The battery holder of the Metz 45 uses two different contacts from the
holder for the rechargeables.
There is no replacement holder for rechargeables. There is of course the
complete replacement rechargeable battery pack. It is NiCad. These packs
do not have eternal life. There comes a moment you want to replace it.
It costs about euro 75 and is still Nicad not NiMh's. Now an option would
be to replace the NiCads for NiMh cells. But you would still be left with
the totally inadequate charger.
A better option: use the holder for normal batteries, not rechargeables,
but load it with NiMh's. You can now use these in a good charger like
the Ansmann Powerline 4.
Iit comes to mind to use the other contact. It is not much faster. I did
expect it to be faster, but this is hardly the case. But I reckon the
flash gun will function better with this modififation.
The pictures tell the story:
I cut a small strip of metal. Folded it in the shape you see in the picture.
It now connects the old contact from underneath, directly to the unused
contact hole. The regular contact must be isolated very well with some
I do not know if Metz will approve ;-). If you convert your holder in
this fashion, you obviously do so on your own risk. In general flashguns
are no toys: the currents from the flash condensator can be large enough
to kill you.
Blitztips - Everything about using a portable flash unit. It has a
complete course in german and english. Nice examples. Good explanations.
No direct link anymore: they keep shifting their site around. Recommended
Flash Tips - Joe Craig. Flash in the studio. Joe is no Jost Marchesi
;-) Att: IE only.
Flash Photography For Amateur Photographers - Loren M. Winters. Here
is the trick with the tape recorder to fire your flash.
Speed Photography - Andrew Davidhazy. classic
Flash Information - Toomas Tamm. Very extensive, rather theoretical
flash and flashgun - FAQ. He also maintains a good Canon instruction.
Info Center - Don Klipstein. Lots of information related to many forms
Basic and advanced theory, and other wisdom including troubleshooting
and repair hints. Info on incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, compact-fluorescent,
and also HID lamps such as mercury, metal halide, high pressure sodium,
and short arc lamps; neon, low-pressure-sodium, oddballs such as green
neon lamps; various UV lamps and carbon arcs. Build or hack your strobes.
Lots of circuitry. On the same site is:
Sam's Strobe FAQ - Samuel M. Goldwasser. Notes on the Troubleshooting
and Repair of Electronic Flash Units and Strobe Lights.