Not long after purchasing my Leica M6 TTL, I decided to buy the Leica SF 20 flash as I thought I may use the camera on social night’s out with family and friends or perhaps when watching bands so thought it would be a good investment.
I also thought it would be great to try out the TTL settings of the flash to sync with my camera.
I decided to test the flash out at home and with my dog.
I took these photos using the TTL setting on the flash. Unfortunately I didn’t make exact notes at the time so can’t remember what aperture etc the camera was set at.
I used Kodak Portra 160 film and a 50mm Leica Summicron Lens. Here are some photos I took of my mirror on the TTL flash setting:
Here are some of my dog, Daisy with the TTL setting:
Here is one of Daisy with her favourite toy, Mr Moo, again using the TTL setting on the Flash:
I then decided to take a couple of photos using the manual flash option and the light meter reading through my camera and here are the results:
You will see an immediate difference in these photos in the fact that the TTL metered flash photos all have a yellow tinge to them but the ones shot on the manual flash setting all are a lot more balanced and show the correct white of the room.
Clearly in my opinion, the photos taken with the manual flash setting came out much better and more accurate.
The only issue I can think of with the TTL flash metering was that there was a white balance issue because there is so much white in my living room and perhaps I needed to shoot a grey test card first to get the right white balance?
I’m very new to using flash with my Leica camera so there may be somebody reading my blog who has a lot more experience with this type of flash and camera who can give me some expert advice on whether my theory is correct regarding the white balance and methods I could use to improve this when using the TTL option.