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METZ MECABLITZ 15 MS-1 DIGITAL FLASH DRIVER
The Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 has two small flash heads, one on either side of the ring. It lights the subject from both sides, not all sides. The tubes can be angled straight ahead, or independently angles inwards by 10 degrees or 20 degrees.
In practice, for most purposes, it doesn't make a lot of difference whether the light has a circular flash tube has a single flash tube on either side of the lens. The circular tube tends to produce somewhat more uniform lighting with more diffuse shadows, but that's not always desirable as it's the shadows that give "depth" to any 3 dimensional object.
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BTW, there are two types of ringlight. One is small, used primarily for macro work and often fits on the lens itself.
The second is large " in diameter and is used by portrait photographers for uniform lighting of headshots and ring like catchlights in the eyes when the light is close to the subject. A small ring flash, even a true ring design like the Canon MREX will not give you those ring catchlights unless you are doing macro shots of the subject's eye. So as long as you don't get confused by the term "ringlight" we can now continue with the review Metz 15MS-1 Operation The 15MS-1 mounts on the front of a lens via an adapter which screws into the filter threads of the lens. Three adapters are supplied, for 52mm, 55mm and 58mm filter threads. The adapters are metal and "snap" into the main body of the flash unit. Since there's a physical attachment between the front of the lens and the flash unit, Mets recommend only using the 15MS-1 with internal focusing lenses.
There are obvious problems with any lens whose front element rotates during focusing and even with lenses which extend but don't rotate, the added weight of the 15MS-1 gm plus batteries could cause problems by straining the autofocus mechanism. The 15MS-1 is designed as a wireless optical slave unit which understands the TLL autoexposure flash Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 Digital Flash of Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Samyang and Sony cameras which support wireless flash protocols. Some cameras have wireless master capability built into the camera via the popup flash e.
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If the camera has no wireless flash protocol for TTL autoexposure there are two other methods by which the flash can be triggered. First a connection can be made using a standard PC flash cable between the 15MS-1 and the camera.
When the flash is triggered this way, exposure is manual and the photographer has to set the shutter speed, aperture and ISO on the camera to get the desired exposure. If the camera has no wireless flash protocol and no PC flash cord socket, then if it has any flash at all the 15MS-1 can be configured as a wireless slave. Most ring-lights are intended to be used Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 Digital Flash on the lens. Indeed the Canon ring-light would be tough to use off the lens due Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 Digital Flash the thick coiled connecting cable which is not long enough to encourage you to use the light off the lens front.
There are exceptions to every rule. I often use my ring lights off the camera on other brands where the cable length is not a restricting feature. The ideal ring light would have a cable at least one meter long or be wireless.
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For the Nikon we have both the Nikon R1C1 macro flash and a ring-light. Whereas Canon offers both a 2-light macro flash system, and a ring-light, Nikon offers a multiple-light macro flash, but zero ring-light so our ring-light is a brand other than Nikon. Macro flash with individual positionable light units is easier to get totally different results including backlighting: The MS-1 has two small flash tubes, one on either side of the lens which can either point straight ahead Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 Digital Flash be angled in by 10 degrees or 20 degrees towards the center.
The only problem that could potentially occur is that with some wireless arrangements there might be shading of the IR sensor on the MS from the control flash on the camera. An additional clip on plastic diffuser is supplied for use when the subject is closer than about 4" from the front of the flash. This serves two purposes. It further spreads out the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 Digital Flash to give better and more uniform subject illumination and it lowers the flash power slightly to prevent overexposure. The ratio of flash power of these two lights can be varied to give lighting ratios of 1: That means the two lights can be the same power or one can be reduced by 1 stop, 2 stops or 3 stops. The first lights up a single while LED for about 10 seconds to help with focusing when the ambient light is low. The second fires both flash tubes at Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 Digital Flash set power ratio for about 1 second in a high frequency stroboscopic mode so that you can see the lighting balance.
Since a typical flash, especially for macro shots where the subject is close to the flash, will be less than full power, those should be taken as minimum numbers The weight is g plus batteries and the size is mm x mm x 38mm.
Color Temperature is given as K. A soft carrying case is supplied with the 15MS-1 Operation In fully manual wired mode the setup is simple.
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The flash is connected to the camera via a standard PC flash cord assuming the camera has such a connector available. The Metz mecablitz 15 MS-1 digital provides wireless macro flash via two Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 Digital Flash doing so, the innovative macro flash ring guarantees balanced, precision. The Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 Macro Ringlight Digital Flash Kit includes the MS-1 Ringlight, a bounce diffuser, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, and 72 mm adapter rings, an IR.