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Pentax AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL

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This Pentax AF160FC Ring Flash is a superb tool for macro photographers seeking clean and controlled light for a variety of close-up subjects.

Ringlights have a control box that sit atop the camera and a circular panel that fits on a lens like a hood. The controller allows for strength adjustment and P-TTL signals from the camera to be applied to the output of the flash.

Additionally, a modeling light helps preview the effect of the flash while simultaneously providing sufficient illumination for autofocus systems to operate. Adapter rings for 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, and 67mm threads are included.

This lens-mounted ring flash with hot-shoe controller is ideal for macro photography, product imagery, flat-lighting portraits, and medical/dental applications.
Provides smooth, even lighting for the closest subjects, while eliminating vignetting and subject shadow.
Modeling light with 4 white LEDs help preview flash exposure while assisting autofocus operation.
Compatible with P-TTL, TTL, and manual systems.
P-TTL exposure compensation available (+0.5 to -1 in 1/2 stop increments). Manual flash operation at full, 1/4, and 1/16 power.
The kit includes lens adapter rings for 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, 67mm filter threads, as well as a macro adapter for PENTAX D-FA series macro lenses.
Type Flash
Guide No. 52.8' (16.09 m) ISO100 at 50 mm position
Effective Range 6.6' / 2.01 m (f/ 8 @ ISO 100)
Modeling Light Yes
Angle of Coverage 60°
Vari-Power 1/4 - 1/16
Color Temperature 5500 - 6500 K
Flash Duration Not Specified By Manufacturer
TTL Dedication Yes
Recycle Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Filter Thread 49-67mm
Side Wings No
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Ring Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.4 x 4.4 x 1.2" / 11.2 x 11.2 x 3.0 cm
Power Unit Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.7 x 3.3 x 4.5" / 6.9 x 8.4 x 11.4 cm
Weight 14.3 oz / 405 g Without batteries
Pentax AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL
  • Lens Adapter Rings (49mm, 52mm, 58mm and 67mm)
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL
     
    4.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Consistent output (9)
    • Durable (7)
    • Fast recycling (7)
    • Versatile (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (7)
      • Fill flash (6)
      • Macro (6)
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      5.0

      Worth the Extra Dollars

      By Tim B

      from Queens, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • Portraits

        Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

        I use this flash for my close up macro photography when I use my 50 mm and 100 mm Pentax lenses. It is a great ring flash with several features that you will not find on the less expensive 3rd party manufactures ring flash model. I have no negative comments about this flash.

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        5.0

        Great Ring Flash

        By Ed

        from NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

          Use this on several macro lenses, very good lighting. Nice modeling lights for dim locations. Excellent P-TTL performance, and good battery life. Hot shoe adapters are available to use it on other brand bodies. Very well built, comes with several lens adapters and storage case.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          LED Flash ring--does an excellent job!

          By Leah.wicked

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

            I have needed a product that can fill in shadows, but not overwhelm the overall picture. This flash give me exactly what I need for my portrait and plant pictures, especially on over cast days. By having this flash, my digital camera ASA setting can be 200 so I can enlarge details. Since I use Pentax, this flash also provides a very comfortable interface, even though the cord looks a little funky when you first pull it out.
            With an adapter ring, which I purchased separately, the flash ring easily and quickly clips on the main lens ring. To find out which adapter ring that I needed, I contacted the customer service folks and they responded quickly and with excellent details and advice.
            I'm testing the flash in a number of conditions and so far, macro, to portrait distances are its forte.

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            5.0

            Excellent Product

            By Olivia

            from Mayville, Wisconsin

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

              I am using the ring flash with the Pentax 35 mm macro lens. It has tremendously improved my macro shots by removing shadows and giving even lighting. I like having several adjustments for light intensity both through the automatic and manual modes. It is easy to use. I highly recommend this product.

