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Metz MZ 20220 20 C-2 Automatic Flash with Tilt Reflector

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  • The smallest compact flash unit from Metz.
  • GN 66ft. at ISO 100/21°
  • Fits in a jacket pocket
  • Two automatic apertures as well as manual partial lighting.
  • Incorporated tilt reflector.
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Clearly more effective than the flash integrated into the camera and is currently smallest compact flash unit from Metz. The Mecablitz 20 C-2 with GN 66ft. at ISO 100/21° and 35 mm focal length is intended for all those who prefer a flash that will even find a spot in your jacket pocket. This stylish miniature offers two automatic apertures as well as manual partial lighting. And the special key feature: The tilt reflector!


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.8 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000GEBVGW
  • Item model number: MZ 20220
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hyun Yu VINE VOICE on February 19, 2008
I wanted a compact flash for my Canon PowerShot G9 camera, which is a point-and-shoot digital camera (that is, not a digital SLR) with an external flash hotshoe. I already have Canon Speedlite 420EX and 550EX flashes, but those positively dwarf the G9 camera and throw the ergonomics of holding the camera easily out of whack when attached.

After much research, I found this little Metz Mecablitz 20 C-2 flash unit. It's an automatic thyristor flash with two auto (f/2.8 and f/5.6) and manual modes. Unlike the dedicated E-TTL flashes from Canon (or other manufacturers), there's very little communication between this flash and the camera, and a fair amount of trial and error involved in determining the proper settings. The G9 camera has to be in manual mode for it to work properly with a manual flash like the Metz unit. It's easy enough to program one of the G9's custom modes for usage with the Metz flash.

The construction seems a bit flimsy, especially the reflector head, compared to the Canon flashes I have. But, then again, I paid $56 for the Metz flash, vs. $220 and $300 for the 420EX and 550EX flashes, respectively.

At the f/5.6 setting on the flash (the camera was set at ISO 100, 1/60 sec shutter, and f/5.6), with the reflector pointing straight up, the picture was underexposed (see the 10 images I uploaded for this flash), quite possibly because the flash was calibrated for that setting with the head pointing forward (i.e., not bounced off the ceiling). Dialing the f-stop on the camera to f/4.0 achieved a much better exposure.

Even with using fully charged 2500mAh NiMH batteries, the flash recycling time was noticeably slow, much more so than the Canon Speedlites (which use four AA batteries, not two like this Metz unit).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ANov on November 4, 2008
Flash is OK for fill or direct flash. Bounce is a bit iffy, I need to open more than the rated f number.

Construction is OK, the flash head pivot up but feels a bit flimsy. The GN is a bit low for the class, the Metz 28 has GN of 22 covering the same 35mm focal length angle.

If you're looking for small flash that bounce then this is the only game in town IMHO. Not a bad flash, a bit above average due to the bounce feature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick on January 19, 2013
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After what seemed like an eternity searching, I finally found this flash. I was looking a flash which was:

1. Small (can't weigh down my rangefinder camera)
2. Non TTL (my camera doesn't have that so no sense getting it)
3. Automatic (my camera is a simple film camera and I hate those manual flashes and the silly charts on the back)
4. Low voltage (I can't use an older flash or I'll fry my camera)
5. Bounce-capable

This fits the bill perfectly. It only takes 2 AA batteries and is simple to operate. Just set the desired aperture on the flash, match your camera aperture, and force a shutter speed at or below the sync speed. Easy.

The flash has two aperture settings, f2.8 and f5.6. Unfortunately, it will meter assuming 100 ISO film (or sensor), and you can't change it to take advantage of higher ISOs for lower flash power. You can also use the flash in Manual mode, but that is full power and kind of defeats the purpose of an auto flash. There is a handy light which illuminates after the flash fires to tell you whether it properly exposed. You can also "guess" whether your shot will be properly exposed by hitting the flash trigger button and seeing whether the exposure indicator light illuminates. For film people, that's as close as you can get to an "exposure preview."

The bounce feature is great and plenty powerful in normal-sized house rooms. Remember though, this flash only takes 2 AA batteries and is small, so bouncing off high ceilings is out of the question.

Overall, a great flash for the occasional flash user. For me, it fits in my pocket and handles the occasional indoor shot when my camera is loaded with slow film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wii Wack on May 11, 2011
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This little flash helped create decent photos with its option to bounce the light at different angles. The manual states the reflector should at least be at the 60 degree marker for softer and better even light distribution. The chart at the back saves having to do calculations in your head if you're using it in manual. The build quality is good for the price...the battery door does get a little hung up when closing the compartment with batteries installed.

At first the flash didn't work with my Sigma DP2s. After taking it off the camera and performing a few test flashes, I placed it back on and it was working. I'm guessing it needed to get acclimatized (condensation?) or that the flash needed more charging even when the flash ready symbol lit green for go.

It would be nice if it had a swivel head.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sbmauto on December 16, 2012
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this is just a flash for a fill in basis to any mechanical or digital camera. i am using it on a leica M6 and it does the justice.
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