Metz 44 AF-1 Four Thirds TTL Flash for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica Cameras, Guide Number 44 at the 105mm Setting


About Metz 44AF1

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Durable (5),Good power output (5),Versatile (5),Consistent output (4),Easy to use (4),Fast recycling (4),Lightweight (3)
Best Uses:
Fill flash (4),General purpose (4),Photojournalism (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (3)

Metz 44AF1 Specifications

Dedicated flash unit
Color temperature approx.
5600 K
GN with ISO 100 and 35 mm res. 50 mm
GN with ISO 100 and max. zoom
Partial light output increments
TTL flash mode hint
Only Preflash-TTL
Manual flash mode
Olympus 4/3-System TTL
Yes (remote mode as slave)
Illumination onwards (35mm format)
Main reflector tilt / swivel
Yes / Yes
Vertical range in deg.
-7 - +90
Horizontal range in deg.
Motor zoom main reflector
Motor zoom main reflector with automatic
Zoom positions of main reflector in mm
24/28/35/50/70/85/105 (35mm format)
Wide angle diffuser for illumination
12 (35mm format)
Reflector card for main reflector
Indication of flash readiness
Correct exposure indication on flash
Olympus TTL flash mode
Yes with measuring preflash
Automatic fill-in flash
Automatic flash sync speed control
Automatic AF assist beam
Firmware update by Metz service
Firmware update via USB socket
Automatic cut off (auto off)
Wake up function by camera
Use with alkaline batteries (1.5 V)
Nicad batteries res. hydride batteries
Yes (1.2 V)
Use with lithium batteries (1.5 V)
Use with NiMh batteries
270 (1.2 V/1600 mAh)
Use with lithium batteries (AA, 1.5 V)
Dimensions (L x H x D)
73 x 128 x 105 mm / 2.87" x 5.03" x 4.13"
320 g / 11.28 oz

Metz 44AF1 Reviews

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(based on 6 reviews)


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Reviewed by 6 customers


Mixed feelings


from Santa Clarita, CA  -  Pro Photographer

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 ...


Metz 44 AF-1


from JC Tex  -  Photo Enthusiast

fill, and night

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


power at a great price...


from Napa, CA  -  Pro Photographer

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


great flash


from virginia  -  Semi-pro Photographer

purchased to use with Sony SLT A77--not expensive but very powerful and easy to use

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


SWEET - better than Sony equivalent


from Charlotte, The Queen City, NorthCarolina  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


The answer for Sony Alpha owners


from Fernley, NV  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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).


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Oliver P  Compatible with the Olympus Stylus 1, including remote control?
DAN G  Is this unit compatible with a Leica X Vario?
JOHN P  I'm not sure if that's compatible. To my knowledge it is for Olympus and Panasonic M4/3 only. Part of the reason I went with m4/3 was the compatibility of the two giving me more options for lenses and accessories.
Shopper  Does it work with the GX7?
WILLIAM W  Yes, it will. Be aware, however, that the flash may make that camera a bit top-heavy. I use it on a G5 and it's top-heavy. Most of the time I shoot with it using an off-camera shoe cord and hand-hold the flash.
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