Metz 54 MZ-4

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The Metz 54 MZ-4 digital uses the SCA system (SCA-3002), which means there is an adaptor available to make it a dedicated flash for almost any camera. Can also be fitted with a generic adaptor (Metz SCA 301) to make it a generic flash.

Can be made crop aware through a custom setting that adapts the focal length to the various sensor formats, including APS-C.

Has a sub-flash that can be set to deliver about 15 % of the light straight forward when the flash is bounced.


For dedicated flash systems: Canon, FourThirds, Nikon, Pentax, Sony.
Head: 20, 24-105mm coverage, zoom type unknown.
Swivel & tilt: -180° to +90° swivel, -7° 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: Sound, LCD, Crop aware.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Field upgradable: No.
Guide number (ISO 100, meter): 54.
Subflash: see text.

Price: USD 400 (new, w/o tax).
Introduced: no data.

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



Brand profile

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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