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Metz Metz 54 MZ-3 / MZ-4

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Review Date: Feb 1, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $275.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 1] Cheaper as a 550EX 2] Works in A " Automode" dead on with candids and more. 3] Easy to get used too even without the manual 4] With right foot also E-TTL and HS E-TTL are available 5] With other foot can also be used on other brands with dedicated camera features.
Cons:
1] Manual is in three language and difficult to read although the text and explanation is OK. 2] Cheap looking and feeling power switch.

I bought for my D60 an 550EX 1,5 year ago.
It clearly depends where you use this flash for as some are very happy with it.
The Canon flagship worked for me as a nightmare in this time.
Inconsistent exposure with indoor candids and high contrast product photography.
The E-TTL usage with FEL only compensated the half of it.
Outdoor the 550EX worked fine and as fill in flash.

But this Metz put in "Auto" makes life easy as it is.
99% of the candids and black/white composures are dead on.

Put the camera in M mode and set shutter and F-stop to your liking and flash away. No FEL key to be used anymore!!!!!
It also has E-TTL and HSS E-TTL but sofar I only used that for fill flash in outdoor situations.
For indoor situations the AUTO mode and the M on the camera is the way to go.

Other benefit is that this flash in "Auto" mode does not use a preflash to determine white balance and so normal cheap slave flash and slave units can be used to get more then one flash working with this unit.

All manual settings as with the 550Ex are available.

The power on/off switch is a little flimsy as is the battery door cover.
But the build quality compared with the 550EX is almost equal.
With two buttons and the dial all functions are easy to select.
Although the manual is crisp and clear it has a terrible structure of more then one lanquage.

With the right adapter foot this camere can make those who are strucling with E-TTL life more easy.
Check the Metz webpage for the right footadapter before you purchase.
Some Canon Digital SLR users have trouble that some adapters not work with their cameras.
These are the Canon adapter numbers available:
3120 M, & 3120 M2

Note 11-05-2004
The 3120 M works with my D60 without any problem in AUTO mode and M setting on camera.
With Flash on AUTO mode and the camera in TV-AV-P or any other automatic camera selection the flash is not working correct as with a 550EX it locks at maximum F-setting or 1/200 TV setting. According to Les Brown at Bogen USA this has to do with firmware needed to be upgraded to M2. However in some cases with D60 this is not always the cure. If you have a 3102 M foot upgrading can do no harm as I was informed but will not always cure it.


 
Canon EOS D60

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Review Date: May 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Does the job I require.
Cons:
1] Low light shooting 2] Shutter release lag is something you have to get use too.

Bought my first Digital SLR coming from a Casio QV-3000 in June 2002.
Had to get used to the extra weight :-(.
For the pure amateur I am it does the job perfectly. He there are always occasions it could have been better but you have to start somewhere. I never regeted the purchase although the price has dropped dramaticly and new versions 10D are arrived. If I had to wait a whole year I had missed to many nice pictures and moments.
Was and still is worth all the money I paid for it. Ill keep using it till it dies.

Regards, Paco Raap webmaster of www.twf8.ws


 
Sigma 24-70mm f3.5-5.6 Aspherical HF

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Review Date: May 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Lightweight, resonably priced, reasonably quick autofocus.
Cons:
Compared to the price none except it is nore really designed for manual focus.

I bought this lens together with a Canon D60 and it was my first one of Sigma.
I know it is no L-serie lens or what ever pro's like to use.
But for what it brings me it is OK..
Use it indoor and outdoor and since June 2002
It has done 5000 + pictures whitout a problem.