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Sigma EF-530 DG Super Electronic Flash for Pentax and Samsung DSLR

3.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Powerful Guide Number of 174 ft / 53m at 105mm Setting
  • Designed to work with the new TTL systems of all the popular manufacturers
  • Covers a focal length from 24mm to 105mm
  • Autozoom function automatically sets the optimum illumination angle.
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Product Description

The EF-530 DG SUPER is designed to work with both AF 35mm SLR and digital Pentax cameras. The EF-530 DG SUPER is a multifunctional shoe mount type flash that provides a large amount of light, featuring a guide number of 53/m (174/ft) w/ISO 100. Among the diverse features of this flash, are the Autozoom function, which automatically sets the illumination angle in accordance with the focal length of the lens PTTL exposure control, which automatically regulates the amount of light bounce and swivel head functions, which comes in very handy for bounce photography FP flash, which is capable of synchronizing the flash illumination with high shutter speeds and the rear curtain synchro flash mechanism, which makes delayed synchro photography possible.

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When there's insufficient or unsuitable light available to take a picture, it's of paramount importance to have a ready source of supplementary light to fulfill the need. That's where Sigma's EF-530 DG super-electronic flash comes into play. Designed exclusively for Pentax and Samsung digital SLR cameras, the flash offers a powerful guide number of 174 feet/53 meters and boasts the latest TTL automatic flash exposure control for easy operation. More significantly, the EF-530 is outfitted with a host of advanced features, including a modeling flash function, a multi-pulse flash, a TTL wireless flash, an FP (high-speed) flash, a rear-curtain synchro flash, and a manual flash mode that allows the photographer to set the flash power level by up to eight stops. The auto power-off function, meanwhile, automatically shuts off the display to save battery power. And when the flashgun is fully charged, the flash emits a confirmation-ready light, letting you check the flash exposure level through the camera's viewfinder.

Like Sigma's lenses, the EF-530 flash incorporates the latest features and technological advances, most of which aren't found on any other flash units save those made by the major camera makers themselves. They are the most powerful and completely dedicated flash units available for 35mm SLR and digital cameras.

Features:

  • Autozoom function that automatically sets the optimum illumination angle
  • Covers a focal length from 24mm to 105mm
  • A built-in wide panel that covers the 17mm angle
  • A tilting flashgun head for bounce flash (up by 90 degrees, to the left by 180 degrees, and to the right by 90 degrees)
  • A down tilt angle of 7 degrees for close-up photography
  • Sophisticated multifunction flash that can control advanced lighting techniques
  • Wireless slave-flash functions
  • Measures 3 by 5.5 by 4.6 inches (W x H x D)
  • Weighs 10.8 ounces
  • 1-year warranty

What's in the Box
EF-530 DG super flash for Pentax and Samsung cameras, soft case, hot shoe table stand, user's manual.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.6 x 3 x 5.5 inches
Item Weight 11.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000UHDRAS
Item model number 169109
Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required.
Customer Reviews
3.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,477 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Flashes > Shoe Mount Flashes
Date first available at Amazon.com July 30, 2007

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A year ago, I carefully read the reviews on the Metz, Sigma, and Pentax flashes and finally decided on the Metz 48 AF-1. The decision was made largely on the basis reports of poor build quality of the Pentax AF540 and the ease with which the Metz can be updated (ie, the flash's firmware may be updated for use with future cameras via USB connection, whereas the Sigma has to be sent back to Sigma). The Metz has been a good flash, however it's user interface is hardly intuitive. Occasionally I have had to spend several critical minutes fiddling with the interface only to have to finally dig up the manual to review how to make a particular setting. More recently, I found a great price on the Sigma 530 Super and decided to buy. Using the Sigma flash has been an eye-opening pleasure. It's interface is far superior and more intuitive than the Metz series of flashes and makes using flash all the more pleasurable. The Sigma also entails far less button-pushing in order to get to desired settings. Design of the flash is a bit dated, as it looks as if it were designed in the 1980s. However, build quality is very good and on par with the Metz. I had read reviews saying that the build quality of the Sigma is inferior to the Metz, but in my opinion, both are well built and reports of inferior build quality are probably referring to the slightly more dated design of the Sigma as compared to the sleeker Metz.
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This flash works on my Pentax K10D, but not without some caveats.