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              4.0

              Does a good job compared to cheap lights

              By clnoz

              from Sainte-Flavie, QC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Attach Securely
              • Good Color Value
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Macro
                • Outdoors

                Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

                Somewhat bulky, with stiff cable and box of adapters, but worth it for the even lighting and simple controls. Like others, I played with LEDs and other lights, but finally got this flash to do better macro photography of small organisms.

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                5.0

                Excelent tool for very close macro photo

                By Ed

                from Montreal, Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Lightweight
                • Soft diffused light
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro photography

                  Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

                  I bought this flash just recently. I have not taken 'real' macro photos yet, because it is still early April here in Montreal and there are no flowers or insects yet. However, I did a few tests at home and I can say that this is a very effective tool.

                  I like the separate semi-circular elements with 5-position switch providing full light on both segments , 3:1 or 1:3 ratio, and full:0 or 0:full combinations. You can also rotate the hole light ring, and position the 2 elements vertically, horizontally, or at an angle of your choice.

                  The light is soft and works very nicely. I like the LED modeling light, it helps you preview the lighting at your choice. It also has full and +/-flash exposure compensation. The guide number is 16, so you don't get washed-out pictures.

                  The texture and detail you get are very nice. I tried it with a 100mm macro lens and the results are excellent.

                  I can't wait to go after the bugs. I hope they are not photo shy...

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                  4.0

                  Macro photography with or without tripod

                  By KCSmith

                  from Redmond

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Cost

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

                  Price was only reason for 4 star instead of 5. Very nice quality flash kit with storage. Great addition to my Pentax 100mm Macro lens. Would have liked to have seen a removable cord between the light and base and the option to have a coiled cord instead.

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                  5.0

                  Solve your close-up flash problems

                  By BJD

                  from NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro flash

                    Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

                    I bought this to supplement my DFA 100mm f/2.8 macro lens - great partnership. The kit comes in a nice looking container with protective foam cutouts for all parts. A set of ring adapters provides compatibility with a range of lens sizes. The flash pairs perfectly with my K-5's P-TTL flash system, and provides effortless shadowless flash results. Simple button controls vary the flash output on either side, allowing varied strength directional flash if you wish to show more texture or shadow. Exposure is also quickly and easily varied with the camera's flash output controls. The modeling light control is useful for focusing in low light, and preview. Highly recommended.

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                    5.0

                    Great addition to the flash collection

                    By JoePag

                    from Ambler PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Recycling
                    • Powerful Output
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Macro
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

                      This product is typical Pentax build quality. Solid. Opens up a whole new way of recording images. Macro is only one of the uses.

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                      5.0

                      Photography Club Members are ENVIOUS!

                      By J Retiree

                      from VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. GODS COUNTRY.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Can rotate around lens
                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Recycling
                      • Light horizontvertical
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful Output
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • 2 easily rotates on lens

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • Macro
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

                      this light can give superb shadowless macro shots as well as left or right dominance of flash. It works well with portrait work as well.

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                      5.0

                      "If you shoot Macro, a must have"

                      By Steve the b

                      from Melbourne,Australia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Recycling

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

                        Although a bit pricey, upon opening the box it was clear (looking at the build quality) that it was up to the job. I'm no longer dependent on the sun to get the aperture closed down for that close up shot that requires good D.O.F.

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                        4.0

                        Great flash but expensive

                        By twokatmew

                        from Michigan

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful Output
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • Macro close-up
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

                          I tried all sorts of cheaper solutions since I'm just starting out with macro/close-up photography. None were satisfactory. I finally broke down and spent the many $$ for this flash, and I'm not sorry. It's smaller and lighter than the Sigma option, and it has sturdy metal ring adapters that actually stay on the lens while shooting at a downward angle.

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                          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Easy to use and no problems

                          By Chuey

                          from Thousand Oaks, CA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Works without any hassles

                          Cons

                          • A Little Pricey

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro photography

                          Comments about AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash (Guide No. 53) For Pentax P-TTL:

                          At the moment I use it for macro photography especially with a moving subject. Example: Butterflies
                          It works great, and I didn't experience any issues with this piece of equipment.

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