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Would someone be able to throw some light on this new flash. Seems like an interesting compact flash the M. I checked in the Leica store but there's not much information on it.

 

Would it support TTL on an M9 like the SF 24?

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Would someone be able to throw some light on this new flash. Seems like an interesting compact flash the M. I checked in the Leica store but there's not much information on it.

 

Would it support TTL on an M9 like the SF 24?

 

 

Having just had my little SF24 go belly up, does anyone have any information on the SF26 and whether it would work with M240?

 

I believe it might because I tried the SF24 on the T and it properly read ISO and aperture (latter at least approximately) from the camera. That suggests the connnections are compatible between SF 24 flash and camera (T).

 

(I can't test any further than that because my SF24 no longer recycles. It comes on and will flash properly once but then will not allow another shot until it is cycled off and back on)

 

Thanks.

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Has anyone seen a SF-26? Seems like vaporware at this point. I now have a SF58 but that is really too big for a T. And my SF24 is quite dead.

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I haven't seen one yet, but previously inquired of ephotocraft.com (a month ago today, in fact) as to whether it would work in ttl with my M240 since they were having a Leica rep visiting their store. Unfortunately, I am told that the rep responded that the SF 26 will not work in TTL on the M240--which, if correct, would seem to mean that it won't work on the M9 either.

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I visited my local leica Store in Hong Kong a few days ago, because I lost so many shots using a different automatic flash that does not adapt well to changing environments.

 

He told me that the "SF26 is a replacement for the SF24D" and "The SF26 will be compatible with the Leica M6, non TTL"

 

I first tried asking if it would be compatible with the MP, but that got into a whole confusing discussion about the MP and M-P (Typ 240) etc. My concerns are: (1) usable menu for automatic adjustment? (2) Will the double AA batteries affect the recharge cycle?

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The SF26 doesn't appear to have any option to manually adjust flash output so is a total waste of time IMO. The Nissin i40 looks more interesting to me (direct analogue control of flash output and a compact size) but there isn't a generic version available so I'm not 100% sure whether a Leica will work with it in manual flash mode.

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Wattsy - The SF-26 is supposed to be controlled via the camera menu. I don't own a T, so have no experience with it. As a M-240 owner, I am interested in the SF-26 due to its bounce capability. There needs to be a firmware update to give M-240's / M-P's a menu to control a flash, so that firmware update is a question mark. Whether M8's and M9's will get such an update is another question mark.

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I have been bring to get information from Leica for several weeks as to camera computability. However radio silence.

 

It seems that there is TTL functionality, but no way to adjust the output of the flash in TTL mode. Perhaps camera software updates in the future will make this flash controllable from a camera menu. Its a beautiful piece of equipment but without light output adjustability not very valuable.

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I have gone to my excellent local dealer and we spent time trying the SF 26 flash on the T with the latest firmware update. The flash exposure is not adjustable on the leica T nor on the X2.

 

Despite what management from Leica say on the photokina video it does not work. I have written leica to see if there will be an update in firmware to allow for flash exposure and .... no reply. Useless flash to me until the exposure can be adjusted, then it might be very nice!

 

 

Tim

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I have bought it anyway, the way the light renders with bounce is very nice, and still it is not as chunky as the only other option, the SF58. For the shots i've grabbed by now, there was no need to adjust flash exposure, as the measurement was spot-on. I agree this should be a feature on the Leica T menu, but until then it will serve as-is.

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I have bought it anyway, the way the light renders with bounce is very nice, and still it is not as chunky as the only other option, the SF58. For the shots i've grabbed by now, there was no need to adjust flash exposure, as the measurement was spot-on. I agree this should be a feature on the Leica T menu, but until then it will serve as-is.

 

Does the flash allow any kind of a manual adjustment via the controls on the rear? The flash is mentioned in the M-A manual as being a suitable flash accessory (in fact, I seem to recall that the manual words it such that the SF 26 is the recommended flash). This camera has absolutely no electronic features whatsoever, let alone TTL control, so if it is not possible to directly control the output via either A-mode or M-mode with exposure adjustments, it is utterly useless as a flash for that camera.

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There is absolutely no controls on the rear, the three buttons are for

 

TTL

Slave

LED Video light

 

as far as i can see no manual adjustment is available.

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There is flash compensation in the menu of the T. Did anyone try that? To me, this would seem the obvious way to control the flash output.

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