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09-25-2011, 07:50 AM   #1
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Wireless Servo Mode on Metz 58-AF2

I recently purchased the metz flash and it works great. I've been using it off-camera on servo mode using the pop up flash on the K-r as a trigger. There is one thing I don't understand, when the Metz is set on 1/4 or stronger, it doesn't register on the final picture. The flash does fire, (it seems like it does at least), unless I'm looking at the pre-flash. In the end, I just thought it was something with the pop-up flash, but does anyone know the real reason? I don't think it's shutter speed as I've tried various including bulb. Though if I bulb it, and manually pop it, it works.

09-25-2011, 09:29 AM   #2
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If you are using the Metz manual servo mode slave and your on-camera flash is set to wireless, you may be confusing the flash.

MattDM's flash guide has some info on this here: Wireless - Pentax P-TTL Flash Comparison

In particular, the last paragraph says that this Metz flash has a manual servo mode which ignores the preflash. If your camera is in a mode that doesn't use a preflash, the slave may be ignoring the main flash.

More info here:

*Edit* Try not using wireless mode on the camera. The pop-up will fire a preflash and a regular flash, and the slave might work right.

I can't say for sure if this is your issue, but hopefully the info helps.

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If you have the flash in the dumb-slave mode, it will fire twice, once on the preflash and once on the real flash. If you're using more than a fractional level of power, it can't recharge fast enough to flash twice in a row that quickly, so you get nothing in the real exposure.
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Same issue in this thread.

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Ahh ok. Thanks alot!

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