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Help!! Metz45CL1 with Nikon D100
Old 03-09-2004, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help!! Metz45CL1 with Nikon D100, cannot for the life of me get predictable results,mostly washed out or nothing at all, example fill flash sunset on beach, meter for sunset set flash for subject, ISO AUTO "off" another example with this flash, indoors manual exposure still washed out, I use the wein safe sync also. Anyone else have these problems and what pray tell did you do? Do I have to suck up and buy Nikon Flash?
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Hmmm... Not sure I understand your problem exactly...
Old 03-09-2004, 10:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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but I think you are saying you leave the camera on auto-exposure and use it to fire the flash which is set on manual mode.

A couple of things I'd look at.

First is what is the camera shutter speed. The shutter has to be entirely open when the flash goes off otherwise you are going to get black bands on the image or perhaps nothing at all. That doesn't sound quite like what's happening here. It might explain the inconsistent operation though.

Secondly is the synch of the flash when the camera is in auto exposure mode. Many of the newer camera/flash combos use a brief preflash for red eye reduction. It might be that your camera is firing the flash main burst on a preflash signal.

From what I make out of your comments, the problem tends to be more over exposure than under exposure. This could just be a mistake in setting the flash to manual mode. If the flash is still expecting a signal from the camera to tell it when to stop, and it never gets that signal, the flash would go full output.

I'd try going full manual on both the camera and flash. Set the camera shutter speed to its max flash synch (I think that's around 1/125 for most Nikons, but don't hold me to it...). Meter the background and set the camera aperture to get proper exposure based on the ASA, then set the flash for the subject making sure to use the proper ASA.

Maybe if you explained exactly what you get again... I seem to be missing something.

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Re: Hmmm... Not sure I understand your problem exactly...
Old 03-11-2004, 08:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tried to formulate a test on this subject last nite Metz CL1 Nikon D100 shooting strictly manual, so here goes as best as I can explain it. 1. late afternoon sun I exposed for the sunset set flash exposure (on the flash) for 1 less stop of exposure on subject, alas everthing overexposed. Test 2 darknes fell manually set camera to 1/60 at 5.6 set metz flash to 5.6 again several overexposures ( this works with all my other cameras, Canon's Bronica's at weddings etc) Now this is gonna throw a curve into it! Battery went dead in camera, inserted new battery, guess what exposures dead on 1/60 at 5.6 for about 10 to 12 shots then back to total overexposures, beginning to ask these questions:
1. Compatibility between metz CL1 and D100?
2. The battery issue brings this one up, voltage surge maybe?
3. Maybe the lens is at fault,Nikkor 85 1.8D, just got it about 1 month ago bought used from KEH, my other lens Nikkor 24-120 works fine in the studio with my Novatrons and white lightnings.
4 Going to test the 24-120 lens tonight with the Metz.
I use the wein safesync to connect between camera and my flash whether its the metz or studio lighting.
Keep you posted and if anyone has any ideas please respond!
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