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Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Pentax DSLRs

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Product Highlights

  • Fully compatible with Pentax/Samsung cameras
  • High-speed flash synchronization allows flash to be used
  • Wireless full TTL triggering via a camera or flash
  • Auto zooming head can cover from 24 to 105mm & 12mm when used
  • Above 150 (ISO 100)
  • Shoe Mount Flash
  • Made For Pentax
  • Flash Only
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About Metz 52AF1

Genuine enlightenment for all modern cameras. Thanks to its maximum guide number 52 for ISO 100, the Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 has more than enough power to cope with any shot - the horizontally swivelling and vertically tilting reflector ensures optimal lighting control.

Any subject can be professionally set off to best advantage with the help of the integrated diffuser for wide angle shots, and the white reflector card. The fully automatic motorized zoom can adjust lighting angles to precisely suit the focal length of the lens. And even wireless flash - whether in TTL or servo mode - is mastered to perfection by the Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1. Even in low light, the powerful autofocus metering flash can achieve razor-sharp images - and the modelling light makes it possible to evaluate light and shade on the subject prior to shooting.

What's more, it holds its own in terms of ease of operation too. The Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 is the first compact flash unit in the world to be equipped with an illuminated touchscreen display which can be swivelled through 90° - particularly practical for portrait shots. A free software update is available via the USB interface at any time.

Metz 52AF1 Features

  • Fully compatible with current and future digital Pentax cameras, updatable via USB port
  • High-speed flash synchronization allows flash to be used with any shutter speed (only with appropriate camera bodies)
  • It is very easy to operate the 52 AF-1 via its illuminated graphic display by directly touching the display indicators. For portrait shots, the display thinks with you and rotates the touchscreen display by 90deg
  • Wireless full TTL triggering via a camera or flash with commander/master mode
  • Auto zooming head can cover from 24 to 105mm and 12mm when used with the included wide-angle diffuser

Metz 52AF1 Specifications

Compatibility
Pentax DSLRs
Mount
Shoe
Guide No.
52' (15.85 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Exposure Control
Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage
90deg.
Wide-Angle Adapter: 300deg.
Vari-Power
1/1 - 1/128
TTL Dedication
Yes
Bounce Head
Yes
Swivel Head
Yes, 300deg.
Zoom Head
Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Off Camera Terminal
None
Recycle Time
Approximately 0.1 seconds - 3.5 seconds
Flash-ready Indicator
Yes
Wireless Communication Channels
4 Channels
Wireless Groups
3 Groups
Power Source
4x AA Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD)
2.9x5.3x3.5" / 7.3x13.4x9.0 cm
Weight
12.20 oz / 346 g Without batteries
Mfr #
MZ 52317PS
SKU
MZ52AF1PX

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4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Does everything I expected

I had been looking at Pentax flashes as well as 3rd parties, and from the reviews, I knew Metz was good. This being a new model, there wasn't any reviews on how it worked with Pentax, but I took the leap of faith, and grabbed it when the price went down. The TTL works great, when it's on the camera (or connected via cable) exposure is spot on. I have been using them with duracells, and the recycle times are pretty fast. It comes with soft case and base, which is mountable on a tripod. Wireles...

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I had been looking at Pentax flashes as well as 3rd parties, and from the reviews, I knew Metz was good. This being a new model, there wasn't any reviews on how it worked with Pentax, but I took the leap of faith, and grabbed it when the price went down. The TTL works great, when it's on the camera (or connected via cable) exposure is spot on. I have been using them with duracells, and the recycle times are pretty fast. It comes with soft case and base, which is mountable on a tripod. Wireless it works great as well, but it only works in manual mode, so I'm getting used to it. The touch screen menu looked great to me before I bought it, however now I think it could be easier if there were dials and buttons to adjust different settings instead of going thru the menus. Don't get me wrong, the menus are intuitive and easy to use, but to change power, zoom, etc, it takes a lot of time. While getting this, you might want to get a diffuser (soft box) as well. Other cool things- the AF beam is neat. Flash can be used in controller, master, slave or servo modes. It has the option for high speed TTL, however I don't have the means to use that function. I think for the price it's probably better than Pentax flashes, however if you are going to use it in manual mode (thus can't use TTL), you could get something at similar power for way cheaper.

Reviewed by 7 customers

 
5.0

Outstanding Flash

By

Outstanding alternative to the capable but overpriced sony flash!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good flash gun

By

As a flash gun it is solid and powerful. I wish it was a little smaller. It is a little too heavy for a smaller camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well thought out, It just works!

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I'm mostly a newbie to flash photography and decided on getting this product after being hired to shoot a runway fashion show. I kinda figured the runway was going to be poorly lit and that I would be the only photographer there, so using an on camera flash would be ok. After much research I pulled the trigger on this flash to go along with my Panasonic GH2, a camera I mostly use for video. With this flash, the GH2 and mostly the Oly 45mm f/1.8 lens I have to say I was surprised just how well things worked out. The flash kept up with my shooting the entire night and I burned through 2 sets of batteries. I shot mostly in ttl and made minor adjustments on the incredibly easy to use touchscreen throughout the night. What can I say, this flash is about as good as it gets from an ease of use standpoint. And the power is impressive as well! In the future I'd like to get one or two more of these for a multiple flash set up. Great product that just works.

