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8.0 out of 10

Pentax AF-540 FGZ

Guide Number 178 at ISO 100/ft (54 at ISO 100/m) Auto-zoom f Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

stormtech, pentaxforums.com
17 December 2012
  • Excerpt: This is the flagship flash for Pentax which for me has been worth the money spent buying it new ~1 year ago.
  • Pros: Powerful - Easy off-camera P-TTL - Nice Controls
  • Cons: Plastic foot
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Overall 8
8.0

Flash K5

bird, Adorama
4 September 2011
  • Excerpt: It was very to used. It will give me more flash.
  • Pros: Easy To Pack, Easy to Use, Reliable
  • Cons: Weak Construction
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Overall 8
8.0

Good improvement of recycling time

Gerard, Adorama
4 September 2011
  • Excerpt: I use it for flash on tripod
  • Pros: Easy to Use, Fast flash recycling, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Not AAA batteries, Wire too short
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

bdery, pentaxforums.com
6 August 2010
  • Excerpt: My experience with flashes is as follows : Pentax AF280T, Vivitar 285HV, Pentax AF500FTZ, Yongnuo 460, Yongnuo 560, Sigma 530 ST DG and now the Pentax AF-540FGZ. I've tried a bit of everything.
  • Pros: Powerful, offers just about every control possible
  • Cons: No standard synch port
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

px_pc, pentaxforums.com
23 May 2010
  • Excerpt: A good powerfull flash, which matches the Pentax bodies brilliantly. For easy photography it works very good: TTL techniques makes sure you get a well-lit image. Tilt and swivel head makes it possible to to use the reflective walls/ceiling and more depth in the image. That was the reason to buy a 540 (and not 360 instead, although I did not need the enourmous power of the 540).
  • Pros: Power, wireless, compatability with body
  • Cons: Price, build quality, foot
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

Ryan Trevisol, pentaxforums.com
3 January 2010
  • Excerpt: I don't have a lot of experience with modern flashes, mainly I remember playing with my dad's flash as a kid, and remembering that it would get maybe 20 pops before it went dead.
  • Pros: Bright, Even lighting, very fully featured, build quality acceptable except for battery door, amazing battery life
  • Cons: Flimsy Battery Door, plastic foot tough to slide in, recycling issues
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

GeneV, pentaxforums.com
14 July 2009
  • Excerpt: This is my workhorse flash for DSLR use. I've become addicted to the wireless mode. Put this on a shelf somewhere, aimed at the ceiling, and use the camera's built-in flash for control and fill, and you get professional-looking results anywhere. I've used this setup for everything from children at play to indoor architectural shots.
  • Pros: Nice power, wireless features, good manual modes
  • Cons: Does not have the professional build of older flashes
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Overall 8
8.0

THE flash for getting the most out of lighting...

witness07, PriceGrabber
19 August 2007
  • Excerpt: I bought this because of more power and ability to twist horizontally, as well as vertically, compared to 360 model. I have started trying some things out in high speed and other modes. It is definitely a step up from just the pop-up flash on K10D. There is a bit of underexposure by default. But you can set flash compensation. I also took others' advice and got a Sto-Fen omni bounce flash diffuser to provide more flattering light.
  • Pros: Powerful flash. Vertical and horizontal swivel positioning
  • Cons: None that can't be adjusted
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax AF-540 FGZ P-TTL

Gorsedd, PriceGrabber
2 February 2007
  • Excerpt: I purchased this flash because my old Phoenix worked only in manual mode on my K10D. I needed a programmable flash that was reliable and as my camera is Pentax, the choice seemed obvious. I don't use a flash all the time but, in testing it out, I have found it to be fairly easy to use with the exception of the modeling light (many don't use it but, in low light it's needed). I have not figureed out how to make it fire automatically.
  • Pros: The major strength is that it works with my new cameras in all modes where my old Phoenix did not. Another strength is it's ability to be used as a slave flash.
  • Cons: Thusfar, I have found no real weaknesses in this flash unit.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Игорь, Yandex
10 January 2014
  • Excerpt: Вспышке больше 5 лет, пока работает, но в середине линзы френеля начала выгорать пластмасса (видать была загрязнена), теперь после каждого мощного пыха вспышка весьма характерно начинает пахнуть жженым пластиком и в воздух поднимается небольшой дымок. На работу пыхи это не сказывается, всем говорю что вспышка старинная магниевая ) мол так и должно быть. Прошла суровую жизнь в тур походах и не менее суровые испытания в пещерах.
  • Pros: Хорошая вспышка, всё что надо - есть, рабочий TTL, высокая мощность
  • Cons: Немного большевата, механика зума очень чувствительна к тряске и ударам, хлипкое крепление широкоугольного светорассеивателя.
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