Metz 40 AF-4

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This flash only provides TTL with film bodies. When used on any DSLR it is for all intents and purposes a generic flash unit. Its legacy OTF TTL-mode is incompatible with digital TTL systems, but it may work fine in manual mode. You may have to tape over the “extra ” TTL-pins in the camera's hot-shoe to make sure legacy TTL signaling does not confuse the camera.

Specifications

Generic flash.
Head: 28-80mm coverage, power zoom (w. manual override).
Swivel & tilt: unspecified swivel, 0° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: Varipower, OTF.
Manual settings: 1/1 and 1/16 (2 steps).
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: LCD.
Trigger voltage: 4.4 volt.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Field upgradable: No.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=max
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):283440
GNs taken from manufacturer's specifications.

Price: USD 140 (new, w/o tax).
Discontinued: Yes.

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Key info

Established: 1938
HQ: Zirndorf, Germany
Web: EU, man

Metz is a German consumer electronics manufacturer. The company was founded in 1938. One of its best known product lines is a set of flash units branded Mecablitz.

The flash guns with the AF designation are dedicated shoe mount flashes that are built to work with a single, dedicated flash system. The flash guns with the MZ and CL designations are based upon Metz' SCA (Special Camera Adaption) system. SCA is modular, and let you tie a flash to a particular dedicated system with a suitable adaptor (typical cost USD 80 per adaptor). You may move a flash to a different system by buying the right adaptor for that system.

Some Metz flash guns have a USB-interface to let users upgrade the firmware for newer camera models.

Metz flash guns has an excellent reputation for performance and build quality, but they also carry a high price tag.

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