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On Camera Strobe - Metz?
Old 01-20-2006, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cheers.

I have a chance to pick up a mint condition Metz 45 CT-4 to add to my 20D. I was thinking that for some portrait (anyone use one of these for Glamour?) and wedding work this could be a useful addition to my kit. However, I would like to get some feedback on this idea before making a purchase.

Your thoughts and experiences are appreciated!

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Re: On Camera Strobe - Metz?
Old 01-20-2006, 01:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We've got to stop meeting like this!

I have a Metz 60-CT2, it's a good flash but it's big, so's the battery. I don't own a hotshoe flash and if I could trade this Metz even for an SB-80, I'd do it. I just don't carry the Metz around unless I know I'm going to need it so I wind up in situations where I just want a flash for a quick shot or two and don't have one on me. The 45 is smaller and works with smaller battery packs but it's still big enough that you'll need a bigger bag to carry it.

So, if you already have a hotshoe flash, I'd go for it. Metz flash units are solid performers. I happened to get a little remote autoexposure gadget with mine that I never figured out how to use. I removed the cord and patched into a 1/4" jack so I can use it with the radio slave.

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Old 01-20-2006, 05:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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As Chip (the other one) said, Metz makes really good gear. The 45 CT-4 is pretty powerful and recharges quickly with the accompanying battery pack. It's great where you need portable (camera or bracket-mounted) light. As far as using one in the studio, it's a hassle to mount and modify (use umbrellas, softboxes, etc). It's output is equivalent to something around a 200-250 w/s strobe, but it doesn't recycle nearly as fast as a monolight or pack/head and you (of course) don't get a modelling light. If you watch the recycle times, it makes a nice background light.

I guess the bottom line comes down to price. Brand new with a TTL module, the latest incarnation of that flash runs nearly $500. Only you know what you're willing to spend on a used one. If you are looking for on-camera flash, you won't do much better. But if you're looking primarily for something to use in the studio, You'll get much more for your money by purchasing a monolight or pack/head kit.

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Old 01-20-2006, 05:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Should I change my name to Chip?! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

Thanks to both Chips for your input on this item. I know that the price on the one I'm looking at is Exceptional given the quality and condition of the item. I'm not looking to use this in studio (unless it is on my camera of course) but am thinking as a good camera mount strobe for walk around events like weddings, and maybe a fill for some outdoor work.

I have a 420EX, but manual operation escapes all logic (if it's even possible with the 420?) so I was looking for a good quality option for manual strobe on camera when I found this little gem.

I'm thinking that I will proceed with the purchase of the Metz. Sounds like I can't go wrong with one of these in the kit either way!

Thanks!

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Re: On Camera Strobe - Metz?
Old 01-21-2006, 02:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a Metz 60 CT-4 and love it. You won't have any eTTL or TTL on a digital camera, so you will have to set the flash manually to the f/stop you want. I used it with an EOS-1 (the TTL did work on that camera) and now a 1Ds. It works perfect for me everytime. It is a bit heavy but in 15 years of use it has never let me down.
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Re: On Camera Strobe - Metz?
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not sure about the metz, but I would get the Flash, made by your Camera maker, that was designed to interact with your camera....the flash I own, the EX580
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