Excerpt: My AF200FG is almost always attached to my KX. Not very powerful, but in full auto the combination rarely misses. The biggest drawback is that the "200" does not tilt. I found the AF280T on Ebay and was attracted to the tilt and swivel feature, but found that this unit is much more powerful than the "200". When I need more light, in a covered arena at a horse show, for example, I change flashes and put this on on "FULL".
Excerpt: So, my AF280T came "dead". It arrived and i was very excited, i put some batteries and...nothing. Turns out i needed to let the capacitor charge for a couple of minutes, and then i kept messing with the buttons, and then suddenly it turned on.
Pros: Seems well built, powerful, great swivel/tilt feature
Cons: Battery door is the weakest part [we always say that, but it resisted years and years, so...], mine came with some kind of trouble to turn on (i have a trick to turn it on)
Excerpt: Bought as the primary flash for my new Pentax Super Program, way back then. It's been dependable and reliable ever since. Last year my two year old Af360FGZ need to go in for repairs and (of course) I needed a flash for a nephew's college project. I dug out the old AF280T, put in new batteries, set it for auto and shot away. Perfect results first shot and (almost) every shot.
Excerpt: I had had no flash until I bought my istD years ago. Then I thought I need a flash so I bought a powerful Sigma EF 500 DG ST that I soon regretted. The Sigma was a nightmare to use, exposures were over-underexposed in a very unpredictable way.
Pros: Very versatile, spot on exposure with my cameras
Excerpt: Simply a very nice and affordable flash. A very good choice for most uses, at least if you don't shoot much manual flash (it only provides 1/1 and 1/~16 power steps in addition to auto and TTL). Auto mode works wonders on non-TTL (and PTTL) -bodies, and the swivel/bounce makes it very flexible. The downwards 'macro' tilt is a nice touch, it makes a quite allright combo with e.g. the Tamron 90/2.8 Di, even at 1:1.
Pros: Powerful, compatible (and useful) with all Pentax models
Excerpt: I wanted a relatively small flash that I could use for every day use and that I could stuff in my bag without it taking a lot of room. The pop-up flash on my K-5 is ok, but it is limited since you cant use it off-camera and for some situations it is just too weak. I decided to give this flash a chance because of the tilt and swivel features.
Excerpt: A great old flash unit. Simple and reliable. A good combination of size, versatility, and power. It is small enough to carry along any time, and puts out good power. I like its boxiness, as that makes it more compact, so it's easier to carry in a pocket or bag. It doesn't have a zoom head, but that also makes it smaller unless it has the telephoto adapter on it.
Pros: Simple; reliable; inexpensive these days, especially when considering its performance
Excerpt: Of the older, pre-P-TTL flashes, this is one that works best with Pentax's digital cameras. In P and Tv modes (and several other modes besides) the camera will set the appropriate aperture when one of the auto-flash settings are chosen on the flash. The camera also notes, in the viewfinder, when the flash is ready to fire. This provides a level of automation otherwise difficult to find in a non-P-TTL flash.