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Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR

B&H # ME58AF2S Mfr # MZ 58326S
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Product Highlights
  • For Sony Alpha 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
  • Sony/Minolta iISO Connection

The Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR is the premier Metz shoe mount flash designed to be compatible with digital Sony Alpha 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, 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 Sony Alpha 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.

This flash features a traditional Sony Alpha/Minolta iISO flash shoe connection and is not natively compatible with the Sony Multi Interface Shoe.

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°
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 Sony Alpha DSLR
  • Belt Case
  • Slave Mounting Foot
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Metzmecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR
     
    4.5

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (6)
    • Good power output (6)
    • Consistent output (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (5)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Fill flash (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Excellent flash

      By Rob in Minnesota

      from Maplewood, MN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR:

            This flash works the way you expect it to. I have owned Metz flashes before and they seem reliable and well thought out. It is an extremely minor thing, but, the Sony/Minolta foot has its main advantage in that it is designed to be self locking and release easily with a button. Metz has defeated this advantage by choosing to lock it with a twist lock like a conventional foot. I am using this flash with a Nex7 and all the functions work well.

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            4.0

            Top of the line

            By TB

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR:

            Great flash with lots of options. Need to play with it to understand all the capabilities of the camera and how features were translated from German.

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            5.0

            powerful and controllable flash.

            By wishwing

            from Kalamazoo, MI

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Powerful light
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

            • Plastic Shoe

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR:

            I use with sony a65 .
            It well matches with my camera.
            A mode is easy to control the exposure.

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            4.0

            Simply Great for its Price

            By Shan

            from Dallas, Texas

            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
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR:

              This is the best flash I have used so far for my Sony Alpha SLT A57. Hardly, ever missed a shot with this. This flash is great for run and gun situations. However, the reasons I am giving it a four star is because the fill in flash only works in manual mode. Additionally, the pre-evaluative flash is only for the TTL feature and not for ADI(I guess thats how it is suppose to be). The TTL feature did not live upto my expectations. The TTL feature works well only when the subject is close to the flash. However, the ADI feature works like a charm. You will always get accurate exposure with it. The most loved feature about this flash is its ease of control. Switching between the options has been made very simple in this flash yet keeping all the pro features. I have used many other flashes where understanding the options was like cracking Da Cinci's. Anyone, with the knowledge of what a flash can do can operate this flash at an advanced level. The build of the flash seems quite stury. Its got a metal base that attaches to the camera shoe and I thought that was a good modification. In conclusion, I am quite happy with the purchase and if you are planning to buy it I would say go for it. Its worth the money.

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              4.0

              Metz 58 AF-2 for Sony

              By Wildlife Horizons

              from Sunshine Coast, Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Pcsync port

              Best Uses

              • Bird photography
              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR:

              I purchased the Metz 58 AF-2 because of the short duration of flash, to be able to freeze the wing movement of small birds.

              Although here in Australia we dont have Hummingbirds, I use very similar techniques to hummingbird photography to photograph the very small and fast birds that are native to here.

              The Metz 58 AF-2 is quite a powerfull flash and it easily gives consistant bursts and the results are good.

              Having done technical testing of the flash duration using a cathode ray oscilliscope, the durations published in the metz user manual is close to what is printed.

              I personally dont use wireless flash, purely because of the additional delay of the flash signal and possible preflash I use the flash wired. Unfortunately Metz held back with the design of these flash by not including a pcsync port, and to get around this design, I needed to use hotshoe adaptors to work using wired connections.

              The build quality of the Metz 58 AF-2 feels a little plasticy and is not as heavy as the Sony HVL-F58AM and it also does not have the swivel head that the Sony flash has, however the performance of the Metz 58 AF-2 is superior to the Sony HVL-F58AM flash, I'm sorry to say for those who want to only use the Sony flash.

              The Metz 58 AF-2 can be set as the wireless controller and the Sony flash can be used as slaves. (I did this as a test to prove if it would work or not, seeing some misinformation on the internet regarding this function).

              As I use flash in Manual mode 99% of the time, the Metz 58 AF-2 has quite a few functions that enable the photographer to take full control of the output and duration and the results speak for themselves.

              The Metz 58 AF-2 is not as expensive as the Sony 58, and has far more features. Although if Sony ever bothers to advise how to use the key functions to add more power settings into the control unit (workshop manual identifies some key inputs for calibration but not how to add extra power settings), then the Sony 58 would be equally as good as the Metz 58.

              The first thing I did with the Metz 58 AF-2 when I opened the packaging was to update the flash firmware to the latest firmware version to match the firmware of the existing Metz 58 that I already have.

              I could have purchased full manual flashes that do have a means of fooling the flash to cut the output by fooling the thyristor to get a shorter duration, however as I needed to have some other functions that I might require for shooting a wedding laster in the year, I decided on the Metz 58 to have more than I required for manual flash photography I use on wildlife and birds.

              The Metz 58 AF-2 duration at 1/64 - 1/128 power is short enough to freeze the wings of small birds, however if you still require shorter duration you could reduce the power down to 1/128 - 1/256 or in 1/3 incriments and try get the flash in closer or use a flash extender.

              If you are looking for a Sony flash that has a duration equal or faster than the Metz 58 AF-2 and is slightly cheaper than the Metz 58, then you might like the Sony HVL-43AM as it has a shorter duration, however it only has power settings that go down to 1/128 power in 1/3rd incriments.

              The Metz 58 AF-2 user control is well laid out and is easy to understand, and without even looking at the user manual I was able to set the flash how I wanted it in a few minutes when I purchased my first Metz 58 AF-2.

              If you are unsure about purchasing the Metz 58 AF-2, then try one for yourself, I pretty sure you will be happy with it, unless you do require a pcsync port in the flash without additional adaptors etc.

              Metz, Please build into the flash a pcsync port.

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              5.0

              Excellent

              By Mikhail

              from Worcester, MA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR:

                The best flash I have ever used. Love the rotation head.

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                4.0

                Good flash

                By Michel

                from Chicoutimi, Qc

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Need fresh batt

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR:

                I use the product for 1 week now and us it on automatic exposure meter. On TTL it seem to underexpose.

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                5.0

                Awesome Flash

                By ChiTwnKris

                from Chicago, IL.

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                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 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR:

                  I purchased this flash for the sole reason of using an external battery pack. I have never use such a smooth and powerful flash unit! I wish I bought this years ago!

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