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Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs

B&H # ME52AF1N Mfr # MZ 52314N
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Product Highlights
  • Guide No: 52m at ISO 100/21° & 105mm
  • Illuminated, Auto-Rotating Touchscreen
  • Update Firmware via USB Port
  • Wireless TTL: 3 Groups, 4 Channels
  • High-Speed Flash Synchronization
  • Autozoom Head: 24 to 105mm
  • Horizontal/Vertical Swivel: 300/90°
  • 3.0 Sec Modeling Light Duration

The Mecablitz 52 AF-1 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs from Metz is a shoe mount flash, with an illuminated rear touchscreen, designed to be compatible with both current and future models of digital Nikon SLR cameras. To better facilitate this compatibility with current and future cameras, this flash features 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 digital SLR camera's 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 manufacturer's flash with master capabilities.

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 with 12 variable power output levels.

Fully compatible with current and future digital Nikon cameras, updatable via USB port
High-speed flash synchronization allows flash to be used with any shutter speed (only with appropriate camera bodies)
It is very easy to operate the 52 AF-1 via its illuminated graphic display by directly touching the display indicators. For portrait shots, the display thinks with you and 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 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs
  • Belt Pouch
  • Slave Stand
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    MetzMecablitz 52 AF-1 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs
     
    4.5

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (8)
    • Durable (6)
    • Consistent output (5)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (7)
      • Fill flash (6)
      • Portraits (6)
      • Night photography (3)
      • Photojournalism (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      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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      (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 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs:

      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 1 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 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs:

      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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great flash

      By cheewawa

      from Brooklyn

      Comments about Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs:

      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 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs:

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

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (3 of 3 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 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs:

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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (6 of 6 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 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs:

            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

            (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 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs:

              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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              • No

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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 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs:

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

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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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 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs:

                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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                • No

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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 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLRs:

                  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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                  • No

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