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PentaxAF540FGZ II Flash
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

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    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Packs small / compresses (7)
  • Reliable (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Family photos (8)
  • Weddings (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Small yet powerful, I want another one

While I try NOT to use on camera flash, I find I have to in many occasions, particularly weddings and events, this is where this small, lightweight flash shines. The High Speed...Read complete review

While I try NOT to use on camera flash, I find I have to in many occasions, particularly weddings and events, this is where this small, lightweight flash shines. The High Speed sync works like a charm. Just finished testing that on my 645Z, now to put it to work. The small light in front is a godsend, have no idea why other companies dont follow suit. My only gripe is that its not more powerful. So really, I give it 4.5 Stars.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Has to go into the shop again

When it works ... it's great. They have a known problem where they just work when they want to. First trip to the shop it was covered ... after a few...Read complete review

When it works ... it's great. They have a known problem where they just work when they want to. First trip to the shop it was covered ... after a few uses, it is now acting up again. I cannot rely on this flash. The shop Pentax told me to send to, it took FOREVER to get fixed. I was about to buy a new flash and then one day the "fixed" flash shows up. They may have fixed with the newer models. It's too bad as it seems people have had some great stories about this flash. It has just not worked for me. Literally ....

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1.0

Issues with locking and more

By Boaz

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

At first the flash had issues of bad smell. I shipped it back for repair. It came back with the locking ring not locking tight enough. I shipped it back and they adjusted it. It lasted 2 months (with hardly even using the flash) before it started falling off again. Precision Camera (the service provider) is now refusing to take it back since it is no longer covered under the 90 days repair policy.
To me this is just a bad and poorly designed locking ring

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5.0

Adding to my set

By eric

from Rio Grande Valley of Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

I've had the older version of this flash for a few years and love it's functionality. I recently bought the K-1 and decided to add a new flash to the collection. I plan to use this as a primary light and to trigger my older AF540FGZ in wireless two-light flash applications. This will add a new dimension and more pop to my outdoor portrait shoots.

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5.0

Solid great performing flash

By RmfTop

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

Great power.
Very well built.
I believe it is built better, more robust than Canon or Olympus flashes that I've had in the past.
I use this with various MagMod accessories and it performs very well.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works great on my Pentax K1

By Drive fast

from Baltimore

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos

    Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

    I bought this to go on my new Pentax K1 and it works great

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    • No

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellet with Pentax 645Z

    By Peter

    from NYC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Pricey

    Best Uses

      Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

      Recently bought a 645Z to go with my set of P entax 645 film camera lenses. Pentax flash from film days works in manual with some tricks, but not TTL and in general isnt really meant for digital. The Af540FGZ is smaller, works in TTL and produces very nice image, even when the flash is on camera

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great flash

      By Aubrey

      from Richmond Virginia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Pack
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

        Picked it up during the Dec. deal. Great flash that was easy to use and I've already noticed a huge improvement on my in doors photography.

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        • No

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good performance and weatherproof!

        By Old Marine

        from Wilmington, NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

            Though I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Nikon man, my Pentax K-3 is my go-to camera for shooting outdoors on rainy days. I bought this to use for those situations when you need a fill flash outdoors, and it has performed well in initial testing. The hot-shoe seals up very tightly, and having been zapped by other flash units in the rain (I have an old Vivitar that could be used for executions)I feel comfortable using this one.

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            • No

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Met and exceeded expectations;

            By Hawki

            from Extreme Northern California

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoor sports
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

              I had just purchased a K-3 Silver Edition with grip and flu card and was immediately asked to shoot an upcoming wedding. I owned an original AF360 but knew that I would need additional power to shoot in the reserved venue.
              I decided to rent the new AF540 FGZ II for the wedding and boy am I glad I did. Like so many others here have stated, it is small, powerful and very functional. There is no need for the pop-up white card of the previous version because of the front facing LED. It happens to provide a very nice catch light in portraits. The 540 II provided me with the best P-TTL accuracy I've had to date and it made a killer setup with the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 ... especially at the reception.
              I'm now in a position to bUy my own 540 II right here from B&H and can't wait to get my grubby little hands on it.
              I can .. without any hesitation, recommend this flash to any Pentax user that is serious about their hobby or work.

