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...
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.
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: 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.
Excerpt: This is the Energizer Bunny of my flash collection - just keep going and going for years without a problem. It works fine with dSLRs on the red or green Auto mode as well. I agree with other reviewers that the battery compartment design can be improved, but mine never pop open accidentally.
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.
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.