Web site: Mecablitz 54 MZ-4i Digital
Key Features: tilt/swivel/zoom reflector, HSS, rear-curtain sync, auto and manual modes. Modular SCA system.
Reasons to Buy: May be a good choice if you have a second dSLR system (Canon, Nikon, etc.), or else other Metz SCA flashes.
Notable Drawbacks: Pricey. No Pentax P-TTL wireless. Second flash reflector doesn't work in P-TTL.
Metz calls this the flagship of their compact SCA units. It's also the only current compact SCA unit that works with Pentax. It requires the SCA 3702 module for full Pentax compatibility, or can work as Metz-system wireless slave or as an automatic thyristor flash with other modules. There's a a lot of functionality and a lot of power — but the price is high, and as of the current adapter not all flash features (notably, the secondary flash head) work with P-TTL. Note that there is a 54 MZ-4 model (no i), which for Pentax cameras is exactly the same and often easier to find. (The differences apply primarily to Nikon and Olympus.)
More about the Metz Mecablitz 54 MZ-4i Digital can be found on these pages:
- Illuminiation Patterns
- Camera Format Conversion
- Beep Function
- Auto-Focus Assist / Spot Beam
- Automatic Flash Bracketing
- Stroboscopic Mode
- 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
- Zoom Reflector
- Secondary Reflector
- Wide-Angle Diffuser
- Tilt / Swivel Flash Head
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