Using a Metz 54 MZ-4 flash with a Canon T1i

I can't get the main flash to fire from the hot-shoe of the Canon T1i [EOS 500D]. I'm really new to an external flash. I thought shoe it up and go. The ready light on the back lights up but the instructions are so vague it doesn't really tell you how to test fire it. The gun is in ettl mode. Messing with it you can hear it zooming. Does it matter what lens you have on the camera? Had a f/1.4 50 mm when trying to get it to work. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Dave.

One response:


image of Metz 54 MZ-4 test button. You can test if your 54 MZ-4 is functional by pressing the test-button on the back of the flash when the ready-light comes on. The test-button and the ready-light is the same control. It is shown in the image on the left.

If the flash do not fire when you press the test-button, it is not working and need repair.

If it fires when you press the test button, but not in the hot-shoe of your Canon T1i, there are several posibilities: 1) The flash is a version of Metz 54 MZ-4 that is not Canon-compatible. 2) Your camera's hot-shoe isn't working (test with a Canon EX Speedlite in the hot-shoe to check this). 3) The hot-shoe on the flash is not working.

You can download the manual for the Metz 54 MZ-4 from our product database. For firing a test flash, see pp. 111 & 200.

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