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I have a Pentax AF 360 FGZ flash and a Canon 7D camera. Different hardware I know. But I want to be able to fire the flash, possibly using a remote trigger that would allow me to remotely take the shot and fire the flash as well.

  • Since you can not take advantage of all the built-in automation of that pentax flash, I would sell it and buy a cheaper, more powerful, manual flash like the Yongnuo YN-560. – Mike Sowsun Jul 14 '15 at 5:14
  • Is it possible to use the wireless mode and fire it as slave? – sebix Jul 14 '15 at 7:36
  • I would love to be able to use the wireless mode. As far as I remember, AF360 is wireless – Corrupted MyStack Jul 14 '15 at 11:58
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Aside from the wireless P-TTL "smart" optical triggering with Pentax gear, the AF 360 FGZ has a "dumb" optical slave mode (Slave 2) built-in that works with any simple flash burst (read: will work with any brand camera gear). Set the 7D's pop-up flash into M mode (to avoid sending out an eTTL pre-flash), and it should trigger the AF 360 to fire in sync. You will, of course, have all the range/line of sight issues that optical slaving does. But you don't have to buy radio triggers to use this flash off-camera with your 7D.

From this pentaxforums post, to place the flash into the "dumb" optical slave mode:

Set the switch on the right side in the upper position.

Hold "light" button down for 2 seconds.

Press the "S" (select) button to toggle between Slave 1 (Wireless P-TTL) mode and Slave 2 (Optical dumb slave) mode.

Press "light" button to accept and exit.

Any flash burst (even one from a P&S) should trigger the flash remotely.

To get the camera shutter to operate remotely, however, you do need a shutter remote of some kind (cable release, radio triggers, or an infrared remote) as a separate signal. You can only trip the camera shutter via the camera hotshoe with Canon RT remote-flash gear (e.g., 600EX-RTs).

See also: What should I look for in a wireless flash trigger for a home studio?

  • Be aware that the AF360FGZ will go back to TTL mode when it powers off. This will be annoying if you want to use it in dumb-slave mode all the time. – mattdm Jul 15 '15 at 10:09
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You could pick up a set of cheap radio triggers, or you could take David Hobby's advice and use some 1/8" adapters and a long cable with male 1/8" connectors on each end.

  • Will the radio trigger be able to fire the camera as well? or it is just a way of firing the flash when the camera's button is pressed – Corrupted MyStack Jul 14 '15 at 12:00
  • The ones I linked just makes the flash fire at an appropriate time, but there are triggers that can work as remote shutter releases too -- they just cost more. Here's a description of how to use PocketWizard triggers to do that. – Caleb Jul 14 '15 at 12:16

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