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Old Mar 19, 2010, 7:23 PM   #1
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I just purchased a Metz 45CT-5 Flash. How can I hook it up to shoot manual on a Canon MIII?
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Does it come with a sync cord or with an SCA adapter via the hotshoe?

Best is to connect the sync cord to the camera sync port and set the camera aperture to match the flash aperture (the camera shutter is best left on 1/60s)
-> Both flash head will then output the correct flash amount automatically (or you can turn the secondary head off)
The secondary head should also come with a grey cover to limit its output if you need to, or remove it for full output

The circular dial to control the flash is on top of the main head:
1. With the flash on, turn the inner black dial to adjust the ISO (the right most display behind the flash will also indicate the corresponding ASA or DIN), and this should match the ISO setting of the camera
2. The transparent outer dial set the aperture and it can rotate to line up with any of the 6 green "C" marking - This is the aperture where you have to set the camera to match (the left most digital display behind the flash also readout this aperture)
3. The center digital readout in the back will then indicate the maximum reach (you can select meter or feet with the left slide switch right below the display) for that particular setting

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Thanks for the information. It didn't come with a sync cord. It does have a SCA for a Nikon and for the Canon film cameras. Can the Canon be safely used? I was thinking that the sync cord is the best option. Does anyone know if those are available?
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That's OK, you can still mask the two smaller terminals on the back of the SCA hotshoe adapter with scotch tape, and the flash will work just fine...
-> In the old days on film cameras theses contacts are used to set the aperture and shutter speed automatically on their respective cameras, but they don't work too well with the newer dSLR so just tape (i.e. isolate theses smaller contacts) them out

You can get the sync cord for the CT-4, as they are of the same series:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...d_PC_Sync.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...t_PC_Cord.html

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BH has a note that these don't work with the 5. They do offer cords that are marked for the 5. When using the SCA with the contacts masked is the voltage safe? I've e-mailed Metz on 2 occassions, but they have yet to respond.
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If you want to be safe use a "Weinsafe", but I have used this flash on many of my Canon and Nikon dSLRs... without!
-> BTW the use of the Wein safe will automatically masked the two small rear unused contacts for you

The last time I check its sync voltage is about 15V; however your SCA adapter should bring it down closer to 6V (actual measurement on the SCA adapter of my 70 MZ-5) with no load.
It's up to you really, but if a company is ISO certified, they have to abide by the ISO 10330 standard which establish the test sync voltage at 24V

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Thanks for all the information.
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I taped the contacts on the SCA and it worked great. Thanks NHL. I did hear from Metz. They e-mailed a copy of a manual.
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I taped the contacts on the SCA and it worked great. Thanks NHL.
Actually once you've taped the smaller contacts, the SCA becomes universal and it would now work on any camera...
-> My 70MZ-5 SCA adapter was for a Kodak dSLR, but it worked fine on my Canon or Nikon once its contacts were taped !
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Hey, DG, if you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay for the 45 CT-5?
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