Metz® Mecablitz 44AF-2 Claudio Di Veroli® User Manual v.1.1 Sep. 2016 1. FEATURES, BATTERIES, MOUNTING Swivel head angle Security 0º, 45º, 60º, 75º, 90º. Never touch the flash contacts! The numbers are on the head axle, but are dark grey, illegible! After a series of 20 full-power flashes, let the unit pause for at least 3 min. Olympus/Panasonic specific features Flash-ready indication in camera display Automatic flash-sync camera shutter speed control TTL with measuring preflash Manual flash exposure control for TTL Automatic fill-in flash control 1st and 2nd curtain sync (set camera to Slow Sync) Automatic Flash Zoom control via TTL Red-eye pre-flash Camera wake-up wakes-up the flash NO Slave mode: pressing SL sets SLave mode, but it does not work with the Panasonic cameras. … and more features depending on the camera model Batteries suitable Do not use other battery types! Do not mix battery types! Size AA, Alkaline 1.5V (alkaline-manganese type IEC LR6) Size AA, NiMH 1.2 V (nickel-metal-hydride IEC HR6) All my rechargeables are OK! Use only new rechargeables or it may need 1-2 minutes to be ready! Size AA, Li 1.5 V (lithium IEC FR6) 4x €9 Remove batteries when storing the unit for a long time Switch the flash at least once for 10 min. every three months for capacitor maintenance Mounting the flash on the camera o Switch off the flash and the camera o Ensure the knurled nut is turned right/up fully: the locking pin retracts o Slide the flash foot fully into the hot shoe o Turn the knurled nut left/down clamping the flash in place Removing the flash from the camera o Switch off the flash and the camera o Turn the knurled nut right/up fully o Slide the flash foot fully out from hot shoe Batteries replacement o Remove the flash from the camera (see above) o Slide the battery cover downwards o Replace the batteries o Slide the battery cover upwards (it automatically presses down the batteries) 2 2. LED DISPLAY, FIRING Switch on/standby/off and the button+light Switch on: press the button The unit reverts to the last operating mode, shown by its LED The camera’s display (Flash Off) sign turns into (Forced Flash) or any other mode selected Ready: the light turns green when flash is ready to fire No sign in the camera’s display Set flash temporarily off: in the camera’s Q.MENU select the Flash, and select Flash Off Flash zoom (24-105mm): automatic following the camera’s zoom Modes TTL & Manual flash only Reflector not pivoted (no swivel) only AF beam: if camera focus is set to AFS, in dark light the flash LEDs in 1/8 output, to help camera focus TTL exposure: Correct: after the shot the light turns red for 3 sec. Standby/Shutdown auto: with no use, after 10 min. the light flashes red, after 1 hour shuts down This mostly prevents the camera’s AF lamp from lighting, and allows a much faster focus Incorrect: after the shot the light stays off Use a larger aperture or ISO Wake-up: press any flash button or SH in the camera. Switch off: press the button—for about 2 sec.—until all the LEDs go off TTL flash mode Press the TTL button In the camera, focus with half-shutter: in the display the flash sign turns red Fully depress the shutter: a preflash lets camera measure & a full flash fires for the picture The camera automatically controls the flash output (see Correct/Incorrect exposure above) If the picture was too light/dark, change camera’s flash intensity control (not the aperture!) After the shot the light does not turn red Manual flash mode Press the M button and press it again to cycle 1/1, 1/2, 1/8 and 1/32 output Shutter speed and exposure with camera modes This setting is saved In the camera, focus with half-shutter: in the display the flash sign turns red Mode : Speed 1/60”. Camera sets the aperture automatically Mode : Speed 1/60”. User sets the aperture, using the rear dial Mode : User sets any speed <> 1/60”, using the rear dial Modes TTL & Manual flash With bright ambient light, a high speed & open aperture allow either freezing a moving subject or limiting depth of field Mode : User sets any speed <> 1/60” and any exposure, pressing Fn1 & using the rear dial With different speeds > 1/60” the pictures are slightly (but visibly) over/under-exposed Video beam Test flash Press the LED button and press it again to cycle 1/1, 1/2, 1/8 and 1/32 output. This setting is saved Press the TTL button for 1.5 sec.: the light stays green & the flash stays in TTL mode Slave mode Position the unit away from the camera. Have the camera and its own flash ready to fire. Press the SL button. Front red light blinks. FZ300: Menu-Rec-Flash: (1) Wireless: ON. (2) Wireless Channel: 1CH. (3) Wireless Setup - A Group: TTL or Manual (not Auto). Wide-angle diffuser (Manual p.115) When the wide-angle diffuser is deployed, there is no flash zoom Meant for wide-angle < 24mm, is not needed in the FZ300, but it helps making the flash milder Reflector card (Manual p.120) With reflector tilted up for “bounce” flash, this card adds more light forward and reduces red-eye.
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