How do you protect your Metz from freezing over? (a little story)

Started Feb 20, 2009 | Discussions thread
OP thanos Regular Member • Posts: 300
Re: How do you protect your Metz from freezing over? (a little story)

B Gavin wrote:

I'm also a long time Metz user, and this info you can confirm for
yourself: The test button on the back of the flash will fire the
module you had attached would only affect the battery drain required
for flash operation - slightly more for camera communication with a
dedicated module vs none for the SCA 301 unit.

Yes BG I do confirm that. My understanding is that the shoe is just an interface to the camera electronics. I adore my Metzes for that. Tonight is the third night i'm going out to shoot and I'm taking another MZ-3 with me. If the 4i freezes I'll swap the shoe to the MZ-3. I've already posted above that last night (second in a row) the 4i froze again but I swapped the shoe with a 301 and shot the rest of the night like that.

The temperature you mentioned (-5C) isn't really all that cold, so
you might want to check your battery conditions as well. I've used a
Metz in conditions (with wind chill) of -40C recently without issues

  • except for my poor hands!

Hear you on that. Had 3 sets of bats with me. Swapped sets, nothing. Swapped shoe, flash worked. It's the damn shoe.

Turning the flash off for a brief period would let the batteries
recover slightly - but in reduced temperatures - obviously not
enough. The other operations you did were inside and as the batteries
warmed up - looks to me like everything else simply returned to

Switching to Canon will still put the same 4 x AA cells in an exposed
position on top of your camera and really won't change anything. Some
Metz models have an an external power connection and will let you
plug into an external power pack that you can keep in a warm pocket.
I believe the Metz P50 Power Pack will work for your model, but there
are likely third party units that will also do the same job.

I don't wanna go Canon. I have absolutely no complains with my Metzes. I'm eating drinking sleeping with them and we have a wonderful family life together. Just that tiny little glitch happened there.

At this point I'm either thinking of the battery pack or selling the 4i and taking the plunge for a 76 MZ-5.

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