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May 23, · The Pentax AF, the Sigma Super, and the Metz 58 AF All three offered great features, but the Sigma didn’t have a built in sensor which I had come to love and revere on my potato masher, and the Pentax didn’t have a metal foot (yes, that was important to me), and I’m not sure, but I don’t think it has a stroboscopic mode either. The Metz MZC 58 AF-2 Digital Flash, “best flash unit in Europe /” has received a little more fine tuning. In order to carry on meeting the highest standards in quality, a high quality metal base has been added which can be attached to the camera’s flash shoe in one easy movement. Technically speaking, no wish is left unfulfilled/5(19). The Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon DSLR is the premier Metz shoe mount flash designed to be compatible with digital Nikon SLR cameras. To better facilitate compatibility with cameras, this flash features a built-in USB port that allows for future firmware updates via the Internet/5(87).
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May 23, · The Pentax AF, the Sigma Super, and the Metz 58 AF All three offered great features, but the Sigma didn’t have a built in sensor which I had come to love and revere on my potato masher, and the Pentax didn’t have a metal foot (yes, that was important to me), and I’m not sure, but I don’t think it has a stroboscopic mode either. Dec 13, · I have a Metz 58 AF-2 and have been really happy with it in action. There are minor differences from the Canon flash, so read through the reviews — but unless there’s some specific you really need, the Metz is a great alternate. Aug 23, · Metz has introduced the Mecablitz 58 AF-2 and 50 AF-1 flashguns for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax and Four Thirds cameras. Successors to the 58 AF-1 and 48 AF-1, the latest models feature metal mounts with enhanced locking systems for faster mounting and wider angle diffusers for focal lengths from 12 mm equivalent. In the 58 AF-2, its slave/servo sensor has been integrated to the Author: Dpreview.
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Is this a good flash unit? I mean how does it compare to the EX II? I have a Metz 58 AF-2 and have been really happy with it in action.
There are minor differences from the Canon flash, so read through the reviews — but unless there’s some specific you really need, the Metz is a great alternate. Most of the reviews find it very equivalent, and my experience has been that it’s smart, has a lot of power, and offers everything I need. Hey thanks, one favor from you before I buy, in manual mode on the Metz if you put the aperture on the flash that you use on camera and say like on camera you have f11 and since you put a diffuser and filter gel on the flash you lose 2 stops, so to gain in back you would put f5.
My ex II doesn’t have that feature. Wouldn’t an easier way to achieve that be to used flash compensation? And it does have a manual mode I usually use it at a certain power level rather than the way you’ve described, though. Well I will go to Athens and try one, I would rather use flash in full manual mode when not in a hurry, but to explain better you would have to read Bryan Petersons new flash book that is pretty awesome;.
First in answer to your question, if you put something on the flash unit which affects the light by reducing its power output, it will still give enough light if you are close enough. When you reduce the power output, you are reducing the distance the flash will provide full light, you can think of it in terms of guide numbers or in distance in feet or meters.
So lets say at full power the unaltered flash light is good to 15 feet, but altered it is now only good to 9 feet, if you are shooting at 9 feet or less it will still be good to go. In manual mode, you are shooting the flash at full power unless you dial it down, so with filters on the front of the flash reducing its power, full power might still be delivered but in reduced distance. The edge as to whether the Metz flashes are good or not, compared to a Canon flash is easy to say.
The Metz company is not a new company but one of the oldest flash providers in the market place, they are more dominant in Europe than in North America. Since they are one of the oldest flash providers and they did do their homework over the years, Metz is considered to have the best interface of 3rd party flash to camera branded equipment e.
Canon and Nikon of any of the newer companies producing flashes – like, Sigma, Nissan, etc. Below is a link comparing the top Metz to the top Canon flash, the edge in some ways goes to Canon, but only very slightly.
Some criticism as you read the article is trivial, trumped up to sound important. For example, the white bounce card on the Canon is larger, not a real deal killer, since an index card rubber banded to the Metz flash will give an even larger bounce card than the Canon if that is your thing. Another example, the secondary light the Metz has – which the Canon does not – is reported to create “harsh light” which is true of any flash – the answer, diffuse the light with something as simple as a Kleenex in a double or triple layer rubber banded onto the flash.
I have heard that the Canon flashes are a bit easier to use and I will concede this one, I own the Metz 48 AF – 1 and the Metz company is getting ripped off with the translator they use, the translation does suffer on occasion, but just come here to dpreview and ask your question if you are confused.
Regarding using the second reflector and diffiusing, I actually made an example of this a while back:. Obviously there are many ways to cut the second reflector output level or increase its relative size, but since I use Honl gels I thought this was a fast solution It does the same service as the real ones Nikon or Canon. I find the 50 a better option than the What I am planning to do for a cheap diffuser used over the small kicker flash is to get one of those one gallon 4 liters in Canada plastic milk container and cutting a small patch to cover the smaller flash.
