SF 20 Flash

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Guest

Hello, Can anyone tell me what the recycle rate of the SF 20 Flash is? Also, I read that it is a variable rate, does it recycle faster if one puts it on a lesser power? I use the m6 non-ttl. I rarely use flash, but when I need it I need it. I had picked up a used Nikon SB-18 which is nice and small except it takes 10 seconds to recycle. I see that the Nikon SB 23 only takes 2 seconds to recharge. That I can deal with! Thanks for any advice, garth
 
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Guest

Garth,

Just like any flash it really depends on the how much flash power you used. Times you quoted for the Nikon seem to be for full power flash recycle times as well.
 
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Guest

Dear Garth
I use the SF20 now and then. From my experience I can tell it refreshes faster than I can transport the film. Of course it depends on how much power the precedent flash used but on short distances (less than 5 m and f 5,6) it does not make much difference. I like the SF20 very much. Fast, nice to look and pretty small too.
 
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drhdrum

I'm looking for a flash for my M6TTL. I've been using my older vivitar 283s but they are too big. I was going to get the SF20 but thought I should ask the forum if there is another brand Metz (?) that I should look at before I purchase... I do want to use the TTL function...something I've never used before... thanks
 

jonf

Member
Try the Metz 54MZ-3. I use it with my M6ttl with great results. Make sure to get it with the Leica module (this is what let's you use the TTL feature). I was talked out fo the SF 20, it's not powerful enough, no bounce flash feature, etc. Hope this helps.

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> [I did some research on both the Metz 54 (?) and the SF 20. As always it comes down to the type of shooting you are going to do. I am not a studio nor wedding photograper so I went with the SF 20. The Metz is at least twice the cost of the Leica flash. Note: my feelings about a flash on a Leica are the same as a Porsche with an automatic transmission...And yes as many reviews have mentioned the SF 20 feels very flimsy.]
 

crbrody

New Member
I've been using the SB-20 for a couple of years and have been pretty satisfied. It's lightweight and does a fairly good job on most subjects. It does feel somewhat flimsy, but I haven't had any problems with it at all in terms of durability. In fact, in most cases I am glad it's a little lighter. I don't use a lot of flash with my M6 and if that sounds like you, I'd pocket the additional $200 and spend it on a new Leica lens cap! ;-)
 
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gcr

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m5pro

Member
I've been using the SB-20 for a couple of years and have been pretty satisfied. It's lightweight and does a fairly good job on most subjects. It does feel somewhat flimsy, but I haven't had any problems with it at all in terms of durability. In fact, in most cases I am glad it's a little lighter. I don't use a lot of flash with my M6 and if that sounds like you, I'd pocket the additional $200 and spend it on a new Leica lens cap

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Ask yourselves this: In case of an "OOPS! Oh Shit !", which would you rather see break, the plastic foot on that "flimsy" flash, OR the top plate (and perhaps rangefinder ) on your very expensive camera ?

This was the same discussion twenty or so years ago when the pros started using the "flimsy" Vivitar.
 
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msc

I am happy enough with the SF 20 . Its main defect is its head does not bounce. But its price is reasonable , it is very light and pretty flexible. For serious work I would not recommend it ( I like bounce flash ). To carry it without effort and use it ocassionaly , I think it is very good. It does not feel as a Leica body but it does not weight 600gr. either and fits anywhere. Hope this helps.
 
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hektor

You can bounce the SF20 if using the Contax or Nikon connnecting cable.
 

kren2000

Active Member
I have a list of flash units for the Leica M7 on my page here:

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I don't list the big guns, only the small ones. I ended up buying the SF20 myself and have been happy with it so far.

Karen
 
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