Successor to the Metz mecablitz 48 AF-1, the mecablitz 50 AF-1 Digital flash incorporates numerous enhancements. The guide number has been increased to 50 (in metres) at ISO 100/21° and 105mm focal length. Performance and reliability have been further optimised through improvements to the flash tube. Moreover, the Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 Digital has been equipped with a servo flash release via the camera’s internal flash which also works independently of the camera’s master function. Finally, the wide-angle diffuser has been adapted and is now even suitable for illumination of wide-angle focal lengths from 12mm (in 135 format). There are different versions of the Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 flash available for Canon, FourThirds, Nikon, Pentax and Sony cameras. The suggested retail price is €249.00 / £229.99.
Metz Press Release
The next generation of a successful model
Photokina innovation 2010: mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital
The mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital is the new generation of the 48 AF-1 digital, winner of the TIPA Award for “best photographic accessory 2008”. All the benefits of the previous model have been retained and numerous further developments have also been added. The elegant housing can be mounted onto the camera flash shoe via the new metal base and fixed in place quickly and easily with a single movement thanks to the optimised lock system. The guide number has been increased to 50/ for ISO 100/21° and 105 mm focal length. Performance and reliability have been further optimised through improvements to the high performance flash tube. Moreover, the flash has been equipped with a servo flash release via the camera’s internal flash which also works independently of the camera’s master function. Even the wide-angle diffuser has been adapted and is now even suitable for illumination of wide-angle focal lengths from 12 mm (135 format). Like all mecablitz system flash units, the new flash unit is available in different versions, perfectly tailored to digital cameras made by the leading manufacturers.
Numerous application possibilities
With the new mecablitz 50 AF-1, the options for image composition are almost limitless. It allows precise light output tailored to each individual subject. Numerous manual fine tuning options extend creative photographic freedom. Virtually limitless possibilities are opened up for individualised lighting thanks to a fully swivelling reflector system which also contains a flip-out reflector card and a diffuser. The slave function and the new servo function allow the new premium flash unit to be used without constraints in two different operating modes, depending on the camera model. With the servo flash release, no camera master function is required to use the flash as an additional creative light source in the room. The camera-specific wireless TTL remote mode of the respective models comes into play with the slave function.
High performance compact flash with USB connection
Thanks to the Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital USB interface, updates can be easily installed via the Internet. Due to its high guide number 50 for ISO 100/21° und 105 mm focal length, the 50 AF-1 digital is not just high performance but also lends itself perfectly to being used as an indirect flash. The real highlight – a flip-out reflector card, which is integrated into the both vertically and horizontally tilting and swivelling reflector.
Different versions for Canon, Nikon/Fujifilm, Olympus/Panasonic/Leica, Pentax and Sony
It goes without saying that the respective camera manufacturer’s sophisticated flash lighting technology can also be employed with the appropriate version of the mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital, in addition to numerous special functions, such as high speed synchronisation. Therefore, the 50 AF-1 digital offers E-TTL and E-TTL II flash mode for Canon – iTTL/D-TTL/3D flash mode for Nikon/Fujifilm – P-TTL for Pentax and four thirds TTL mode for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica.
Metz mecablitz – Technology “Made in Germany”
Metz flash units represent high performance technology and reliable quality. We have been manufacturing exclusively in Germany for over 50 years. As such we hold a unique position – Metz is the only manufacturer of flash devices to develop and manufacture products in Europe.
Metz at Photokina
Metz is presenting the mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital and other new products at the Photokina in Cologne from 21 - 26 September 2010. The Metz stand, number E-009, can be found in Hall 4.2.
• High max. guide number 50 for ISO 100/21° and 105 mm
• High flash number [e.g. 330 full flashes with NiMH rechargeable batteries (2100 mAh)]
• Flash delay 0.1 – 3.5 seconds (depending on energy source and flash output)
• Vertical (-7/+90°) and horizontal (300°) swivel reflector
• Illuminated LC display
• Motor zoom for 24 – 105 mm illumination
• Integrated wide-angle diffuser for 12 mm illumination
• Flip-out reflector card
• Modelling light (permanent light to check the image illumination)
• Integrated autofocus flash metering
• Flash readiness indicator and correct exposure display on unit and camera
• Flash range display in LCD
• Automatic unit shut-off
• Metal base with quick lock (not Sony)
Ready for the future
• Firmware update via integrated USB socket
Camera-specific flash functions
• E-TTL / E-TTL II flash mode (Canon)
• i-TTL / D-TTL / 3D flash mode (Nikon)
• P-TTL flash mode (Pentax)
• Four thirds-TTL flash mode (Olympus / Panasonic / Leica)
• ADI flash mode (Sony)
• Camera-specific TTL remote mode (slave mode)
• Servo flash mode
Basic flash functions
• TTL flash mode
• Manual flash mode with 8 partial lighting levels
• HSS – high speed synchronisation
• 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronisation
• Manual flash exposure correction for TTL or automatic flash mode
• Automatic fill-in flash
• Flash bracketing
• 4 x AA alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries
• 4 x AA NC or NiMH rechargeable batteries
• Operating instructions