First, the strengths:

+ It's certainly more flash power than you can get for the money from the official Pentax line-up.

+ Tilt and swivel head.

+ It does a good job working with the K10D's TTL system -- exposure seems generally to be correct.

+ Wireless P-TTL slave mode works great.

+ Focus assist lamp is nice.

And then, the negatives:

- This is a huge flash. It's almost bigger than my camera body. The comparable Pentax AF540FGZ is big too, but I'd trade off some flash power for the feature set in a more compact size.

- The tilt head has a click-lock point at straight forward and at something like 70°-up and a few more between that and straight up -- but nothing at 30° or 45°, and I'm a bit worried that over time it'll get loose and not hold its position. (The Pentax flash has these midway click points.)

- It feels plasticky. doesn't look bad, but doesn't feel solid.

- High-speed sync only works if you disable AutoISO. You probably want to control ISO in your flash shots anyway, but Pentax tech support tells me their official flashes don't have this shortcoming. (Sigma tech support, by the way, wasn't able to explain this to me -- I had to figure out why it wasn't working on my own.)

- Mounting onto the hotshoe is a bit fussy; I'm not sure if Pentax's own flash is any better, but I kind of think it must be.

- The user interface panel is a confusing mess of barely-comprehensible icons and acronyms and poorly-labeled buttons.
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I'm a "measurebating" amateur (see Ken Rockwell's description of the term) and I've had this flash for about a month now. These comments could be considered a first impression.

1) I saw a lot of reviews with folks who didn't understand the manual or the usage of the flash. It's understandable. The manual for the flash is rather poorly laid out/translated. I went to the effort of making my own reference ([...]) so I could better understand. Once you've got the idea of how the flash functions, the manual is no longer an obstacle. The operation of the unit is actually very straight forward, which leads me to:

2) There was some good thought that went into the user interface of this flash. It was obviously balanced against cost (no jog dials and some segments of the lcd re-used in ways that make understanding the first time you see it not quite entirely intuitive), but all in all it's a solid A- for an interface.

3) The function of the flash is good - it's P-TTL and therefore depends on the camera to designate how much power it should put out. I've found wireless P-TTL to be dead on for exposure with the exposure from hot-shoe mounting to be a little less consistent. The hot-shoe mounted exposure in P-TTL seems to underexpose 1-1.5EV (which is generally the way Pentax cameras go anyway). As some others have pointed out too - it will not function as a manual optical slave with the built-in flash on a P-TTL camera. The P-TTL system uses a 'pre-flash' for metering which causes the manual slave to fire - screwing up both pre-flash metering and likely not allowing the flash to recycle in time for the actual exposure.
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By robmac on September 1, 2010
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I bought this because the Sigma flash was cheap for the features and I am just starting out using flash. The flash has a lot of features and function but are somewhat difficult to access due to the somewhat less than thorough and poorly laid out manual and cryptic display.

After about 6 months of light usage (pun not intended) the zoom stopped zooming. I sent it in for warranty repair and got it back quickly. It was working properly. Actually, I not sure I got the same flash back because the head's vertical adjustment seemed looser than before. It would stay where you put it as long as the camera didn't move abruptly--fine for tripod use.

After about 14 months (again, light service) the flash stopped flashing except intermittently. I sent it back in knowing I would have to pay for repair since it was out of warranty. But, I got it back (again quickly) without charge. It was working properly. Again, however, I think they just sent another flash because now, the battery door was extremely difficult to close. The hinge was tight on one side and the tabs didn't fit right--the door tabs were actually wider than the door and didn't fit in the opening easily. I shaved them done (I didn't really want to send it back again) and they now work easier but the door is till more difficult to close.

When it is working (and I can figure out the settings) it seems to work well. Not completely sure I would by another one but for the price it is still a fairly good deal as long as you don't mind the occasional repairs.

But the service department gave me quick turnaround and, so far, one free repair.
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