Originally Posted by DrMcCoy
Awesome! Good info. Thanks. With regards to the compact flash, do you mean the Metz 20BC6?
Also, does that SB30 need to be +/- EV corrected in any way since the flash on the Hexar isn't TTL?
Not really. The Hexar's flash is GN 14; the SB-30 is 16. That's a very marginal difference. You could set the camera's GN function for 16 in "flashmatic" mode (flash essentially fires at full blast but the aperture adjusts to the focused distance), but the reality is that most Japanese flashes are overrated for GN anyway. The SB-30 also has a +/- 0.5 stop adjuster you could probably also use in manual mode.
Or you could shoot on automatic. The HX-14 only has one auto mode (i.e., the flash's sensor controls brightness); the SB-30 has multiple (you can take your choice of aperture for a given distance range and ISO film).
The SB-30, though it takes a CR123A, is still a much better flash for battery life because it has a thyristor that recycles the unused flash power in auto mode. And you can get rechargeable 123As now.
Edit: depressingly, I realize I wrote almost exactly this same thing in 2011: