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Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head

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Product Highlights
  • Guide No 249'/76m at 105mm
  • TTL with Appropriate Module

The Metz 76 MZ-5 is the flagship model in the Metz handle-mount line. Simple to operate, reliable and of course powerful, it can be used with lots of cameras when combined with the proper Metz adapter.

This model will support the advanced TTL systems used with Digital SLR cameras: E-TTL flash mode from Canon, i-TTL/i-TTL-BL and D-TTL from Nikon or ADI flash control from Minolta.

Control unit with LCD display and integrated AF measuring flash
Auto-zoom head can cover from 24 to 105mm, and 20mm when used with the included wideangle diffuser
Wireless full TTL triggering
Compatible with SCA 3002 and 300 adapter systems
Infrared AF assistance (with applicable autofocus camera module)
Secondary reflector can be used to fill in the shadows in close-up areas when using indirect flash
Excellent power capacity: NiMH rechargeable 1600 mAh battery yields 135, Powerpack P50 yields 150
Evaluative preflash metering & Stroboscopic flash for previewing effect
Modelling light
Rapid mode shortens the flash recycling time
Automatic flash bracketing function for optimal exposure security
Integrated slave
"Key" function prohibits accidental changing of controls
Mount Handle
Guide No. 249.34' (76 m) ISO100 
Angle of Coverage 86° - 23°
Wide-Angle Adapter: 95°
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Off Camera Terminal Proprietary
Recycle Time Approximately 3 - 6 seconds
Power Source 1x Proprietary Battery
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.6 x 10.0 x 4.0" / 9.1 x 25.4 x 10.2 cm
Weight 1.9 lb / 862 g
Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head
  • 76-56 NiMH Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Controller Unit
  • SCA 301 Standard Flash Shoe Adapter for the SCA System
  • #5512 Quick Release Camera Bracket
  • Wide Angle Lens Adapter (20mm)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Metzmecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head
     
    3.7

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (3)

    74%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (16)
    • Fast recycling (11)
    • Consistent output (10)
    • Durable (9)
    • Versatile (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (13)
      • Fill flash (7)
      • Portraits (7)
      • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Indoors (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (4), Professional (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Last Of The Great Potato-Mashers

      For some years I used a pair of big Metz 60CT4s on medium-format cameras to shoot weddings and events. When I went to DSLRs, I assumed that I would need to retain this power...Read complete review

      For some years I used a pair of big Metz 60CT4s on medium-format cameras to shoot weddings and events. When I went to DSLRs, I assumed that I would need to retain this power capability. It was possible to use the CT4s, but only in manual or flash-auto modes, giving up the advantages of E-TTL, so I got the new Metz 76MZ-5, which combines the power and huge flash head of a big Metz with SCA dedication to the DSLR of your choice (in my case Canons).The good part of the MZ-5 is just that its a big bad Metz that can shoot all night while taking advantage of the intelligence of a modern DSLR. The equipment is fairly easy to set up and use, and you'll obviously have a lot more lighting power and job duration available than with any kind of shoe-mount flash running on AA batteries. I have worked several jobs with the MZ-5, and I have never had any reliability or control problems with it. The shoe-mount SCA adapter provides the brain link and the infrared autofocus assist, and this all works fine, at least with my Canons. (By the way, dont forget to buy the right adapter for your camera.)Another advantage over previous Metz potato-mashers is that the MZ-5 has a self-contained NiMH battery pack in the handle, eliminating the dangling power cable and waist-level belt pack. This is makes the equipment easier to deal with and more portable, although I recommend that the user have an extra 76-56 battery charged and ready. Ive never run one dry, but it is best not to tempt fate when on the job, so I always change battery packs about halfway through. Another way would be to get the big P76 belt pack, but then you're back to dangling cables and shoulder straps.But there are some drawbacks to the MZ-5, such that I am now using mine as a backup and manual flash. The biggest frustration with it is that there is no way to mount it on the right side of the camera (as seen from the shooters position behind the body). Unlike the previous big Metz potato-mashers, the MZ-5 has a mounting rail only for positioning it to the left of the camera body. I know that this is normal,but it is exactly wrong. A potato-masher flash should be mounted to the cameras right, so that the holding hand is between the two elements of weight, and so that when the camera is turned for a vertical shot (about 80% of my shots are verticals), the vertical shutter release button can be used. But you cant do that with the MZ-5, and I should have studied the product pictures more before buying it. I suppose most shooters wont be bothered by this, however, or Metz wouldn't have done it this way. Its just me. (But I still think I'm right.)Another downside is that the Metz flash head is so big that Gary Fong doesnt make a Lightsphere diffuser big enough for it not even close. Ive asked, and they dont intend to make one for the big Metz heads. Meanwhile, other diffusers are simply inferior. The Gary Fong diffuser is so good that it is worth getting a flash that is compatible with it, even if you have to give up something in this case flash head size.So for about the same money as the MZ-5, Id recommend that the DSLR user go with his camera manufacturers biggest shoe-mount flash (in my case the Canon 580EX), and then get a Quantum Turbo battery and compatible cable, plus a Gary Fong Lightsphere. That's what Ive done.

