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As I understand it, you will get much more control options with the 360. The Aria, for ex&le, can control the flash exposure compensation as well as automatically setting ISO, aperture on the flash. The 360 flash can power down and be brought back with a touch of the shutter button on the Aria.
Thanks for the quick reply. I will try different fill flash this afternoon. I assume that if I perform AE lock in aperture priority with the flash in the hot shoe that the exposure compensation dial will adjust flash output.
Thanks for the quick reply. I will try different fill flash this> afternoon. I assume that if I perform AE lock in aperture priority> with the flash in the hot shoe that the exposure compensation dial> will adjust flash output.
This is what I was always led to believe , but I'm now uncertain from what was said on another list! Unfortunately I never really use AP so cant comment from experience - although I have to say that I really dont see any benefit by using AP over Manual in these situations anyway....... Steve
I shoot with an Aria and mostly the 50/1.4 and 135/2.8. I am getting more into "event" photography such as weddings, awards banquets, and motion picture still photography. I am looking to step up to an AX or the new "improved" RXII ( more on that another time...).
So here's what's on my mind: I use the TLA360 with a large pocket bounce and an inexpensive side bracket for off camera flash. I use the TLA extension cords ( 3 pin ). I am considering the TLA 480 flash system, but wanted some feedback.
1) Does anyone use this flash ? And what are your opinions?
2) Does the hot shoe connector utilize all 5 pins or just the standard three ? It is a pain when you are on the run and you have to keep synching the F-stop between your camera and flash ( Also when you flip the head up - you lose your distance scale ). Also would like to simply dial in the exposure compensation once and be done with it
3) I saw a Metz 60Ct in action at a wedding. This falsh also allows you to swivel the head up - which the TLA480 does as well, but the way the head is shaped, you can attach many more types of reflectors.
4) Also if I am reading the Metz literature correctly, their SCA adapter for the Contax is using ALL 5 PINS ! Wondering if this was true or not.
5) And lastly, I noticed B&H doesn't list the TLA480 anymore, even though all the N and 645 brochures still have it in there. Did Contax stop production ?
Trying to go to the next level with the manual focus line, which I love. But interested in your opinions on the best purchase decisions.
I use a Metz CT45 with the SCA3000 C M1 & SCA 3802 adaptors which uses all 5 pins and has all the benefits of the TLA360 including power up by the Aria, 2nd curtain flash, ABC auto bracketing, off-hot shoe flash with fill-in (avoids the possibility of red eye), through the lens correct flash exposure confirmation, 33% more coverage than TLA360 and NiCad pack and charger for the same price as the TLA360.
I wasn't aware that you could use the 5 pin SCA 3802 adaptor with the CT45, or rather it is only a SCA 300 system and therefore the 382 adaptor covers all the available functions from this flash. The additional cost(not insignificant) of the 3802 adaptor therefore buys nothing.
Can you confirm otherwise?
The CL45 provides full SCA 3000 capability
Sorry my mistake, I have a Metz Mecablitz 45 CL-4 which is the successor to the CT45 (The CT45 was my old Flash). I would not recommend the use of the former the SCA 300 systems such as the CT45 which is OK for older Contaxs models such as the 159MM but not for the ARIA because the possible leakage of residual electrical charges which could and have fried modern camera CPUs, especially those of the digital variety.
I use the Metz 45CT4 and 382 adaptor with my Contax 645 (for over 3 years) and have experienced no problems.
Are you suggesting that I should not?
Or are you saying I should use a 3802?
What is a 3000C?
I believe Metz do not recommend the 45CT1 on "modern" AF cameras.
Of course it is no problem to use 45CT4 and 382 on Contax 645, you can even use sca 380 adapter on your 645 without any problem. As there is no production of sca300 series adapter any more, the only way to use old SCA 300 system flash such as 45CT4 on new SCA 3000 series adapter is by use of connection cable SCA 3000C or buy a second hand sca 300 series adapter.
You cannot use 45CT1 on current AF cameras only if the camera does not have x-sync terminal. Otherwise, there is no AF, no TTL flash output, no information transfer between camera and flash only.
What is the difference between the SCA 300 and the SCA 3000 systems?
The SCA 300 system processes analogue signals, whereas the SCA 3000 is a digital system. Furthermore, flash special functions are made possible through exchange of additional digital data (unless these functions can be adjusted on the camera itself). The flash units of the SCA 3000 system are backward compatible and can also be equipped with SCA 300 adapters. On the other hand, the SCA 3000 adapters are not suitable for SCA 300 flash units without further modifications. The only possibility to connect a SCA 3000 adapter is to the pole-mounted versions of the flash units of the SCA 300 system with help of the connection cable SCA 3000 C. However in this case it is no longer possible to use all of the functions of the given adapter.
ps. I use 45CT4/32CT4 and sca380 on my Aria, G1 and G2 with no problem.
I am considering purchasing a (second hand) Metz 36 CT3 with SCA380 at appx. EUR85. Any opinion on this flash? Does it work properly on the Aria? What about the "possible leakage of residual electrical charges" mentioned in one of the messages? The alternative would be to wait and look for a Contax TLA30.