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Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras

B&H # ME44AF1O MFR # MZ 44312OPL
Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Olympus/Panasonic/Leica Four Thirds TTL
  • Guide Number: 144' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (12mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Right 120° & Left 180°
  • Wireless Slave TTL Functionality
  • USB Port for Updates & Modeling Light
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-4 Seconds
  • 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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This Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash features Four Thirds TTL compatibility for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica cameras. This flash offers straightforward performance with all controls intuitively arranged on the back panel. With a maximum guide number of 144' for ISO 100 and 105mm, this flash delivers the power needed in various lighting conditions in TTL mode. It is also quite versatile with a modeling light for checking shadows as well as tilting up to 90° and 300° of rotation.

Among its controls is the ability to set 4 light levels in manual mode from 1/1 to 1/64 according to a particular lighting scenario. The photographer also has the ability, depending on the camera, to synchronize to the first or second shutter curtain for greater flexibility in the lighting process.

This flash also offers a slave mode which, depending on the camera, makes it possible to perform wireless TTL flash operation. Other flash enhancing controls include a motor zoom function (24-105mm), a fully swiveling reflector with flip-out reflector card, and an integrated wide-angle diffuser (12mm). A USB port enables firmware updates for future compatibility. The flash is compatible with select Leica cameras. It is not supported by the Leica M.

Max. guide number 144' for ISO 100 and 105 mm
Vertical +90° and horizontal 300° swivel reflector
Motor zoom for 24 - 105 mm illumination
Integrated wide-angle diffuser for 12mm illumination
Flip-out reflector card
Modeling light for checking the image
Integrated auto focus flash metering
Flash readiness indicator and correct exposure display on the unit
Automatic unit shut-off
Four thirds TTL flash mode
Manual flash mode from 1/1 to 1/64 with 4 different output settings
Wireless slave mode exposure via built-in mastering camera flash or an additional external flash unit
First and second shutter curtain synchronization
Manual flash exposure correction for TTL flash mode
Automatic fill-in flash
Firmware updates are possible via the integrated USB socket
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 144.36' (44 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/64
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head +0° to +90°
Swivel Head 300°
Coverage 12 mm - 105 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 0.1 - 4 seconds
Flash Duration 1/125 - 1/15000 sec
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Wireless Communication Channels 4 Channels
Wireless Groups 1 Groups
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.9 x 5.1 x 4.2" / 73.0 x 130.0 x 106.0 mm
Weight 10.79 oz / 306 g without batteries
Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras
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    Metzmecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras
     
    5.0

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (10)
      • Fill flash (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

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      5.0

      Mecablitz for Om Olympus

      By Traveler Rich

      from Southern California

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Adjustability

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

      Excellent flash unit. Just realize there is no screen on the back of the unit to show f-stops or any other information. There are only four crescent scaped buttons. The one you will use most of the time is the TTL. In my opinion everything is controlled by the camera. I was used to a screen similar to my Canon 600EX or 580EX. This flash does not have that screen. In my opinion it is a point and shoot flash and not for use professionally. You do have a manual mode to control power settings; however, the other controls of the flash must be manipulated by the camera.

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      5.0

      Excellent quality.

      By Henry S,

      from Hallstead, PA.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

      Mainly family events. Performs as it should be.

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      5.0

      Great flash for GH4

      By Alberto

      from New York City

      Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

      After lots of research on line I decided to give this guy a try. Please know that I am an up and coming photographer and much more a video dslr guy. The flash had a solid refresh rate and the bounce worked great. Good for the price.

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      5.0

      Top Quality

      By hamy

      from Albany, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Powerful Output

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

        Very well made unit. Good price and features. Only slight complaint, LED buttons a bit bright but not worth removing a star rating.

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        5.0

        Good Product

        By JB

        from New Mexico

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

          I bought this to use on a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with Panasonic 100-300. The built-in flash is barely usable with this lens, and after searching the 'net for information I bought this flash. I am using it for closeup work with insects (using an extension tube), and so far it is ideal for this body/lens combo. Function is very simple and straightforward.

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          5.0

          Great flash

          By M

          from USA

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

          Easy to use. Nice lighting. For the money, no complaints!

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          5.0

          Outstanding and Affordable

          By Sailor Doug

          from Rio Rancho, NM

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

          This flash works perfectly with my Leica V-Lux 4. It consistently delivers perfect exposures with incredibly fast recycling time. With bounce and tilt capability this Metz does it all. I use it primarily in TTL mode and I have used it on a flash bracket paired with a Canon off camera cord. I have more expensive flash units, but none better.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Home Run!

          By Dan'l theMan'l

          from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

            Everything that I've needed in a flash to compliment my Lumix GX-1. It has power, full tilt and bounce, built-in reflector and defuser. It looks big but it balances well with the camera and does not feel top heavy. Also the build quality is typical Metz, which means QUALITY!

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            5.0

            Traditional brand confirms its quality

            By Doctor Ed

            from Santiago, Chile

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Recycling
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Not Interchangeable

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

            Ready and easy to use out of the box.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Good flash at relatively low price

            By Fast Eddie

            from Lubbock, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Recycling

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Photojournalism

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

              This flash works well on my Lumix G3. It's bigger than the camera itself, but still it balances well. I was happy to find something good for a price that was lower than Panasonic's flashes. The Metz I had previously had a lightly-built and unreliable battery-compartment door, but this one is just fine. Also, the automatic zoom works well with my lenses.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Quality & Performance

              By Jack V.

              from Chadwick, Illinois

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • General Use

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

              This flash unit is a great example of German quality and engineering. The recycle time is extremely fast and the overall performance of the unit cannot be beat especially for the very reasonable cost of this product. It is a perfect match for my Lumix FZ200. Buy it, you will not be sorry.

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              5.0

              Great Flash so far!

              By bagglady

              from Hartford, CT

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

                A great flash for my GH2. My indoor pictures are considerably better with this Metz flash. It's VERY easy to use and is very fast to recycle flash between shots. I'm very pleased with my purchase.

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