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Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Nikon Cameras

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Product Highlights
  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • Guide Number: 170' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (12mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Right 120° & Left 180°
  • Wireless Slave TTL Functionality
  • Illuminated Rear Touchscreen with Swivel
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-5 Seconds
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries

The mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash from Metz is a shoe mount flash, with an illuminated rear touchscreen, designed to be compatible with Nikon cameras featuring i-TTL. 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 Nikon camera's i-TTL 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 Nikon 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 Nikon Cameras
  • Belt Pouch
  • Slave Stand
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Metzmecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Nikon Cameras
     
    4.7

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (10)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Versatile (8)
    • Consistent output (6)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (10)
      • Fill flash (7)
      • Portraits (7)
      • Night photography (4)
      • Photojournalism (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Nice alternative to Nikon SB flashes

      I'm using this flash on my D7000 and D800 cameras. It works just as well as my two SB 800s. It interfaces wirelessly with the SB800s, either as a commander or a remote. ...Read complete review

      I'm using this flash on my D7000 and D800 cameras. It works just as well as my two SB 800s. It interfaces wirelessly with the SB800s, either as a commander or a remote. I'm also getting very accurate exposures. The touch screen control is easier to use than the controls on the Nikon flashes, once you get used to it. It costs a lot less than a new SB700 or SB900-910. Metz has a reputation as the independent maker of durable, high-quality flashes, and this one does not disappoint.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Sturdy, well built Flash

      My initial tests are a little worrisome so I need to do some more testing. Shooting TTL I've found that it's overpowering the exposure. I would love to see a quantum high out power...Read complete review

      My initial tests are a little worrisome so I need to do some more testing. Shooting TTL I've found that it's overpowering the exposure. I would love to see a quantum high out power connection in the future but I would expect it to raise the cost of the flash and this would make it less desirable. I bought the units to use as a remote flash system so I'm not as worried as I likely would be but still! I've got three SB800's that are starting to show the signs of dying, I didn't want to spend the $$$ on the newest Nikon speed lights. And this seems to be a great alternative, even with the first tests not going so well.
      I'll have to update this review at a later time.

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      5.0

      Mecablitz 52 AF-1

      By cbz38a

      from New Jersey

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use

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

        So far this flash has met expectations. Have used as dedicated flash and as slave (just to see how it works). I have yet to really utilize flash for long period of time ... as I am still learning the many functions. Operations manual in multiple languages so take your pick ... interfaces perfectly with D7000 Nikon DSLR have lots to learn about that one too. Typically used on-camera flash with other cameras, recently upgraded to DSLR

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        5.0

        Better value than comparable Nikon Flash

        By AV

        from Chatham, NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

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

          This flash is probably the best value for money, given the feature set which includes wifi in both Master and Slave mode and High speed sync. I have long wanted to purchase the Nikon SB 700, but in terms of value for $ this flash stood out. I could not resist the temptation of purchasing this during thanksgiving.In my first 30 days using the flash, this has performed to expectation. Learning to set-up the flash in various modes was easy. I set this up as a slave on a tripod, with the built-in flash on D7000 as a commander and was easily able to try off-camera flash techniques.Hi speed sync. was cool too.. The flash recognized the camera setting automatically. The exposures were spot on and the power was adequate for my needs. The $[$] Metz rebate makes this flash most attractive at this time. The shoe is made of metal. The build quality appears solid. When mounted on the camera, it felt a bit loose, when compared to my SB 600, which fits snugly - but did not impact functionality. I am glad I made the decision to purchase this. Delivery from B & H was quick and smooth - on the whole I've had an excellent all round experience so far with this product.

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          5.0

          Extremely bright , versatile an easy to

          By Aleksh

          from Chester, Vt

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

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

            I bought the mecablitz 52 to use with my Nikon D90. The flash works extremely well in its auto mode, It is very very bright, shooting objects well over a hundred feet away is no problem at all. It recycles very quickly, keeping up with the camera shooting moving subjects. Haven't had it shut down from overheating like my old nikon flash. The only downside is it does go through batteries, but that is to be expected, The menus are simple and intuitive.

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            5.0

            Great flash

            By Norman

            from Yellowknife NT. Canada

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

            Used on my D810 works simple and the best use tough screen.

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            5.0

            Great product

            By Dennis

            from Atlanta

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Good value for money.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  As good as Nikon only less money

                  By Mark M

                  from Chino, CA

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

                  All the CLS function work as if it were a nikon speedlight. I use it with Pixel King Pro radio triggers and it works well with those.

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Sturdy, well built Flash

                  By Mark

                  from Sarasota, FL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                  • Slow Recycling

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

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

                  My initial tests are a little worrisome so I need to do some more testing. Shooting TTL I've found that it's overpowering the exposure. I would love to see a quantum high out power connection in the future but I would expect it to raise the cost of the flash and this would make it less desirable. I bought the units to use as a remote flash system so I'm not as worried as I likely would be but still! I've got three SB800's that are starting to show the signs of dying, I didn't want to spend the $$$ on the newest Nikon speed lights. And this seems to be a great alternative, even with the first tests not going so well.
                  I'll have to update this review at a later time.

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                  5.0

                  Great flash

                  By cheewawa

                  from Brooklyn

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

                  Great flash for a great price. Amateur our professional alike.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good quality products

                  By Nick

                  from Clive, Iowa

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Metz flash looks very nice in quality from outside. Much smaller than Nikon and other flashes but with powerful GN.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Surprising powerful for its small size

                    By Tom Photog

                    from Boston

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Photojournalism
                      • Portraits

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

                      Works seamlessly with my Nikon D7000 and D800. Better build quality than Nikon speedlites and more powerful. What is there not to like.

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                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Nice alternative to Nikon SB flashes

                      By Rob in Oregon

                      from Beaverton, OR

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Photojournalism

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

                        I'm using this flash on my D7000 and D800 cameras. It works just as well as my two SB 800s. It interfaces wirelessly with the SB800s, either as a commander or a remote. I'm also getting very accurate exposures. The touch screen control is easier to use than the controls on the Nikon flashes, once you get used to it. It costs a lot less than a new SB700 or SB900-910. Metz has a reputation as the independent maker of durable, high-quality flashes, and this one does not disappoint.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Metz 52 AF 1 Flash

                        By Yasar

                        from Nashville TN

                        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
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits

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

                          This is best flash gun I ever own very easy to use and powerful
                          I used to be own Nikon SB-800 and this flash much better.
                          Highly recommended

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Works great!!!!

                          By Rob

                          from Conway, NH

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use
                            • Night Photography
                            • Portraits

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

                            Hobby user. Very happy with this Metz flash. Communicates with my Nikon DSLR easily. Love the power!!.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great second flash

                            By twinger

                            from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful Output
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Bulky

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

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

                            I use this with my SB-800. It's a more economical choice than the new SB-910. And it integrates perfectly with the wireless system. The touch screen is a mixed blessing. Yes, it allows for updates. But real buttons would be quicker to use.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Good bang for the bucks

                            By JJ

                            from New York

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Powerful Output
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Night Photography
                              • Portraits

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

                              Touch screen is nice. I wish you could touch to select a particular option on the LCD instead of having to touch the up and down arrow on the LCD to get to that particular option.

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