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Mecablitz 45CT with Sony A350
« on: July 19, 2010, 03:03:45 PM »
I've got the feeling that this subject has come up before, however.....  I just want to plug my Mecablitz 45CT into my Sony A350.  I bought one of those little Chinese adaptors, but the flash fired when I plugged the flash in and then didn't fire when I took the picture.

I saw another advertised and asked the supplier if it would work with my setup.  The reply was in the affirmative, so I bought it... but the flash fired when I plugged it in and then didn't fire when I took the picture. Uh huh. I contacted the supplier, who suggested that the adaptor was faulty, and they'd send me a replacement.

It came, and guess, what, the same all over again.  So what am I doing wrong, please ?

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Re: Mecablitz 45CT with Sony A350
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2010, 06:41:49 PM »
I've got the feeling that this subject has come up before, however.....  I just want to plug my Mecablitz 45CT into my Sony A350.  I bought one of those little Chinese adaptors, but the flash fired when I plugged the flash in and then didn't fire when I took the picture.

I saw another advertised and asked the supplier if it would work with my setup.  The reply was in the affirmative, so I bought it... but the flash fired when I plugged it in and then didn't fire when I took the picture. Uh huh. I contacted the supplier, who suggested that the adaptor was faulty, and they'd send me a replacement.

It came, and guess, what, the same all over again.  So what am I doing wrong, please ?

Take care - if it is an early 45CT1 it may fry your camera with ridiculously large trigger voltages. Even latter ones may be too high.

My 45CT1 is an older one so I use it with a cheap E-Bay radio controller. I have a 45 CL4 which I use with the correct SCA adapter. I am not sure if there is one for the 45CT1.


Tom Harvey

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Minolta Dynax 5; Minolta Dynax 7000i

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Metz 45CL4; Metz 45CT1


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Re: Mecablitz 45CT with Sony A350
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2010, 11:08:46 PM »
Does the 350 have a synch socket? If so then you should be able to just plug it in, that is what I do with my 45ct1.

Harveyzone, is there any advantage of using the sca socket over the synch socket on a digital body? I also have a ct5 that I also use with the synch socket on my a700, would there be any point in getting the sca adaptor? In which case do you happen to know what the right one to get would be?

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Re: Mecablitz 45CT with Sony A350
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2010, 11:53:02 AM »
Does the 350 have a synch socket? If so then you should be able to just plug it in, that is what I do with my 45ct1.
Nope - 'fraid not. That would be easy as the sync socket would probably be voltage protected. The hot shoe is not.

Harveyzone, is there any advantage of using the sca socket over the synch socket on a digital body? I also have a ct5 that I also use with the synch socket on my a700, would there be any point in getting the sca adaptor? In which case do you happen to know what the right one to get would be?

To be honest I tend to use the Metz flashes in manual mode only and I have not used the SCA for a long while. If I remember correctly it wlll use the Aperture information from the camera in auto mode so that you do not have to set the flash to the correct aperture setting for automatic flash exposure. It will also feed back the 'correct exposure' light to the viewfinder. I could be wrong - it has been a while - I will check. It will do TTL on film cameras, and if I had the CL4 digital I could do full TTL, but mine is the old film-age flash so cannot, and I cannot justify an upgrade :-(

I have not investigated SCA for the CT1 so I am not sure if it exists. It does not have a full automatic setting on the flash (just manual and 5 selectable apertures) so probably has no advantage over a PC lead other than viewfinder correct exposure feedback.

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Re: Mecablitz 45CT with Sony A350
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010, 09:38:14 AM »
Thanks for the informative reply Harveyzone, I guess it would be nice to be able to switch apperture only on the camera so may look out for an adaptor but still happy with the synch socket only solution for th emo.

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Re: Mecablitz 45CT with Sony A350
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2010, 04:22:11 PM »
Oh, why go back to the 1960s, I thought, so I went out and bought a Sony flash.  What a clever little machine ! End of query.

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Re: Mecablitz 45CT with Sony A350
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2010, 01:39:49 PM »
not quite the end.......   I bought it a Lumiquest 108 diffuser and was so impressed with the results that I went round to the shops again and bought a second HVL-F42AM flash.  Well, I am in Hong Kong at the moment.