Will SF-20 Flash work on non TTL M6?

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by steve_hoffman|2, Oct 9, 2000.

  1. I've been using my buddy's Mecablitz 32-Z-2 with my '94 M6 for the occasional indoor shot. The thing is bigger than the camera. I found a great deal on a slightly used SF-20. Will it work on my M6?
     
  2. xav

    xav

    Sure,

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    The SF-20 can work in TTL mode, Automatic Mode (the flash mesures the
    light by itself) and a manual mode.
    Auto-mode and manual mode will work fine, but the SF-20 is kind of
    expensive compared to other flash with the same performances. If you
    don't have and don't plan to get an M6 TTL, you can probably get a
    better deal by looking somewhere else...

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    Xavier
     
  3. My favorite small flash is a Vivitar 225. Super compact, two auto
    modes out to 24 feet, fast recycle, 2 AA batteries, good color. I
    have had mine for over 15 years, and it still gives perfect exposures
    on most every shot. Here is one curerently on ebay for $10.00 !

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=459457357
     
  4. Steve

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    It will work just fine in auto mode. It has three apertures and with
    the Lithium batteries is really small and light. It is quite powerful
    given its size and although perhaps a little expensive it works as
    anticipated. Certainly its size is good on an M-camera.
     
  5. The really nice feature is the fact you can use exposure
    compensation in the Auto mode as well. Depending on the
    speed of the film you can reduce the output three stops in one
    stop increments. Great for fill flash. In TTL mode with a M6TTL or
    R8 it has even greater flexability with three stops + or - in one
    third stop increments.

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    Cheers
     
  6. What good is exposure compensation in auto mode? You can do that
    yourself by just setting the f-stop above or below the designated one
    chosen on the flash. Come on guys, admit it that that puny little
    flash isn't worth anywhere near the $229.00 Leica gets for it. The
    Vivitar I mentioned above for $10 on e-bay has the same guide number.
     
  7. It gives you more flexibility. It gives you a greater range of
    adjustment.
     
  8. Andrew

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    I don't know the Vivitar, but if it takes conventional AAs then the
    CR6s in the SF-20 are much smaller and pack a real punch: the recycle
    time is very fast. Also the LCD display is very nice to work with
    compared to my Vivitar 285HV's clunky analog dial. I agree these
    things are not the most important but they do make it easier and more
    pleasant to operate. Flash is always a bit tricky (especially with
    slides) so anything that makes it easier is a benefit in my opinion.
    I hate the way that my R6 and Vivitar 285 always hangs upside down
    when left alone as the flash weighs so much more than the camera. At
    least with the SF20 it always hangs the right way up when used on an
    M, and works well with the CL too.
     

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