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Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Canon Cameras

B&H # ME52AF1C Mfr # MZ 52311C
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Free Next Day Delivery (USA)
You Pay: $229.99

Mail-In Rebate: -$60.00

Offer ends: DEC 31 '14
Price after rebate: $169.99
Product Highlights
  • Compatible with E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 170' 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 1/128 in 1/3 Steps
  • Illuminated Rear Touchscreen with Swivel
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync

The mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash from Metz is a shoe mount flash, with an illuminated rear touchscreen, designed to be compatible with Canon cameras featuring E-TTL / E-TTL II. This flash also has a high guide number of 170' at ISO 100 and 105mm as well as a built-in USB port that allows for future firmware updates via the internet. A high quality metal base allows quick and easy attachment to the camera.

The 52 AF-1 is designed to fully support a Canon camera's E-TTL / E-TTL II system. It can be operated as a TTL slave unit that can be controlled by the camera's own built-in commander mode or as a master itself.

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 from 1/1 to 1/128 power in 1/3 steps.

Fully compatible with Canon cameras and updatable via USB port
High-speed flash synchronization allows flash to be used with any shutter speed
Operate the 52 AF-1 via its illuminated graphic display by directly touching the display indicators. For portrait shots, the display rotates the touchscreen display by 90°
Wireless full TTL triggering via a camera or flash with commander/master mode
Autozooming head can cover from 24 to 105mm, and 12mm when used with the included wide-angle diffuser
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 170.6' (52 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 90°
Wide-Angle Adapter: 300°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/128
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes, 300°
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 0.1 - 3.5 seconds
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Wireless Communication Channels 4 Channels
Wireless Groups 3 Groups
Power Source 4x AA Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.9 x 5.3 x 3.5" / 7.3 x 13.4 x 9.0 cm
Weight 12.20 oz / 346 g Without batteries
Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Canon Cameras
  • Belt Pouch
  • Slave Stand
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Metzmecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Canon Cameras
     
    4.0

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    50%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill flash (3)
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        • Photo enthusiast (3)
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      2.0

      Not Worth the Money to Me

      By Matt

      from Denton, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful Output

      Cons

      • Incompatible Wpocketwiza
      • Not Work W Pocketwizard
      • Slow Recycling

      Best Uses

        Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Canon Cameras:

        The flash has plenty of power, and is intended to be on par with the 580EXII. It works well enough in that respect, but it certainly not a Canon flash. The touchscreen is rather a pain to use.

        Also, the flash is not fully compatible with the PocketWizard FlexTT5 system. You will not be able to control the power of the flash using the AC3 Controller. This to me is a major failing; unfortunately, there had been no compatibility reports published when I bought the flash. Also, when the flash is in Manual mode, it cannot be triggered by PocketWizards, although I haven't tried a shoe->PC cord adapter. But then, you wouldn't have any power level controls.

        Also, if you are using the flash in Master mode, the pre-flashes are extremely annoying and distracting. I would much rather use the infrared system built into the 580EXII, instead of wasting battery on pre-flashing the actual flash. Speaking of which, battery life on this flash is pretty bad; it really sucks up the batteries.

        If all you need is an on-camera TTL flash, this might fit your needs.

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        4.0

        Weel suited replacement for a Canon 430

        By Jim L

        from Syracuse, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Canon Cameras:

          My Canon 430EX will not focus anymore, so I wanted to replace it. The Metz 52 AF-1 seemed to be everything the 430 was, but also could be used as a master flash. It did not disapoint. It works great with my Canon cameras and it controls the Canon 430 when it is set up as a slave. It also measures out to have the same guide number as the Canon. The touch screen makes setup easy.

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          5.0

          Great flash

          By Ken

          from Nj

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Canon Cameras:

          Flash does everything you could want to do and then some. Cannot beat it for the price.

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          5.0

          great no other words

          By tkeden

          from Horsham, PA

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Canon Cameras:

          Flash is simple to use and makes the world of difference

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          2.0

          Touchscreen is difficult to use

          By Photofare

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult Touchscreen

            Best Uses

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Canon Cameras:

              I'm just starting to do events that require flash photography so I bought this flash as my starter flash. Since I know very little about hot shoe flashes, I can't really comment on how well the flash operates as a flash. However, I can say that the touch screen is terrible. I have thin, slim fingers, and I still struggled to hit the right spot on the touchscreen, and then have the screen react. Almost always I had to push 2-3 times to change to a different screen. Even if you were able to master hitting the screen just perfectly every time to have it react (I returned the product within 3 days of getting it), it just operates too slowly. For someone like me, who is trying to learn how to use a hot shoe, this is simply not the product to buy. It took too much effort to operate - I had to spend my focus on getting the screen to go where I wanted to go, which took away from my focus on learning

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              5.0

              Better than Canon 430EXII

              By Rafa

              from New York, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Canon Cameras:

              For the same price as the Canon 430 EXII, you can get a flash with more power and an integrated reflector card. Plus, the touch screen is great. All settings work seamlessly as if it were a Canon product. You can also use it as a master (you can't do that with 430 EXII).

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              5.0

              great product for the job

              By RaulG

              from Toronto Canada

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash

                  Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  very useful and friendly application

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