      Problems Encountered: Can't mount on right side of camera body. Flash head too big for a Gary Fong Lightsphere diffuser.

      Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Metz 60CT-4 (2 units), Sunpak 622, 522, various others

      Items I Recommend: Extra 76-56 NiMH battery or external P76 battery pack

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Terrible Warranty Service

      Auto Zoom feature is poor.

      Problems Encountered: I bought a Metz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount flash and received a defective unit from Metz. I sent it in to...Read complete review

      Auto Zoom feature is poor.

      Problems Encountered: I bought a Metz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount flash and received a defective unit from Metz. I sent it in to Bogen Imaging (Metz' USA distributor) for replacement or servicing. Even though the unit was defective out of the box and was sent back to them a few days after purchase, they would not replace it. Even though their web site promises 8 days turn-around time for repairs, they have had my unit for over 6 weeks now. My last e-mail and phone call to their service department remain unanswered after a few days.A professional photographer would have difficulty operating a successful business with this kind of service support.

      Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Metz 40MZ-3i

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      5.0

      Powerful flash

      By Shakti

      from Charlotte, NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Powerful Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

        I shoot three Canon DLSR bodies which are(1) 5D Mark II (2) 1DS Mark II and (3) the 1D Mark II N

        I have had my 76 MZ-5 for about two years with no problems. Now according to Metz the 1D Mark II N is not compatible with any SCA dedicated adapter and so you are supposed to use the SCA 301 which allows the flash to fire in auto or manual. But I have had fine results with the 1D Mark II N in auto mode.

        I should add that I purchased the Metz P76 external power pack to increase recycle time and get more shots.

        Above all else YOU MUST TAKE THE 76 MZ-5 ONCE EVERY TWO TO THREE MONTHS AND FIRE OFF SOME SHOTS. THIS IS PART OF MAINTAINING THE UNIT.

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        1.0

        Metz is no longer great

        By FrankM

        from Moab, UT

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Fast Recycling
        • Powerful Output

        Cons

        • Horrible Batteries
        • Undependable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

          I started my photography business in 1976. I've used Metz handle mount flashes exclusively for many years...including all of the older 60-CT units. The 60-CT series was amazing...long-lived and totally problem-free. The 76 MZ-5 does not even come close to living up to those standards. I have 2 of them. I use the 76 MZ-5 for wedding and city recreation sports photogaphy. I've never been able to get satisfactory shots on ETTL with either 76 MZ-5, so have used them almost exclusively in Auto mode. Exposures have been very inconsistent requiring constant adjustment of one or two stops. The batteries are absolute trash. I've had four batteries now...and not a single one of them has given me more than 80 exposures in Auto mode. I'm usually lucky to get 50 shots. I gave up on Metz batteries and have been using the fantastic Quantum Turbo SC. Yesterday, my newest 76 MZ-5 emitted a loud noise that sounded like something inside was shorting and frying. The groom got very shocked and worried. I continued to use it and it worked fine for about 200 shots...then quit altogether and will not power up. There was probably less than 2000 exposures on that particular flash unit. I've had nothing but problems with the 76 MZ-5 and will not be buying another. I'm switching to the Quantum T5D-R. It's too bad. Metz used to be the best out there and the high price was worth it. That is no longer the case.

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          2.0

          Replacing Metz 60CT-4

          By photogkaran

          from grass valley, ca

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast Recycling

          Cons

          • Weak Output

          Best Uses

          • Architectural photography

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

          I use this in shooting interiors. I have used the metz 60ct-4 for years and will miss them dearly! This does not have the output that the 60ct-4's had :(

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          5.0

          Powerful, beautiful work horse

          By David Moore

          from St Petersburg Florida

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Architecture
          • Events
          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Group Photos
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits
          • Weddings

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

          Works with a Canon 5D mkII.

