Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras

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Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras

B&H # ME44AF1S Mfr # MZ 44316S
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Product Highlights
  • Compatible with Sony/Minolta ADI / P-TTL
  • Guide Number: 144' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (12mm with Panel)
  • Modeling Light for Checking Shadows
  • Tilts Upward 90° & Rotates 300°
  • Wireless Slave TTL Functionality
  • Manual from 1/1 to 1/64
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries

This Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash features ADI / P-TTL compatibility for Sony/Minolta 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.

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
ADI flash mode / pre-flash TTL
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
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/64
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Swivel Head Yes, 300°
Coverage 24 mm - 105 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.9 x 5.1 x 4.2" / 7.3 x 13.0 x 10.6 cm
Weight 10.79 oz / 306 g Without batteries
Note: 73 x 130 x 106
Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Metzmecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras
     
    4.3

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        5.0

        Sony RX10 & Metz 44316S-44 - very good

        By Andrew

        from Long Island, New York

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

        For my Sony RX 10 I tried the Sony HVL-F-43M and the Sony HVL20M flashes and I wasn't too impressed with them. In fact I can't see how Sony had the marbles to ask for $ for the HVL20M flash, what a laugh that was. On the other hand the Metz MZ44316S-44AF1(for Sony Cameras) now that's a different story. With my RX 10 the Metz worked great, powerful flash very easy to operate and looked good atop of my RX 10. With this flash you have to use the Sony Shoe Adapter ADP-MAA which makes a fairly solid connection between the camera and flash.There was a very minor hic-cup I encountered in the beginning but was resolved with a firmware update from Metz. I highly recommend this Metz flash for the RX 10.Andrew

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        5.0

        "I would buy this product again

        By marsr

        from spain

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Not Interchangeable

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        Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

        What I expected

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        3.0

        Could be great with firmware upgrade

        By KenT

        from SLC, UT

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            Comments about Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

            The selection of flashes available for the Sony DSLR at the $200 price point or less is not satisfying:
            *Sony's own, the HVLF20, has very weak power for its price, and worse, does not provide any kind of AF assist.
            *Nissin has no Sony compatable models at this price
            *Sunpak and Sigma have no off-camera mode
            *Vivitar has an off-camera mode, but exposure control is manual--not TTL. Note that this observation also applies to all other flashes imported by different distributors from the same factory as the Vivitar, and differ from the Vivitar only cosmetically, not functionally (like a Dodge differs from a Chrysler)

            So the Metz is the best choice. And it works well, without any defects. Another reason I bought it is because it has a USB slot for firmware upgrades. And it could be made much more useful with a simple firmware upgrade to include the following features:
            *Read the sensor size of the camera and zoom the flash to match the angle of view of the lens and sensor--not the focal length of the lens. This feature is especially important for this flash, because it has no zoom override capability, and is unlikely to be used with fill frame DSLR's
            *Enable triggering of the modelling light--not a test flash--by pressing the flash ready button. When a flash can be used off-camera, one wants to use the modelling light at the intended off-camera position. It is senseless to have to put the flash back on the camera to trigger the modelling light with an on-camera button!
            *Automatically enable high speed sync when a high shutter speed is selected on the camera
            *Allow selection of remote channel 1,2,3, or 4 by repeated pressing of the "SL" button. The four LED's on back of the camera could do double duty to indicate the selected channel
            *Enable user adjustment of the auto-off time (by pressing some combination of buttons). Again, the LED's could light to indicate the selected time.

            All these feature are already available on the larger Metz flashes, so development cost to include them in this model should be minimal. And, of course, there is no marginal manufacturing cost to include thses features in new production, since no hardware or mechanical changes are required. The issue for Metz is whether thses improvements might steal sales from the AF50 model. The AF50 will still be more powerful, have more features, more flexability, and most important, an LCD, to justify purchase of this more expensive model. And with this proposed more robust, no cost, feature set, Metz might actually capture some sales from those who intend to buy only Nikon or Canon branded flashes.

            Another problem with this flash is that it does not include a stand, unlike every other manufacturer which includes a stand with flashes that can be used off-camera. The part number for the stand is included in the manual and at Metz's German web site, but when one calls the distributor to order it, they have no listing for this part number, so one has to wade through a labrinth of phone numbers at the distributor to find someone who knows what this part is. So include it in the box!

            I hope to see all or any of these firmware improvements in the next upgrade.

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