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Old Jan 4, 2004, 12:30 PM   #1
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I recently purchased the Digital Rebel & would like to know if any of you out there have used or know if the Metz 44AF-3C is compatible? Most people recommend the Canon 420 or the 550, but for the price & Power, the Metz seems the way to go - IF it will work.
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Old Jan 4, 2004, 1:27 PM   #2
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Metz recommends 2 flashes for canon D-SLR, the 54 MZ 3C and the 44 AF 4C

http://www.metz.de/en/photo_electron..._AF-4.176.html

The difference between the 2 flashes is:
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For Canon digital cameras. Permits E-TTL flash mode, TTL flash exposure correction and "HSS" high-speed synchronisation.

The 44 AF 3C does not have these functions.
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Old Jan 4, 2004, 2:03 PM   #3
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... The only thing I might add, is if you plan to use the Metz as slaves with E-TTL, they do not work as well as the Sigma since they use a different RF system as control instead of IR as in the Canon's system.

For the main strobe however nothing beats the dual-head Metz (54MZ-x)!
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I ogt an e-mail back today from Metz(Bogen) saying that the Flash to buy is a Brand New Model - the 44AF-4C for Canon Film & Digital cameras. He said it has only neen shipping now for about 3 weeks - called B&H & they said they hadn't heard of it. Maybe next week.
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It's still a Metz only remote and slave: http://www.metz.de/en/datenblatt_pe/...a35b4671a44d14

Unless you buy the dual-head 54MZ-x, there's really no advantage going with the Metz. The Sigma is a more versatile unit as well as having a higher guide number, beside costing less (you can always use this unit as cheaper slaves to the Canon's flashes)
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/html/news/500dg_super.htm
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I had the Metz 44 AF 3 C with my old Eos 50e and had to change to the Sigma EF-500 DG ST flash with the Digital Rebel. You can use the Metz flash only in manual mode (full power or 1/16) with the Digital Rebel. The Sigma is e-TTL compatible and therefore is fully functional with the DR but the build quality in my opinion is not as good and there is no LCD display. If you can, go for the Sigma EF-500 DG Super. It may suit your needs better.

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I e-mailed Sunpak on Thursday morning to see if they were going to have an E-TTL flash come out & they sent me the info on one due out the end of this Month(January). It is the PZ40X - but only with a Guide Number of 40?
Heck, I may as well buy the Canon 420 EX.
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Heck, I may as well buy the Canon 420 EX.
You can, but the Sigma EF-500 DG Super costs about the same as the 420 EX, and is a virtual clone to Canon's higher-end 550EX unit with a higher GN as well as having all the manual controls!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=263432&is=REG
http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?o...sku=SG500EOSDG
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I decided to go ahead & buy the Canon 420 EX. So far, very limited use - by trial & error & Zero results - tried shooting in both the Green or "Auto" mode & Program. Need to "fiddle with it some more" & read the darn manual for the 3rd time!
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Found out my mistake. Got several pix today indoors at a neat BBQ place in Memphis & pix were great - on direct flash in the "Green" or auto mode. After getting home, I shot a couple more & Nothing. Then I looked REALLY close & saw that I didn't have the Flash all the way in to the shoe for proper connection. Guess I am still learning! Got a ways to go yet - experimenting - but so far, it is a LOT better than the on-board flash.
I also got my hands on & got to shoot 2- test shots with the 17-40mm 4.0L. SWEET. Dealer told me that the 10D will not be replaced but the 1D will. Here is my prediction. A Hunch that the new 8 megapixel camera will also be made in Taiwan like the 300D so they can keep the price down.
Still waiting to see if Canon releases a lens wider than the 16-35 & NOT an 'L' lens before I buy something wider than my 20-35.
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