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  1. Hi All SL-users! I have had my SL for some months and used mostly M-R lenses with the adapers and the 24-90 Zoom which covers most situations. The system is heavy, but once you get used to it, -you start wondering why not use lenses of your 645 cameras:)? I have the Contax 645 lenses and wonder if anyone has found suitable adapter to use these on the SL - even if the AF and some other functions might be lost? Some time back there were still companies which made tailor-made adapters, but I have learned that we are maybe past those times?;) However, there are individuals who are keen to solve problems and I remember someone making an AF-unit of Nikon's 16A-teleconverter, which was not that difficult after all... Even the Photokina exhibition might have revealed something on this front? So, -please, share any of your experience and of this topic? if there are any:)? br Hans
  2. Picked up a mint 24D flash but no manual, leica site has everything BUT that one! doh !...any quick link to the manual appreciated. cheers folks
  3. Will all the Leica SF units ie 20/24/26/40 etc work in TTL with the CL?? thanks
  4. findranger

    SF-40 and Leica Q workflow

    I am trying to get my head around flash on the Leica Q, I own the SF-40. It's a good match for the Q no doubt about it and pretty straight forward, but I came across some issues. Setup: on-camera flash SF-40 for fill, Aperture priority mode, Auto ISO disabled for flash photography, Aperture usually between f1.7 and f2.8 1. On the Q there is regular flash mode and long exposure mode (I am ignoring the Auto-Flash Option). The latter does not fire at faster speeds than 1/60th. Normal mode on the other hand won't let me go slower than 1/60th. I find this a little cumbersome, it would be good to have the flash fire from 1/2000th up to lets say 1 sec without changing the mode, is there a way to achieve this? 2. Is 1/2000th (still very nice to have compared to other cameras) the Qs max shutter speed that the SF-40 can sync with? HSS, which the SF-40 is capable of, usually goes higher. 3. The TTL flash compensation dial seems to override the Q settings, but it only allows -2/+2 max compensation. Any way to get the -3/+3 the Q has to offer? 4. The SF-40s zoom is set automatically when mounted on the Q. I can't change it manually. It clearly doesn't fully cover the 28mm frame though. I can get around this by using the plastic cap and/or wide angle diffusion screen but still... 5. What are the off-camera options? I think with a Nikon TTL-cable 1/2000th of a second and TTL should work? All in all I am looking for an easy and predictable workflow for direct fill flash or indoor bounce with this setup, that works in most shooting scenarios. Thank you very much.
  5. Peter Walker

    Flash SF64 on SL - quick review

    Today I finally got around to testing the SF-64 that I purchased 3 weeks ago. In summary: it's great! Seems to deal with every test I tried. A tad large. Caveat: I did not test every possible combination of settings and usage. I only tested the scenarios that I am likely to use: Fill-flash just to pop an almost indiscernible amount of light into shadows on a face - must not look like a flash has been used Indoor shots when there's not enough ambient light to hand-hold safely and there's something to bounce the light from (white ceiling or wall, reflector, umbrella) The SL and this SF64 (and FW 2.0) lets me do these two things easily. I mainly tested Aperture priority but I did test some Manual and Program. Mainly, I was playing with the Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC) to get the right balance of ambient and flash. The SF64 is big but not out of place on the SL / 24-90mm combination. The handling balance is still comfortable. The controls on the back of the SF64 are mainly touch-screen but nice and easy to see and press. It's great that it displays the camera's aperture setting and also the distance range (min to max) that the flash can cover in the current setting. A nice feature is the ability to adjust the FEC on either the flash or in the SL menu. With the FEC now assignable to the favourites menu and a button shortcut, it's easy to change the FEC on either device. If you change it on one, it updates on the other. If you have saved an FEC in your profiles, that becomes the starting point for the FEC whenever you switch the flash on. This Hacienda photo has just a tiny bit of fill flash (FEC = -2). Similar images shot with the flash turned off are somewhat darker inside the funnel of the flower. Sunny afternoon but the flower is mainly lit from behind. 90mm 1/90s f4.0 ISO100 I did a quick comparison with the SF40. While the SF40 functions well for some settings, it tends to over-expose shots where the main subject is close to the flash. And, the FEC range of +2 to -2 is a bit limited for fill-flash. As others have noted, one thing that's not quite working as expected is using Flash with Auto-ISO. As soon as the flash is turned on, the ISO locks in to the lowest number in the Auto-ISO range, in my case ISO100. I guess that the complexity of having the ISO change is too much for the flash TTL algorithm to handle. Others are concerned about this but I prefer setting the ISO to a fixed number for most images, especially when flash is involved as my brain struggles to calculate the probable results of too many changing variables... Regards Peter
  6. I can't get the FlashQ to work with my Leica Q and Metz 36AF-5. They power on and pair/sync ok. They both blink red when I take a picture but the flash doesn't fire. Any help much appreciated.
  7. Hello I have recently bought a small fujifilm flash EF-X20 for M9 (its my first flash ever) and maybe it will be a stupid question but I have no idea how to check if its properly mounted because nothing happens when I try to fire it (x mode, m mode, p mode, ttl/manual). I press push button to take it strongly to the end in the hot shoe but cant hear the final click, maybe the contacts dont cover everything and there is no signal? it looks strange from the side as if it couldnt go further or maybe its sth else? The flash fires when I only press a test button.
  8. Mauri

