Web site: Mecablitz 50 AF-1 Digital
Latest Firmware: 3.0 (Jul. 27, 2012)
Key Features: tilt/swivel/zoom reflector, wireless P-TTL slave, HSS, metal base, rear-curtain sync, manual mode.
Reasons to Buy: Many features, excellent compatibility, decent power, excellent build.
Notable Drawbacks: Can't work as an on-camera wireless master or controller. A bit pricey in the U.S.
This is roughly the Metz equivalent to the Pentax AF360FGZ, but it's far from a clone. It's almost 50% more powerful, and has a swivel head and a few extra fancy features. And it's built with a solid metal base. But on the other hand, it can only act as a P-TTL wireless slave, not as the on-camera controller or master. With the relatively low prices in on the AF360FGZ in the US, it's also a step up in cost — but in other parts of the world, that may not be true. In most ways, this is a replacement for the 48 AF-1, but if price is a concern, also look at the new 44 AF-1.
More about the Metz Mecablitz 50 AF-1 Digital can be found on these pages:
- Field Upgradeable via USB
- Illuminiation Patterns
- Camera Format Conversion
- Auto-Focus Assist / Spot Beam
- Automatic Flash Bracketing
- Modeling Light Option
- Contrast Control Sync
- Customizable Auto-Off
- Other Flash Modes
- Manual Power Control
- Flash Output Compensation in P-TTL Mode
- Rear-Curtain Sync
- High-Speed Sync
- Zoom Reflector
- Bounce Cards
- Wide-Angle Diffuser
- Tilt / Swivel Flash Head
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