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Have I got a bargain or a white elephant?


bfgstew 8 668 105 England
2 Dec 2011 4:41PM
I was perusing the local flea market today and picked up 2 Metz 45 CT-4 flash guns for 40, with spare battery packs, chargers and mounting brackets.
Now is this a good bargain as I know Metz are pretty good?
I would love to be able to use these with my D200, I would be able to modify if not, plus if I could rig them up and use them as studio light with umbrellas?
Look forward to hearing your views on this guys.
Cheers.

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Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
2 Dec 2011 4:50PM
You'll need an adapter, see here for more details, but sounds like a cracking bargain if you ask me......

Ade
Pete e2
13 18.5k 96 England
2 Dec 2011 4:52PM
That is a real bargain, these were around 200 each at one time, spare batteries are about 50, so well done. Guide number 45 ISO100 meters so really powerful too!
User_Removed 4 299 4 France
2 Dec 2011 4:55PM
They will make good studio flashes with brollies and reflectors to a certain extent...snoots and barn doors are another problem...they can normally be fired with slave units providing you can fit a weak flash to your D200....im sure a search on ebay will turn up a couple of slave units if they are no longer made.

There are no doubt many complex ways of wiring them together but I used CT 60s in the above way when I worked as a freelance press and pr tog....stuart
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
2 Dec 2011 5:00PM
PDF Manual

Tells you what you'll need...

Ade
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2011 5:08PM
They gave them away at that price.
Metz have a solid reputation as good as the name Leica.
The battery packs are not that easy to come by and are now refurbished. My original pack died and now have a refurbished one.
I also have a cradle to use standard AA batteries although oddly it wont accept rechargeable ones.
bfgstew 8 668 105 England
2 Dec 2011 5:31PM
He he, 'bout time I had a bit of luck, will go and pick lottery numbers now................Wink

Cheers guys, info is invaluable, as always................Grin
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2011 5:42PM

Quote:PDF Manual

Tells you what you'll need...

Ade


Wrong model Ade, its a CT not CL
I use a safe synch for mine as it could fry the circuit.
bfgstew 8 668 105 England
2 Dec 2011 5:55PM
Ken, I may be wrong but from what I have read the CL and the CT are identical apart from the indicator on the back, the CT has a neon indicator the CL has an LED.
redsnappa 12 1.9k United Kingdom
2 Dec 2011 6:10PM
A bargain, even if you paid 3 times the price.
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
2 Dec 2011 6:11PM
WhoopsTongue

Could still prove useful all the same, I hopeSmile

Ade
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
2 Dec 2011 6:25PM
What a find!! Enjoy!!
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2011 10:33PM
bfgstew 8 668 105 England
2 Dec 2011 11:54PM
Maybe not Ken, the CT is non compatible with the modern trigger voltages!!!!!!
Looks like a bit of rewiring on the trigger circuitry to take it down to 6v, got to be worth it for the price I got them for, they are pretty amazing pieces of kit!
User_Removed 4 299 4 France
3 Dec 2011 7:57AM
This is all very complex...surely they can be fired remotely using the cameras built in flash.....masking the d200s output will limit its effect on the image but the slaves should still fire.

The results can be reviewed on screen so ttl or auto flash is irrelevant. This should make an easy cheap starting point.

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