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Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Sony DSLRs

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  • Above 150 (ISO 100)
  • Shoe Mount Flash
  • Made For Sony
  • Flash Only
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About Metz 52AF1

The Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 TTL Touchscreen Shoe Mount Flash for Sony DSLRs is a shoe mount flash, with an illuminated rear touchscreen, designed to be compatible with both current and future models of digital Sony SLR cameras. To better facilitate this compatibility with current and future cameras, this flash features a built-in USB port that allows for future firmware updates via the internet. A high quality metal base allows quick and easy attachment to the camera.

The 52 AF-1 is designed to fully support a Sony digital SLR camera's TTL system. It can be operated as a TTL slave unit that can be controlled by the camera's own built-in commander mode or as a manufacturer's flash with master capabilities.

The flash also features an auto zoom head from 24-105mm that can be set to match the camera's sensor, a full bounce and swivel head (with a fully swiveling reflector system which also contains a flip-out reflector card and a diffuser), a built-in wide angle diffuser for 12mm coverage and in addition, full manual control with 12 variable power output levels.

Metz 52AF1 Specifications

Compatibility
Sony 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 52316S
SKU
MZ52AF1SO

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4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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So far so good.

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.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Ali B  Can this flash talk to my Sony A77 or can my Sony A77 Talk this camera. Basically, when i adjust the Shutter or Aperture values on my Sony A77 LCD would i simultaneously see it adjusted on this Flash LCD? Thank you.
Duane C  Yes, it will adjust as you adjust your aperture. If your eye is looking through the VF you will have to back away to see what it is doing, but it is very compatible with the Sony A77 and A77 II cameras.
Shopper  High Speed sync for Sony version?
Duane C  Yes. I am sorry for not getting this done sooner. I used this flash over the past weekend for lots of night shooting. I love how it preformed. Once you do a couple of test pictures to check your range of bounce it works great. It was my first time getting to use it and I am glad that I bought this flash. It is a great investment.
Mike P  ?Metz 52 can i use it in the Sony A7?
Andrew R  Yes, this flash should work with the Sony A7.
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