 
4.0

Revised comment/review

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I said in my review that this flash does not do HSS, but it does with a camera that is capable. My Nikon D5100 does not have the capability, but the flash does.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Glad I bought it.

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I've had this flash for a couple months now and have finally put it through it's paces and explored all it's features. I use it with a Nikon D5100 both on camera and off via radio trigger. First, I'll say I love this flash and it does everything I need. I use it with another older flash when I'm in my home studio as well as on camera. I shoot alot with it in manual, but have used it in TTL enough to know it works very well. It's a great flash with consistant output. In my last studio shoot I had it set for 1/2 power and it fired about 200 times before I had to change batteries. The recycle times were good for my uses. When on camera I've found that the TTL-BL(balanced light)mode deliveries a very pleasing mix of ambient and flash lighting. My camera had no issues with this when set to auto white balance either. In close quarters straight TTL can be a little too hot, but that can be adjusted down in the camera with flash compensation, dropping the diffuser or just bounce it. The diffuser and bounce card work fine as expected. Be aware that this flash does not do HSS(high speed sync). The fastest shutter speed I could use with my D5100 is 1/160 but that isn't an issue for the way I shoot. 1/200th leaves a small dark band at the bottom of the shot. It has no sync terminal for off camera use, so some sort of commander or other wireless trigger is needed for off camera use. It does have one pretty annoying issue. It can be set for sleep mode in 3 intervals. I have mine set for 10 minutes(the longest setting). But this apparantly doesn't mean 10 minutes idle, because mine will sleep after 10 minutes whether I'm firing it or not. I'm not sure if this is a glitch in the programming, a defect or intentional, but it is a pain when it's off camera. I'm hoping Metz will have a firmware update to fix that. I tolerate this one annoyance because this flash has been fantastic in every way I've used it so far. I'm considering ordering another unit for sure.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So far so good.

By

I have had this flash a few weeks, and haven't had a chance to really give it a good run for it's money. But out of the box (with a pack of rechargeable batteries) it worked on my Sony A57. It is easily adjustable to different angles. I haven't really played with the touch screen to check out how well that works yet. It comes with a nice little storage sack as well as a stand for off camera shooting.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does everything I expected

By

I had been looking at Pentax flashes as well as 3rd parties, and from the reviews, I knew Metz was good. This being a new model, there wasn't any reviews on how it worked with Pentax, but I took the leap of faith, and grabbed it when the price went down. The TTL works great, when it's on the camera (or connected via cable) exposure is spot on. I have been using them with duracells, and the recycle times are pretty fast. It comes with soft case and base, which is mountable on a tripod. Wireless it works great as well, but it only works in manual mode, so I'm getting used to it. The touch screen menu looked great to me before I bought it, however now I think it could be easier if there were dials and buttons to adjust different settings instead of going thru the menus. Don't get me wrong, the menus are intuitive and easy to use, but to change power, zoom, etc, it takes a lot of time. While getting this, you might want to get a diffuser (soft box) as well. Other cool things- the AF beam is neat. Flash can be used in controller, master, slave or servo modes. It has the option for high speed TTL, however I don't have the means to use that function. I think for the price it's probably better than Pentax flashes, however if you are going to use it in manual mode (thus can't use TTL), you could get something at similar power for way cheaper.

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rec.skiing.nordic r  Is the Pentax version of the 52 AF-1 flash compatible with the K-30? I know that as of today (1/20/2013) the Mecablitz 50 AF-1 is not. Per Metz; "mecablitz 50 AF-1 P digital" needs to be improved for the digital camera "Pentax K-30". A new firmware version for the flash unit is in preparation."
rec.skiing.nordic r  Andrew R, Thanks for the response. However according to a flash compatibility link/chart that I just came across at the Metz website the 52 AF-1 is compatible with the Pentax K-30, but the 50 AF-1 is not (until Metz releases a new firmware upgrade). I would post the link here, but the instructions indicate that is not allowed.
Andrew R  My apologies. When I checked with Metz they did not have a compatible flash unit listed. I suspect that their different websites (I've run across three; Metz USA, Metz UK and Metz DE) do not share information in a timely fashion. In double checking their compatibility chart the 52 AF-1 is shown as compatible. Again, my apologies.
rec.skiing.nordic r  Is the Pentax version of the 52 AF-1 flash compatible with the K-30? I know that as of today (1/20/2013) the Mecablitz 50 AF-1 is not. Per Metz; "mecablitz 50 AF-1 P digital" needs to be improved for the digital camera "Pentax K-30". A new firmware version for the flash unit is in preparation."
rec.skiing.nordic r  Andrew R, Thanks for the response. However according to a flash compatibility link/chart that I just came across at the Metz website the 52 AF-1 is compatible with the Pentax K-30, but the 50 AF-1 is not (until Metz releases a new firmware upgrade). I would post the link here, but the instructions indicate that is not allowed.
Andrew R  My apologies. When I checked with Metz they did not have a compatible flash unit listed. I suspect that their different websites (I've run across three; Metz USA, Metz UK and Metz DE) do not share information in a timely fashion. In double checking their compatibility chart the 52 AF-1 is shown as compatible. Again, my apologies.
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