With its slim-line design and new quick lock system for the unit base, the mecablitz 44 AF-1 Four Thirds TTL digital is the perfect solution for price-conscious amateur photographers. The clear control panel on the back of the unit impresses with its simple operation; offering a high level of functional reliability. The high performance design affords reserve power in any photo situation (max. guide number 44 for ISO 100/21deg. and 105 mm).
Depending on the camera, it has the appropriate application possibilities for any lighting conditions in TTL mode. The photographer can manually set up to 4 partial light levels enabling manipulation of lighting effects. With the appropriate camera model the mecablitz can also be synchronized to the first or second shutter curtain enabling variable options for creative lighting.
Depending on the camera, the Metz 44 AF-1 also offers a slave mode, making wireless TTL flash child's play - and opening up new dimensions in flash photography. Its motor zoom function (24 -105 mm), the fully swiveling reflector with flip-out reflector card and the integrated wide-angle diffuser (12 mm) afford the photographer additional creative scope.
My friend and I we both buy it the same day. He is Nikon guy I am not. On his nikon it works ... let say not bad. I tested it on Sony A77 and that was disaster. It is 21 century and this thing has no Red Eye on Sony if in use as a slave. also no HSS ( high speed sync ) Recycling time is great only if you are shooting sleeping turtle and the best joke on the end - no manual mode if on slave :) that is fun. Positives: build like tank, good light output. Surprises: nothing in the box but flush. Virtually nothing. No case/bug no even mounting bracket.. nothing ...
fill, and night
powerful, well built flash at a very good price point. best as a remote fill and in close focus situations. sluggish recycle may be an issue. overall a great add to the bag.
purchased to use with Sony SLT A77--not expensive but very powerful and easy to use
Didn't want to drop $$ on Sony and did lots of research to find best alternative. This was best balance of price and performance for my use and I couldn't be happier. Awesome simple imterface (5 buttons!), good recycle time and consistent output. Made me comfortable buying a new Metz for my Nikon!
I own two Sony flash units, an older Minolta and a Vivitar Series 1. Since buying this unit, I find that it's the one I reach for in ANY situation. The stereotypic build quality and precision that one tends to associate with products from Germany are present in this light, and there really isn't anything negative that I can find to say about it. Even the Owner's Manual is in readable English (and five other languages).