I will put a slot at either end of this patch of milk container and glue the thicker wider rubber band through slots I will create and stick together with gorrilla glue. I plan to do two of them so I can even further diffuse the light and reduce its power if needs be.
If you are a fill flash freak, you know that often all you really need is just a touch of light to enhance a scene. Remember anything translucent can diffuse light, heck if you can find a lightly gold coloured diffuser, you can warm up skin tones; Ken Rockwell does this but he uses too much coloured diffuser with too much of a warmed up skin tone.
One of the very best features on DSLR’s that the SLR’s didn’t have is that little garbage can feature on the camera; if you don’t like the image, dump it. Flash is just light, don’t be afraid of playing with it, you can always dump the image. And don’t be afraid to experiment, I have had one person hold up a white cloth napkin beside a person’s face while I shot the person’s pic on the other side of the face, I used the white napkin as a light reflector to fill in the “dark” side of subject’s face.
People in the restaurant thought it looked a little weird, but so what I just purchased this unit but I don’t have it yet. Good idea about the diffuser. I was already thinking a gel would would work but it may not be enough.
Like I said earlier I just purchased the 58 af-2 but do not have it yet. I had read about the manual and menus so I downloaded the manual. At first I was a little overwhelmed but I really got into it and from my perspective I think the menu system will be very easy to use.
The translation is a bit long winded. Once you get into it you and learn their style it is not to bad. Here is my preliminary review. Metz still uses the screw down lock for the foot which assures a tight fit. Both my EX ll’s after repair continue so suffer from the loose foot syndrome so they have been retired to flash on a stick.
The Metz 58 is not built as well at the but it has some very nice features the does not have. The little wink flash is a great feature for adding some sparkle in the eyes when you are bouncing the flash of the wall or ceiling. The “Auto” or thyristor mode works exceptional well both indoors and outdoors and IMO works much better than the Once you learn the menu system it is very easy to navigate and I prefer to read text instead of function numbers. The ” Master ” setting is great feature of the flash.
Awesome feature if you work receptions with light on a stick or travel light for portraits. I had a small bump in the road with a blown bulb a few months back but all is well and couldn’t be happier with the performance of the flash.
I thought it had a quick lock foot. That is what all the writeup’s say. If it is a screw lock I’m overly concerned. I have read it feels a little cheap compared to Canon.
The “Auto” mode is the sole reason I purchased this flash. I have heard a lot about it and I hope it lives up to that. I have to pick my wife up form work but I have a few other questions about it when I get back if you don’t mind. Hard to find owners as there are far more Canon, Nikon, etc users out there. Low battery indicator. Another thing I’m looking forward to. Not much about this in the manual.
When it comes on is that the time to change the batteries or you have 20 shots or so left. Not sure if it telling you at this point your shots will be underpowered. I called the Canadian support but I’d to like ask a user. I wondered when in “Auto” does the thyristor tech compensate for the light loss.
The support person said yes it does and you do not have to adjust EV. It is no big deal one way or the other as I can figure this out on my own. If I use AV mode will the system treat the flash as a fill just like when using my Canon flash? The tech person said yes but again I’d like to get a users opinion. This is more for outdoor shooting. Indoors it will be Auto.
I have read that some cameras do not have complete compatibility. One that was mentioned was the 1D2 which is fairly older. I have the latest 5D2 firmware and I have the Metz firmware downloaded and ready to go.
I’m basically trying to find a 5D2 owner and get some info on this. Just want to make sure there will be nothing skewing my tests. Gels – if you are shooting and the light from the flash is being monitored on the sensor, then it will provide the necessary required light. Light on the sensor is light on the sensor. Av mode – once you are in Av mode and the flash is on the hot shoe or cord, it will be in “fill flash” mode.
I have a 5D 2 and my Metz 48 seems to work just fine, I don’t have the most current update, released not to long ago on it, but it seems to work just fine. Thanks for the reply. Makes sense about the sensor. Can’t believe I found a 5D2 owner. How lucky can I be. Glad to here it is working properly.
But again in ettl mode there will be no problem. Also the flash works fine in auto-thyristor and the camera in manual. Let’s remember that Metz uses a variation of the old Auto-thyristor “cut-off” technology, giving 12 f-stops in automatic.
In reality the Nikon i-ttl comes very close to it while the canon e-ttl does not. But again on your camera you can use the auto thyristor mode only in manual, which is fine too. Metz is blaming canon for constantly changing the electronics on the new bodies which is understandable since Canon wants us to buy only canon accessories.
This way the “third party people” go literally crazy trying to keep up. I can confirm that the ring lock to the shoe works WAY better than the locking system of both Canon and Nikon. Placing the 50 AF-1 on the shoe is now fast and tight. Thanks for the detailed info.