Pentax China Confirms FF DSLR and Pro APS-C body

Started Apr 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
awaldram Forum Pro • Posts: 13,258
Re: Flash subsystem....are we overlooking the 'obvious'??

brecklundin wrote:

A thought just sneaked in and it's perhaps what has Pentax China's wet knickers is not the camera, it might just be another APS-C but rather could be finally be seeing a modern flash system introduced? We all know this is one area where Pentax lags significantly.

I would love to see such a system introduced with whatever the new body might be. Also a highly rated flash system would likely motivate a large number of body upgrades out in the ether, especially among those who have seen no reason to upgrade their K20D. Plus as a great gesture they could issue firmware updates to the K5 era bodies forward to let those bodies make use of a new flash system. I see that as not unreasonable to hope.

A new and well regard flash subsystem also might remove a big reason a lot of new DSLR, or someone looking to change systems, go with other brands. Maybe? Might be good for 645 shooters as well. But most studio shooters are using more traditional studio lighting rather than external flash solutions. But out in the real world flashes are great tools but ya need a solid way to control it remotely.

Your problem here is those people who use P-ttl in anger have lots invested in flash units.

Changing flash system would be almost as self destructive as changing mounts.

I don't see Pentax alienating the big buck customers just to sell bottom end camera kits.

More likely they’ll evolve groups and zones something that the existing wireless flashes (accept the Metz 48) can support, to allow remote flash control from the body.

This would involve new flashes but not obsolete users existing investment likely to be multiple 1000's of pounds.

I doubt anything Pentax issues would be Nikon level but if they can manage to reach Canon's level here that would be wonderful for sure. At least to is the only thing I miss from shooting Canon. Their flashes are marvelous.

Strange besides the basic  grouping that Canon has Pentax is known to be more consistent and reliable.

What is it you miss from Canon's flash system, Are you confusing usage with quality.?

i.e Pentax will always try and deliver the 'non flash' look by mixing ambient with flash unless you tell it otherwise, This leads to blurred images or overexposed (hi-iso) if you don’t know what your doing.

There is a reason Pentax cameras have an 'X' setting

What is it you think is 'Nikon' Level ? , Are you merely referring to the in camera flash control ability ?

You seem to be putting a lot of weighting on not having to address each flash when setting up a shoot.

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