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Flash: Metz mecablitz 36 for ANY m/43 camera!

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by phdezra, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. phdezra

    phdezra Mu-43 Stalker

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    Dec 6, 2011
    New York, NY
    For $120, I can't help but recommend the Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Olympus / MZ 36352OPL . GN 36 and quite powerful. it is essentially a full-sized flash for many indoor situations. It comes with a small stofen-like diffuser that fits right over the flash. Additionally though, I use a stofen on it and bounce it off ceiling..

    Recycle times are *extremely* fast (using Lithium AA batteries, never miss a shot as they recycle within nanoseconds it seems). Provides even fill-flash and lovely effects for the non-pro (or perhaps pro).

    Here are two images with E-P3 and PL 25/1.4.

    First, I had wacky lighting going on... indoor photo, harsh sunlight from large bay window to right of photo, plus overhead tungsten lights.. and the flash helped make 90% of those lighting issues go away.

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    And here is another taken in a VERY dark room at night (same birthday girl, a few days earlier).

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  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Lighting looks great, thanks for sharing.
     
  3. phdezra

    phdezra Mu-43 Stalker

    115
    Dec 6, 2011
    New York, NY
    Here's a photo of it on the E-P3.

    To the right is a Sto-fen omnibounce, bought separately from B&H. The smaller piece of thin plastic is a diffuser that comes WITH the flash - a great flash from Metz for a mere $120.


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  4. Eternal Newbie

    Eternal Newbie Mu-43 Regular

    39
    Nov 2, 2011
    Wakefield, UK
    Paul Hardy
    Thank you phdezra -- I have this flash but I haven't put it through its paces yet. Now your results make me think I should get on & try it out

    BTW does anyone know of a remote TTL cord for this to go with a Panny G3?

    Thanks
    Paul
     
  5. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    I use the 44 AF-1, and when a FL-36R arrived, there was just no comparison between the two. The FL36R feels like a toy, and for small product photos in my office it is functionally about 2 stops dimmer when used in manual. Love my Metz!

    I have the Oly off-camera cord, I'll give it a try tonight on an Oly body, does that help?
     
  6. Eternal Newbie

    Eternal Newbie Mu-43 Regular

    39
    Nov 2, 2011
    Wakefield, UK
    Paul Hardy
    Thanks SRHEdD that would be most helpful.

    STOP PRESS -- I tried a Canon off-camera cord 2, which was lying around, and the flash fired:thumbup: seeming to produce reasonable illumination. So now I will do some shots to see how it works