          Using the 3102 module, the Canon/Metz combo gives you 3 options in the Canon Menu:
          1. ETTL- Evaluative. Not so useful in my experience. Almost always underexposes.
          2. ETTL- Average. Better than Evaluative. You can use the Flash Exposure Compensation in the Canon Menu to add/subtract exposure in 1/3 increments.
          3. Auto. This is a Metz Auto-sensor setting, which utilizes the sensor in the Metz Controller that sits in the Canon hot shoe. Works pretty well actually, though using the Controller EV compensation to add/subtract is a little clumsier than the Canon Menu.

          In ETTL, you can fire a spot-meter test flash (the * button on the Canon). Used with a mid-grey object in the scene, this function works very well.

          You can utilize off-camera hot shoe attachments, such as a mini-phone-to-hot-shoe attachment for a PocketWizard radio trigger.

          Very powerful. A typical event-sized room with high ceilings will light up at ISO 400 f8, using one of the bounce positions and a bounce card.

          The battery inside the unit will easily last for 450 event photos using the following: bounce position, a bounce card, the mini-secondary reflector (which has 3 power settings) and f8. It takes 45 minutes to recharge after the aforementioned usage.

          Very heavy! Oof. I don't like that part, but it's untethered (though you can buy a tethered battery pack), and looks beautiful (really, really beautiful) in its stylish German form.

          With the 5D mkII, 1/200 is the top shutter sync speed. Period. No rear shutter curtain sync.

          The strobe setting allows up to 50 flashes in one frame! You may decide how many per second, and how many total flashes. Very cool.

          The modeling lamp is actually a strobe-like effect that works fairly well. Don't use it too much, or the built-in fan will kick in and bring everything to a halt while the unit cools off.

          You may use every aperture on your lens, and the Metz is good up to ISO 6400!

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          4.0

          Professional grade

          By Shutter chick

          from Macon, Georgia

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast Recycling
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

          • Fragile

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

          Big beautiful light...a powerful tool in our wedding kit. It is a bit fragile. It fell over while attached to the camera and required [$] in repairs. Be careful with it!

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          5.0

          Took me back to the 1970s

          By Shakti

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

            This unit reminded me of an RL915 I owned back in the 1970s. Great output and so far no problems with the unit mechanically. I know some people have posted problems but so far I have not had any.

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            5.0

            Recommended

            By Kate

            from Montana

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful Output
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

              Robust design and powerful flash. Simple electronics system for quick ease of use. Impressive unit - I am still in the introduction stages of use, but I am finding that it meets my needs better than expected.

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              4.0

              Super Flash

              By Arthur

              from St James, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Recycling
              • Powerful Output
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • User manual

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Weddings

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

              This is an excellent flash for weddings, interiors, fill flash, etc. It is a very strong and powerful flash and is able to tone itself down to enable a perfectly lit photograph even when bouncing off of a very high ceiling. The manual could be a bit more detailed hence the 4 versus 5 star rating.

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              2.0

              Skip this Metz and get a 580EX

              By hjoseph

              from Washington DC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Clean Even Light
              • Good Color Value
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Expensive
              • Finnicky
              • Flimsy
              • Loses Charge Quickly
              • Noisy
              • Plasticky
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Outdoors
              • Special Events

