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External Flash

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by jasta01, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. jasta01

    jasta01 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 16, 2012
    Manila Philippines
    What Flashguns do you think will be good for Lumix G3 wherein i can use my camera's pop-up flash as a trigger when OFF the camera.

    Metz 44 AF-1 or Nissin Di446 or Yongnuo 460 II

    Thanks!
     
  2. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    You're probably out of luck. Your pop-up flash will "preflash" to measure exposure IIRC and then fire for real. The remote flash will trigger on the preflash. I went through this hassle with a G1 and a 48 AF1.

    Option 1: Turn the remote flash power down far enough that it can fire twice. Not very satisfying.

    Option 2: Buy a cheap hotshoe flash and use it for the trigger. You won't get a preflash with this setup. A little clunky, but cheap. My trigger flash cost me around $12 IIRC. Don't buy an old used one, though, unless you are sure that it has a low-voltage trigger.

    Option 3: Buy a radio trigger set. Choices range from cheap (Cactus) to expensive (PocketWizard). I have no experience with any of them.

    Search here for "preflash" and Google for "voltage flash trigger" for more.
     
  3. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Double check as some of those flashes can be configured to ignore the pre-flash.

    Yongnuo 460 II for sure has 'intelligent' slave mode to ignore pre-flashes.
     
  4. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    Interesting. No one ever mentioned that kind of capability to me before. I'll check it out. I guess that could be a very attractive Option 4.

    Edit: RobWatson, I just downloaded the 460 II user manual and it isn't very clear to me. Is the mode you're talking about the "S2" mode? That's a pretty neat feature to be so obscurely documented.