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Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera

B&H # ME36AF5N Mfr # MZ 36354N
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Product Highlights
  • Vertical Tilt Reflector +90°
  • LED Displays
  • Zoom Reflector (28-85mm)
  • Spotlight for AF Measurement Flash
  • Wide Angle Adapter (18mm)
  • Diffuser Included (18mm)
  • Battery Powered (4x AA)

The Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera is an entry-level flash with a durable design and sophisticated functionality. This flash was designed for ease of use so that even beginner photographers will find it easy to attach and operate. Bounce flash is easily accomplished by tilting the flash head upwards to a maximum of 90 degrees. This flash also features a zoom reflector which can be adjusted manually from a focal length of 28 to 85mm to achieve an optimum illumination angle. For future compatibility, this flash's firmware can be updated via Metz Service.

Flash Output

Maximum GN of 36 for ISO 100/21° and 85mm

Basic Configuration

Vertically tilting reflector +90°
LED displays
Manual zoom reflector for 28-85mm illumination
Integrated autofocus measurement flash
Flash readiness and exposure control indicators on the unit and camera (subject to camera)
18mm diffuser included in package
Automatic unit shut-off

Standard Flash Modes

TTL flash mode
First and second shutter curtain synchronization (subject to camera)
Manual flash exposure correction via TTL flash mode (subject to camera)
Automatic fill-in flash
Guaranteed in the future - firmware update possible via Metz Service
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 118.11' (36 m) ISO100 at 85 mm position
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Swivel Head None
Zoom Head Full frame: 28 mm - 85 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 3 seconds
Flash Duration 1/500 - 1/30000 sec
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, NiCad, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 4.5 x 3.7" / 7.1 x 11.4 x 9.4 cm
Weight 7.2 oz / 204 g
Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera
  • Diffuser (18mm)
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Metzmecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera
     
    4.2

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Good power output (7)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Fast recycling (6)
    • Consistent output (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (10)
      • Fill flash (6)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Don't settle for less than Metz!

      So I called the superstore about getting a lower quality flash because of money and the usage (back yard portraits, indoor family, etc.) and the response was..."does Metz have...Read complete review

      So I called the superstore about getting a lower quality flash because of money and the usage (back yard portraits, indoor family, etc.) and the response was..."does Metz have anything in your price range." Thank you very much for the advice. This flash is very good and useful. I used it the first day I received it, outside, with great results. Then, later that night in a poorly lit room with my Nikon 50mm f1.4g and bam. Amazing results. I didn't think I could be amazed anymore by my 50mm 1.4, but with this flash at f4...wow. Great depth and clarity. I'm sold. I will be getting a 50 series Metz for paid work very soon. Seriously, get this over every other lens below $130...including Nikon. I have two other manual flashes from China, which I thought were amazing until I fired this one.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Stay way from it!

      I'm a pro. shooting weddings every single weekend. I bought this because I wanted a second flash for my assistants. After 3 weddings it simply died. It doesn't fire, but it charges...Read complete review

      I'm a pro. shooting weddings every single weekend. I bought this because I wanted a second flash for my assistants. After 3 weddings it simply died. It doesn't fire, but it charges up. It DOESN'T have a power control, so it fires at full power, which is a pain in the eyes. In general, don't buy it.

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      5.0

      good value flash

      By grampops

      from virginia beach, va

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Too Bright When Close

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Good Distance For A Flash

      Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

      excellent powerful flash at a very reasonable price. I like it because it's much stronger than the pop up flash, and not as large as some other flashes that I've seen.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Flash unit

      By traveler

      from Concord, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use

        Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

        Works as well as my Nikon SB unit and I love the diffuser that comes with it. Great addition to my photo arsenal.

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        • No

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        5.0

        excelent

        By Nukemanron

        from Hu,Ohioardbb

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Photojournalism

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

          I have use Metz since the 60s. A Mezt Ultra Blits....many , many weddings.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Don't settle for less than Metz!