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

              When I purchased this unit, I thought that I was moving up to the old reliable reputation that Metz flash have garnered through out the years. Nothing could be further from the truth. After owning this flash for about a year I decided to sell it and get another unit. I own other Metz flash handle mount such as the famous 45 CT-4 and the more automated 50 MZ-5. Compared to thes units the 76 does NOT measure up. Here are the problems I ran into with this unit:1) After shelling out a wopping [$], I still had to purchase a Canon dedicated module which was $90 extra2) Extra NIHM battery was another $903) The build quality is flimsier than my older models, Metz is using a toy-like plastic on these units and it shows.4) Gone are the Metz logos. Metz decided to take the minimalist approach but common this is a flash not a fashion show.5) The battery-pack for this unit is a wopping $400 !6)** Gone is the Rapid-Fire switch ?!7) There is a lock on the flash head that takes 2 hands to unlock so that you can move the head in horizontal position. This is OK unless you have to bounce the flash off a ceiling or wall and the camera is in vertical position. What was Metz thinking, very awkward.8)Without the dedicated module the flash is totally Manual, meaning you have to plug in the ISO, zoom , and aperture even in Auto mode.9) I had to return the flash when I accidentally bent the cable to the controller. The thing is I'm not sure how I did it ?10) I had to return the flash again and this time get it replaced because it stayed in storage for 4 months without activation. Metz recomends that you activate the flash every 3 months. I have 20 year old speedlights that have been sitting for 5 years or more and they still work.11) I got to admit customer service in Germany has gotten better, unfortunately the Service at Bogen in NJ is absolutely horrible and extremly frustrating. They have taken "don't call us we'll call you", to another level. 12) Once in a while in ETTL, the flash blows out everything in the foreground for no reason and this cannot be replicated. 13) The beep function is very loud and annoying plus you can't turn it down, you have to turn it off.I really tried to love this flash since I own other metz products, but all the flaws made it impossible. Therefore I cannot recommend this unit. For that amount of money I can get 2 dedicated 580EX speedlights with battery pack and even a couple off flash brackets. The light is not that much do different.

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              5.0

              400 Photographers can't be wrong!

              By James Solomon

              from Trinidad and Tobago

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attach Securely
              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Long-Lasting
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Night Time
                • Outdoors
                • Special Events

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

                I first worked with Metz flashes in 1997 when I started working for Carnival Cruise Lines' Photo Department. The CT-4 and CT-5 were both very impressive flashes, however the 76 MZ-5 was the most impressive flash I have ever worked with. Our 21 ships were retrofitted with them back in 2006 and it is now the flash of my dreams!

                Consistant output, Ease of use, Fast and rugged. They stand up to abuse and remain reliable.

                The 400 Photographers in the Carnival Cruise Line Fleet, use them every day in one of the fastest paced environments ever!

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                1.0

                Great - while it works

                By AJD

                from Sydney, Australia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Good Color Value
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Died after 9 months

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Outdoors
                • Special Events

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

                Great unit while it worked but it only worked for 9 months. The attitude of Metz was appalling and their suggestions were impractical.
                Minimum repair time in Australia is 10-12 days provided parts are in stock.
                Overall, the warranty offered by the manufacturer is worthless. The Australian distributor is far more helpful than the manufacturer.

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                1.0

                Read the Reviews

                By Jeremy's dad

                from Palm Spring, Ca.

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

                      Here's a great example of the value of customer reviews. Just like the media in general you need to look for trends rather than what might be a singular specifically good or bad issue.I am a professional photographer in the business for 15 years. Always a Nikon user, but had an earlier version of the Metz handle mount and always appreciated the difference that it provided from on camera Nikon flashes. This was before the digital invasion.Wanted to move to handle mount again from the Nikon SB 800, which I've used for years, and decided to spend the extra bucks up from the Nikon SB900 and buy the Metz 76 MZ-5.Bought the Nikon shoe adapter to allow the D700 to talk to the Metz and all looked good until I fired the system up. Immeadiately displayed on the Metz controller was the message "ZOOM ERR". In other words the zoom function on the strobe was not differentiating between the focal length of the lens and throwing more or less light as a result. A pretty critical function, and yes I was using lenses that had that information available electronically to the shoe. Starting off by emailing Metz and then looking at various reviews. More often than any other complaint, this was the issue. This is not a new product for Metz. They have been dealing with this problem from the first release of these strobes. Of course their response was to send it in for service or return it to the seller.It's on it's way back to the good folks at B&H and hopefully can be swapped out for the SB900.I will continue to handle my flash axis problems with a Custom Brackets handle and the Nikon flashes.

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                      5.0

                      Worth every dollar!

