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I usually shoot natural light but have recently purchased the SF40 to help with outdoor situations photographing pups that require some additional exposure. Having never used speed lights, I would love some visual operation instructions if anyone knows of a how-to video for the SF40 being used with the Leica Q. Or perhaps a really good cheat sheet exists? Also, I would like to find a lightweight bracket to hold the flash off camera and would love some suggestions. One that is adjustable would be preferred. Would love to hear what other folks are using. How do you operate the SF40 remotely? ie on a stand or tripod? Is a cable connecting to the camera required, if so which ones are recommended? Lastly, in terms of basic use, how do I start? If I tend to photograph a pup with an aperture of 2.8 and want to expose for the background and flash for the foreground, what's the secret? Sorry if this is a super green question but I am super green when it comes to speed lights.
Been using a SF-40 with my Leica Q all weekend. Had a couple of issues... wondering whether this is typical behaviour, or an issue with the SF-40 or the Q? 1. Fairly frequently (say every 10 shots or so) the Pilot LED on the flash will not turn green but stay red, and the unit won't fire. The only solution is to power the SF-40 off and on again. 2. Occasionally the SF-40 will fire at full power for no apparent reason, after which the Pilot light will stay red as in point 1, and the unit will have to be turned off and on again. The two seem linked though not completely, as 1 happens much more than 2 does. Has anyone else experienced this while using the SF-40 or using any flash on the Q? I bought my SF-40 2nd hand however it seems in perfect condition apart from the issues above. I bought it from a camera shop so can fortunately return it i does prove to be faulty.
Hallo liebe X Vario User, ich möchte mir gerne den neuen Leica Blitz SF40 zulegen. Vor allem zum aufhellen bei Tageslicht Portraiaufnahmen, da ich die Vario gelegentlich für Modeaufnahmen einsetzte. Hat jemand von Euch schon Erfahrungen mit dieser Kombination oder mit dem Gerät? Danke & Grüße Michael