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Metzmecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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Pros

  • Consistent output (12)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Durable (8)
  • Fast recycling (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (9)
    • Fill flash (6)
    • Night photography (5)
    • Portraits (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    Versatile and very capable flash

    By Lazlo

    from The OC, California

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast Recycling
    • Powerful Output
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Pricey Eh

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use
    • Portraits

    Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

    Automatic (non-TTL dedicated) flash fits my needs perfectly. Three aperture settings give enough latitude to provide main lighting or very subtle fill light. Zoom function adds even more capability, not only for coverage but to reduce or increase the amount of light on the subject. In wide coverage, the light is spread out resulting in lower guide number, i.e.; less light.
    Rating would easily be 5 stars except for the price. This is solidly built and Metz are known for reliability. If it lasts 30 years like my Nikon SB14, I'll upgrade the rating.

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    4.0

    Good Flash for Price

    By CP7873

    from Woodland Hills, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Not Ideal For Manual Mode

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

    The flash overall for the price is great. It works well in automatic mode and has a good recycling rate.

    The manual mode only allows for full flash so I couldn't adjust it manually when needed.

    Good as a basic flash if you are not looking for anything with detailed manual adjustments!

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    5.0

    wedding photographer

    By lenemulan

    from San fransico California

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

      This flash is unbelievable I really love it. I love it so much that i made it my main flash. I have the canon 580ex and maney more top brands,but this flash is so cool because i can control the shadows. I use with my canon 5D mark2 n now i can really take artistic photos with two tones. I love how the shadows are fill this flash is really fun i am a wedding photographer and let me tell you the tones i can get with flash are so rich i should to gotten this flash long time a go, I can say honestly my photographey is so deferent now because i can get rich tone and nice shadows with the other flashes they were to strong i would always get flat lighting i hate it because i love shadows. Now is perfect i bene want to get this flash for a long time but since i have top brans like the canons 580 n moer i didn't think this flash woudk do a better job i was so wrong this flash has really impress me. PLease note this flash is for artistic photographers. if you like flat lighting this is not for you but you like shadows then this is perfect. I will highly recommend it, I use it with canons 5dmark2 and the pentax 5x7 with 120 film

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      5.0

      Solid, reliable, touch of "old school"

      By folsombob

      from Carmichael, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Photojournalism

        Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

        If you don't want your equipment to do everything for you, or if you are on a budget, then this is a good item to have.

        It has more than enough output for most everyday situations, and is a good second flash.

        It works, and it is simple to use.

        It does require some input and direction from the user--that would be you ;-)

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        4.0

        THE BEST YET

        By HIS NIBBS

        from WINNIPEG, CANADA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • EASY TO GET USED TO
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile
        • WELL MADE AND NOT TOO HEA

        Cons

        • NO RADIO TO OTHER UNITS

        Best Uses

        • Family events
        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits
        • TAKING SHOTS OF PETS

        Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

        as a serious amateur photographer, i use this unit all around my house, taking shots of my pets, family members and still life.
        I've had several flashguns over the yearsand this is the best so far. It is well made and it is perfectly adequate for full and partial fill lighting and so easy to use, but would also be a useful tool for a Pro
        For the kind of retro style manual camera i use, i can't find any reason at all to fault it, especially for the price.

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        5.0

        Excellant Product

        By Old Timer

        from Hillsboro, Texas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

          I have several M42 screw mount lens that I have purchaced lens mount adapters to use on my Rebel XSI. By setting the camera on manual, I can use the automatic flash feature of the 36-C2 and not have to make any computations. The Metz unit performs very well. I am pleased with it.

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          4.0

          Beautiful...

          By alexMarroquin

          from Monterrey, MX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

            really good for the price, and good build quality

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            5.0

            Very Satisfied

            By TMC

            from Ontario, Canada

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast Recycling
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • Night Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

              I needed a non dedicated flash for my Fuji Finepix HS10. Fuji recomended the mecablitz 36-C2 I ordered it and receved it the same week in Ontario, Canada. I have used it quite a few times with great results lots of power fast recycling. This unit has all of the features you need its well made and looks like it will last.

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              5.0

              very good second flash

              By Amitava Bhattacharya

              from Mumbai, India

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

                  I have a canon eos 30D. I use Metz mecablitz 48 AF-1 as the primary flash. I use this flash for side lighting as an off camera flash (with wireless trigger). Till now it worked great. I will not recommend it as a primary flash. The illumination (without diffuser) is not uniform compared to the metz 48. Manual power settings are not there. You have to use at full power and adjust from the camera or if you use the auto mode you need to play with the settings to get what you want. It does what it says. It is safe to use on the canon hot shoe (low trigger voltage, ~10v). I got it verified from metz technical support. The flash is predictable and reliable and does exactly what the manual says. I recommend it very strongly. I also recommend bhphoto [...]

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                  5.0

                  Very happy with this flash

                  By TC

                  from Ontario Canada

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

                    I purchased this flash to use on my Fuji FinePix HS10. Fuji recomended it. For some reason the HS10 does not use a dedicated flash system, so you have limited options if you need to use additional on board flash. This is a quality unit and has all the features. The auto mode works quite well. If you camera uses a non dedicated flash i would recomend this unit.

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                    5.0

                    Great flash for older cameras

                    By Christopher M

                    from Houston, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

                      i got this flash to use with all of my old manual cameras, from Rolleiflex, Ikontas, Leica, etc. It comes with a PC cord so you don't have to deal with the hotshoe/pc adapters.

                      The flash has three automatic settings, meaning if you set the ISO, it'll give you three possible choices of apertures to use.

                      It's manual features have a benefit - you can leave it on one setting (perhaps ISO 400, f/4) and turn off and back on and you don't have to reset it.

                      What would be nice additions:
                      1. Swivel function
                      2. A little white card to provide a little forward flash to fill shadows when using bounce.

                      It's also relatively small and light. I also have a Pentax AF360fgz (same guide number). The Metz is slightly small but much lighter.

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                      5.0

                      Great value!

                      By Alessandro Galvao

                      from Campinas, Brazil

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

                          That's a great adding to my Fujipix S7000. Great value and quality.

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                          5.0

                          Great flash

                          By Olga

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Cheap
                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • High quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use

                            Comments about Metz mecablitz 36-C2 Auto Flash:

                            It's a great flash that allows to take very nice pictures. I am using it with my Nikon D40, and it works perfectly. [...]

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