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Flashpoint Zoom TTL r2 - n "A" setting in i-TTL Autoflash modde

 
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Jan 11, 2018 17:22 |  #1

Received my new flash yesterday and have been going through the manual and controls on the flash. After several stumbles, got most of things worked out. But, I have one setting, that for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to change, or find any information on how to change. When you set up the flash to the mode of "i-TTL" you have a window that shows the flash in the M (manual) or A (auto) position. Mine is in manual stays in manual, and I have not found a button or wheel that I can select that will change it from M to A. I wanted to start with the flash in auto, so I can start to get comfortable with it and then move to manual and other settings. This is the first serious flash I have had in many years, so either I am going through a big learning curve, cant figure out the manual, or dumber than a box of rocks! On the other hand, is it a big deal to have the flash in the i-TTL mode and M selected, or is this just the way the flash modes are setup?? Mike,




  
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Jan 11, 2018 20:34 |  #2

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... I have one setting, that for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to change, or find any information on how to change. When you set up the flash to the mode of "i-TTL" you have a window that shows the flash in the M (manual) or A (auto) position.

Ah. That's probably for the zoom control. Zoom is about how far back or towards the front of the fresnel panel the flash tube is in the head. The farther back, the tighter and more focused the beam becomes; the farther the light can go, but the narrower the coverage. The Zoom settings is given in focal-length mm because the spread of that setting should match the FoV of that length lens. But. Different sensor sizes/crop factors can sometimes muck that up.

With the zoom mode, M means you can explicitly set a specific zoom setting to control the "spread" of the light, and A means that whatever focal length is currently be used on the camera body will be used to set the spread on the light.

I have not found a button or wheel that I can select that will change it from M to A.

Hit the Zm/C.Fn "soft" button (left-most of the four), and spin the wheel counter clockwise. A will be set when you go below 20mm.

I wanted to start with the flash in auto, so I can start to get comfortable with it and then move to manual and other settings.

Well, the big automatic setting you probably want is iTTL, not M, which you've already found with the MODE button. :)

... is it a big deal to have the flash in the i-TTL mode and M selected, or is this just the way the flash modes are setup??

It's two different settings, so which one makes more sense depends on what/how you're shooting. On-camera, it's probably better to have iTTL/A set. But off-camera, most folks would probably use M/M. With off-camera flash, if you are using multiple flashes at different placements, having them all use the same zoom setting may not make sense.


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Jan 12, 2018 15:33 |  #3

Problem solved! I never had an issue with the manual zoom, as that worked perfectly. I was trying to get to the auto zoom to match lens length automatically. I have spent several days chasing this and finally stumbled across how to change from manual to auto. What you do is press each button , next to the RST, on the top row of buttons concurrently and the flash changes over to auto from manual. Now, why could this not be written in the manual or somewhere??? But, now I know a whole lot more about the flash than I did before so I guess there is an upside to stumbling around in the dark for a bit. Thx to all who posted to assist. Mike,




  
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