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    Pentax flash

    I have three Pentax bodies: K1000, ESII and Spotmatif f.
    All three have the same synch: 1/60s.

    Is there a flash that could be compatible with them all?

    BTW, I have a third party flash called "Image MBZ-1500". I got it tested regarding the voltage and the result was 1,8 - 1,9... This flash used to work on a Ricoh KRx10 that is now gone.

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    The best non-dedicated flash on Earth is the Sunpak 383 Super. Ebay usually has several listed, mostly under $50.
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    The best non-dedicated flash on Earth is the Vivitar 283/285. Ebay usually has several listed, mostly under $50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    The best non-dedicated flash on Earth is the Vivitar 283/285. Ebay usually has several listed, mostly under $50.
    Does the head swivel? IIRC it just does bounce.
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    Bounce but no swivel. 285 has fresnel to allow "shaping the beam" for telephoto lens. They both originally came with an adapter for wide angle. GN is 80 @ 100 ASA. The sunpack may put out a bit more light; I can't recall.

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    I will manage to check out the Sunpak 383 Super. I suppose this flash works TTL as well, isn't?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo-gear View Post
    I will manage to check out the Sunpak 383 Super. I suppose this flash works TTL as well, isn't?
    The aforementioned Sunpak and Vivitar have an on-flash sensor for thyristor control of the flash output when used in Auto mode. The only TTL capability they support is the flash ready indicator.

    None of your Pentax cameras support TTL flash, do they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfeye View Post
    Does the head swivel? IIRC it just does bounce.
    Brian's head? It swivels, and will bounce somewhat if it comes off.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post

    None of your Pentax cameras support TTL flash, do they?
    Correct.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo-gear View Post
    I have three Pentax bodies: K1000, ESII and Spotmatif f.
    All three have the same synch: 1/60s.

    Is there a flash that could be compatible with them all?
    Any flash that has a contact on its foot to trigger from the center contact on the hot shoe (which all three cameras have), or any flash which has a cord with a PC connector to go into the "X" PC receptacle on the camera body (which all three cameras have) will work. If a flash requires a module, and that module will operate in either of those ways, it will also work. So almost all flashes will work with all three.

    Trigger voltage is not an issue with those cameras.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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