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Pentax AF-280T
7.7 out of 10

Pentax AF-280T

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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

wsteffey, pentaxforums.com
21 April 2014
  • 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...
  • Pros: Powerful
  • Cons: A little heavy and unbalanced
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

Jean Poitiers, pentaxforums.com
8 December 2013
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  • Pros: Tilt/swivel head (full 180° swivel & 45°, 65°, 90° tilt), -15° close flash tilt, TTL Auto, compatability ...
  • Cons: Slightly large & "front boxy", not a fast recycling time ...
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

icy, pentaxforums.com
22 November 2013
  • Excerpt: I used this on my film camera and also my K-r (for macro setup). It's very good and easy to use -- as long as you understand the instructions on the rear. Most of time I used the "Low" mode to take pictures in short range (~ 8m), so I didn't need to wait for the flash to recycle.
  • Pros: reliable, flexible rotating head
  • Cons: a little big, two power levels
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Bcrary3, pentaxforums.com
2 March 2013
  • Excerpt: I got this from my grandfather, and at first I wasn't a big fan of it. I was going to get a new flash from Pentax (which was well over $300) all the third party ones were no less than $200. One thing I really like about this flash is the swivel adjustment of the flash head. Up, down, left, right.
  • Pros: Swivel head, easy functions, compatible with just about every Pentax camera
  • Cons: None really
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

PPPPPP42, pentaxforums.com
24 September 2012
  • Excerpt: With its era taken into consideration this flash is excellent. I use it with my Super Program and even picked up a second one dirt cheap because it came with a hot shoe cord (allowing me to use 2 at once) and the wide angle and telephoto adapters I wanted.
  • Pros: Can be had very cheaply, works perfect with TTL.
  • Cons: Hates rechargeable batteries, manual mode near worthless.
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

GabrielFFontes, pentaxforums.com
3 February 2012
  • 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)
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Overall 10
10

User Review

calicojack, pentaxforums.com
29 January 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Dependable Reliable Predictable unit
  • Cons: coming up on 30 years old - NONE
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

Zivelot, pentaxforums.com
27 January 2012
  • 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
  • Cons: Bit slow on recycling time
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

j0n4hpk, pentaxforums.com
28 October 2011
  • Excerpt: PENTAX AF 280 T TTL Electronic Flash Unit
  • Pros: TTL compatibilty from Pentax LX to most of last AF 35mm SLR cameras
  • Cons: No future P-TTL compatibility with most Pentax DSLR cameras
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

northcoastgreg, pentaxforums.com
19 May 2011
  • 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.
  • Pros: Durable, inexpensive, produces excellent light
  • Cons: Only two levels of variable output
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