Summary: I bought my 45-CT5 2 years ago from ebay to experiment with my film camera EOS 500N and EOS 300D. I already had a speedlight 430EZ. Since I didn't have a PC socket in my camera and SCA adapter with it. I used it as a slave unit for bounce flash. It never failed me. I have noticed colour temp is very good compared to my 430EZ. Batteries last longer than EZ and Flash output is great.
Pros: Very reliable. Never failed me. Consistent colour temp throughout. Predictable flash output in TTL. Internal sensor works fine (even without TTL accessories). Battery last longer than EOS Speedlight.
Cons: Metz's battery packs are very expensive., Cannot use NiCAD or NiMH in alkaline battery holder according to Metz (I never had any problems with it but can be rewired to suit), Small reflector should be able to controll independantly (But not a weak point though)
Summary: The 45CL is a perfect tool for stuning colour. I have been using 550ex with my EOS1v and results were OK. The advantage of this flash over other dedicated units are two reflectors and colour temprature. The skin tones are perfect and the bounce and fill in flash does its wondrs. I baught a new unit and had a bumpy start.I used SCA3012 adaptor and when I put my camera in Auto (P) mode the apperture used to be locked at f22 and shutter speed locked at 1/250 (blinking).
Pros: The power, colour temprature, designe, build quality, two reflectore, perfect TTL exposure, auto mode and every thing.
Summary: I bought this flash unit together with the 3402 SCA (for Nikon) and the TTL cable with AF assist light. I was working then as a semi-professional (extra incomings taking photos at weddings banquets). It has never failed. Sure, this flash is heavy, bulky and a bit expensive (with all the TTL accesories), but it's reliable and very suitable for the job.
Pros: Strengths:, - Sturdy, RELIABLE!, - Fast recycle time, enough power for most uses, - Bounce/swivel head with secondary lamp, - Many modes to suit your needs, - A standard in Europe for wedding photography, - Repair and parts service
Cons: - Heavy and bulky, may not fit everybody's needs. Not just the unit to carry always in the bag., - Old-fashioned NI-CD battery with "memory" effect. and the charger is not intelligent, you have to remember when to disconnect it., - The accesories are expensive. But this is true for all brands, isn't it?
Summary: This reviews both the Metz 45CL/4 and older 45CT/4. Used the 45CT/4 for tons of wedding and location shoots...figure about 40,000 pops and still going strong. Replaced it with the 45CL after noticing some burnt looking discoloration of the bulb and mirrored reflector surrounding it. Functioning was still perfect, but weddings are no place to have doubts in equipment or confidence, so obtained the 45CL/4 as main unit and retired the 45CT/4 to non-wedding use.
Pros: Good power; TTL flash is superior for critical photography, where results determine your paycheck; bounce/swivel head, and Omni-Bounce has unit to fit., CL/4 has a bit better control panel layout than CT/4, otherwise they seem interchangeable from users standpoint., Seeem to last forever, work as they're supposed to; what's not to like?, By the way--someone commented that they are not to be used with Quantom Turbo batteries...nonsense!!! I, and almost every wedding ph...
Summary: Nothing to criticise about this gun at all! It has plenty of power and the auto sensor is pretty accurate. You don't really need the TTL adaptor. Buy the NiCd version, which comes with a spare battery cluster for normal alkaline cells in case your NiCds run out.
Pros: Power, accuracy, build quality
Cons: Price - you could get four Vivitar 283s instead.
Excerpt: Cette torche ainsi que les autres modèles de chez Metz était très utilisée dans les années 70 et 80 avant l'introduction sur le marché des flashes cobra, moins encombrants. Nombre guide élevé, portée maximale, qualité d'éclairage, tête orientable, expositions manuelle, automatique, TTL, avec flash secondaire pour l'éclairage direct et atténuation, il équipait tous les argentiques notamment en moyen format, pour reportages, spectacles, cérémonies..
Excerpt: Seit ich mit meiner kleinen Sony-Digitalkamera bequem die meisten Alltagssituationen einfangen kann, bleibt die Spiegelreflexausrüstung meist im Kellerregal liegen. Doch für eine Hochzeit im Freundeskreis habe ich sie am Wochenende wieder herausgeholt, denn das Paar hatte mich gebeten, ein paar schöne Erinnerungsfotos zu machen.