I cannot find an adapter to fit the hotshoe to make it compatable. As you know The Metz is a cracking flash as I have used it for years on my 35mm camera with excellent results. I would like to use it with my Samsung as I am going over to digital photography.
Many thanks in anticipation
I believe the Metz does not have a hotshoe, does it?
You should be able to buy a hotshoe adapter with a pc socket and direct the Metz PC cord to the hotshoe adapter. These are very common peices and can be purchased in most any camera store.
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Yes, this is the way the flash can be used with the contemporary digital cameras. The camera has to be set to Full Manual mode (in point of the exposition), Exposure Time to 1/100 sec (or the shortest exposure that still assures full opening of the shutter). Aperture on the camera must suit the working aperture on the flash, also ISO speeds must match. The computer in the flash measures the reflected from the subject light and quenches the flash, creating the correct exposure. Mecamat sensor, having narrower reception angle and a sight, helps in achieving the correct illumination even on a relatively small subject. Sync voltage of Metz 45CL1 does not make harm to any digital camera, so you can use even the cheapest hotshoe-to-PC adapter available at many camera shops or you can buy one online. No need to spend much on sophisticated adapters.
If the shoe of the flash is compatible with the hot shoe of the camera then yes go for it. Should the flash shoe be different then the flash will still work but with a shoe adapter. Both are TTL so I see no reasons why they won't work. I do know of a friend who uses the Nikon with the same flash but it has the battery pack fitting and uses an adapter on the camera's hot shoe. He does weddings galore and never had a problem even though he carries a spare he has never used it.
It's a known weak point on that model and is typical of ANY similar large, heavy flashgun which mounts via a hotshoe mount which was never designed for such loads.
Unfortunately, the most common type of break cannot be glued or repaired in any neat fashion, but if the wiring is intact a very rough looking but functional repair can be adapted by fastening external metal repair plates using epoxy resin and very short screws. The unit looks dreadful afterwards, and has zero resale value but it usually works and if done correctly the repair lasts the lifetime of the unit.
If you want a neat repair, then the only option is via the factory (often they just dispose of your broken one and send out another new unit). In the camera club which I belong to some members have found it's more cost-effective to sell the broken unit as spares or repairs on an auction website and to then put the funds towards purchase of a more suitable model (either a smaller, lighter, less vulnerable unit, or a proper off-camera hammerhead type unit like all traditional Metz models). One other member found that his credit card gave him accidental damage cover on purchases for up to ninety days (yours is brand new, so worth checking) and another found that her flashgun (not a Metz, but a similar bad design) was covered by her household contents accidental damage policy, but she had to pay the first £90 of the claim.
In case you're wondering, the "bad design" is an intentional compromise. It's simply preferable for the flashgun to break rather than for it to rip the top of your camera off. That's a major disadvantage with the repair option which I mentioned: further knocks simply mean that something more vital gets broken.
Good luck with whatever you choose to do, please take a moment to rate my answer.
What do you mean by adaptor?! You will need to by a hotshoe adaptor with a hole that talkes the old style cable plug from your Metz lead and away you go! Try jessops. (As long as you have the lead from your Metz!?
The trigger voltage of the 45CL-1 is about 12V, so it should be safe to connect directly to the hot shoe with an adaptor, or to the pc soclet, if the D90 has one. If the D90 is anything like my Canon 40D, which can stand about 30V on the hot shoe, then all the 45CL series will be ok, as they have trigger voltages between 9V and 12V. The 45CT-5 has a trigger voltage of 15V and works well on the 40D. I use 3 different Metz 45 models with my 40D and all work well on automatic, where the flash sensor itself controls the light output.
If you are using Pocket wizard you attach a hotshoe to pocket wizard adapter to the unit that usually fits on your camera hotshoe and attach this unit as usual to the 76mz5. There are various brackets that can secure and tidy the whole thing but you can manage without them if you wish. I got the paramount hotshoe to pocket wizard mini jack to do this £35 each from TFC and the bracket to fit the 76 MZ5 to a stroboframe bracket from speedgraphics at £17 and a one to fit the TTL controller to the 76mz 5 keeping it all tidy in all it cost £67 but makes a neet little unit that can be mounted on a stand and if you want to spend another £25 you can even attach a brolly. Great as a studio flash unit