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Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR

B&H # ME50AF1O Mfr # MZ 50312OPL
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Product Highlights
  • For Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR Cameras
  • GN of 50 for ISO 100/21° & 105mm
  • Update via USB Port
  • High-Speed Flash Synchro
  • Wireless Full TTL Possible
  • Autozoom Head: 24 to 105mm

The Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica SLR is a Metz shoe mount flash designed to be compatible with all digital Olympus, Panasonic, and Leica SLR cameras, both current and future models. To better facilitate compatibility with current and future cameras, this flash now features a built-in USB port that allows for future firmware updates via the internet.  A high quality metal base allows quick and easy attachment to the camera. 

The 50 AF-1 is designed to fully support an Olympus, Panasonic, or Leica digital SLR camera's TTL system.  Both Four Thirds TTL flash mode and Four Thirds TTL remote mode (slave and servo mode) are possible. It can be operated as a TTL slave unit that can be controlled by the camera's own built-in commander mode or as a manufacturer's flash with master capabilities.

The flash also features an auto zoom head from 24-105mm that can be set to match the camera's sensor, a full bounce and swivel head (with a fully swiveling reflector system which also contains a flip-out reflector card and a diffuser), a built-in wide angle diffuser for 12mm coverage, and in addition, full manual control with 12 variable power output levels.

Note! All features are dependent on camera's functionality

Fully compatible with current and future digital Olympus, Panasonic, and Leica cameras, updatable via USB port
High-speed flash synchronization allows flash to be used with any shutter speed (only with appropriate camera bodies)
Wireless full TTL triggering via a camera or flash with commander/master mode
Autozooming head can cover from 24 to 105mm, and 18mm when used with the included wide-angle diffuser
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 50' (15.24 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Angle of Coverage 84° - 23°
Wide-Angle Adapter: 100°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/128
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 5 - 6 seconds
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 5.8 x 3.9" / 7.1 x 14.7 x 9.9 cm
Weight 11.99 oz / 340 g
Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR
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    Metzmecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR
     
    4.6

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (23)
    • Durable (12)
    • Consistent output (11)
    • Fast recycling (11)
    • Easy to use (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (16)
      • Fill flash (9)
      • Indoors (7)
      • Low light (7)
      • Portraits (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (14), Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (5)
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      5.0

      Awesome

      By Breezy

      from SLC, UT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

          This is one very capable unit. The flash works very well on-camera and it so optical remote with the built in flash on the Oly epl-2. Recycle time is about 4-5 seconds for a full power flash. I use rechargeable batteries with no problem at all.
          I do wish it had included a storage case/bag and a foot.

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          4.0

          The built-in diffuser is a joke

          By Sparks

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Recycling
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

          • Bad interface
          • Diffuser useless

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Past 35mm

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

          Is larger in all dimensions and heavier then my E-PL1, didn't stop me from using it.

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          5.0

          Big on performance, small on price

          By Hawk

          from Burbank, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Photojournalism

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

            I needed a dependable flash that was very accurate with the TTL metering but I didn't want to pay much for it since I'm a vidoegrapher first and a still photog second. This was the perfect choice, fast recycle times, VERY accurate TTL metering. Great flash output and directional capability built in. I use it with my Panasonic GH2.

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            5.0

            Excellent for an inexpensive flash

            By Mike

            from Columbus, MS

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Recycling
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                For the price this turned out to be a great flash.

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                4.0

                A good, basic flash unit

                By GI

                from Toronto, ON

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                  MFT cameras can produce great results, provided that you can get a good exposure - something that's hard to do indoors in poor light. If you can't get the histogram well into the right, you'll get a noisy image. That's where a Metz can really help. I've had one for a year and a half and it's made a drastic improvement in the shots I took indoors with a Lumix GH2. Here are some of my impressions of the flash:
                  1. It will not display the effective range for an aperture unless you have a lens that transmits ISO and aperture to the flash. My 14-45 and 45-175 Lumix lenses apparently do not. I don't get any distance info in the Metz panel.
                  2. It's still easy to dial in a correct flash exposure. TTL will get it close and I use the histogram as a guide - just adjust the aperture + ISO, or use the + - buttons to dial up/down the flash intensity, to get a fully exposed image.
                  3. It's very good with bounce flash.
                  4. The manual is really confusing. If you own a German car, you know what I mean.
                  5. If you're used to Canon or Nikon high-end flashes, the build quality will not impress you. The buttons on the flash head don't inspire confidence in their longevity. Worse, the lock pin jammed in the hotshoe and I had to go to the distributor to have the flash removed and the locking collar replaced. This was done free of charge, even though the camera was off warranty. Tip - if it jams, leave it alone!
                  6. You can run it in manual from 1:1 to 1:128 power.
                  7. The manual says that you can run your camera in P mode and it will provide fill flash. I've never tried this, so I won't comment.
                  8. A Stofen from a 580 Canon Speedlite fits perfectly.

