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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Olympus/Panasonic/Leica Four Thirds 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
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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
UPC: 719821355069
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Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica Cameras
  • Belt Pouch
  • Slave Stand
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Metz AF-1 specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 170.6'; (52 m) ISO100 at 105 mm Position
    Angle of Coverage 90°
    Wide-Angle Adapter: 300°
    Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/128
    Bounce Head Yes
    Swivel Head Yes, 300°
    Zoom Head Full Frame: 24 - 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 (W x H x D) 2.9 x 5.3 x 3.5" / 7.4 x 13.5 x 8.9 cm
    Weight 12.20 oz / 345.87 g Without batteries
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 6.1 x 4.0"

    Metz AF-1 reviews

    mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital Flash for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica Cameras is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice alternative 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.
    Date published: 2013-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect HSS flash for micro four thirds I'm very happy with performance of Metz 52 AF-1.The only reason of my purchase was FP/HSS capability of this flash. Otherwise I already have a Nissin 466 for TTL function.After all (other than going with Olympus or Panasonic) this is the only credible third party manufacturer which does HSS.Touch screen menu is very easy to use. Build quality is excellent. So is the performance.Checkout attached test images (straight out of camera - no post processing). These are shot at f2.8 aperture priority direct to sun. Background is underexposed to 1.7 stop (still that pushed my shutter speed to fastest limit of my OM-D E-M5: 1/4000 sec. Flash is overexposed to 1.7 stop. HSS simply opens up the doors of a magical realm.People walking by (during my test shots) had a sarcastic smile on their face. Such a hopeless soul I should have been; for using flash in broad daylight - also shooting straight in to the sun!I first considered 64 AF-1. But the difference was negligable (on my case) which didn't justify paying twice as much.Now we come to subject where almost all flash manufacturers like to trick us with their marketing gimmicks; power.They always prefer to use Guide Number to mislead unaware consumer.The real power output is technically only measured in Watt seconds (Ws). While strobe manufacturers always (and only) rate their products with Ws; flash manufacturers intentionaly avoid that.Heavy majority of flashes use 4AA batteries as power source and very similar xenon discharge tube. So the absolute light output of such flash (or speedlight) is always around 50-70 Ws.But how many flash manufacturers list that in their specifications? About none.Instead they use Guide Number (which differs on 3 factors : distance - focusing angle and ISO) trying to shift your perception in to believing that their product is the best.Metz 64 AF-1 claims a guide number of 64 (meters) at 200mm. 52 AF-1 only claims a guide number of 52 (meters) at 105mm.So 64 AF-1 is marketed as the most powerful flash in the market. Well I have news for you; these both products are probably using same exact xenon discharge tube and 4 AA batteries.So absolute light output is probably just the same. The difference only lies in the focusing optics / reflector construction.Reflector of 64 AF-1 simply can focus the same light output on to a narrower area; hence higher light density on target area.If your name is not Joe McNally and if you are not in to such specialized professional photography; how often you think you'll need to focus your flash in to 200mm?Even if you need; just wrap a $10 flexible snoot around your 52 AF-1 and you can focus even narrower than 200mm for free!I didn't have a real differentiating need (such as external power connector, wireless master capability, front LED) to justify 64 AF-1.So I happily paid (comes down to about $ after a thanksgiving rebate) for my 52 AF-1.I just read on latest British photography magazine that; Metz (a family company) is financially in insolvency. So order yours while you still can.Now I'm still waiting for the first flash manufacturer to break the curse on micro four thirds market with their first radio wireless flash...
    Date published: 2015-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Purchase! Admittedly, there was some apprehension about buying this unit. Price versus performance was a concern, whereas high price does not always guarantee great performance. I was very surprised with the 52 AF-1. flash unit. First time using, straight out of the box, with minimal instruction, the unit was effortlessly in its operation and the result was outstanding. It merged with the electronics of my new LUMIX GH5 flawlessly. The display on the rear of the flash provided me with info updates as I changed the distance and aperture. Was more than expected; very happy with this purchase. Flash photography has not always been my forte' but this unit is changing my outlook. If you need a flash unit for your (Micro 4/3) camera with sufficient power and capabilities, this unit will fit your needs.
    Date published: 2017-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Nice 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.
    Date published: 2014-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! 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.
    Date published: 2014-09-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Flash I purchased this because I was dissatisfied with the Olympus 600 which I found under powered especially with bounce or diffusers. This unit works perfectly with my Olympus EM5ii. The touch display on the unit really works well and makes settings easy. The flash impressed me with its effectiveness with macro shots. I would have given it 5 stars except for the size - its really big, especially on an MFT camera, and the head swivels and tilts a little too loosely. I've only had it a few days but I've shot over 100 pictures with it. Very pleased.
    Date published: 2017-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition for my M43 system I shoot a lot of events. My previous M43 flash was OK but not strong enough to use as a fill flash for outdoor events here in sunny Florida. The Metz has more than enough power to kill the harsh shadows, even when used with a portable softbox or a Lightsphere.
    Date published: 2016-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great flash unit 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.
    Date published: 2014-11-28
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