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Pentax AF-280T
8.0 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 "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".
  • 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
  • Excerpt: ,
  • 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 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. 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.
  • 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 9
9.0

User Review

KjetilH, pentaxforums.com
10 January 2011
  • 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
  • Cons: Battery door, lack of power selector
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

hjoseph7, pentaxforums.com
20 November 2010
  • 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.
  • Pros: Tilt, Swivel, More powerful than pop-up
  • Cons: Battery door, clunky
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

pentaxforums.com
3 November 2010
  • Excerpt: I bought this flash because of its TTL support on my Pentax Super Program film camera. On that camera, the full range of features and functions are supported.
  • Pros: automation features, bounce/swivel, price,safe on all Pentax cameras
  • Cons: low power, battery door
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

lxdude, pentaxforums.com
26 September 2010
  • 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
  • Cons: None, considering when it was made.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

pentaxforums.com
21 June 2010
  • 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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