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Nostalgia corner, the Metz 45!

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philtaylorphoto 22 334 2
10 Feb 2019 9:29PM
Anyone got fond memories of the German made workhorse of the 70s and beyond?

I was driving past an incident tonight, and thought, "That would have been Metz 45 material back in the day."

I graduated to mine from a 1970s Metz 402 with lead acid battery to a 45CCT1, then onto a 45CT3, which lasted for 20 years from Pentax MX to Canon EOS and finally Bronicas, picking up piles of cables along the way.

It did everything from RTAs to weddings over the years.

Of course, the 1980s equivalent of seeing a Canon EOS1 with a red ring lens in a press scrum on the news (and don't forget the Billingham bag with straps flailing about.....
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bornstupix2 6 131 1 France
11 Feb 2019 7:36AM
Still got mine tho the nicads are a bit weak....had a couple of huge battery pack CT60`s for my Nikon F3`s at one time.....high ceilings around Bath where I worked as a freelance press and pr tog!!!
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philtaylorphoto 22 334 2
11 Feb 2019 8:05AM
The Nicads were always weak! I had mine modded to take NiMH batteries by NiCad services.

The Metz 60, a guide no of 60 always, not just measured at the tele end like modern SLR flashes.
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bornstupix2 6 131 1 France
11 Feb 2019 8:12AM
The pacs weighed a ton and humping them round a coming out dance at the baths on a long summers evening along with two f3`s in a suit and collar and tie were a bit of a drag but paid the bills.
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Philh04 18 2.3k United Kingdom
11 Feb 2019 9:11AM
Indeed... Started in the early 70's with a Braun Hobby (The ones with the round head and the battery pack that was curved) then a 402 with a wet cell... Never did get a 45 as the 402 served me well and I then moved into the realms of Scientific Photography.
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justin c 19 5.2k 36 England
11 Feb 2019 1:31PM
My first proper flashgun was a Metz 40 MZ3i. Excellent bit of kit and served me well for many years.
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19 3.0k 836 England
11 Feb 2019 8:43PM
Still have a Metz CT4 in a cupboard.
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philtaylorphoto 22 334 2
2 Mar 2019 4:19PM
Funnily enough, I ended up photographing a 4 car crash last week caused by a 19 year old driving a BMW 420. Arrested on suspicion of drug dealing, money laundering, offensive weapons and we, dangerous driving.

First night car incident in years for me. I took a different approach from the vintage one, lit it all by street light, and emergency services lights, 6400 ISO and OS on the lenses. Much more dramatic.

I did switch to flash for the last few damage shots, but could have done without..

On on an unlit moorland road, I might have wished for a Metz 45. I did once do an unlit road shot where the Lancashire police photographer was very helpful. We were both on Canon gear, so we pooled our gear and used 4 flashes on the same channel,; looked very Hollywood.


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