Question about Metz Mecablitz 60CT4 TTL Flash
Hi, I've just purchased a Metz 60CT4 flash from a professional photographer. She said it was new, and it looks new. It came with the battery pack. I test fired it a few times after I purchased it and was really happy with it, charged the battery pack over night, and that seemed to work (there were initially a red and a green LED lit, in the morning there was only a green LED lit). The following evening I set it to 1/256 manually and took some shots with my camera set at a 1 second exposure to allow me time to press the flash's test button (since I'm waiting for the sync cord that I ordered yesterday to arrive). After taking about 8 pictures I found that the flash would no longer fire. The green "ready" LED didn't come on. The red LED by the battery pack's "on/off" switch blinks red when it's on (it always did this, is that normal, is it supposed to blink)? I noticed that the battery pack, when you remove the battery, has a jumper that was set to "dry." There were two other locations it could be in, "Pb" and I forget the other. But I was thinking it needed to be in "Pb" because it's a sealed lead-acid battery. I couldn't find any information on that jumper in the manual. Does anyone know what these settings are for? After the flash was off for a long time I tried turning it back on, and the green ready indicator lit up but the flash would not fire. I got a good deal on the flash so I don't really want to return it, but at the same time if it's going to cost a lot to repair, maybe it isn't worth keeping it. Does anyone have some info to share? I really want to know the proper setting for the "dry" "Pb" jumper, and to know if it's normal for the red "on" LED (near the battery pack's on/off switch) to be blinking when it's on instead of steady-on. One other thing--there is a backlight that lights up the aperture setting on the flash head, but the film speed and distance are not backlit. I'm suspecting that this is not normal, possibly a burnt-out backlight? Can anyone confirm this? Can you recommend a place to take it or direct me on how to take it apart/fix it? I'm an electrical engineer and have experience with electronics, just not with flashes. Does anyone have a repair manual that I can get for this? Thanks & regards.
The red LED flashing means that the flash unit is charging up to get ready. When the charge is complete, the green light will go on. So the blinking red is normal. The problem here is that you are not getting a full charge. It is possible that the capacitor inside has become somewhat defective and will not hold a complete charge anymore. Generally though, the symptom would be different, in that the "charging" time would increase significantly rather than the unit working OK for a while then not working.
I haven't used one of these for a while. but the unit is a good one I would recommend to anyone.
If you have access to a capacitor tester, I would check for value and leakage. Report your results here and in the meantime, I'll research this a bit more.
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
It sounds like a capacitor problem on the flash. The flash bulb couldn't hold enough voltage to trigger the flash. It might have been damaged by over voltage due to overcharging the battery. In addition, when do consecutive manual flash, it doesn't supply enough power to the flash circuitry that's why it doesn't trigger. If your using a lead acid battery, u need to use the PB jumper. Manually test the output voltage for the flash by using a bulb with same voltage output of your camera to check if it really is distributing enough power to trigger the flash. Otherwise, claim your warranty.
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
Hello and welcome to FixYa!,
Try replacing the batteries as they may be dead!
If this doesn't FixYa! problem then it is obvious that it is the Flash Circuit!
Hope this is your solution --P3NGYJ03
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
The blinking red light is an indication that the battery pack is below a useable voltage value, test your charger 1st for proper voltage then the if that is ok the battery pack is the problem.
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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