How to replace batteries of Metz 45 CL-4 flash
The rechargeable battery set in my Metz 45 CL-4 (non-digital version) seems to be shot. It charges up but then goes dead fairly quick.
I've taken the pack out and looked at the diagram on Page 80 of the manual (attached). However, I seem unable to remove the batteries themsevles (which are "Metz NiCd" batteries) - pinching the side of the pack once removed from the unit as directed does not release the batteriesfrom the pack itself. I note the text below says :
Fig. 4b: Opening the battery housing
(only with BAT-version, otherwise optional extra)
. So perhaps mine is not the 'BAT-version'?
I read elsewhere that Metz does not want people swapping the batteries without the whole pack. Not sure if that's true but it seems the case with my flash. Is that expected?
Anyway, I did some searching and found a replacement Metz battery pack available here : http://www.fotosense.co.uk/metz-nimh...Fa4mtAodqHQR_w and a not-inexpensive £80 or thereabouts! Is that normal? I found this at Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Metz-Recharg.../dp/B000KVP982) but it states it is for the digital flash. I'm not sure if the two types use the same batteries?
If that is the case, I might as well buy an entire new flash from ffordes (http://www.ffordes.co.uk/product/11082310574781)
I was hoping I could remove the batteries and just put normal non-rechargeable ones in it and replace them as they go flat. Is that not how it works? Do I have to use these entire packs?