Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: AF360 Flash

  1. #1

    Default AF360 Flash

    Hi
    I bought this flash from an upgrader sometime ago. Used it a grand total of 5 times since I bought it. But till today, still absolutely clueless as to what is the best all-in-one setting.
    I usually leave it at the default setting as shown. The manual is not very helpful in this.
    Can I enquire if my setting is acceptable for general use?
    What are the key pointers in setting the flash modes?

    Thanks

    PENTAXKR,18250,18135,35,40,70,600,AF360
    SONYA6000,1650,1855,18200,5018,3028,16,RX100M3

  2. #2
    Member Limited's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    South East
    Posts
    694

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    I always use "A" mode. P-TTL seem not very helpful on the K10 or K20, always badly under.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    1,984

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    Er, the flash won't fire on "off" mode....

    Ok, sorry bad joke.

    Really depends on how you use your flash, I'm guessing you're hoping to use P-TTL as far as possible? My guess is just leave the sync mode on high speed sync (right-most selection), and fire away. This is so that you can also use the flash as fill-in under bright sunlit conditions. But I think high-speed sync may not work in green or P mode, so says the manual of the AF360? And lot of the time P-TTL will underexpose, so you can set the body to +1EV which should help a bit.

    Anyway, flash photography is tricky business, don't think there's really a "one-size-fits-all" mode. You'll see as you use your flash more often....

  4. #4

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    Hi Gengh...good one!
    Thanks for all the tips.
    Here is the updated picture of the AF360 powered on!



    So far I have gathered to use "A" mode if intend to leave EV comp at "0" and to use HS sync mode.
    PENTAXKR,18250,18135,35,40,70,600,AF360
    SONYA6000,1650,1855,18200,5018,3028,16,RX100M3

  5. #5
    Member scorpioh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Woodlands
    Posts
    1,973

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    Ha. I also having the same experience with you. I bought it but don't really use it often. I don't know how the flash and body communicates, its like the usual APERTURE, SHUTTER and ISO thing no longer follow their usual relation. P-TTL always under expose: realised this lately, I thought I did someting wrong. Ha.
    I say the lens is the soul of a camera. What about the body? Well, it's just the body...

  6. #6

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    dont really use ttl...i adjust the power manually depending on the situation. use it enough times and more or less you will learn what settings useful for what pictures you want to take.
    You wont see me much less remember me but i am the guy who makes you look good.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Still wondering where I belong
    Posts
    3,434

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    M mode... pttl... flash +0.7
    Gallery|Baby gallery
    I have become an expert in cleaning poo

  8. #8

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    Gosh - and i thought i was the only one experiencing the under exp when using P-TTL

    anyways, i have tried both A & P-TTL when using P mode & seems A is better, problem is, i needed to set both the iso & A settings when ever i start using A mode. So i only use it under controlled conditions e.g. indoors with consistant lighting.

    Other times, i just use P-TTL and +0.3 EV otherwise (as mentioned earlier)
    Last edited by dielah; 27th June 2009 at 02:12 AM.
    May the force be with you...

  9. #9
    Senior Member creampuff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Dover
    Posts
    5,116

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    airconvent, the instruction manual is a challenging read so the only way to work things out is to keep experimenting. I think you need to use it more often and experiment with different settings and exposure modes. One thing to note is if you're bouncing the flash, the flash to subject distance will be longer than direct flash, so that can affect exposure, requiring some degree of flash compensation.

    Av or M mode in P-TTL with a little + flash compensation for me.

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapor
    Posts
    1,337

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    mmm... I've tried different settings too... for me... PTTL mode, +1 flash compensation on the body... after which you can adjust the compensation on your flash accordingly... hope it helps!

  11. #11
    Member robinhook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Commonwealth Drive
    Posts
    123

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    Quote Originally Posted by Limited View Post
    I always use "A" mode. P-TTL seem not very helpful on the K10 or K20, always badly under.
    I think maybe due to the fact most of the Pentax old flashes are not designed for digital SLRs. If I am not wrong, focal length info affect dicision/formulum of P-TTL, thus the formula may be different for dSLR and film SLR.

    Flash experts, correct me if you can, please. I am also new to flash stuff, especially auto (P-TTL).
    Last edited by robinhook; 29th June 2009 at 10:25 AM.
    (Pentax K7+istD)&&(Pentax ||Schneider||Voitlander)
    My Flickr

  12. #12

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    Quote Originally Posted by robinhook View Post
    I think maybe due to the fact most of the Pentax old flashes are not designed for digital SLRs. If I am not wrong, focal length info affect dicision/formulum of P-TTL, thus the formula may be different for dSLR and film SLR.

    Flash experts, correct me if you can, please. I am also new to flash stuff, especially auto (P-TTL).
    yeah lor...I tried to download the "latest" version manual because mine indicated only the istDL and talked about film mostly. But amazing the official pentax does not even list the flash at all. The US site supplies the same old version manual. I wished they would update the manuals accordingly.
    PENTAXKR,18250,18135,35,40,70,600,AF360
    SONYA6000,1650,1855,18200,5018,3028,16,RX100M3

  13. #13

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    im worse off..

    manual is in japanese

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    1,984

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    Not sure why the old manual for the AF360 is still online on many websites. But the updated AF360 manual (with reference to K200D and K20D, yay!) can be found here: http://www.pentaximaging.com/files/m...360FGZ_Eng.pdf

  15. #15

    Default Re: AF360 Flash

    Thanks Gengh! Just downloaded the manual. Looks like a half hearted effort to update because the other pages did not mention the K200D. Now busy reading other manuals. Will come back to the AF360 manual later. Luckily I don't use this flash very often.
    PENTAXKR,18250,18135,35,40,70,600,AF360
    SONYA6000,1650,1855,18200,5018,3028,16,RX100M3

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •