Metz 50 AF-1 MZ 50312OPL Digital Flash for Olympus, Panasonic and Leica Cameras
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- High guide number of 50 with ISO 100/21
- Metal foot with fast lock
- Firmware update via integrated USB port
- HSS- high speed synchronization
- Illuminated LCD display
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|Package Height||4 x 6.1 x 8.8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.7 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
The fact that you can upgrade the firmware means that when I move up to another Micro 4/3rds camera (Olympus E-P3 or maybe the Pen Pro if it comes out), I can still use this. Runs great with my wireless sync in manual mode and as wireless TTL triggered by my camera.
About the only thing that I wish this has is a sync cord jack. Otherwise, it's a great combination of value, power, brightness, recycle time, and even size!
Very much recommended!
The flash looks large in comparison to GH2 body but not too bulky.
I was concerned about the menu access based on other reviews I read. I think some of these reviews are a little misleading. It is true that you have press 2 buttons simultaneously in order to access some of the settings. However, the settings you are likely to use the most often, i.e. TTL, manual modes, High Sync speed, EV compensation, can all be changed or adjusted with one press of a button. I think it is a small compromise for the significantly lower cost compared to the Oly or Panasonic equivalent.
The flash also has a servo function that allows it be triggered by another flash which work pretty well.
When shooting at dusk, set on TTL and dial down the power by a stop, and well-exposed images are a piece of cake.
Last, the build quality of this flash is excellent: It appears that this model hasn't gotten "quality cancer" as has much of Metz's product line.
Using with a Panasonic GH2.
Seems to play well with the GH2, TTL mode gets the exposure right most of the time.
Has manual mode if you want to get creative / have to deal with difficult lighting.
Couple of cons:
Settings for less used functions (such as servo or slave mode)take some extra buttons pushes as you toggle through the options. Some of the icons on the lcd are really small too.
Doesn't work in servo mode with the GH2 at this time. Servo mode is when the flash is off the camera and is triggered when the camera's internal flash fires. The GH2 has a preflash that cannot be disabled. This triggers the Metz flash too early. However Metz has issued firmware to deal with this on other models, such as those for Sony and Pentax, so they should do the same for this flash.
Posted some pics above.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This flash did not perform as advertised. I will stay with Nikon productsPublished 22 months ago by Ted
Not Metz's fault. After I ordered and received, I found out the unit was not compatible with the M9, so I immediately returned unopened..Published on March 23, 2013 by Chris D.