Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/02

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Subject: Re: [Leica] TTL flash on the M6
From: Thomas Kachadurian <>
Date: Thu, 03 Sep 1998 00:00:29 -0400


Since you asked. I once used Nikons (several) with the matrix flash. When I
switched to Canon I didn't realize how well the Nikon system worked. Turns
out the Nikon flash system is nearly perfect.

The Canon A-TTL (A2-EOS5) is a matrix/center-weighted hybrid, basic and
pretty good and the E-TTL (ElanII) is a matrix flash with preflash and OTF
flash combined, a great system if their aren't people. The pre-flash is
just enough to asure that most people will close their eyes. I have and use

I would be quite happy with a Leica-M TTL that worked as well as the
simple, sort-of-matrix flash of the A2. I would be happier to skip the TTL
altogether if they'd just give me a 1/200th flash sync. For both I'd wet my
pants with glee.


At 07:11 PM 9/2/98 PDT, you wrote:
>What system are you using that has true matrix ttl flash metering?  In 
>the Canon line, I think only the Elan II and (possibly) the Rebel G use 
>matrix flash metering.  The A2(e) and 1n use a simplier 3 zone metering 
>which is like a center weighted system that biases the exposure to the 
>left, right or center of the frame.
>In this area, I think Nikon has a more sophisticated system.  
>Once again, I don't think ttl flash is all that important for what I use 
>the M6.  However, if it has it, a simple center weighted system would be 
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