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    Metz vs Sunpak

    So it's down to the Metz Mecablitz 48 AF-1 vs Sunpak PZ42X.
    I can get the Metz for about $249 CAD plus about 13% tax, but it is special order and they can't guarantee when i will get it.
    on the other hand i can get the Sunpak during vacation cause the shop is only an hour away from my parents place and i can order it and have it shipped for free before i even get there in a couple of weeks.

    the Sunpak lacks HSS i belive as well as Wireless which can be solved with a hot-shoe add-on. but it has an illuminated LCD panel which could be useful in dark situations. The Sunpak would cost me under $200 CAD shipped.

    The Metz has a USB port for fw updates and i noticed that the Metz site already has updates for Sony Alpha.

    i need a flash before the 13th as that is when my sister is getting married and i would like to be able to use it then.

    is there any downside that is blatantly visible on the Sunpak that is essential to my level of photography?

    links to Sunpak and wireless hot-shoe thingy:
    http://shashinki.com/shop/sunpak-pz4...ght-p-945.html

    http://shashinki.com/shop/seagull-sy...acturers_id=24

    link to Metz: http://www.vistek.ca/store/CameraMou...ony-alpha.aspx
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    you can get a new sony HVL-F42AM for $249 with free shipping with warranty
    on e-bay buy it now price

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SONY-HVL-F42...3A1|240%3A1318

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    yeah but that's $250 USD which is like a million CAD pesos. plus it is only free shipping inside the U.S.
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    Canada's shipping is $19

    I would really recommend a Sony flash
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    got the Sigma for a super price so i snagged it. the Metz was not in stock anywhere and minimum 2 weeks to get in.
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    i'm liking this so far.
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    Look, if it works for ya ... so be it.

    Personally, the wireless control of the flash is an asset if you use it, otherwise, like so many other things in life, it's useless.

    One of these days, I will set up another wireless shot, just to demonstrate how combination flash can really set off your shot.

    This was just one I did with four wireless flashes (@10PM):

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    I see the immediate use of flash as a solution for not having bright enough glass. LOL

    And, of course, 95% of us fit into that category.
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    i tested the wireless functionality and seems to work quite well. only wish that it did not have to use the built in flash to activate the wireless flash.
    but the exposure comes out just fine with both firing.

    only issue i am having is when i have my prime wide open at F1.7 and bouncing.....it becomes way too overexposed. but directly pointing at it is just fine.
    may have to read the manual on that one.
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    If the wireless mode works like the Minolta/SONY version does ... the trip flash from the camera is a split second before the shutter opens .. then the shutter opens with the main flash (HVL-FxxAM) going off. In other words, the camera never "sees" the trip flash from the pop-up.

    I tried using the pop-up to sync my slave flashes ... before I realized this and man, I got nuttin' when the strobes simultaneously tripped with the pop-up sync pulse. That will drive you to drink, if anything will. Thank goodness for the "Pocket Wizards" ... they usually save the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    If the wireless mode works like the Minolta/SONY version does ... the trip flash from the camera is a split second before the shutter opens .. then the shutter opens with the main flash (HVL-FxxAM) going off. In other words, the camera never "sees" the trip flash from the pop-up.
    that's what i understand it to be as well. that the pre-flash does not affect the actual flash. but does that not cause some sort of shutter lag?
    since the pre-flash is fired when i hit the shutter button?
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