Is it possible to use a modern, digital flash (like the Metz 36 AF-5) on an analog film SLR?
I know that I have to be careful if I use it the other way around (old flash + DSLR) because of high trigger voltages, but will the Metz even fire when used on the Praktica?


Maybe. The answer to your question is model specific for each camera and flash in question. Without knowing exactly which film SLR you are interested in, it is impossible to say for sure. It all depends on whether the trigger voltage for the flash and the trigger voltage for the camera are in the same range or not.

The Metz website lists the model 50 AF-1 and 58 AF-2 as compatible with the Canon EOS 1, but not older models like the A-1 and AL-1. The same search tool also shows the Metz 50 AF-1 and 58 AF-2 models as compatible with many Nikon film cameras.

  • So would it maybe be better to state the make of the SLR (a Praktica MTL5) instead of the flash? I feel that if I set a restriction on both the question becomes too specific. Jun 24 '13 at 7:45
  • Without knowing both the question can't be fully answered.
    – Michael C
    Jun 24 '13 at 9:33
  • The 36 AF series is not like the higher-end Metz flashes; it is made by a Chinese OEM rather than directly by Metz in Germany. I think this model actually doesn't trigger on the center pin, but I need to confirm.
    – mattdm
    Jun 24 '13 at 10:57

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