Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 : first touchscreen shotgun flash


Metz unleashed today the very first shotgun flash with a touch screen. The Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 is based on the 50 AF-1 model. The new design of the Mets 52 AF-1 is pretty flat, but the flash is still quite powerful with a guide number of 52 at ISO 100/21° and a focal length of 105mm. Undoubtedly, the main asset of this new flash is its touchscreen, backlit, 90° tiltable, that comes in extremely handy for portrait shots. The touchscreen enhances the sease of use of the flash. Flashes are, for me, the most sophisticated photo accessories one can have a nightmare with. Their modes are often complicated to figure out how they work and a touch screen must be a great addition to a flash. Its swivel reflector can bounce the light to a ceiling or wall for indirect lighting of the subject. It also gets a wide-angle diffuser and can be used, as a master or a slave in a multiflash configuration. It is compatible with most common advanced TTL light metering of the main camera manufacturers and supports the vast majority of DSLRs : E-TTL et E-TTL II for canon DSLRs, but also for Nikon cameras, i-TTL/, i-TTLBL modes, for Pentax the P-TTL mode and  Olympus/Panasonic/Leica un mode Four-Thirds-TTL as well as the famous ADI flash system of Sony DSLRs (invented by Minolta back in the late 90’s).

 It also comes with a metal stand, except in its version for Sony cameras.

You can update the Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 through downloaded firmware updates that you will plug-in to your flash memory through its USB port. Seriously built, the Mecablitz 52 AF-1 is proudly designed and produced in Germany.


Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 main technical specs


  • Flash power : guide number of 52 at ISO 100
  • Battery Life : 240 lightnings at full power with one 2100 mAh NiMH battery charge
  • Recycling time : 0.1-3.5s
  • 90° vertical and 300° horizontal tiltable reflector
  • Touchscreen (backlit)
  • Auto lightbeam zoom between 24 and 105mm
  • Wide-angle diffuser built-in for 12mm coverage
  • Pilot lamp
  • AF assist lamp mode
  • Illuminatino range display
  • Metal stand with secure lock (except the Sony version)

Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 flash has a guide number of 52.


Camera flash mode compatibility

• Mode flash E-TTL / E-TTL II (Canon)
• Mode flash i-TTL / i-TTL-BL (Nikon)
• Mode flash P-TTL (Pentax)
• Mode flash Four-Thirds-TTL (Olympus / Panasonic / Leica)
• Mode flash ADI (Sony)
• Mode remote TTL : remote, controller, slave, master
•Mode flash servo

Standard flash modes

  • TTL
  • Manuual with 22 power levels
  • Servo mode
  • High Speed Sync (HSS)
  • First or Second shutter
  • Manual exposure correction in TTL mode
  • Auto fill-in

Power Source

  • 4 AA alcaline, manganese or lithium batteries
  • 4 rechargeable AA NiMH batteris

Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 : Price and availabilities

The Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 will come to te market in November 2012 at a suggested retail price of €279.

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