Metz 58 AF-2

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This is Metz' top of the line hot-shoe mounted flash from Metz offered as third party alternative to the Canon 580EXII or the Nikon SB-910.

Unlike the offerings from Canon and Nikon, it 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 three diffeent light output ratios, or turned off.

However, compared to Canons and Nikons top of the line flashes, it has a strange quirk: It can not be used as a wireless master in HSS/FP mode.

Construction is solid, with a metal foot and lever lock, but not quite up to the quality of Canon and Nikon. It also lacks an external sync. socket, which is another strange omission for a flash that aims for the professional market.


For dedicated flash systems: Canon, FourThirds, Nikon, Pentax, Sony.
Head: 12, 24-105mm coverage, power zoom (w. manual override).
Swivel & tilt: -180° to +120° swivel, -7° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: TTL, HSS, Auto, Varipower, Multi.
Manual settings: 1/1 to 1/256 in 1/3 EV steps (25 steps).
Wireless modes: Master, Remote (dedicated), Digital slave.
Features: Sound, LCD, Crop aware, Metal foot, Lever lock.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Field upgradable: via USB.
Dimensions: 71 x 148 x 99 mm, 363 g.

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

Price: USD 400 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 2010-today.

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


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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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