    Commander in Leica M9

    Hello everyone: my name is Maurizio and I'm Italian. This is my first post here although I registered years ago. I'm writing because I have a problem with a flash on my Leica M9, which I can not solve. I have a nikon SB-900 flash that works in manual regularly on the M9. Now I have bought a Debao SU-800 remote commander but the signal does not reach the flash. (Debao work normally with my nikon camera). (I know it's shameful to apply a Debao in a leica m9). Naturally I set the same "communication channel" and "group name" in commander and remote flash. When I shoot the remote flash does not turn on One more thing: When the test lamp, in the SU-800, is red, I press the test button, and the flash turns on but after a couple of seconds. Can someone help me solve this problem? Thank you very much for helping. (I apologize for my bad english)
  9. After an experiment with the SF58 (which I thought had a crackpot interface) I use a 'Nikon' Nissan Di700a and wireless 'air commander' with my Q and my SL. I use it completely manually - which isn't too bad if you spent the earlier part of your life with a Vivitar 283, plus modern digital cameras give us the chance to take a test shot and see how we are doing. I wouldn't mind the opportunity to use a flash TTL and of course high speed synch on the SL would be nice - though that's not such a problem with a Q of course. Have we formed the impression the new C1/SF60 will allow this? I feel so bruised by my experience with the SF 58 (which I could only ever operate manually) that I was wary about the Leica 64 and sf40 flashes. Anyone have advice to offer for a TTL solution including wireless control? Has anyone actually set eyes on a C1 wireless commander? Of course it would be lovely if I could buy one of those and continue using my di700a but nothing in life works like that. Thanks
  10. Hello everyone, I was wondering if someone else is having a problemi with the new flash and wireless controller. My Leica CL doesn't fire the flash. It doesn't work it TTL more neither in manual. The SC1 has the same issue. What is your experience with the flash? Thanks for the help.
  11. Hello everyone, has anyone of you tried to use a SF 64 flash on a non Leica Camera? I bought it to use on M10, but I'd like to use it also on Fuji or DSRL cameras. Is it safe to use it this way? Are there voltage issues? Is it risky? I know that is a rebranded and adapted Metz flash. Of course I understand that TTL mode won't work on a non Leica camera... but automatic mode will do? Thanks Simone
  12. bags27

    Ring Light for Macro?

