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First Flash: Which one? Metz 50 vs Oly 36r?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by MrKal_El, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    If you go to Setup => Sprockets => Display => Control Settings, then whatever options you set to ON are the menus that will be cycled through whenever you hit INFO after bringing up a menu with the OK button.

    Personally, I set SCP to ON with all modes, Live Control and Live Guide to OFF on all modes, then turn Art and Scene menus ON with their respective modes (not that I'll ever go into those modes, mind you... lol).
     
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  2. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I've not seen such a spec. What can happen is too many full power flashes in quick succession can melt parts. Better flashes have an auto shut down feature but others just melt.

    My old Vivitar from ~1986 has easily flashed 10,000 times and still is going great.
     
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  3. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 24, 2011
    Thanks again! yup...it was after pressing "Info" that it popped up...
     
  4. SNTP

    SNTP Mu-43 Regular

    126
    Sep 7, 2011
    Thank you soooo much. It's a tricky little devil, but once you set it up, it's awesome!

    I've noticed with my Metz that when shooting fill light and full power it really does take a while to cycle. Sometimes up to 20 seconds!
     
  5. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

    661
    Mar 24, 2011
    The 50?
     
  6. SNTP

    SNTP Mu-43 Regular

    126
    Sep 7, 2011
    Yeah the 50. It's only just started happening recently, but I think it's because i'm doing some very dark exposures so the fill light is pretty much running at full power. I was doing Christmas shots so i was setting the shutter to properly expose the lights and stuff, and my flash was filling in the people. Pretty much shooting one after another for like 6-7 shots and then it starts to take its time to cycle. But I have been noticing that it seems to be doing it more often than it was when i first bought it. I thought it might be the batteries but i've changed them to brand new ones and it still took a while. I'm going to try and buy some Eneloops and see if that helps anything. right now i'm using normal alkaline batteries.
     
  7. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 16, 2010
    Australia
    That could be the thermal protection cutting in. Not sure if the 50 has thermal protection, or if it works that way (by slowing down the photographer by recycling slower, so as not to overheat the flash head), but it's a possibility.
     
  8. SNTP

    SNTP Mu-43 Regular

    126
    Sep 7, 2011
    That's what I was thinking, I'll have to use it a little more this holiday season and test it out a bit.
     
  9. flaxseedoil1000

    flaxseedoil1000 Mu-43 Regular

    102
    Mar 10, 2011
    My first test shots with the Metz 50 AF-1 on my GH2

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    Panasonic GH2, 20mm lens, ISO 160, f/1.7, 1/60, Metz AF-1 flash used in TTL mode

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    Panasonic GH2, 14-140mm lens - 70mm(140mm) - f/5.8 - 1/125 - ISO 160, Metz AF-1 flash used in TTL mode

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    Panasonic GH2, 20mm lens, ISO 160, f/1.7, 1/2000, Metz AF-1 flash used in TTL mode, cropped

    Sun is behind him, face would be too dark without the flash


    From my Amazon review:

    HTH
     
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