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    Have you used a Leica M6 with Flash Unit

    Have you used a Leica M6 with a flash unit before?

    How did you find the Leica performed with the flash unit and it's results?

    I prefer natural light with my M6 but would appreciate hearing about your experience using the M6 with a flash.

    Thank you and best wishes,
    Nicole
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    Can't speak about the classic, but the Leica flash on my M6 TTL works pretty good. Better when placed on a Nikon SC-17 cord so the flash is off the camera.

    With a 1/50 flash sync, it's not great for fill flash on bright days.

    I don't use the Leica flash much with my M6 TTL. Prefer using an ultra fast lens instead with shallow depth-of-field in dark situations.

    Good luck.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

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    Flash ? Sacrilege...
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    flash smash!

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    I know I shouldn't admit it in public, but I have been known to use a flash on my M6, although I do prefer not too if at all possible. I use a venerable Vivitar 283 on a bracket and usually bounce it off the ceiling with a fill card on the flash. Works quite well.

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    I use both my Metz flashes, the 44 MZ-2 and 54 MZ-3, on my M6 TTL and my Bessa R3A with both flashes set at either automatic or TTL and get wonderful images! Below is an example obtained with my 54 MZ-3 and my 50mm Summicron lens of our new cat.
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    Most certainly late response, but I'll drop my 0.02$ anyway...
    I did several half-formal family events with my M6 and a simple, cheap but yet reliable Sunpak 383 Super unit.
    Once set properly in auto-aperture mode (or as sometimes it is called - auto-thyristor), it did beautifully, every bit as precise as I used to with a contemporary pro SLR systems featured by a sophisticated flash metering.
    Just make sure you understand how to work with that combo.
    Mind you, I only used that indoors, have yet to try that out for fine fill-in outdoors - this is probably the most tricky scenario for flash exposure, chances the most advanced SLR flash metering may have an edge here, but that have yet to be proven....

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    flash with m6

    ...here's my reallllly late response.

    back in the good old days -shooting fashion- i used to use a wee tiny peanut of a flash to trip the slave unit on my main flash & umbrella rig. at the distances i was working it added negligible amount of additional fill and freed me from being tied to a **!%***@+!!!! sync cord. on my budget it worked great.

    i did have to overcome something of a "flinch reaction" to seeing the flash in the viewfinder. with an slr - except for a either my canon pellix or the (then) newer EOS RT - i never saw the flash as a result of the mirror swing during exposure. funny i never noticed that effect with my oly xa...hmmm.

    enjoy the flash and experiment...using mainly cameras with leaf shutters when i do use flash now i miss the effects of leaving the shutter open (lower shutter speeds) and all the neat ambient light you can pick up with a focal plane shutter.

    take care,

    kenneth
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    I've used a Pentax AF280 on my M6 with great results. Well, as great as on camera flash can be...
    See my adventures in Yemen here:
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    In my camera bag there is always a Metz flash. I don't use it often, but my M6 without TTL is very happy with it. Indirect flash (ceiling) also works fine, I never missed the costly TTL version.

    If I were a busy 2008 press photographer trying to survive competition I would own a digital EOS with a dedicated Speedlight flash, that's a "fire and forget" combo that always creates good results, no matter how and where you use the flashlight, in darkness, as fill flash... good stuff, but that's for WIMPS.

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