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Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras

B&H # ME24AF1O Mfr # MZ 24312OPL
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Product Highlights
  • Compatible with Four Thirds TTL
  • Guide Number: 79' at ISO 100 and 35mm
  • Vertical Swivel Reflector +90°
  • Compact, Lightweight Design
  • LED Indicators
  • Auto Fill-In Flash
  • 1st and 2nd Curtain Sync
  • AF Assist Beam
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Runs on 2 AA Batteries

The mecablitz 24 AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras from Metz is a compact shoe-mounted flash unit that is Four Thirds TTL compatible. This allows it to accurately and quickly determine exposure automatically. Additionally, the main reflector can be tilted up to +90° for more control over your lighting design.

During use, it features multiple LED indicators on the back for telling you the exposure level and whether or not the flash is ready to fire. Also, it is possible to use exposure compensation to adjust the flash's output through the camera. Other options include acting as an auto fill-in flash as well as 1st and 2nd curtain sync modes. The flash runs on 2 AA batteries.

Basic Configuration

Vertically tilting reflector +90°
LED indicators for power level and flash readiness
AF assist beam
First and second shutter curtain synchronization
Manual flash exposure correction for TTL flash mode
Automatic fill-in flash
Firmware updates available via Metz Service
Automatic power off and wake up
200 full power flashes with alkaline batteries and 250 full power flashes with NiMH batteries
Alkaline recycle time of 0.3 to 5 seconds and NiCad/NiMH recycle time of 0.3 to 6 seconds
Color temperature of 5,500K
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 78.74' (24 m) ISO100 at 35 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Swivel Head None
Zoom Head None
Recycle Time Approximately 0.3 - 6 seconds
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Power Source 2x AA Alkaline, NiCad, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.5 x 3.7 x 2.7" / 64.0 x 95.0 x 68.0 mm
Weight 4.44 oz / 126 g
Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras
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    Metzmecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras
     
    4.3

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (14)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Consistent output (7)
    • Versatile (6)
    • Fast recycling (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (14)
      • Fill flash (10)
      • Portraits (7)
      • Night photography (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (16)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I love this little flash

      I also own a Metz 48 for my Olympus E-3, but was too bulky with my Olympus E-P1. The Metz 24 balance great with the E-P1. The built quality is OK, not...Read complete review

      I also own a Metz 48 for my Olympus E-3, but was too bulky with my Olympus E-P1. The Metz 24 balance great with the E-P1. The built quality is OK, not great. I just set up my camera at EV +1 and bounce it. The only cons is that only works as TTL, but for the price, what can you expect?

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      not enough life while shooting

      Takes longer than expected to shoot continuos pictures .
      my expectations were bigger

      Takes longer than expected to shoot continuos pictures .
      my expectations were bigger

      Reviewed by 17 customers

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      2.0

      not enough life while shooting

      By candy man shooting

      from mexico

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Weak Output

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use

      Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

      Takes longer than expected to shoot continuos pictures .
      my expectations were bigger

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      4.0

      Good alternative to built-in flash

      By J.Ryan

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Build Quality

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use

      Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

      I use this with my Panasonic LX7 and it's just the right size. It works as advertised - functionalities like TTL flash, flash exposure compensation, 2nd curtain sync all work when set through the camera.

      The one thing that surprised me is the red AF assist unit in front of the flash does NOT work with my LX7. The camera continues to rely on its own built-in AF assist light instead. A quick check of the user manual does mention that some cameras will behave like this and it is to be expected, although Metz didn't go into specifics on which models. It's not a major issue, but it was surprising.

      Build quality is generally reasonable. The plastic is a lower quality compared to a Canon 270EX or Nikon SB-300 for example, but acceptable for the price. However, two areas which are definitely flimsy are the tilting flash head & the shoe mount. The build quality in these two spots does make you think they could've been built better.

      Overall, a good value for the price paid. It delivers where it matters - compatibility & functionality with my LX7, despite falling a little short on build quality on a couple of areas.

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      4.0

      Metz 24 AF for E-PL3

      By Csaba

      from Romania

      Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

      I want to ask a question: when using the Metz 24 AF at 28 mm focal lenght (with an E-PL3 or XZ-1 for example), it will produce a dark frame around the picture?
      Asking this because it's designed to work at 35 mm, not at 28 mm focal lenght...

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      5.0

      Works great

      By Jwoody52

      from Boston

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

        Bought this light for my Panasonic LX7 and it works perfectly with it.

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        4.0

        Great flash for price

        By mwphoto

        from Wolcottville, IN

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

          I like this product because it was fairly inexpensive and it works well with my Olympus camera. It charges quickly and can be used with rapid sequence shooting. It also is better than my flash that is on my camera because it eliminates shadows. The only problem I have with it was that all instructions included with flash were in German and its not fully functional with my camera. But for the price & quality, it works great! It's definitely a great flash for my first external flash!

