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Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR

B&H # ME58AF2O Mfr # MZ 58322OPL
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Product Highlights
  • For Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR Cameras
  • Guide Number: 190.3' at ISO 100
  • Update via USB Port
  • Secondary Reflector W/3 Output Ratios
  • 1st & 2nd Curtain Synchronization
  • Full TTL Mode
  • Evaluative Pre-Flash
  • Autozoom Head: 24 to 105mm
  • W/A Diffuser for 12mm Illumination
  • Metal Base With Quick Lock

The Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR is the premier Metz shoe mount flash designed to be compatible with digital Olympus/Panasonic/Leica SLR cameras. To better facilitate compatibility with cameras, this flash features a built-in USB port that allows for future firmware updates via the Internet. Advanced features include a secondary reflector with 3 light output ratios, built-in reflector card for soft light, a metal base for easy attachment, and a constant modeling light for pre-visualizing the flash.

The 58 AF-2 has evaluative pre-flash and is designed to fully support a Olympus/Panasonic/Leica digital SLR camera's TTL system.  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. If the camera has a built-in flash, the mecablitz 58 AF-2 can also be employed wirelessly in the system, even in servo mode.

High maximum guide number of 190.3' for ISO 100/21° and 105 mm
Vertical (-7/+90°) and horizontal (300°) swivel reflector
Illuminable dot-matrix display
Motor zoom for 24 - 105 mm illumination
Integrated wide-angle diffuser for 12 mm illumination
Reflector card that can be flipped open for soft flash illumination
Modeling light (constant light for checking the photo)
Integrated autofocus multi-zone measuring flash
Flash readiness indicator and correct exposure display on unit and camera (subject to camera model)
Flash range indicator
Automatic unit switch-off and manual key lock
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
Secondary reflector with 3 output ratios
Autozooming head can cover from 24 to 105mm, and 18mm when used with the included wide-angle diffuser
1st & 2nd curtain synchronization is available
Measuring angle for automatic flash mode: 25°
A metal base with quick lock provides rapid set-up
Firmware updates via integrated USB port
Standard Flash Modes
* TTL flash mode * automatic flash mode with 12 automatic apertures * manual flash mode with 25 partial lighting levels * stroboscope mode * HSS - high speed synchronization * 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronization * manual flash exposure correction for TTL or automatic flash mode * automatic fill-in flash * flash bracketing
Power Supply
* 4 x AA alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries (not included) * 4 x AA NC or NiMH rechargeable batteries (not included) * powerful Metz NiMH Power Pack P 76 with V 58-50 cable (not included)
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 190.29' (58 m) ISO100 
Angle of Coverage 84° - 23°
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 12.8 oz / 363 g
Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR
  • Belt Case
  • Slave Mounting Foot
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Metzmecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR
     
    4.7

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (11)
    • Durable (5)
    • Consistent output (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Fast recycling (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (8)
      • Fill flash (4)
      • Photojournalism (3)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Best Choice for Lumix GH4

      I previously purchased the Panasonic FL360 & 580 flashes, and they are not up to the demands of professional wedding photography. After experiencing a broken (plastic) foot on an FL360 and getting...Read complete review

      I previously purchased the Panasonic FL360 & 580 flashes, and they are not up to the demands of professional wedding photography. After experiencing a broken (plastic) foot on an FL360 and getting nowhere with Panasonic support after months of trying to purchase a replacement part, I gave up. Being used to the Canon pro flashes, including owning multiple EX600 RT's, before switching to M4/3 systems, I wanted a powerful, high-end on camera flash. And the mecablitz fills the bill.I particularly like the addition of the secondary flash tube which allows me to throw fill light forward while simultaneously using bounce. This is a tremendous feature, and should be included on all pro level flashes. I did experience a primary tube failure on the first 58 I purchased... but B&H sent me a new replacement unit, hassle free.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not for better beamer users

      This product is probably fine if you are not flashing very distant subjects. However, if you use it with a better beamer, it flashes just a hair below level, causing it to miss...Read complete review

      This product is probably fine if you are not flashing very distant subjects. However, if you use it with a better beamer, it flashes just a hair below level, causing it to miss subjects over about 40' away. I returned mine since I was planning to use it for bird photography and photography of smaller animals at night in spotlights.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not for better beamer users

      By Misanthropic Scott

      from Hoboken, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Powerful Output

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

          This product is probably fine if you are not flashing very distant subjects. However, if you use it with a better beamer, it flashes just a hair below level, causing it to miss subjects over about 40' away. I returned mine since I was planning to use it for bird photography and photography of smaller animals at night in spotlights.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Choice for Lumix GH4

          By GW, Images

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bounce Flash
          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

