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Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash

B&H # ME20C2 Mfr # MZ 20220
You Pay: $57.99
Product Highlights
  • For All Cameras Having a Hot Shoe
  • For All Cameras with a Sync Cable Port
  • Guide No. 66' (20 m) at 35mm
  • For Non-AF Cameras

The Metz 20 C-2 Auto Flash is a compact automatic flash unit, intended for beginners with non-AF cameras, who are looking for an effective and inexpensive way to enhance lighting. It features a manual full power mode, and 2 auto-working apertures modes (f/5.6 & f/2.8).

In addition, the 20 C-2 features a tilting head. This allows for flash head bounce operation, which helps to soften harsh shadows resulting from direct flash illumination.

Maximum of 150 flashes at full power, with use of NiMH batteries
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 66' (20.12 m) ISO100 at 35 mm position
Angle of Coverage 63°
TTL Dedication No
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head None
Zoom Head None
Off Camera Terminal PC
Recycle Time Approximately 8 - 9 seconds
Power Source 2x AA Alkaline, Lithium Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.5 x 3.8 x 2.1" / 6.4 x 9.6 x 5.3 cm
Weight 4.2 oz / 119 g
Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash
  • PC Sync Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Metzmecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash
     
    4.7

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (6)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Consistent output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (8)
      • Fill flash (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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      4.0

      Best small flash

      By JF

      from Canada

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Slow Recycling

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash:

      A great flash for its size - and its price. It performs well on any small camera with a hot shoe. One of the very few small flashes with a tilting head.

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      5.0

      Great Value, Small Form Factor

      By Mike

      from South Shore Lake Erie

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Balances Well

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash:

        small and lightweight with 2 AA NiMH Sanyo batteries. Flash initially intended for use on Fuji GF670 but after handling and trial am certain it will also ride atop Canon 7D & 10s when their fill flash is not adequate. I became aware of the risk of damage to camera electronics due to flash trigger voltage when I considered using an old film camera flash and although I have not tested this flash myself I have confidence that will not be an issue for these cameras. I accept the longer flash recycle time because the Fuji is not run and gun. Still may consider purchasing a second copy because I like it so much and often I use 2 of the above cameras at the same time.

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        5.0

        Versatile, straight forward and compact

        By AC

        from Hong Kong

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easy To Use
        • Good value
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Slow Recycling

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use

        Comments about Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash:

        This flash unit can be used on any camera with a low voltage trigger point hot shoe. It is compact and stright forward to use. The flash assume ISO100 camera setting, select between F2.8 or 5.6 and the built-in sensor adjust power automatically. The result is very pleasing. Select M and the flash would shoot at full power. The tiltable head adjust from 0-90 degree for bounce light makes the flash even more versatile. Although the recycle time is not very fast (approx. 5sec), I am very satisfied coz I always shoot slowly. I used it on Sigma SD15, Ricoh GXR M mount, and GX2. For its price and Metz reputation, I recommend it to anyone looking for a compact flash.

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        5.0

        Simple, Works.

        By luddite

        from VT, USA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Attach Securely
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash:

          It's just a great, no nonsense, cheap flash unit without all the stuff that gets in your way. Even comes with a PC cord in the box. If, like me, you only use flash rarely but still need one, this is a great solution.

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          5.0

          Flash

          By Fat Gangster running across the border

          from NYC

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Harsh Color

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash:

          The Metz 20 C-2 Auto Flash Illuminates the Dark Clandestine Details of the immigrant nocturnal recreational experience, Metz works very nicely with all manual " Old School" Nikon FM 10 which was bestowed upon me as a birthday present. Madame " Red Light" Lalande's elusive face was not revealed until I bought the Metz "Auto Flash" after about two weeks of scrimping and saving, Mecablitz Flash is quite affordable and excellent for the "Everyday Photographer" ...Beware of those other professional photographers who feel that superior gear results in soulful Pictures.

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          4.0

          Perfect for Me

          By bnoguchi

          from El Cerrito, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash:

            Got this to augment ability to shoot in low light with my GF1. I like that this is a compact unit - balances well with my camera. And it was inexpensive - perfect since I'll only need it about 2% of the time. You have to trial and error a bit with your aperture to get the exposure you want, especially if you're bouncing, but the results I've gotten so far have been pretty painless and the images are very natural - much better than with the built-in flash. I consider this to have been a great bargain.

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            5.0

            Reliable, light, accurate unit

            By Gugahh

            from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Vertical Bounce Capable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash:

              If you read this, you are most likely looking for a light flash unit that will allow you to bounce of the ceiling for your DSLR or semi-pro camera. That's what's the Metz 20-C2 is aimed at. Being charged with only 2 batteries makes it specially light.

