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05-30-2011, 07:25 AM   #1
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metz 45cl-4 -digital flash gun

I posted this on the flash forum but got no answers so if you can help it would be appreciated.
Hi, any one using a Metz 48cl-4 digital version with our Pentax cameras?
I'm look for assistance suggestions on the use of the different settings
normal flash use
fill flash
hightlight the subject
when to use Pttl and when to use Auto?
any other thoughts?
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oh yes, to be used on a K10d and K-r

05-30-2011, 08:40 AM   #2
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Hello,

First off, I cannot find any reference to a "Metz 48cl-4" flash, so I am going to assume you have a working flash and your questions are technique based.

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normal flash use
Not too sure what you mean by this.

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fill flash
Fill flash is used when the natural or setting light in your shot is the focus. Fill flash would add details to shadow areas such as a persons eyes.

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hightlight the subject
If you add 1 stop of light over your ambient exposure to your subject, you will separate your subject from the background by making the subject lighter than the surrounding area,

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when to use Pttl and when to use Auto?
Auto flash at one time was the best flashes had to offer. Wedding photog's knew how easily fooled this set up could be. Bright objects such as a white dress would reflect too much light back to your subject tricking it into thinking there was enough light for a proper exposure. PTTL reads the light entering into your camera and add the subjects distance from the camera to the exposure equation. PTTL is a much better and more accurate way of working.

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any other thoughts?
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Sorry I meant Metz mecablitz 45 CL-4 digital
I was wondering why there is a auto setting and a Ptt setting and when you would each one?
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Hello,

Since Metz flashes are 1 size fits all, the basic design includes the auto setting making is compatible with older pre TTL + PTTL bodies. Still some shooters who learned on Auto may still prefer it.

Chuck

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