Metz 76 MZ-5

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This is the flagship model in the Metz hammerhead flash line. Simple to operate, reliable and powerful. It can be used with camera systems when combined with the correct optional Metz SCA adapter. (Compatible with SCA 3002 and 300 adapter systems.)

Auto range from f/1 to f/45 in 1 EV steps.

Control unit is separate from flash and features a LCD display and integrated AF measuring flash.

Uses proprietary battery NiMH 76-56 or external power pack P76.

Specifications

For dedicated flash systems: Canon, FourThirds, Nikon, Pentax, Sony.
Head: 20, 24-105mm coverage, power zoom (w. manual override).
Swivel & tilt: -180° to +90° swivel, 0° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: TTL, Auto, Varipower, Multi.
Manual settings: 1/1 to 1/256 in 1/3 EV steps (25 steps).
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: LCD, Sync. socket, Ext. power, Hammerhead, Strobist.
Batteries: NiMH.
Flash duration: 1/150 sec. @ 1/1 (full output).
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 103 x 244 x 118 mm, 880 g.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=maxSubflash
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):455476yes
GNs taken from p. 140 in the manual.

Price: USD 875 (new, w/o tax).
Introduced: no data.

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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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