Metz Updates Mecablitz 48 AF-1 & Mecablitz 58 AF-1

June 10, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories | 5 Comments |
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Metz has announced a software update for the mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital and 48 AF-1 digital flash models. The update, which can be downloaded from the Metz Germany website and installed via the units’ integrated USB interface, adds a function previously only available on the 48 AF-2 digital and 58 AF-2 digital flashguns. To wit, it enables the older units. to be used as an additional creative light source in a room, with a camera without a master function. In addition to the increased functionality for the 58 AF-1 digital and 48 AF-1 digital flash devices, a further software update has been made available for all Metz system flash devices equipped with a USB interface. This update adds compatibility with the Canon EOS 600D digital SLR camera

Metz Press Release

Wireless flash function via software update

Servo mode software update for mecablitz 58 AF-1 and 48 AF-1

Metz is providing an exceptional software update for both predecessors of the current top-of-the-range system flash devices. For the first time, functionality of the mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital and 48 AF-1 digital models can be enhanced retrospectively. The servo function for wireless flash without a mastering camera flash, launched in 2010, can now be downloaded from http://www.metz.de and imported to the 58 AF-1 digital and 48 AF-1 digital quick as a flash via the integrated USB interface.

Creative lighting with wireless flash
Wireless flash is becoming increasingly popular amongst photographers. To this end, Metz’s top-of-the-range system flash devices provide two different functions. The camera-specific wireless TTL remote mode comes into play with the slave function. Because not all SLR cameras with built-in camera flash devices are equipped with a master function, Metz has also developed the servo flash release which enables the flash to be used as an additional creative light source in a room, with a camera without master function. This function was previously only available for the 58 AF-2 digital and 50 AF-1 digital and can now also be retrofitted for previous models.

Canon 600 D compatibility update
In addition to the increased functionality for the 58 AF-1 digital and 48 AF-1 digital flash devices, a further software update has been made available for all Metz system flash devices equipped with a USB interface. With the help of an update, they are now compatible with the Canon EOS 600 D.

Service and tradition – Made in Germany
Metz has been consistently engineering and manufacturing flash devices at its location in Germany for almost 60 years. The Metz range of flash devices extends from the high-performance mecablitz 58 AF-2 digital system flash to professional handheld flash guns and slave flash devices such as the mecablitz 15 MS-1 digital. The company, with its long-standing tradition, provides high quality products, Made in Germany, and is the only full range supplier of flash devices worldwide.



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#1 matt

Does anyone know what the specific differences are between version 2.2 and this new version 4.0 of the firmware, aside from the 600D compatibility? I've been using what they call servo wireless flash on my Canon-dedicated 48 AF-1 since 2.2 with my Canon DSLRs and various point-and-shoots for months.

I'm a little wary of loading new firmware without any obvious improvements onto a perfectly functional flash.

6:08 pm - Saturday, June 11, 2011

#2 Mrk

Hi Matt, the firmware 4.0 date is april 2011. I'm wondering if there will be another release in the next days, or maybe the press release refers to the 4.0 firm...anyways i ve the firm 2.0, and i cant trigger it without a master flash, you said that you can trigger it with a p&s, but you have to set the power right? So it s working like an optical slave?
Thank you for your response.
Ps.. horray for the news
Mrk

3:01 pm - Sunday, June 12, 2011

#3 matt

Exactly right about the optical slave. The 2.2 firmware in my 48 AF-1 added a TTL-preflash-aware optical slave mode. Power still has to be adjusted manually. It's not as convenient as on-camera wireless control, but it's free, so I'm not complaining. I went straight from 1.something to 2.2, so I didn't know about 2.0's lack of the slave feature.

This 4.0 firmware did add another useful feature, flash bracketing, so I upgraded to 4.0. I compared the optical slave mode and it works exactly the same. It fires at the right time when using a TTL flash, but power has to be manually controlled on the flash.

Still, I have to give credit to Metz. Most electronics companies would rather push a new model than offer support and upgrades for older ones. I like Metz's customer service philosophy.

4:41 pm - Sunday, June 12, 2011

#4 Mrk

Fantastic! Thanks for the detailed explanation, sure i'm gonna flash the 4.0 and many thanks also to metz for the upgrade, this is customer care :)
Cheers
Mrk

6:26 pm - Sunday, June 12, 2011

#5 David

On the bottom right hand side of my display where the zoom position is displayed. I have a blinking message of "Er". what is this and how do get rid of it?

5:13 am - Saturday, January 7, 2012