                      By Gary

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Special Events

                        Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

                        Remember in Pulp Fiction how John Travolta takes a sip of Uma Thurman's $5.00 milkshake and concedes it's a great milkshake? He also says he's not sure if it was worth the five dollars. After using this flash for about three weeks, I feel this flash, while at the far-upper price range, is definitely worth its price.Each weekend I take photos of live bands in a poorly-lit club. The house lighting is nothing more than three overhead PAR cans fitted with red gels, and a string of colored Christmas lights on the back of the stage.I first started this weekly photo assignment with a simple point-and-shoot camera. Thanks to the camera's image stabilization, the non-flash photos often turned out acceptable. But since the lighting never changed, all the photos essentially looked the same with a wash of red lighting. When using the camera's built-in flash, it was often too weak to sufficiently light the drummer at the back of the stage. Red-eye was also a huge problem.I moved on to a digital SLR and used its built-in popup flash, which was a lot more powerful than the point-and-shoot's flash. Since the SLR's flash is further off-axis from the lens, it helped to eliminate red-eye from most photos. However, it essentially only yielded the same type of photos as the point-and-shoot, only better exposed. My biggest gripe with the SLR's popup flash was that as a point-source light, it produced hard edged shadows no matter how distant the shadow was from the object. For example, if there was a microphone stand a few feet in front of me, on the back wall about 15 feet away was a sharp shadow of that mic stand. Same with photographing a performer. They may be only a few feet in front of me, yet their shadow ten feet behind them were still sharply defined. Since the flash on this dSLR was more off-axis, the shadows fell off at a bigger angle than the point-and-shoot, and thus made shadows more noticeable especially the further away they were. Overall, the SLR/popup flash photos essentially looked very cheap, "flat" and "snapshotty". The solution to get better photos was obvious--I needed a powerful flash that could handle a large diffuser.B&H had a used Metz 76 that I first purchased along with an SCA adapter for TTL. Unfortunately, when I tried it out at home, it turned out to have a few hidden problems that needed repair. [...] The bigger "problem" was that I totally fell in love with the flash! I knew if I had gotten anything else, I wouldn't be satisfied. So immediately after I got my refund for the used 76, I headed straight to the camera department and bought a new Metz 76. I also separately purchased a Honl Photo Speed Snoot diffuser. It's good because it's made of cloth and can be shaped into either a diffuser or a snoot; but I still wonder if the Metz diffuser may have been a better option since it looks more "pro" and fits well.So it's been about three weeks that I've been using this flash, and I'm still completely happy and satisfied with my purchase. Many of its strong points can already be read elsewhere: It's a powerful flash that can light up any room, it works off the lens axis so there's no red-eye problem, the secondary "reflector" fill flash helps really well when the main head is tilted as a bounce, and so forth. What I also found were these things:- With the diffuser, people's hair simply look gorgeous! Hair textures such as curls or waves get smooth, soft highlights that don't happen with a smaller point-source flash.- Using this flash with a diffuser, I get soft shadows even when people are standing only a foot in front of a wall. I expected shadows at this short distance to have harder edges, but they don't and I'm completely happy with this.- Again with a diffuser, the shadows from microphone stands and cables at the very front of the stage almost disappear by the time they fall at the back of a stage. This is great, because the hard shadow were previously a huge distraction in my earlier photos.- Better flash color. It's subtle, but the color does look warmer than the other built-in flashes I was using.- The 76's left-handed mount isn't a problem for me at all. I need to hold the system with two hands anyway since it's now much heavier; but holding it with two hands feels like I have more control over it. I take portrait shots simply with left-side up, rather than right-side up as I did in the past without an external flash, and it wasn't difficult to adjust to this.- The 76's mounting system feels very secure. When I need a free hand to do something, I feel very comfortable holding the system portrait-style by the flash and letting my camera hang downwards.- I can use a slower lens with this flash. Most concert/live event photographers like to use a very fast lens and ambient lighting for this kind of assignment; but this particular club's poor lighting eliminates that option. Since this flash is so powerful, I'm taking perfectly exposed photos at f4.5, which benefits me in two ways: First, I get the depth-of-field I need for those 'group photos' where every musician from the lead singer to the drummer at the rear needs to be in the shot. Second, I get the convenience to use an inexpensive zoom lens throughout the night since I don't need to switch to a fast prime lens.- In the short time I've been using this flash, I'm getting a lot more positive comments. From a simple "WOW!" comment on Facebook to "Wow, these are some of my favorite rock photos of me ever taken", the musicians are definitely noticing how good the photos are turning out with this flash. A few are already using my photos for their Facebook profiles, which I feel is a very big compliment!- Finally, I simply feel a lot more confident that the photos I'm taking are turning out good. I'm taking less photos, and I'm getting much more useable images. This is quite important for what I do since in the poorly-lit club, constantly firing a flash is very distracting. This is especially true to those few performers I've come across who need to heavily concentrate on playing their instruments. Last weekend, I was able to take a few shots at the beginning of each band's set, was happy with the results, didn't feel the need to take any more, and simply sat back and enjoyed the remainder of each band's sets. It's definitely a win-win-win for me, the musicians, and the audience to not need to be upfront and clicking away all night.I still feel there's more to this flash that I haven't experimented with, such as using my HonlPhoto diffuser as a snoot, and trying out the strobe effects.Anything bad about this flash? Yeah, it's huge and I need to get a new camera bag. Replacement batteries are expensive. This type of flash sometimes draws a lot of attention from strangers (I definitely feel a lot more "pressure" to do a perfect job!). And well, yeah, it is heavy. Still, I think the results of using a better, stronger flash has definitely elevated the quality of the photos I'm shooting and the creative level I can take myself to. I don't think a lesser flash would be able to do all this. Highly recommend!

