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04-09-2016, 11:21 PM   #1
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Metz 50 af-1 does not flash

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It's been awhile since I have used my gear and my flash did work about 3 weeks ago, but now it does not. I have tried two bodies (K10D and K5 II), and the green flash light on the flash body is solid, indicating it is ready, but when I press it or even use Manual mode it does not flash. I have used fresh Eneloops, updated firmware to V4, and have also done a Reset. One question I do have is that I see a "brown" line to the left of the tube in the flash (see attached). Is this normal? I suspect my bulb is burnt out. Any help or advice is much appreciated

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If the flash doesn't fire when you press the test button, I'd say either the bulb is burnt out or there's some other problem with the flash's circuitry.

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My Metz 50 works well and also has brown line
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04-10-2016, 09:23 PM   #4
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Can you hear the capacitor charge? I can't seem to hear it. I'm from Canada, so I've contacted Amplis to RMA my flash. I'll probably go ahead to repair it for less than $150.

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I also do not hear the capacitor charge. Good luck
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Thanks for all the feedback and help. I hope it is simply a bulb replacement. It better be less than $150
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Update: dealing with the service center has been a very efficient and good experience thus far. The initial assessment points to a new flash bulb is required and I approved to try replacing it. If it works, the repair will be less than $100 all in, much better than a new flash unit with P-TTL (appx $400 for the latest comparable Metz). On a side note, although fully manual, my experience with Yongnuo 560 III has been very good. I purchased it while waiting for my Metz to be repaired.
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