          By Scott

          from Trenton, MI.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Keep On Camera Size
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

            So I called the superstore about getting a lower quality flash because of money and the usage (back yard portraits, indoor family, etc.) and the response was..."does Metz have anything in your price range." Thank you very much for the advice. This flash is very good and useful. I used it the first day I received it, outside, with great results. Then, later that night in a poorly lit room with my Nikon 50mm f1.4g and bam. Amazing results. I didn't think I could be amazed anymore by my 50mm 1.4, but with this flash at f4...wow. Great depth and clarity. I'm sold. I will be getting a 50 series Metz for paid work very soon. Seriously, get this over every other lens below $130...including Nikon. I have two other manual flashes from China, which I thought were amazing until I fired this one.

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            • No

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            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Stay way from it!

            By fotosesion

            from Maracaibo, Venezuela

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Slow Recycling
            • Weak Output

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

            I'm a pro. shooting weddings every single weekend. I bought this because I wanted a second flash for my assistants. After 3 weddings it simply died. It doesn't fire, but it charges up. It DOESN'T have a power control, so it fires at full power, which is a pain in the eyes. In general, don't buy it.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Product

            By Dee

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photojournalism

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

              I bought this product for a photojournalism class that I am taking. So far, this flash has been great. I have used it in several different situations, daylight, mid-day, dusk, and night. Great in all aspects so far.

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              (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not for me

              By Carrie

              from Bakersfield, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Slow Focus
              • Slow Recycling
              • Wouldn't Sink with Camera

              Best Uses

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

                I attempted to use this flash for a wedding I was photographing. It did not work well with my Nikon D5100. It would not allow my camera to sink with it. Since removing the flash from my camera, my camera settings are all messed up. Big disappointment for me.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon

                By belcampgeorge

                from Baltimore, MD

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

                  Revived an old interest (photography) upon retirement. B&H recommended by many-some professional, photographers. This flash, although not the most expensive, meets my needs fo now. It is excellent.It shipped quickly with no hassle whatsoever.Look for my continued business atB&H and recommendations to fellow photographers.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  A Bright Spot in Life

                  By Jan A

                  from Elkins Park, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Low Light
                    • Night Time

                    Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

                    I purchased the 35AF-5 for my wife to use with her aging D50 a little unsure if it would actually work with a unit 4 years old even though it indicated TTL. I was happily impressed that it worked completely. Adjustments are made to make a stronger flash by simply pulling the head out in preset increments from 28mm - 85 mm. My assumption is that the flash will work up to 36 feet adequately though I have not tested it to that exact point. It works nicely with 4 rechargeable AA batteries. For the price I am well pleased with the purchase.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome Product

                    By Gerry

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

                      Works great with my Nikon D40. I planned on buying the Nikon SB400 but instead after reading some reviews and talking with flash specialist decided to purchase the Metz 36AF-5 because it is more powerfull comparable to a Nikon SB600. The price is the same as the SB400 and $100 less than the SB600.

                      What I don't like about this product is the battery cover. Hard to open and close, I don't want to put much pressure on it, I am thinking it my break. Other than that it works great for me.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great for the price

                      By Neel

                      from Tempe, AZ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • No Swivel Head

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

                      I wanted a basic flash and so compared the Nikon SB-400 and the Metz 36. Both are same price. I picked the Metz because it has a zoom head. The battery life is also good because it uses 4 batteries. It also worked good as a slave flash. I have not yet tested it outdoor so can't comment, but for indoor I definitely recommend this one.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Easy to use external flash!

                      By Rog

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast accurate auto-focus
                      • Fast Recycling
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful Output

                      Cons

                      • Plastic but sturdy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 36AF-5 Digital Flash for Nikon Camera:

                      The mecablitz 36AF-5 digital flash is a vary basic flash. Simply connect it to your hot shoe and lock it down. Power it on and your camera does the rest.

                      I use it a Nikon D60 and 35mm DX, 18-55mm DX, and my 55-200mm DX. My indoor images are tack sharp with all of these lenses when used with a diffuser. *Remove the diffuser when using 55-200mm DX.

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