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julienlanoo

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Old Metz CT45-1 -> Bring back to life
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:06:50 AM »

Hi, guys,
i've got 2 old Metz CT45-1, that i haven't used for years..

But now i have a job where i could use them..
Now i load them with brand new Batteries ( you know the AA holders , as the rechargeable once aren't working), ..
And no response at all .. Any idea's what to do ?..

I am now keeping them loaded with fresh batteries ( every 3 h changing them) may be it will get some energy in the capacitors ..

Any other thoughts ?
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Re: Old Metz CT45-1 -> Bring back to life
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2012, 06:45:46 PM »

Have you checked the battery connections for oxidisation?. They might need cleaning if the camera has not been used for years
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Re: Old Metz CT45-1 -> Bring back to life
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2012, 12:35:09 AM »

The capacitors have probably dried up from lack of use.
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Re: Old Metz CT45-1 -> Bring back to life
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2012, 06:20:56 AM »

That was it, after 1 day of loading fresh batteries, suddenly there was Life :) LIFE!!!

Now i put a trigger timer on them ( Pocket wizards ), so they flash every 7 minits :) just to get some loading done :) works perfect! ..

I see them getting better by the minute..

By the way i have an old CT 60 to , but there the batt is completely death, any tips on where i can buy them online?..


greets
ju
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Re: Old Metz CT45-1 -> Bring back to life
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2012, 01:04:11 PM »

Funny story,
So i was bringing, those flash heads back to life...
Changing the batteries with loaded ones and so on.. And letting them trigger every 7 minits, ( via pocket wizards), just to get some juice through the capacitors ( remarkable performance change since yesterday ).

Now i've got a visit from the police :) my window ( on the street was open) and some neighbours though something was exploding :) :p:p

Hehe :) now the cops had a good laugh :) hehe
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Jack Varney

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Re: Old Metz CT45-1 -> Bring back to life
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 08:49:30 PM »

Caution bear in mind that the CT45-1 has a trigger voltage in excess of 200vdc! Mine meters at 221vdc. Modern camera PC circuits will not tolerate more than 10 to 20vdc.
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Re: Old Metz CT45-1 -> Bring back to life
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2012, 01:43:41 PM »

ah , bu t i don't want to attach it directly to my Digiback, it's for RF use only :)
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Re: Old Metz CT45-1 -> Bring back to life
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2012, 09:16:34 PM »

Then be sure your RF unit can withstand the trigger voltage to avoid cooking the RF unit.
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