              First, you must know that this is an AUTO (meaning non-TTL) unit, so it will require that you set your camera on manual mode, adjusting once ISO, Aperture and Speed to a defined value; once all is set, will allow the flash itself to measure the required power for each shot and adjust its output accordingly. Should working in manual mode and setting ISO and such appear challenging to you (actually it's quite straightforward), well, skip this one and look for a TTL unit. Vivitar, for example, sells the DF183, which has almost the same characteristics as this flash, and is a TTL unit. It's not a Metz, though (by the way, Metz is a very serious German manufacturer, know for its first class, enduring products).

              Operation and recycle time: Its operation is quite simple (Auto flashes mostly are), and once you get the adjustments right on camera, it will expose properly every time; With freshly charged NiMH cells it takes about 5 seconds to be charged for the first, full power shot. If you shoot it when it is not yet recycled, if will not fire. When a full power flash is not required (and seldom is, unless you are bouncing off the ceiling), the recycle time will be much faster, so all in all perfectly acceptable.

              Color cast: my Nikon SB-26 (for example) acquires excellent color accuracy using the daylight setting on my cameras. This 20-C2 has a little bluish (cold) tone, which can be easily compensated using a white balance preset. It's really a subtle tone, no big deal, and should not disturb most users even without adjusting the white balance.

              Finish: Unit looks solid enough, although it's very light. Good quality plastics, no wobbling in the bouncing head.

              Adequate for: semi-pro cameras like Olympus E-P1 and E-P2 (which lack a flash), or other hot-shoe equipped cameras that do have a built-in flash, but it lacks power and/or bounce capabilities. Flash will look balanced on my Olympus E-P1 (a perfect match) or a Canon G-10, G-11 (will look a little big), or even a Panasonic LX-3 (will look big, but not gigantic as most strobes); It is much smaller than the branded speedlights, and definitely lighter.

              Sync: Yes, this flash does have a sync port, unlike a lot of more expensive units (Canon flashes anybody?). It does come with a small sync cable fit for this unit.

              Output: Being a GN20 flash, it will allow you up to a 5m (15ft) reach using f/4 and ISO 100, or f/5.6 @ ISO 200, or 10m (30ft) @ f/5.6 and ISO400 - a very decent output for such a small unit, much better than built-in units, usually a much, much worse GN5 to GN7. Expect a 2 stop loss when bouncing off even a low height ceiling.

              Flaws: When bouncing off a wall or using any angle on the flash heat other than 0 degrees, the flash will underexpose (by two stops on a 90º bounce, I believe). This can be compensated by adjusting the camera accordingly, of course. Also lacks some flexibility, as there is no manual mode other than full strobe (it could have a 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 power setting that would make it perfect for us "strobists").

              All in all I loved this little unit, will recommend it, and would (will?) buy other Metz products for sure in the future.

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              5.0

              use with panasonic LX3 and canon 1D

              By ayfl

              from Penang

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash:

                I use it for fill flash on my panasonic LX3 and Canon 1d. At full power, flash duration is 1/1200sec, so I can sync at 1/1000sec and get excellent fill. On the canon 1d I need the included sync cable (the B&H specs are in error saying no external sync connection).
                For indoor shots on my LX3, the bounce capability is very useful. auto modes are not very accurate when bouncing so some experimentation is required. Once the required compensation is determined, the results are very consistent.
                Does not cover 24mm on my LX3 for direct flash, but I never use it for that anyway.
                Small size means it balances well on my LX3, is practically unnoticeable on my 1d. also means it doesn't get left at home.
                Based on my experience with the Metz, I got a Nissin866 for sports on my 1d(dialled down to 1/8, sync'd at 1/3000, fill flash at 8fps).
                For 1/3 the price of the panasonic flash, it does everything I need it too, and works on my canon too!

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                5.0

                fill flash wonder

                By patrujo

                from pittsburgh

                About Me Film Professional

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash:

                  many companies don't make these small flashes anymore. I glad metz still does.I use this with my rollei f for outdoor fill flash. very nice and extremely small. recycles are ok on full with 2 small batteries. I also use this on auto with a polaroid 180.works great and priced right. The generic bracket i bought from b&h needed some tweaks and tightened by bending with pliers to hold this in properly. I had this little flash bounce on the concrete twice. it still works perfectly!!

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                  4.0

                  Good for the niche it fits

                  By jhbeckman

                  from NYC, NY

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill flash in backcountry

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 20 C-2 Auto Flash:

                      These are the days of digital cameras and sophisticated flashes, I know. But when it comes to photography while in the mountains, I am a little old fashioned -- I still carry a manual film camera (usually a Nikon FM2n). I want something that will still work if the batteries die.

                      One of my problems, however, has been finding just the right flash. I have Nikon SB-28 speedlights, but while they do have an "auto" mode (necessary because the FM2n doesn't support TTL), they use 4 AAs and are surprisingly heavy.

                      For a long time, I have wanted a 2 AA auto flash: something light (weight counts when you are walking or snow-shoeing uphill) that can give a little fill-flash. I finally found this flash.

                      So far, it performs admirably, which has generally been my experience with Metz. I might have given 5 stars, but 1) I tend to be a tough grader and 2) I need a little more time with it.

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