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Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras

B&H # ME52AF1OP Mfr # MZ 52312OP
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Product Highlights
  • Compatible with Four Thirds TTL
  • 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 Olympus / Panasonic / Leica cameras featuring Four Thirds 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 Olympus / Panasonic / Leica camera's Four Thirds 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 Olympus / Panasonic / Leica 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 Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras
  • Belt Pouch
  • Slave Stand
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Metzmecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras
     
    5.0

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (6)
    • Fast recycling (6)
    • Good power output (6)
    • Consistent output (4)
    • Versatile (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (5)
      • Fill flash (4)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Great flash unit

      By Craig S

      from Leesport, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

        Works beyond my expectations. Exposure is very consistent. Touch screen is fantastic and easy to use. Menu does change according to mode selected which is as it should be. Only showing options available to the mode selected. And the control you have with this flash is great. I use this flash on my Panasonic FZ150 and FZ200. Also for an Olympus Stylus 1. The FZ150 doesn't support flash exposure compensation but this flash makes it easy to do. Just touch the EV control on the touch screen and touch the setting you want, and your done. Neither Panasonic support remote flash through channel selection, but put Metz flash in servo mode (optical slave) with the easy to use touch screen, and now it triggers when the built in flash on the camera flashes. Just make sure you have the Metz 52 set to ignore pre flashes if you have your camera set for red-eye reduction. This is an outstanding flash unit, but READ THE SUPPLIED MANUAL on its operation. Yes, it has a genuine printed manual that does explain its operation pretty thoroughly. In many languages too. I also have the Bolt 510-OP and while being a powerful flash, it's inconsistent with exposure, a nightmare to change settings compared to the Metz, and the Bolt only shows full apertures and ISO values on the screen and that's only up to ISO 800. The Metz 52 shows EVERYTHING in 1/3 steps except for the last couple of high ISO settings and they run from 6 to 51,200. I was concerned that I would not like the touch screen design in place of pressing buttons to change settings, but my concerns were quickly dismissed after just a couple of times using this flash. It's quick and easy to use the touch screen. Some other traditional flashes might take a few less presses for some settings if they have a dedicated button for that particular setting, but if they don't, the Metz is probably faster and easier to set.

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        5.0

        Great Flash-Great Price

        By Wally

        from Atlanta

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

          I use this flash with my OMD EM-1 & it works great both in TTL and Manual modes. Very powerful for its size and price.
          This makes me want to try a Metz flash for Canon gear.

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By Alan

          from Apex, NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

              I thought initially of buying the Oly FL-600R flash, but the Metz was $ less. This is my 1st Metz flash (already own the Oly FL-36R), and this is as well built as the Oly. The touch screen control on the rear of the Metz is very easy to use, works flawlessly with Oly remote flash control. Exceptionally build quality, made in Germany, works perfectly with Olympus remote, hard to find anything to complain about.

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              5.0

              Nice alternative

              By DRB

              from IL.

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

                Nice power and touch screen is easy to use.

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                5.0

                Very Nice

                By joer

                from Northern Illinois

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Bulky
                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

                Wanted more power and it delivers. Use it on my Olympus OM-D-EM-1.

                Its on the large side but smaller than most equivalent flashes. I wish someone would develop a small powerful flash.

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                5.0

                Nice alternative

                By fotoGENIX

                from Wilmington, DE

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Full-time Aux Light

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras:

                I use this product with my OM-D M5. Considering its the same price as Olympus' latest flash unit (FL-600R) created to work with it's PEN series and the OM-D, I have found the touch screen functionality intuitive and very easy to navigate. Unlike the Olympus FL-600R, though, there is not an option for the built-in LED AF illuminator to double as a full time aux light for video or some still shooting. But in all fairness, what this flash does (touch screen), it does very well.

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