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My son is a professional photographer on board a cruise liner out in the eastern mediteranean, he bought a new Metz 45 CL4 Digital Flash with NiMh Battery (he also bought a spare battery)on the 7th May 2008, and now he has been in touch with me in England to say that the flash keeps stopping through photo shoots. Could anyone advise what he should do - he is not due back to the UK until November and cannot be without it. Help Please.

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Being a function photographer myself, I'm sure that your son like myself always has backup equipment. He can send an email to log the problem for later warrantee repair. Metz have repairers in most major cities, but your son obviously wants to not risk having to leave port without it. It seems to me that one of the components may have failed and be causing an overheating problem. It can help to turn the flash off as much as possible while shooting, but this would be too distracting for me, and when these things have a problem, it is better not to force them to carry on. The main advantage of this powerful flash is the TTL feature. But this is only important when doing macro shots with bellows or extension tubes. For regular shooting he could use aperture priority on his camera and AUTO setting on any non TTL compatible flash. If he is really stuck, I can arrange for another 45 CL-4 unit to be couriered to him at his next port, or even at sea if it is that urgent. But the cost might not be worth it for him. Please, don't get stressed about it. I'm sure he is managing OK. In the same situation I would get by OK. Passengers often have professional eqipment, and for a seat at the Captain's table, I think one of them might be tempted to lend or sell your son a suitable unit. Also the Purser can help him out if necessary. And if he doesn't have a spare unit, he is short of something he needs to buy anyway. I always have at least two big Metz units with me. I often use the seciond one with a slave unit for better lighting effects, and in the event of one failing (It's never happened actually in over 30 years!) I carry on with one unit. Cheer up. He'll be OK.

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