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8.0 out of 10

Pentax AF-540 FGZ

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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

Nice flash unit

fox hill, Adorama
30 July 2012
  • Excerpt: Haven't had a great need for a flash unit, the on-camera flash has been sufficient. But I'm finding that the subjects I'm currently shooting require something more versatile with greater output. The AF-540 fills the requirements. Can be hot shoe mounted or positioned off-camera using it's included base or on a light stand. Wired or wireless, as needed.
  • Pros: Powerful Output, Versatile
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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

Good but not great.

JB Photographer, Adorama
6 March 2011
  • Excerpt: I like this flash, but I do not love it. It does everything OK, but it needs more power and faster recycling. The exposures are mostly right-on.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Versatile, Works cordless
  • Cons: Slow Recycling, Weak Output
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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 8
8.0

Great flash that is simple to use.

Phyllis the photo nut., Adorama
21 March 2010
  • Excerpt: I use this flash mostly for general, everyday photography. The settings are easy to understand & it is easy to change settings quickly.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Versatile
  • Cons: Bulky
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Overall 8
8.0

Very Good but Not Great

JB photographer, Adorama
19 February 2010
  • Excerpt: This is my only flash so it gets used for about everything. It needs more power and control of the head, it turns on it's own and you find the flash head facing the floor. The cordless system needs some rethinking, if you turn off the camera to change cards you have to reprogram the flash and camera. That's ok for flowers but not so good at weddings atleast not for my style. I like the flash overall, the light is beautiful.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Versatile
  • Cons: Bulky, Needs more power, The Tilt Lock is Weak
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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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