Pre-Photokina 2008: Pentax has launched the AF160FC dedicated auto macro flash for shadowless macro flash photography. It is designed to work with the P-TTL, TTL and Manual flash modes of PENTAX DSLRs and includes features like contrast-control auto flash, ISO range of 100-6400 and guide number of 16 at 100 ISO.

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PENTAX AF160FC — New auto macro flash designed for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras

September 22, 2008: PENTAX U.K. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX AF160FC dedicated auto macro flash. This new accessory flash unit utilises the automatic exposure-control system of PENTAX digital SLR cameras and has been specifically designed for advanced close-up shots.

Main Features

  • Uniform lighting on the subject to minimise unwanted shadows, making it ideal for close-up shots
  • P-TTL auto flash system to consistently ensure correct exposure levels, by measuring the flash’s pre-discharge with the camera’s image sensors and assessing the subject’s lighting condition with the camera’s multi-pattern metering system;
  • Maximum guide number of 16 (at ISO 100/m);
  • User-friendly operation with a single control dial on the back panel to simplify flash-mode changes and discharge-level adjustments;
  • Advanced flash applications, including contrast-control auto flash and independent switching between two flash bulbs.

PENTAX AF160FC specifications

Guide Number

• 16 max. (at ISO 100/m)
• Manual settings: Full, 1/4, 1/16

Discharge Angles 60 degrees horizontally/vertically
Flash Modes • P-TTL (TTL corrective auto flash)
• TTL (TTL auto flash)
• M (Manual flash at full, 1/4 and 1/16 discharge Levels)
Flash Range

ISO 100 to ISO 6400

Flash exposure compensation

+0.5 EV, -0.5 EV, -1EV
Power • 4 AA-size alkaline. Lithium or Ni-MH batteries
Weight (no batt) 405 g

• Flash unit: 113 mm (diameter) x 29.5 mm (depth)
• Controller unit: 68 mm (W) x 83 mm (H) x 115 mm (D)