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I just pulled my Metz Mecablitz 60CT4 TTL flash
You should be able to source on from Ebay, although due to the age of the flash it might not be easy. A word of warning - if you intend to use this flash with a modern DSLR, be aware that the trigger voltage on older flash units is far higher than that with which DSLRs can cope, and can result in permanent damage to your camera.
I have two Mecablitz 60
The couple of dryfit batteries I've looked at have been shot. I don't know how old they were. Take a decent modern battery charger (the ones at WallMart are good enough) that will handle 6 volt and AGM batteries. Clean the contacts and jury rig a way to connect the charger to the battery terminals. If the charger doesn't register anything, it's likely the batteries have died. They will actually completely dry out inside, becoming inert. I've used $20 AGM batteries from Batteries Plus and they seem to work fine (though you either need to make a battery adaptor, or cut out the side of the battery pack to get them to fit.
METZ 60 CT-4 batteries and capacitors
Although you can still get lead acid batteries from Sonnenschein (the original oem manufacturer) for the Metz CT60 units, a better choice are the Lithium ferrite phosphate or Lithium ion batteries, now available on ebay. For example sales8phd
on ebay sells a drop in replacement 6 or 7Ah battery with a charger for ~$75. In general these batteries produce more flashes per charge than the lead acid oem batteries,particularly when shooting a lot of flashes in rapid sucession.
Any idea where I get a replacement charger for a Metz60CT4
EBay, if that's what you want. The metz "chargers" are just 7 volt ac transformers - they supply 7 volts to the battery pack which has the actual charging circuit in it. I haven't pulled one apart yet, but I'm guessing they're very rudimentary chargers. Depending on what you're using for a battery you might want to use a modern external smart charger. I use $20 AGM batteries from batteries plus (instead of the $80 metz batteries) and use an external charger from WallMart on them. It's quick, lets me see the current charge state, won't overcharge the battery, and works on my car and boat batteries too.
Ttl connection to a metz 60ct4 or 45 ct-5
You have to use a special cable adapter for each type of camera.
These old flash units do not have adapters for current digital cameras. For old cameras the only place to get the adapters, is on ebay or from KEH.
I have a Metz 60CT4, I've had it for years and it
A new dryfit battery is delivered fully loaded. So you will not have to charge it the first time. My 5 year old dryfit battery still is holding enough energy to help me through the darker moments. I have it charged now once after an average of 400/500 flash pictures (when do you need full power with this flash?), which is every two to three weeks (normal hobby use).
I need to replace my
Send the flash to the manufacture or their authorized service rep for proper service. These capacitors are charged to high voltage and are discharged with very high current.
There are serious safety issues with these capacitors. The flash manufactures normaly will not give out service information or supply support for self service. There are serious liability and safety issues involved.
For personal interest, below is a very good article on basic capcitor theory and history. If you have a background in physics and math, this article can be well appreciated.
Hi, I am going to use this flash with Canon 5D
Just the PC Sync Cable that came with the flash.
Open the left side (rubber flap) of the camera, insert the the cable into the silver round circle with a center dot (camera's PC Sync Socket.
Set camera to "M", ASA/ISO to 400 on both, set 125 on camera, set camera/flash to F5.6.
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My Metz units have sat
About 8 seconds is normal. Metz actually instruct owners to discharge the flash at full power every month to preserve the capacitor, which you haven't done. I confess I don't always do that either. But just fire it off till the battery goes flat, and then recharge and try again. This has always improved the performance when I have done it. Basically, they like to do heavy work, and like muscles, get better for it. That sounds silly, but it is true. There is an electrochemical explanation. As you are not sure what capacitor to use, I would recommend taking the unit to Foto Reisel in Sydney if it is near you. They can get the unit serviced for you. You can also send an email to Metz. They understand English, and if servicing the unit is difficult in your location, and you sound capable of fixing it yourself, they may sell you or tell you an equivalent part. BE CAREFUL THOUGH. THAT THING CAN EASILY STOP YOUR HEART!
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