Metz 58 AF-1

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Has a sub-flash on the main body that can be set to fire a manual flash straight forward when the flash is bounced. It can be set to power ratios between 1/1 and 1/4, or turned off.


For dedicated flash systems: Canon, FourThirds, Nikon, Pentax, Sony.
Head: 18, 24-105mm coverage, power zoom (w. manual override).
Swivel & tilt: -180° to +150° swivel, -7° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: TTL, FP, Auto, Varipower.
Manual settings: 1/1 to 1/256 in 1/3 EV steps (25 steps).
Wireless modes: Master, Remote (dedicated), Plain slave.
Features: Sound, LCD, Metal foot.
Trigger voltage: 4.3 volt.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Field upgradable: via USB.
Dimensions: 71 x 148 x 99 mm, 355 g.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=maxSubflash
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):324258see text
GNs taken from manufacturer's specifications.

Price: USD 405 (new, w/o tax).
Discontinued: 2010, replaced by: Metz 58 AF-2.

For a detailed explanation of the above specifications, see the guide.


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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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