          I previously purchased the Panasonic FL360 & 580 flashes, and they are not up to the demands of professional wedding photography. After experiencing a broken (plastic) foot on an FL360 and getting nowhere with Panasonic support after months of trying to purchase a replacement part, I gave up. Being used to the Canon pro flashes, including owning multiple EX600 RT's, before switching to M4/3 systems, I wanted a powerful, high-end on camera flash. And the mecablitz fills the bill.I particularly like the addition of the secondary flash tube which allows me to throw fill light forward while simultaneously using bounce. This is a tremendous feature, and should be included on all pro level flashes. I did experience a primary tube failure on the first 58 I purchased... but B&H sent me a new replacement unit, hassle free.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great flash choice

          By Bob

          from Denver Colorado

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

            My camera is a Panasonic FZ 200 and I as I suspected, the pop up flash
            has very limited ability. Of course I wanted a flash that would be compatible
            with my camera and found that there were not many choices made by
            Panasonic. A customer service rep at B&H suggested that I look at the units
            from Metz and that turned out to be excellent advice. In the short time I have had this flash, I have tested as many situations as I could think of. auto
            zoom, diffuser use, fill flash, etc. It is definitely a five star performer.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it!

            By stephen.s1

            from Southern CT

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Powerful Output
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

              The unit is perfect on, and off, the OMD.

              I especially like the little front fill light. It's just what's needed when using bounce flash.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              The usual high quality German product

              By GA

              from Toronto

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast Recycling
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Photojournalism

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                I bought this flash to use with my GH2 and my recent GH3.
                Did not have a lot of time to play with it yet, i'm looking forward to that. First impression very well built flash. I love the diffusion filter and the bounce card.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Best Flash for your buck

                By Jeff snap

                from Sydney

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                Excellent unit; works extremely well with Oly EM5.
                Very large unit, not unto Nikons build quality but seems to work better at a lower price, extremely easy to use.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Good quality

                By Andre

                from Montreal, Qc

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Powerful Output

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                  Do the work as ask. Opportunity to update the firmware via the Internet. Menu not very complicated to understand.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great all-around flash

                  By JRod

                  from Lewisville, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Fill-Flash
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                      I purchased this flash because I wanted a good quality unit and Metz has been known very well in the industry for making exceptional lighting products. I was drawn to this unit for its performance and value.

                      With a higher guide number than the equivalent Olympus/ Panasonic flash units, this is more than enough power I would ever need. And having the front fill strobe is another bonus and exclusive to this unit. I also enjoy having the built-in bounce card and wide angle diffuser. Many other makes have these as options or have to attach via Velcro or similar. The bounce card is small compared to what many pros are used to using, but it works rather well and it's one less thing to worry about carrying around.

                      My only complaints are with the flash mount and the menu system. The flash mount does not feel as substantial as some other manufacturers, in particular those that feature a metal foot. I am not afraid I'm going to break it, but it is noticeable to compare. The menu system takes getting used to if you make frequent adjustments. It does take quite a few button presses to reach settings you might think should be very easy to access.

                      Overall, this is an excellent unit. I have gotten great battery life with rechargeable batteries in this flash. It works well and is compatible with my camera with no major issues. It comes with a case AND a flash stand when you need to use this flash remotely. All this, the built-in flash and bounce cards, the most power plus a fill flash, a quality brand made in Germany, and all for about $100 less than equivalent flash units. Buying this flash was a no brainer for me.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Best Flash for Olympus!

                      By stendec

                      from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • Menu confusion

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                      The 58 is a great investment for Olympus shooters. The flash is as sophisticated and professional as the E-5. The dual flash is key, and the build quality seems great. Only down side is that the menu is a bit confusing at first, read the instructions!

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I would buy this product again and again

                      By Oleg Gabidullin

                      from Ivanovo, Russia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • Loses Charge Quickly

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                      Purchased the product for continued use as the main flash, and as a remote application with flash Olympus.
                      Attracted a lot of power and the ability to fully work with the native system.

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                      • No

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent Flash, I would buy it again.

                      By Grandpa

                      from Riverside, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to set up
                      • Fast Recycle
                      • Good output
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                      I had been using the Olympus FL-36 with my E520 and E620 for the last 2 years. The FL-36 is a good flash when the distance is short. I wanted a flash that would give me greater range and faster cycles. The 58 AF-2 delivers. The Bounce Flash with the integrated reflector card is fantastic. I have used the 58 several times since taking delivery (about 2 weeks). It has performed as advertized and more.

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                      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash

                      By JJPlayer

                      from Taiwan

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica DSLR:

                      good for Panasonic G2!! Nice Mount Flash

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