              CHEERS!!!

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              • No

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              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Has to go into the shop again

              By JP

              from New York, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

                  When it works ... it's great. They have a known problem where they just work when they want to. First trip to the shop it was covered ... after a few uses, it is now acting up again. I cannot rely on this flash. The shop Pentax told me to send to, it took FOREVER to get fixed. I was about to buy a new flash and then one day the "fixed" flash shows up. They may have fixed with the newer models. It's too bad as it seems people have had some great stories about this flash. It has just not worked for me. Literally ....

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Compact

                  By Frattofoto

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

                    1st thing I saw was how much smaller it was than the older version. I fine the controls easier to use. So far I have found no issues.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    AF540FGZ II Flash

                    By Bones

                    from Grapevine, Texas

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Pack
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

                      I have been using built in flash in my Pentax DSLR cameras. Ordered this flaw - great price and wow. Amazing how it can back light a photo!

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                      • No

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                      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Very compact

                      By Boaz

                      from Hayward, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Pack
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom Range

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

                      LED in front helps in focus but I doubt that it will be useful for videos.
                      This flash is even smaller than my Yongnuo flashes.
                      Hot Shue mount fits tight.
                      No reflectior card built in but only wide angle diffuser.
                      Zoom sange is very limited. Even less than the Yongnuo.
                      HSS is only optional with P-TTL and since Pentax doesn't have remote P-TTL solutions (other than the slave option) then HSS can only be achieved on-camera. You can pair this flash with the Yongnuo while the Pentax is on camera and the Yongnuo, suprisingly, will follow the HSS from the Pentax, up to 1/4,000 without wny problems.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding function

                      By Steve

                      from Cincinnati, ohio

                      Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

                      I wanted to upgrade my K3 and chose this flash. Too many pros to list, but I love the zoom range and the off camera sync and stand.

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      AF540FGZ II Flash

                      By Trey45

                      from Dismal Swamp NC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Pack
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • No Diffusers Yet
                      • Zoom Limit For K5iis

                      Best Uses

                      • Art Gallery
                      • Detail Lighting
                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoor
                      • Portrait
                      • Some Macro
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

                      I am using this flash on a K5iis with great success. I have only used it indoors though and have not had a chance to try outdoor shots with it. So far it does exactly what I need a powerful high end flash to do. I prefer manual mode but shooting with the P-TTL gives great results. I don't think I will ever need a better flash than this.

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                      • No

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Pentax AF540FGZ flaxh

                      By Dseng55

                      from Chicago,IL

                      Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

                      I already owned the older model of this flash and loved it! I recently purchased the Pentax K3 and wanted to get a new flash for my new camera. One of the main reason is this flash is weather resistant as is the camera. So far it has worked far above my expectations would defiantly recommend this flash it is well worth the cost.

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                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Small yet powerful, I want another one

                      By RobH

                      from Hawaii

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Pack
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

                        While I try NOT to use on camera flash, I find I have to in many occasions, particularly weddings and events, this is where this small, lightweight flash shines. The High Speed sync works like a charm. Just finished testing that on my 645Z, now to put it to work. The small light in front is a godsend, have no idea why other companies dont follow suit. My only gripe is that its not more powerful. So really, I give it 4.5 Stars.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        I want to buy one more...

                        By Gastao

                        from Brasil, SP

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

                          Well constructed, smaller than old 540, more efficient and fast... I was waiting long time for Pentax introducing new devices. Finally, the day is in!

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                          • No

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                          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great

                          By Jay

                          from Las Vegas

                          Comments about Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash:

                          Easy to use, and I love that it's weather resistant.

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