                  All in all, I regard the unit as essential. Most of the time it nails the exposure with minimal fuss, and it solves most of the MFT noise problems when you shoot with available light.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome!

                  By Jake

                  from San Diego

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash

                    Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                    I'm not a pro photographer, I am a pro videographer that is turning into a photographer and this unit is a great way to start.

                    I use the Lumix GH1 for just about everything under the sun and now out of the sun! Although the unit is a little awkward at first, it gives the camera some extra stability by weight. You just have to take it out of the box and attach it ... glance over the manual every now and then and start firing away to get the perfect range / exposure for your lens. The little onboard flash my camera has is great with the pancake lens but not with the 7-14 or the or the 14-50. Goodbye to the dark shadow on the bottom of the pic... hello to the beautiful images my camera and I deserve! Perfect price for the design, build and quality.

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                    5.0

                    Works with Panasonic FZ150

                    By Camera Hobby Guy

                    from Calgary

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                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                          So far works great with my FZ150. It's rather top-heavy when mounted on the camera but it's expected from a flash with this power.

                          Build quality is good and it recycles quickly.

                          Overall, a great product at a decent price.

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                          5.0

                          Great Flash

                          By Jerry

                          from Cleveland

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Outdoors

                            Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                            I use this flash for portraits and candid photos. Have used a couple of times with a better beamer for bird photography. Works well with my Olympus E-5 ttl system.

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                            5.0

                            Exzcellent product

                            By Peter

                            from Ontario Canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Low Light
                              • Night Time
                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                              I purchased this flash to use on a Panasonic Lumix G1 camera and from the first mounting of the flash on the camera, it has worked exactly as advvertised. The camera and flash communicate very well and the features of both mesh with precision. The flash is well built and very sturdy. I am looking forward to using it with pleasure for some time to come and would recommend it to anyone.

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                              5.0

                              I recommed this Metz AF-1 flash

                              By Ulises

                              from Lima, Peru

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Color Value
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                                I use this flash for events and family photographs. It is reliable in the profesional and amateur field. Excellent greman product.

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                                • Yes

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                                4.0

                                Increases flash ability

                                By Rick

                                from Tallmadge, Ohio

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Good Color Value

                                Cons

                                • Weak

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors

                                Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                                Using with Panasonic GF1, G3, and LX5. Great substitute for factory flip-up flash, but could user higher GN than 50. TTL seems to function well.

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic Flash

                                By Buke

                                from Maddock, ND

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Outstanding value
                                • Quick recycling
                                • Secure footing

                                Cons

                                • None found so far

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                                My number 1, go to flash. I shoot for a newspaper, so I use it in a variety of situations. Output is always consistant, recycle times are quick, Integration with all my Olympus bodies is dead on. A winner of a flash.

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                                5.0

                                Great flash

                                By Charles from LA

                                from Los Angeles, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                                    This is a very good flash from my GF2. Exposures are very good and consistent. I was afraid that since this was not OEM, it may not be fully compatible with my camera, but it is. It has a lot of power, but it does feel off balance on my GF2. The swivel head does not rotates 270 deg. The GF2 does not have flash exp comp, but this flash does, so that was pretty nice.

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                                    5.0

                                    Works Incredibly Well

                                    By Tommygdawg

                                    from Jackson, Michigan

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light

                                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                                      I love this flash. This was the first flash I've ever purchased, so I can't compare it to anything. But, what I do know is that it has worked incredibly well for me. It's easy to use but not limited. Recharge times are great and it does a really nice job of lighting things up just perfectly. I shoot on a Panasonic GH1 and this flash works perfectly with it in TTL or Manual mode. I would definitely recommend this!

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                                      4.0

                                      Great for the money

                                      By Weebol

                                      from KY

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Low Light
                                        • Night Time
                                        • Outdoors

                                        Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                                        I own two Olympus FL-50r flashes, one got dropped and the foot broke. My wife and I shoot night time racing and a flash is a must. I bought this hoping to save some money and boy does it deliver. Less than half the price and equal to or even better quality. I've already fired this thing off about 2,000 times in the month that I've owned it, no misfires and good exposures every time. Works with wireless lighting too, shot a portrait session with this and the two Olympus flashes. The Metz zooms to 105mm where the Olympus only goes to 85mm.

