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Nikon Flah on 503CW

maurice

New Member
Greetings to all.....
Once again on flash options, does any one know if the SCA390 adapter for Hasselblad will allow the use of the Nikon SB800 Flash, or is it just for Metz?
......Thanks to All, I have purched this 503cw kit just because of this terrific meeting place.
 

paulhu

New Member
The SCA390 adapter is for the use of Metz flash only. However, in the past before I got my Metz, I used SB800 in A(Non-TTL automatic flash mode) using a PC sync cord to connect from the Nikon SB800 to the Hasselblad lens sync connector. You can also use Manual mode on your Nikon SB800 to give you the total control of flash output, but it requires some metering using a flash meter to get the result you wanted.
 

rcyoung

New Member
> I recently picked up an F5 and D1H to use along with my 553/ELX and > H1. A Metz 54-mz3 flash does very well for ALL of these (with the > proper adapters), and since it is not the "current model", I could > pick it up off Ebay at a decent price. The Metz flash has more > output as well at 177ft @ iso 100. Now if you are using the SB800 > on a D70, you probably want the 54mz-4i which is the "current > model" with more support for the D series digital Nikon cameras..
 

rcyoung

New Member
> I recently picked up an F5 and D1H to use along with my 553/ELX and > H1. A Metz 54-mz3 flash does very well for ALL of these (with the > proper adapters), and since it is not the "current model", I could > pick it up off Ebay at a decent price. The Metz flash has more > output as well at 177ft @ iso 100. Now if you are using the SB800 > on a D70, you probably want the 54mz-4i which is the "current > model" with more support for the D series digital Nikon cameras..
 

maurice

New Member
Paul, Thanks for the info using the PC cord, it worked, and I bought a used D40 for now, but it looks like everyone likes Metz...Thanks again...
 

simonpg

New Member
Maurice, not everyone!

I have both the D40 and Metz - I far prefer the light from the D40. But sadly it's of limited power as too (to a lesser extent) is the Metz.

So, when I have the funds to get some real power I will definitely buy a Quantum - get some real flash power and similar lovely light to the D40.
 

maurice

New Member
Simon, I have thought about the Quantum many times and have a friend that is probably the President of the Q-Flash cult, so I probably will buy one soon, I like all the options..Thanks
 

gritdell

New Member
I also think the Metz 54 MZ-4i that I use does not have enough power at least for my needs. The Nikon SB800 was stronger, but it was still not powerful enough. I like them both however as they can be mounted on my PME-45.

Question is which mountable Quantum flash is powerful ? Also will it work with the 503cw's TTL, what is needed ? The Metz works through the SCA-390, Nikon doesn't (can only do Auto or Manual).
 

rcyoung

New Member
> The older Sunpak Super Pro 622 works on Hasselblad, and has a GN of > about 50m@100ASA at the normal setting. A Hasselblad adapter is > available for it. That works out stronger than my Metz 54 Mz-3 of > 40m@100ASA, and only costs $30-50 used these days. The Sunpak also > has a tele setting on the zoom head that kicks it up to 72m@100ASA > by constricting the beam ( the Metz on its zoom setting only goes > to 54m@100ASA). If you are just trying to increase range, try purchasing a Betterbeamer adapter ( around $20) for your flash. I have one for my 54 Mz-3 and a homemade version for the Sunpak Pro. It puts a Fresnel lens in front of the flash, so if focuses the beam into a narrower spread. It gives me about 2 stops more light on the subject but is only usable with 300mm or longer lenses. I've used it from the upper bleachers during outdoor rodeos, and gotten to the far side of the ring w/out a problem.
 
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