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                        5.0

                        Consistent beautiful light

                        By hjoseph7

                        from Washington DC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Clean even light
                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Powerful Output
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Portraits
                        • WeddingsEvents

                        Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

                        I purchased this flash for weddings and group shots because I got tired of the inconsitency of speed lights. I heard rumors about problems with the TTL, but so far I have not experienced any with my unit. As a matter of fact, I get better results with the Metz TTL/ETTL than I do with my Canon 580EX.

                        The light is very clean, even and consistent, unlike other flashes that tend to tint and under expose under certain situations.

                        If you would like to see what digital images are supposed to look like then I highly recomend this flash. This flash really squeezes out every ounce of resolution from the digital sensor.

                        Also shooting vertically becomes an ease with this flash since all you have to do is flip the camer over. No complicated brackets ! The downside so far as I can tell, is the bulk and the price, the battery pack is also very expensive, but you get what you pay for.

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                        2.0

                        Very powerful, but no HSS

                        By Lee

                        from Hongkong

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Powerful Output

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

                            This is a very powerful flash, only no HSS limited its usage. It is difficult to change a flash, every time bride move into a building or move out of a building. I could feel I ask brides to wait for too many times, some of them didn't want to corporate any longer.

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                            4.0

                            Power

                            By bobgossen

                            from Cape Coral, FL

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Fast Recycling
                            • Powerful Output

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Weddings

                              Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

                              Great flash powerful and well built. The battery packs metz sells for this unit are junk. I've had 2 packs that quit holding a significant charge after a year of light use. The batteries that still work only give 100-130 flashes per charge. I solved this problem with a Quantum Turbo battery pack. The combination is perfect.

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                              5.0

                              excellent product

                              By john

                              from cincinnati, ohio

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Powerful Output

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Night Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

                                This is a powerful flash that spreads the light out evenly. It is easy to use and with the photoflex soft box, this product is a gem

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                                3.0

                                Metz aint what they used to be

                                By aaron

                                from boise, ID

                                About Me Film Professional

                                Pros

                                • Powerhouse when it works

                                Cons

                                • Lacking quality

                                Best Uses

                                • Shooting events
                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

                                I own and operate a professional photography business and use the Metz 76 MZ-5. No doubt about it, it puts out the light when you need it but, it's expensive and broke in just under two years. The fix will cost just over $200 making the flash even more expensive. I am told the damage is due to "normal wear and tear". In just two years I think that's a little weak.

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                                5.0

                                Very powerful, yet flexible & subtle

                                By Graham

                                from Cookeville, TN

                                About Me Tech Savvy

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Full E-TTL functionality
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Quality Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Shooting Indoors

                                  Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

                                  Typical German quality. The only portable on-camera flash powerful enough to light up the inside of big churches & cathedrals for social & wedding work. Yet, so controllable when space is tight. Rotating/tilting head is invaluable for producing soft bounce. It's bulk offers great handplacement which easily offsets its size. Ignore the complicated instruction book and just play with the modes until you understand its full capability. E-TTL functionality with Canon EOS 5D-II is seamless and works perfectly.

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                                  4.0

                                  Can't go wrong with Metz

                                  By NAS

                                  from PA

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Quality Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Shooting Indoors
                                    • Upgrade

                                    Comments about Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount Flash with Auto Zoom Head:

                                    Purchased the 76MZ-5 when I went digital to go along with my CT60-4. Purchased a spare battery also. After a year, the one battery would only give my 5 flashes (see other review). Called Bogen and sent them the battery. They immedaitely fixed the problem, and am now getting hundreds of flashes.

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