Metz Mecablitz 44 AF

Metz Mecablitz 44 AF
Metz® Mecablitz 44AF-2
Claudio Di Veroli® User Manual v.1.1
Sep. 2016
1. FEATURES, BATTERIES, MOUNTING
Swivel head angle
Security
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0º, 45º, 60º, 75º, 90º.
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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
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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
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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
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Switch off the flash and the camera
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Ensure the knurled nut is turned right/up fully: the locking pin retracts
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Slide the flash foot fully into the hot shoe
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Turn the knurled nut left/down clamping the flash in place
Removing the flash from the camera
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Switch off the flash and the camera
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Turn the knurled nut right/up fully
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Slide the flash foot fully out from hot shoe
Batteries replacement
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Remove the flash from the camera (see above)
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Slide the battery cover downwards
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Replace the batteries
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Slide the battery cover upwards (it automatically presses down the batteries)
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2. LED DISPLAY, FIRING
Switch on/standby/off and the  button+light
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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
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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
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AF beam: if camera focus is set to AFS, in dark light the flash LEDs in 1/8 output, to help camera focus
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TTL exposure: Correct: after the shot the  light turns red for 3 sec.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Test flash
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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
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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)
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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)
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With reflector tilted up for “bounce” flash, this card adds more light forward and reduces red-eye.
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