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Old Dec 25, 2009, 6:28 PM   #1
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Default Connecting Metz Flash with new Cannon DSLR

I have a Metz 45 CL-3 flash and a SCA-312 hot shoe adapter for my old Canon film SLRs. I now have a Canon Rebel XTi digital SLR. The cord on the SCA-312 has deteriorated so I need something to connect my old Metz flash with my new Rebel XTi camera. I have a PC Sync cord for my flash but I discovered my XTi does not have a PC sync socket. What options do I have to make my Metz flash work with my Rebel XTi?



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Old Dec 26, 2009, 10:57 AM   #2
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You may want to go the easy route and just get another cable (versus using an adapter for the hotshoe to give your camera a PC Sync port and using it that way). Here's one on Ebay for $12.00 plus $4.75 shipping. It would probably let your XTi trigger it (but, you'd need to try it to make sure).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=360214928735

Now, it's my understanding that you wouldn't have E-TTL with that flash setup. You might be able to use a newer SCA 3102 module with it like this one:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...e.html#reviews

But, you'd probably need the latest M4 version firmware (and the one shown in that listing is the M3 version) and an adapter cable that allows you to use it like this one:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...onverter_.html

Bogen Imaging in the U.S. can probably update the firmware if you got a newer 3102 module with M3 firmware installed (but, I still don't know if it would give you full functionality with that camera). You may want to contact them and discuss your options (they are the Metz distributor in the U.S. and handle things like module upgrades%
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Old Dec 26, 2009, 11:21 AM   #3
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Here's a generic hot shoe to PC adapter:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...hoe_to_PC.html

But, one consideration is the trigger voltage with that flash if you're using a PC Sync port type connection via a hotshoe adapter. I'm pretty sure that the 45 CL3 is safe to use that way. But I'd measure it just to make sure. See this thread:

Trigger Voltage Limits with Modern Digital Cameras

But, for under $20 delivered, I'd probably grab that Metz 307A cable from Ebay and try it using your existing module to see what you get (i.e., see if your existing module would recognize your camera settings that way and let you use it in non-TTL Auto mode). If not, just go manual exposure and set the camera and flash to match for aperture and ISO speed (which you'd need to do with a PC Sync port connection anyway). I suspect it would trigger it (even if it didn't pass any useful info), but you'd have to try it to make sure.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=360214928735

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Old Dec 28, 2009, 4:17 PM   #4
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I really appreciate the info. I like the logic in your last comment however I have a question. Why would I use an 307A cable vs a 300A cable which is what I currently have? The 307A cable does not look like it has the proper connector to fit my flash. Here's what the 300A cable looks like.

Again I appreciate your help.

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Jim:

You're right. I was looking at the wrong part of the diagrams for them. The 300A should be the correct cable .
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Old Dec 29, 2009, 1:52 PM   #6
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Thanks. There is one on Ebay with current bid of $20 or buy it now for $30. I will see if I can get it for $20.

Thanks again for your help.

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