super, for Pentax, for a customer, I will again be in contact with CR Kennedy tomorrow or Thursday, I will try and give you an update when I get one.
    The latest is that "They are overdue from Sigma"
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    Sensational thanks...I spoke to a bloke at the shop today but really all he did was look at the computer screen which says that they are on order and haven't arrived yet which isn't much help. He did say he was going to call and get back to me but I haven't heard anything back from him. I figured that the issue would be with the supply from Sigma, just would have been nice if they had told me that initially when I enquired about it rather than saying that they expected it this week as clearly that is not really the case.

    Thanks again,
    Amanda

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    Quote Originally Posted by mopsy View Post
    Sensational thanks...I spoke to a bloke at the shop today but really all he did was look at the computer screen which says that they are on order and haven't arrived yet which isn't much help. He did say he was going to call and get back to me but I haven't heard anything back from him. I figured that the issue would be with the supply from Sigma, just would have been nice if they had told me that initially when I enquired about it rather than saying that they expected it this week as clearly that is not really the case.

    Thanks again,
    Amanda
    Don't be too harsh on your retailer, up until Wednesday last week CR Kennedy were telling me I would;d have mine by Friday, so maybe your retailer truly didn't know there was a problem

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    Well that figures.....why can't everyone just be honest!!!!!

    In the end if this is as bad as it gets for me then life is OK!!

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    Even though i didnt start this thread i just want to thank everyone for there replies as I am looking at purchasing a flash for my k10d
    I have always been interested in photography (more as a hobby). Now I want to be more than just an amateur photographer, improve my skills and start my own business when the time is right. To help me do this, I would be greatful for any feedback positive or negative so I can improve my skills and knowledge


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    3 weeks wait for the flash.......2 weeks to get to CR Kennedy and one to the retailer.
    I have decided that patience is a virtue...I will do some reading in the interim

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    Question?, do they have any new Sigma 530 super still available, if they did that would be my choice & the price should be lower with the 610 replacing it.

    It is a very capable flash unit.
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    I have seen them more than the 610 while I have been looking but haven't noticed the price.
    I may be wrong but I suspect that not many stores have the 610 yet seeing as though it has only just been released. I got the impression from the camera store that these were the first ones that they were getting.

    Just checked price...same store 530 is $40 cheaper. GN is 53 as opposed to 61.

    Happy to fork out the extra 40 and if you say the 530 is a good unit then hopefully that means the 610 is too.

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