Pentax AF 360 features TTL-series-control auto flash and manual flash control; Flash exposure In P-TTL mode, -3.0 to +1.0 steps (0.5-steps increments); Flash Modes: P-TTL auto, TTL auto, auto, manual; Flash Range: 2.3′ – 17.8′ (GN 30, ISO 100, f5.6); and has Discharge Angles of 31-78 degrees horizontal, 23-60 degrees vertical (98 degrees horizontal, 85 degrees vertical with wide angle diffusor) with Zoom Head at 24-85mm (20mm w/ wide angle diffusor, flash senses focal length automatically) and Bounce Head -10º, 0º, 45º, 60º, 75º, 90º), with lock at 0 degrees. The Pentax AF 360 measures 2.7″ x 4.3″ x 4.5″ and weighs 9.6 oz (without batteries).
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Pentax AF 360 Expert Reviews
Pentax AF 360 User Reviews
Good flash for Pentax “Strobists”
“I’m very glad I went with the Pentax. So glad I ended up buying a second one. It’s a good all around flash, easy to use, and obviously great to use in conjunction with your Pentax dSLR. When you have two, you can use one on camera to trigger the other off camera. Or use both off camera triggered by the on camera flash (put the 360s in Slave 2 mode if you have the K100D). They have a built in optical slave so you don’t need to buy anything extra. Used on camera, you also have the option of very high speed sync.” – By Bookenator
Nice flash, works well for most situations
“My photography has changed drastically since I started using this flash. It is terrific both indoors and outdoors – for bouncing and direct light. The range is pretty decent, and the built in wide angle diffuser and white card are both very useful. Battery life is fantastic, and obviously saves your camera’s batteries as well.” – By P. Kuhn
Nice flash, works well for most situations
“I bought this as a secondary flash to use in a pinch or as a remote. It works well in most situations, such as shooting wedding receptions or indoor events. To shoot further distances and cover more areas, I’d recommend the 540 model. The 360’s small size is light when attached to your camera and convenient that it fits nicely into smaller equipment bags.” – By Rob McVeigh
Excellent Budget Flash – Almost Perfect
“The 360 has been a 100% reliable flash that does what I need for most shooting and has never let me down. It’s far more compact than the other third-party flash which is a plus. I like the built-in diffuser and reflector, but an additional add-on diffuser is still needed for a softer, more natural lighting effect. I do miss a left-right swivel option of the head which is a must for certain framing/lighting needs. But for the money, I am very happy with this little unit. “ – By P. VANDALEN
good starter flash
“The flash that came “on board” with my Pentax K100D was so brutal-everyone complained of the instant flash and seeing spots for so long after I’d use it. I had to do something. This flash reaches a much farther distance and responds in a much softer way. I’ve been very impressed.” – By V. DeBruin
“I bought it so that I could get better results than the built in pop up flash and it really has worked out very well. I take many group shots of the family and the pop up simply wasn’t up to the task – this thing is outstanding for day time fill in work, or wide group shots in the dead of night. Excellent purchase! “ – By Kelvin G. Morton
It’s a Fair product for the price
“It have done all was it have promise, is well built and perform very good also it have a reachable price. I recommended a lot for any Pentax camera it also give great results with my Lumix LX3 of camera flash, tough it took a wile to make it work. “ – By Leonardo Reyes Perez
“Perfect addition to my K100D It uses less battery life than the camera when in a pinch, I’ve been able to switch out the batteries to increase my camera’s life while still being able to use the flash.” – By I. Bojilov
“Easy to use. Fast enough recharge. Affordable. Able to go wireless. 2 things. While I haven’t used the 540, I’d probably buy it over this one due to the lack of swivel alone. If you don’t find yourself taking portrait oriented photos in low light, its not an issue at all though. “ – By dan
Pentax AF 360 User Manual
– Download Pentax AF 360 User Manual (PDF – 2.0MB)
Pentax AF 360 Features & Specifications
The Pentax AF360FGZ Flash features a guide number of 119 (feet/ISO 100), 24 millimeter lens coverage, and bounce head. The flash requires four AA size batteries. It is compatible with Pentax PZ, ZX, SF, LX, MZ, *ist, 645NII, 67II series cameras. Also comes with case.
P-TTL mode with pre-flash allows for more accurate flash photography.
Wireless P-TTL flash is available when used with PENTAX DSLR cameras that support wireless flash operation.
On-camera and wireless high-speed flash sync is available in P-TTL modes.
Flash exposure compensation is easy through a simple control dial.
Includes an autofocus assist beam for focusing in low light or low contrast situations.
Auto and Manual modes allow for use with non-TTL PENTAX camera bodies.
LCD display shows the effective range of the flash in P-TTL, TTL and AUTO modes.
Modeling light feature strobes the flash for one second, so the photographer can check for unwanted shadows or highlights.