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          5.0

          Great flash for the money.

          By ircameraman

          from Eastpointe, Michigan

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

            I wanted a small flash to compliment my Olympus E-PL2 camera system, the Metz 24AF-1 fills the role nicely. I have used it for general photography, portaiture and close ups, with excellent results. The bounce feature is also surprisingly good, the flash has more power than it's small size would suggest. All in all, an excellent product.

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            4.0

            Great fill flash

            By JFG

            from Baton Rouge

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

              Purchased this flash for my Olympus pen EPL1 and EPL5. Works great and does not overpower the balance on the small camera. The best thing it is a great fill flash. I was shooting some evening group shots for a friend and at first did not have the flash on. When I put the flash on the results were beautiful. Just the right amount of fill with no effort at all. Does not bounce well and you can get some red eye - that is the reason for the 4 rating.

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              4.0

              Small, capable, and adequate

              By wyocoyote

              from Pinedale, WY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Af Support Not Functional

              Best Uses

              • General Use

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

              I got this flash to extend the possibilities of my camera system in low light situations.

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              5.0

              Just right for the LX/DLUX cameras

              By Sound Principles

              from Rocky Mountains

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

                This is big enough to be worth using but not too big for little digital cameras. On an LX5 it balances fine. The little flash is surprisingly bright, and extremely simple to use. It has off/on, ready, and test. The bounce function is fantastic at softening the light. Swivel would be nice but if you hold the camera in portrait mode, the bounce becomes a swivel. I find that the bounce mechanism is not flimsy and it should be reliable if you are gentle. Great price, great power, great size, and great light color and made in Germany.

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                3.0

                Okay flash

                By Mr.john

                from New jersey

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

                      Works ok but the tilt head is very cheaply made

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                      5.0

                      great little flash

                      By Andy

                      from New York

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

                        This little flash is everthing I expected
                        Use it as fill, east to adjust and fits well
                        with the Leica d-lux 5

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Flash for Small Cameras

                        By twokatmew

                        from Michigan, US

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                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

                            I bought this flash for my E-PM1, but I also use it on my LX-5 and FZ-150. It's great for fill flash, and I almost always use the bounce feature. I especially like that the flash locks into the hot shoe.

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                            3.0

                            Stubby flash, light but poro bounce

                            By Ezra

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Weak Output

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

                            Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

                            Provides OK flash lighting; better than on-board flash but the flash bounce/tilt is flimsy feeling.

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                            5.0

                            You have got to get one of these

                            By Jim

                            from Baltimore

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful Output
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use

                              Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

                              Mecablitz is the best! I have a Panasonic GF-1 and with this thing snapped in the hotshoe it's like its part of the camera. Extremely well integrated perfect exposure nice bounce well worth the money.

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                              5.0

                              Perfect for MFT

                              By MG

                              from Long Island, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Cost
                              • Good value
                              • Performance
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                              • None so far

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

                              The flash works extremely well and recycles quickly. It provides good illumination and takes all of the guess work out of using the Panasonic system.

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                              5.0

                              Great Flash for E-PL2!

                              By Alex

                              from San Francisco, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use
                                • Night Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

                                Great little flash. Balances perfectly with E-PL2 camera. I used to have FL-36R flash but it was way too bulky and didn't balance well with E-PL2. Metz 24 is powerful enough for most casual uses. It's very simple TTL only flash which also works great as fill in flash for portraits in the sun. It can bounce as it head can swivel upwards. The exposure is spot on. Perfect with Panny 20mm pancake.

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                                5.0

                                I love this little flash

                                By Hoch

                                from Pittsburgh, PA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash
                                  • General Use
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic, & Leica Cameras:

                                  I also own a Metz 48 for my Olympus E-3, but was too bulky with my Olympus E-P1. The Metz 24 balance great with the E-P1. The built quality is OK, not great. I just set up my camera at EV +1 and bounce it. The only cons is that only works as TTL, but for the price, what can you expect?

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                                  • You Pay: $14.50
                                   

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                                  • You Pay: $9.95
                                   

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                                  • You Pay: $20.75
                                   

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                                  • You Pay: $14.95
                                   

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                                  • You Pay: $22.50
                                   

                                  Flash Mounting

                                  Vello -  Compact Shoe Stand for Universal Shoe Mount Accessories
                                  • You Pay: $7.95
                                   

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                                  RPS Lighting -  HD ETTL Off-Camera TTL Shoe Cord
                                  • You Pay: $17.95
                                   
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