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Pentax AF-280T
8.3 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 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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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

MJL, pentaxforums.com
24 March 2011
  • 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.
  • Pros: Simplicity & reliability
  • Cons: Long recycle time on Full power
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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.
  • 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.
  • Pros: Tilt, Swivel, More powerful than pop-up
  • Cons: Battery door, clunky
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