Third-party flash for Aria?

sircarl

Member
I just acquired an Aria, and am looking for a compact TTL flash for it. I know there are several Contax flashes that would work with the camera. But does anyone here know whether there are TTL flashes from other manufacturers -- like the Nikon SB-30, for example -- that would work also? If so, do I need to find one with that has five hot shoe contact points, similar to those found on the camera?
 

Tysker

Active Member
Hello,

did you look after
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? They offer different flashes, also for Contax. But they all have a greater size. Maybe to great for you ?

Greetings
Heinz
 

sircarl

Member
Heinz,

Thanks for the suggestion. But you're right, Metz flashes are bigger than I want. I'm just looking for a compact flash to use occasionally for fill flash and the like. I suppose I could just get an old Contax TLA 20 or 30, but I was hoping for something more modern that would still give me TTL, and perhaps use a lithium battery, for lower weight.
 

Tysker

Active Member
Hallo,

yes it can be diffucult to find many different types of flashes, especially for a camerasystem who is not longer in action, from the "builder".
On the other side, I often think: I used long time only flashes with built in lightmeter. I want to say, without the possibility of metering through the lense. And it was no problem. Yes, even it was very easy to use different f.stops. I often think, easier then now to make a picture with flash, for example with +/- 1/2 f.stop.

Greetings
Heinz
 

sircarl

Member
Yes, I agree. The non-TTL flashes worked fine in most cases. I even have one or two knocking about, and there would be no worries about compatibility. Well, if no on else here has any information about non-Contax TTL flashes for the Aria, I may end up with one of my old ones.
 

nickdando

Well-Known Member
Would the TLA360 be too big? It can take high-powered rechargeable batteries and has all of the bells and whistles - TTL, zoom, fill-flash, etc.

I also have a Metz flash (36CT2 that must be twenty to twenty-five years old) that used an SCA adaptor. Are these type of adaptors still available?

Nick
 
Take a TLA 20

Hallo,
I would advice you to take an Contax TLA 20. This flash is light, takes 4 AA cells (NiMH works) and cheap to get.
Please let me know if you want to get one.
 

Drewsy

New Member
Fill-in flash

Would the TLA360 be too big? It can take high-powered rechargeable batteries and has all of the bells and whistles - TTL, zoom, fill-flash, etc.

I also have a Metz flash (36CT2 that must be twenty to twenty-five years old) that used an SCA adaptor. Are these type of adaptors still available?

Nick
Hi Nick. You are extolling the virtues of your TLA360. Do you use it with an Aria? If so, do you think you could help me with my question about how to achieve fill-in flash with the 360/Aria combination?
(question posted in May 2009 but yet to generate a single reply)

Cheers, Drew
 

nickdando

Well-Known Member
I don't know much about the Aria, I'm afraid. Is it an updated 139? I've used the TLA360 with an AX on a couple of occasions, and I have an RTS II and a 137 but have never tried it with them. I've never really seen the point of flash, though I've bought enough flash guns over the years. It always seems unnatural in my hands. And I keep hoping that I'll find a use for them!
It works well enough, but it's much easier to tell what's going wrong with a digital camera to get instant feedback. I have used it successfully in semi-manual mode on an Epson R-D1, i.e. select the focal length being used and the focusing distance and read off the f-stop to use from the calculator.

Nick
 
Metz sca 3081 or 3802 / TLA 20

Metz sca 3081 or 3802 / TLA 20 will work.
The aria is small and because of this fact a TLA 20 (you can get for a very low price) is working fine.
A TLA 200 will work with lithium battery but is not really smaller than a TLA 20.
The TLA 360 work very fast (nearly without time for every flash) but ist very big for the Aria.
I think the only disadvantage of the TLA 20 is the lower power and the lower speed.
Best regards
 

pfharrison

Active Member
Contax flashes

I cannot comment on the Aria as I don't have one. I had a quick look at my contax flashes, and can report the follwing all have 3 pins on the hotshoe presumably to support TTL flash.

TLA 20 basic flash single source fixed head (no bounce flash) fixed focal length coverage, may not cover a wide angle? without a wide adapter which I don't have. Auto exposure + High and low manual exposure.

TLA 30 basic flash single source variable head for bounce flash fixed focal length coverage, may not cover a wide angle? without a wide adapter which I don't have. Auto exposure + Full, half and quarter manual exposure.

TLA 280 dual source variable head for bounce flash + fixed fill in flash, variable focal length coverage. Auto exposure + Full, half and quarter manual exposure.

I hope that this helps.

Paul
 
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