Updating its existing flash lineup to incorporate Sony’s Multi-Interface Shoe, Metz has released new versions of its mecablitz 44 AF-1 and 52 AF-1 digital flashes. Both of the flashes support Sony’s ADI / P-TTL firing modes and feature wireless slave TTL triggering. The 52 AF-1 features a powerful guide number of 170' while the 44 AF-1 is rated at 144', both of them at ISO 100 and 105mm. Additionally, distinguishing the 52 AF-1 is an illuminated rear touchscreen with automatic rotation, high-speed synchronization, and 22 partial levels in Manual mode.
These Metz models are similar in design with a zoom range of 24-105mm, which can be expanded to 12mm with the diffusion panel, the ability to tile upward 90° and rotate 300°, and the inclusion of a modeling light for checking shadows. There is also a built-in USB port that allows users to update their firmware, and each runs on 4 AA batteries.
I own lots of Metz flashes during my carrier. Reason why I use Metz flashes was simple-it is never stop working due to overheating like my Canon flashes that I sold. Unfortunately, Metz 44 AF-1 stops working after few full power flashes. Impossible to keep work. You have to wait who knows how long. NOT RECOMMENDED,Period!!!
is there an off camera shoe cord that will work with these models?
At this time, there is no Off-Shoe TTL Camera Cable designed for the Sony Multi-Interface Hot Shoe. It is possible the Nissin SC-01 Coiled Universal Off-Camera Shoe Cord (5'/1.5m), B&H # NINDSC01, will trigger the Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 & 52 AF-1 Digital Flashes off-camera. However, do note you will not have automatic TTL flash exposure with this cable, and as such, you would be required to set the flash output power on the flash manually.
Do these flashes fit directly into the Sony multi-interface hot shoe, or do they require the use of that stupid Sony adapter that falls off the camera (with the flash!!!)?
Both of these flashes have the multi-interface shoe, so there would be no need to use an adapter with a camera with the new multi-interface shoe. Both flashes would fit directly into the new shoe.