    As spring rolls around and hearts turns to flowers, I'm hoping to get back to macro with my Q. I have to admit that I've rarely used add-on flash (my Fuji x100 has built-in), so I'm blissfully unaware of the complications. I know that some enjoy this: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1030212-REG/canon_9389b002_mr_14ex_ii_macro_ring.html?sts=pi But it's quite expensive and wondering if less expensive versions will work also, such as below. And, what exactly do I mean by "work"? Thanks so much. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1125848-REG/yongnuo_yn_14ex_c_ttl_led_macro_ring.html?
  13. Leica-R-Guy

    Leica M10 + Lightpix Flash Q20

    Dear M10 Friends and Users: I am wondering if any one has tried to use the Lightpix Flash Q20 with the digital Leica M. If you are not aware, Lightpix Flash Q20 is a cheap and wireless method of using flash with cameras. Here's a video on Youtube. From the FlickR page, I found this photo but not sure if they actually used the flash with the camera! Look forward to your responses. I am not affiliated with this company in any way.
  14. I have a Leica SL and CL and use the CL generally as a light weight back up. The SL works very well with a Nikon compatible Profoto Air TTL trigger but when I put the trigger on the CL, which seems to have exactly the same pin configuration, the flash will not fire. The link between trigger and flash works fine; it's the connectivity between the CL and the trigger that seems to be the problem. Any ideas or suggestions welcome. Thanks David
  15. Does anybody used Nissin i40 Flash with Leica T? I'm wandering what Flash I should buy for my Leica T. Leica SF 26 is badly expensive, SF 40 looks better for parameters and price. Any suggestions?
  16. thebenjaminernest

    Does Nissin i60 work with the M10?

    I am wondering if anyone has experience with the Nissin i60 flash, and its compatibility with the M10 or M246? I don't care about TTL as I never use it, and I have the i40, but I would like a tad more power sometimes. Seems like it would be identical to the i40...but please let me know if you have used, or heard anything. Cheers! Ben
  17. Hi guys, many of us are in need of a small flash for our Leica. Best with decent output and fully tiltable. You might know the Nissin i40, a very decent flash that is a very good fit for our cameras. No wait, that is not true: It does not fit! The i40 has a push-lock (not a thumbwheel) that secures the flash in the hotshoe. But it does not fit, so it locks not into place. It fires but it can easily fall off, both at the M240 and the M9. When you file down the front end of the hotshoe of the flash about 1-2 mm it fits perfectly and locks into place. You might have already know that but I though I share it in case you did´t. There is also the new i60, which has more power, but I did not try that one, yet. Happy shooting, Heiko
  18. Photon42

    Flash SF24D disables AF-Lock

    I just found something slightly annoying when using the 24-SFD (A-Mode) and the Q. I know, it is not the latest flash model, but however, it reasonable in size and I have it ... Problem: When I activate the flash and try to lock focus by pressing the shutter button half-way, the focus is instantly unlocked again (focus box becomes green for a split of a second and then white again). Now I can configure the Q to only focus when pressing the AF/AE lock button, but this configuration is not my preferred one in all circumstances. And yes, I can manually focus, too. Any thoughts on this or anything I am doing wrong? Thanks
  19. Joewdwd

