Choosing Between different flash brands

Sigma EF-530 DG Super or Pentax AF-540FGZ


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felixcat8888

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I am stuck between the Pentax AF540FGZ and the Sigma EF-530 DG Super. Which one will you go for and why?

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I'd considering these 2 as well. BTW, what is the price of the Sigma? I was quoted $400+ at OP. Thats too near AF-540. Not real price??
 

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Planning to buy one also, cannot tahan my Achiever flash anymore, I suspect the 30 year old photo diode is... not as consistent as it used to be.
Is the Sigma significantly worse than the Pentax?


 

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i think i will choose Sigma due to its price, i will be going to do test next week.
 

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The Pentax AF540FGZ has come down in price quite a lot from the past, so that makes it quite attractive price wise compared to the Sigma.
If I were to choose, hands down I'd choose the Pentax. Personally I still feel flash guns in general are overpriced. :sticktong
 

felixcat8888

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I love the price of the Pentax 540 currently as it has gone down to almost the same price as the Sigma. The only problem is that there are no stocks in SG as there is a shipment delay and stocks will only come in 3rd week or last week of Oct 2009.

Now the dilema, I need to use the flash for an event on the 3rd of Nov 2009. IF stock does not come in by 3rd week, looks like I will go for the Sigma although my 1st choice is the Pentax . . . :dunno::angry:

Need time to famililiarise myself with the flash right? At least 1 week before . . .;p
 

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I went with the Sigma 530 due to my budget at the time, back when the Pentax 540 was still in excess of $500+.

Also as much as I wanted to get the Pentax flash, I've read a fair amount of posts from users about the broken pin issue.:dunno: No sure if it's still happening now.
 

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I love the price of the Pentax 540 currently as it has gone down to almost the same price as the Sigma. The only problem is that there are no stocks in SG as there is a shipment delay and stocks will only come in 3rd week or last week of Oct 2009.

Now the dilema, I need to use the flash for an event on the 3rd of Nov 2009. IF stock does not come in by 3rd week, looks like I will go for the Sigma although my 1st choice is the Pentax . . . :dunno::angry:

Need time to famililiarise myself with the flash right? At least 1 week before . . .;p
Well. Can always borrow from a member here first. Always buy stuff you like. Otherwise you will always be regretting and asking why you can't get the pentax later. :)
 

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Going to do backup photographer at my sister-in-laws wedding in 3 weeks time, still worried the old flash will not be good enough. The external flashes cost more than I'm really willing to pay though, considering my usage pattern. Guess I'll sit around B&S to snipe any good flash deals otherwise stick with the old flash.
 

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flowerpot went for the 540 lah, although he sold it already ...

Given the current price of 540, I'd go for it anytime. It's just 60 dollars difference, what's the point buying a third party one while you spent 4xx for a flash? When 540 was priced at 6xx, I can understand why some guys went for the much cheaper Sigma. But now I just don't understand why you'd consider the Sigma at all.
 

felixcat8888

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flowerpot went for the 540 lah, although he sold it already ...

Given the current price of 540, I'd go for it anytime. It's just 60 dollars difference, what's the point buying a third party one while you spent 4xx for a flash? When 540 was priced at 6xx, I can understand why some guys went for the much cheaper Sigma. But now I just don't understand why you'd consider the Sigma at all.
No stock and I need the flash before the 1st of Nov 2009 for a school event . . .
 

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