Flash help please - Sigma DP2M and Metz 20-C2

Discussion in 'Sigma DP Forum' started by Redwinematthew, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Redwinematthew

    Redwinematthew New to SC

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    Feb 24, 2014
    Hi, and thanks for having me!

    I have just bought a Metz 20 C-2 flash for my Sigma dp2 merrill, but it won't work! I have attached it properly on the hot shoe, set up the manual options etc... but the Sigma won't allow me to change flash options. That bit is greyed out. I have not updated the firmware on the Sigma, but it already says 1.5, so that is the most up to date anyway isn't it?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Matthew
     
  2. Redwinematthew

    Redwinematthew New to SC

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    Feb 24, 2014
    Sorry, I didn't make it clear above: it won't fire.

    Also, just tried it on my DP3, with similar results... a faulty flash maybe?
     
  3. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    The camera won't see the flash. You just turn on the flash, set it to the desired auto setting, either f2.8 or f5.6, depending on your camera settings and take a picture. Then the flash will fire.
    At least that's how my 20 C-2 and 36 C-2 works on my DP1M and DP3M.

    Does the indicator light on the back of the flash light up? Are you sure the batteries are placed correctly and are charged?
    Do you use an extension cord between camera and flash? If you do try putting it directly on the camera to make sure the cable isn't the issue.
     
  4. Redwinematthew

    Redwinematthew New to SC

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    Feb 24, 2014
    Thanks, no cord or anything, and I've done what you said - but it won't fire! Actually, after some experimenting it fired ONCE when the settings were 'just so' on P mode... a bit useless as obviously then overexposed. But nothing on M mode still.
     
  5. Redwinematthew

    Redwinematthew New to SC

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    Feb 24, 2014
    Hang on a minute... it does fire, sometimes, but with no consistency - sometimes it works on M, sometimes not, sometimes with one speed setting, but not the next time, etc... weird. Maybe something wrong with the connector underneath?
     
  6. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    I know this is an old thread but I've just ordered this flash to use with my DP2M.

    Was your problem resolved?
     
  7. muzee

    muzee SC Veteran

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    Apr 30, 2013
    I had a similar issue recently (different camera + flash set up though). Mine is a totally manual flash, and in order for it to fire, the shutter speed must be 180 or slower. I kept forgetting this. Something to keep in mind.
     
  8. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    I found a write-up while looking the other day and it recommends manually setting camera shutter to sync speed (1/150 ish) and selecting the aperture to be either 2.8 or 5.6 to match the switch setting on the back of the flash. The flash is then able to run in Auto.

    I'll update next week when the unit arrives.