    Best flash for Leica Q

    Mounted my SB24 on my new Q but it only fires when the flash is in Manual or Automatic. Does not work on TTL. Does anyone know if the SB24 is meant to work on TTL. If not then has anyone had experience with any other flashes.
  20. I like to use my SL (&M) at events sometimes; They're less 'in your face' and back-breaking than lugging around a large Nikon with flash. Particularly at more intimate gigs. Always used to work fine, but I got caught out at a recent shoot with the SL. I've used various Nikon flashes and currently use an SB-910 (in manual mode). With firmware 2.2 and below, the only oddity I saw was when changing ISO or white bal - the reading would jump around as you turned the dial, however it would make the change ok. Not a deal breaker, just an inconvenience as you had to double check on the info screen where you were, to be safe. However, with firmware 3, things have changed. I used to have exposure preview on, so I could see my ambient exposure and then use the flash to light the foreground subjects (for parties and that kind of thing - people shots typically with bounce flash where poss, or direct). If exposure preview is on now - the LCD & VF displays both toggle on & off repeatedly between exp preview going on and off - so the screen flashes between dark & light which makes focusing hard / nigh-on guess work. Trying to find the issue, I tried reverting firmware back, but you can't do that, so next, switched exposure preview off and the screen becomes stable again. It's usable like this, but obviously, you lose real time view of your ambient exposure. Another tweak that I found worked is to ever so slightly pull the flash forward out of the hotshoe. Then the problem stops happening even with exposure preview on, but the flash is not secure. I know Nikon flashes probably aren't officially supported, but as I say - never had problems before in manual power settings mode and didn't want to lay out for a dedicated Leica flash, when I have all these others. I'm also now wondering if my Profoto (Nikon version) Air Remote will work ok. Something I love using in the studio, or on location with various F-mount glass. Anyone else using the SL in this way / seeing a problem? It's such a versatile camera, hopefully it can be sorted, as the option to choose your flash / triggering system, especially if you already own something else is fantastic.
  21. Dear Leica lovers! A while ago I bought my first Leica, an M2. And I've been shooting some test rolls on the street. I've connected a Vivitar 283 flash to it (keeping it in my hand, connected with a cord), mostly shooting t-max 400 on a shutter speed of 500 (quite fast?). Now I keep having some issues with the shutter speed and exposure of the flash on the photos... Maybe there's quite a simple answer to my question... Probably my shutter speed still is too slow or too fast, or could it be my lens (Carl Zeis Biogon M, 28mm)? But I would love to learn from people with more expertise than I have at this moment. What can I do to get my flash properly exposed on my photo's? I've attached an example! Thank you in advance!
  22. Bart van Hofwegen

    Focus lock problem with flash

    Hi all, does anyone have an explanation, or better yet, a solution, for this: I a seeing some strange focus behavior with the Q in combination with a flash unit (Nikon SB-800). In short, with the flash switched on and using auto focus, the focus will not lock when keeping the shutter release half way pressed. To be more precise: Switch on the flash Auto focus on a subject and keep shutter release half pressed Change composition while keeping the shutter release halfway pressed Press shutter release all the way Unexpected: The Q now refocuses before taking the shot ! Leave the flash on the Q but switch it off Repeat step 2 through 4 Now it works as expected; no refocussing. Focus is still on the target set in step 2. The flash is in Manual. So is the Q exposure. Q is in AFs setting. Flash settings: "Flash mode: On", "Flash exp. comp: 0", "Flash sync: Start of exp", though I have tried changing these and some settings on the flash, but to no avail... Anyone?
  23. I just acquired a VLUX 114 for mainly travel, zoo, etc everywhere where more reach than my m10 and 135 can get. I do have a SF-40 flash which I use on my M10 sometimes, as well as a Skyport trigger from Elinchrome in the studio, these work perfectly on the M. I was rather taken aback to see that NEITHER work on the VLUX 114! I can put the Elinchrome trigger on the mount of the VLUX. The SF-40 will not fit. Occasionally I would like to use wireless flash and I am now at a loss currently to know how to achieve this with the VLUX and my current flash equipment. In the studio it is Dlite RX-4 heads and Elinchrome EL-Skyport Speed. Obviously the SF-40 won't work unless I can buy some sort of adaptor for the connection to the VLUX? Haven't been able to find any information yet.
  24. I am considering in using the Q on some events and need advice for basic radio triggers (non TTL) to fire remote strobes. Similar to the pocket wizard radios. Anyone have any experience in doing so? When I was trying out one on an Olympus camera in the past (using my Nikon radios) somehow it messed up the camera. This is why I am asking for any experienced users that have had real use on the Q. Thanks for the help.
  25. For those who have used both the older Leica SF24D flash and the newer SF26D flash, how much smaller is the new one. The dimensions aren't listed consistently on the websites I've checked. I would like the smallest flash that works on the Leica M10 for travel, and I currently own the SF24D. It works fine for me. Is the SF26D smaller? Are their other, smaller flashes that work? Thank you.
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