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8.1 out of 10

Pentax AF-540 FGZ

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax AF-540 FGZ

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Overall 8
8.0

Great Flash, some design faults

JustSo, B&H Photo
21 September 2014
  • Excerpt: I use the flash for weddings, portraits and photojournalistic images. I also own 2 x Yongnuo Flash YN560's. I recently had a Metz mecablitz 52 AF1, but some NEW! Duracell batteries leaked and destroyed it (Do not bury Duracell, they refused to accept responsibility despite the scientific report). The Pentax AF 540 FGZ is a great flash, the controls are easy to use it is fast and accurate. However, as everyone says the battery door is hopeless.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
  • Cons: Battery Door, Plastic foot
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Overall 10
10

Power and Flexible

John, B&H Photo
5 September 2014
  • Excerpt: My 40 year old Vivatar 285 may be on its last legs and I needed something new. This AF-540 FGZ P-TTL flash was part of a B&H package deal too good to pass up. The flash is powerful and flexible. I don't use flash very often, but when I need it, it needs to be reliable. I'm sure I will be satisfied.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
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Overall 10
10

a great flash

ccc_, B&H Photo
26 August 2014
  • Excerpt: this is a decided improvement over the af360fgz ( which isn't to bad in its own right). I suppose if I had pick one example of its ability it would be lighting hummingbirds at dusk with a series of good exposures. I tried it out on a k2000, k01, k30, q and the k3. other than dwarfing the q this flash worked well on all of the devices.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling
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Overall 10
10

Really Nice Flash

Janell B, B&H Photo
24 June 2014
  • Excerpt: This is more powerful than the 360 and has a wonderful learning curve that is a wonderful problem. It's time to learn more about flash photography!
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Powerful Output, Versatile
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Overall 10
10

Nice High End Strobe

Kingman, B&H Photo
2 June 2014
  • Excerpt: Best match with my existing Pentax DSLR's with TTL metering. Other 3rd party strobes did not perform as well with TTL metering.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Powerful Output, Versatile
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Overall 10
10

works like a glove in hand with the K3

daflasher, B&H Photo
7 May 2014
  • Excerpt: Came as part of the camera package with my K3. I had a third party flash that I have used for years. This flash is a world beater.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
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Overall 10
10

Works great so far

chipma, B&H Photo
21 August 2013
  • Excerpt: I use It mainly for off a camera flash. Works Great for me.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easy To Use
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 6
6.0

A Little Disappointed

Phil, B&H Photo
22 July 2013
  • Excerpt: I replaced a Sigma 610 with this flash and was surprised at the lack of power. Build quality seems ok, except for the battery door which is flat out lame. The lighting was inconsistent and consequently I'm for a very long editing session from a wedding I shot last weekend. I expected better from Pentax.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Fast Recycling
  • Cons: Inconsistent Output, Weak Output
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Overall 10
10

Bought this for my wife's bday!

The guy that supports his wife., B&H Photo
21 June 2013
  • Excerpt: Wireless, easy to mount, learning curve for the newbie, she will use it mostly for portraits and family photos at events. She bought a cheap one a month ago and it has been sent back. This is the real deal.
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Overall 4
4.0

Plastic Foot Ruins This Flash

Jp Dowling, IngotImaging, B&H Photo
13 February 2013
  • Excerpt: I've used this flash for a couple of years, and today I ordered a Canon 580exII to replace it, for one reason: The plastic hotshoe foot. I've snapped two off of this flash by knocking short light stands over (Its companion 580exII has suffered the same fate multiple times without issue due to the metal foot.) Replacing the hotshoe assembly is $, and after a couple of times it becomes not worth it.
  • Pros: Lightweight, Versatile
  • Cons: plastic hot shoe
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