Metz 44 AF-1 P-TTL Flash for Pentax Cameras, Guide Number 44 at the 105mm Setting

Metz 44AF1: Picture 1 regular $219.99

About Metz 44AF1

The successor to the Best Accessory "Tipa 2008" award-winning mecablitz MZ50314N 48 AF-1 digital has been launched with a new high quality metal base which allows quick and easy attachment to the respective camera. The mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital has all the right technological features too, including numerous application possibilities and even higher performance levels (guide number 50). Equipped with a USB interface for online firmware updates, its innovative and future-proof credentials are proven.

These permit precise light output tailored to each individual subject. Numerous manual fine tuning options extend your creative photographic freedom. Virtually limitless possibilities are opened up for creative lighting thanks to a fully swivelling reflector system which also contains a flip-out reflector card and a diffuser.

The slave function allows the 50 AF-1 digital to be used "without constraints". In the respective camera specific wireless TTL mode it can even be used as a slave device. A superb flash unit for committed amateur photographers.

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 Features

  • Vertical (-7/+90deg.) and horizontal (300deg.) swivel reflector
  • Illuminated LCD display
  • Easy operating concept
  • Motor zoom for 24 - 105 mm illumination
  • Integrated wide-angle diffuser for 12 mm illumination
  • Extendible reflector card for soft flash illumination
  • Modeling light (permanent light for checking the photo)
  • Integrated autofocus measuring flash
  • Flash readiness indicator and correct exposure display on unit and camera (subject to camera)
  • Flash range indicator in the LCD display
  • Automatic unit switch-off and manual key lock
  • Metal base with quick lock
  • TTL flash mode
  • Manual flash mode with 8 partial lighting levels
  • HSS - high speed synchronization
  • 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronization
  • Manual flash exposure correction for TTL flash mode
  • Automatic fill-in flash
  • Flash bracketing

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 (without preflash)
Manual flash mode
Pentax/Samsung P-TTL remote mode
Yes (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
Pentax P-TTL flash mode
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
Mfr #
MZ 44317PS

Metz 44AF1 Reviews

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(based on 6 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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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