Originally Posted by roscoetuff
I like the idea of off camera flash. Like the idea of triggers even more. Cactus V2's seem long gone, and they're up to Cactus V5 with a list of incompatibilities out the wazoo. PC connetor gizmos and all... might be plug until you play. Probably have to get a hold of a store dude for some guidance on cobbling something together. Like the idea of the Nikon SB28's... or similar. But I'm wondering whether the attraction in the Leica nameplate flash is size, nameplate, or what? Looks to be a mostly on-camera item by design? Thanks for the info. Much to mull over. Sticking with "available light" (read: UNAVAILABLE Light) for now... until I get this figured out.
FWIW, here's the Matt Day video that pops the idea for starting down this road (and not cranking a $600 unit): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHL-WplrXSo
I have a full set of Cactus V5s as well. They work fine with my M-D, M4-2, Leicaflex SL (with adapter), and SL. They have also worked fine with my Olympus E-5, E-1, E-M1, and Panasonic L1, as well as my Nikon D750 and F (with adapter). Regards flash units, they've worked very well with the Nikon SB-30 (I bought it because it was small and had manual adjustability), Sunpak 444D, Olympus FL-36, and Paterson E-Lite Flash Panels.
The primary appeal of the Leica branded flash units is:
a) TTL flash control (as I said, mostly useful for macro and telephoto work)
b) HSS capability (ability to use flash with short exposures at reduced output)
Leica themselves don't offer it, but you can obtain a wired, off-camera, dedicated control of the Leica branded flash units by using a Nikon-dedicated TTL flash cable. The Leica and Nikon flash protocols are not compatible, but the pinouts on their hot shoes and the matching cable are identical. As far as I'm aware (and I haven't really looked), no one is making a Leica-dedicated TTL RF remote trigger as yet.
It all sounds complicated, but honestly it isn't. There are only a few things to understand, and a few bits to buy, and it all makes pretty logical sense once you get over the hurdle of understanding flash and flash control. I learned all this stuff more than thirty years ago and it's never changed, other than the constant battle of figuring out exactly which flash is compatible with what body. Youtube videos didn't exist then ... You just opened the owner's instruction manual and read how to make it work...