Multiblitz is bancrupt

Discussion in 'Industry News' started by AgX, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. AgX

    AgX Member

    Messages:
    16,214
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Location:
    Germany
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Now another european studio-flash manufacturer (after the british Bowens) is to be liquidated.

    Multiblitz, founded 1948, is one of Europe's pioneers in electronic flashes. Founder Dr. Mannesmann invented the Guide-Number.
    Multiblitz was specialized smaller units, they included in their range very small units to be carried in a suitcase, thus Multiblitz flashes were the introduction of many west-german photographer into studio flash-lighting. In the 80s their flashes were most common in small portrait studios.
     
  2. BrianShaw

    BrianShaw Member

    Messages:
    7,760
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2005
    Location:
    Los Angeles,
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Oh what a shame this is.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    AgX

    AgX Member

    Messages:
    16,214
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Location:
    Germany
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
  4. RattyMouse

    RattyMouse Member

    Messages:
    5,261
    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2011
    Location:
    Ann Arbor, Mi
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Never heard of them.
     
  5. ozphoto

    ozphoto Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,541
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2006
    Location:
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Groups:
    My very first studio lights were Multiblitz. Wonderful build quality and easy to use.
    It's sad they have had to declare themselves bankrupt - they were a great lighting company.
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2017
  6. OP
    OP
    AgX

    AgX Member

    Messages:
    16,214
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Location:
    Germany
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Made Multiblitz something compatible to a Canon Speedlight? Maybe concerning the latter you mix up Multiblitz with Metz (who survived bancrupsy...)
     
  7. OP
    OP
    AgX

    AgX Member

    Messages:
    16,214
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Location:
    Germany
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    My impression is that the market for studio lighting, in contrast to some on-camera flashes, long time was more regional.
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2017
  8. Bob Carnie

    Bob Carnie Subscriber

    Messages:
    6,940
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2004
    Location:
    Toronto-Onta
    Shooter:
    Med. Format RF
    My first job as a wedding photographer we used multiblitz connected to a wet cell battery .. fantastic units, never failed.
     
  9. ozphoto

    ozphoto Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,541
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2006
    Location:
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Groups:
    Yes, I got confused with Metz - have amended my original post accordingly. :D
     
  10. OP
    OP
    AgX

    AgX Member

    Messages:
    16,214
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Location:
    Germany
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Metz have as brand "Mecablitz", so one easyly can mix up manufacturers.
     
  11. mshchem

    mshchem Member

    Messages:
    1,664
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2007
    Location:
    Iowa City, Iowa USA
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
  12. OP
    OP
    AgX

    AgX Member

    Messages:
    16,214
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Location:
    Germany
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    All german reflectors I know of where propriatory. Graflexes were unknown here anyway.

    Here already in the 30s 35mm and rollfilm cameras were used as press cameras.
     
  13. Nokton48

    Nokton48 Member

    Messages:
    760
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2006
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
  14. jtk

    jtk Subscriber

    Messages:
    561
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2007
    Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Shooter:
    35mm
    I've allowed myself to photograph four (4) weddings since 1970, 2 with Graflex and 2 with Metz. Did a terrible job with all of them.
     
,