Which flash for my K-5 IIs?

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Which flash for my K-5 IIs?
Mar 31, 2013

Which flash for my K-5 IIs?

Since using my older flash from my MX would 'fry' my K-5's electronics, I need to purchase a new flash. It does, however, work on my backup camera, the Panasonic LX-3.

A little background: I will never have an indoor studio; the world serves that purpose. Indoors, camera on a tripod, for family type pictures, I may wish to try off-camera flash. But bounce flash may work also.

My lens is a Sigma 17-50 f2.8, and on the K-5 IIS, low light does not seem to be a problem within 15 feet. It’s inside buildings where flash is allowed (travels), and outdoor fill-in flash that I may need a boost beyond the built-in flash. I also have Gary Fong’s “Puffer” for my built-in flash and would like to experiment with his filters sometime.

So, travels, Granddaughters (etc.), and landscapes is where I concentrate my photography.

Having spent days pouring over reviews, opinions, and comparisons here and in other forums, I found the following three flashes may work for me:

1) Metz 52 AF-1

2) Sigma EF 610 DG Super

3) Pentax AF 540 FGZ

The Metz 58 AF-2 may be more than I need (price is not the deterrent).

Does anyone have a different order to consider or even a different flash for my list?

Comments are appreciated and thanks.

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Pentax K-5 IIs, Sigma 17-50 f2.8 EX DC HSM, LX3, Pentax MX w/Pentax 40-80 & Soligor 80-200 f4.5 lenses, Lightroom 4.3, CS5

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