                                        The only con is that it takes a little time to figure out the menu system. You have to press two buttons at once to switch modes.

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                                        4.0

                                        great light

                                        By Joshua H

                                        from Vancouver, Canada

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Powerful

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use

                                          Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                                          so far the flash seems great. way more power and a faster recycle time than my old FL-36R. It is made of plastic, which makes it feel light (and makes me a bit worried it will break if I dropped it!) and hence easy to transport.

                                          You do need to read the instructions if you want to use the flash off-camera, as the settings are not immediately obvious. but it was easy to figure out once i had read it.

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                                          4.0

                                          Good alternative to Olympus FL-50R flash

                                          By Sam C.

                                          from Colorado Denver area

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attach Securely
                                          • Powerful
                                          • Price

                                          Cons

                                          • Button operation

                                          Best Uses

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

                                          Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                                          I've been using Olympus E-510 for the last three years. I'm very happy with this camera except it creates pictures as if they were taken in dark caves when the built-in flash is used. The GN number of the built-in flash is not that bad in most situations, though the camera would often push the ISO to 400 to keep the aperture as wide as possible to get the distance. This Metz 50 AF-1 works very good with my E-510 camera. The TTL integration is excellent and it's really powerful. Here are some cons. First, it's a bit hard to change flash settings while shooting in the session because you should push the middle two buttons to change settings( they is no dial on the flash) hence you should use your both thumbs. If you ever need to hold the camera in your hand then you can't change settings on the flash until you lay down on flat surface. Using neck strap will help here. Second, You need to push the middle two buttons so many times(9 or 10 if I remember correctly) to change certain setting. Once you miss it by pushing one more time then you should cycle through whole settings again. It happened many times to me. Third, it doesn't show the current aperture setting on the flash. This is okay because you still have your LCD. However I see the same flash for other camera brands shows the aperture(F) number and it would be handy because you could then look at the flash's LCD screen to check the max distance range while changing the aperture number by clicking the dial on the camera. Currently I have to look at the camera's LCD and the flash's to check the current aperture number and the available distance at the same time.

                                          This is fine flash and it gets job done well at the reasonable price. You won't be disappointed.

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                                          5.0

                                          Perfect

                                          By g_siettoy

                                          from Greece, Athens

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                                          Pros

                                          • Convenient
                                          • Fast Recycle
                                          • Powerful

                                          Cons

                                          • Difficult setup

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Low Light
                                          • Night Time
                                          • Special Events

                                          Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                                          I use fist time in a Christianity ceremony. The result was perfect with any problem with Olympus E-3 or E-30

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                                          5.0

                                          Great unit

                                          By Ken

                                          from Melbourne Australia

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                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attach Securely
                                          • Durable
                                          • Good Color Value
                                          • Powerful

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                                              Only had item for a week. Once I absorbed the instructions which are complicated, flash has worked perfectly so far. TTL. and in manual settings. Some experimentation was required for fill in flash which produced some stunning results of my grandchildren. Used on my Leica Digilux 3. Half the local price. Three quarter the price of Olympus / Panasonic equivalent models.[...]Well made solid construction. Good spread with fast repeat time.Replaces Vivitar 285 used with Wein HSHSB attachment.

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                                              5.0

                                              Excellent complement to the FL-50 flash

                                              By Biketan

                                              from Needham, MA

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                                              Pros

                                              • Attach Securely
                                              • Durable
                                              • Good Color Value
                                              • Powerful

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • General Use
                                                • Indoors

                                                Comments about Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 TTL Shoemount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                                                I have an E-620 with a FL-50 Olympus flash and was looking to get another flash to expand my lighting creativity some more. While I originally thought of getting the FL-36, I ultimately went with the Mecablitz 50 because of its greater power and faster recycling time. I have not been disappointed. I use this as an optical slave, and it performs very consistently. I also use it as a radio-controlled flash in the same group as my FL-50, and it has performed flawlessly in this mode as well. The controls are fairly straightforward to use and understand. I have tried using it as the only flash on my camera, but I find that the FL-50 gives more aesthetically pleasing results when I bounce the flash. Several people have commented on the slightly flimsy battery cover, but I haven't found it to be an issue. Recycling time seems quite satisfactory to me. The size and construction also feel fine. So overall, I've been quite happy, and find the Mecablitz 50 to be a very good value and addition to the Olympus E system. It's nice to have another choice of flash other than the FL-36 and FL-50.

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