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Published 18/09/12

mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital -the 2012 photokina innovation

The first hotshoe flash unit with touchscreen display

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The mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital is the flash product innovation of 2012 fromMetz. All the benefits of the previous model, mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital, havebeen retained and numerous further developments have also been added tothe new model. The new sophisticated design of the 52 AF-1 housing representsthe systematic further development of the 44 AF-1 design family.

The guide number has been increased to 52 for ISO 100/21 and 105 mm focallength. The newly developed touchscreen display is, quite simply, the highlightof the 52 AF-1. The 52 AF-1 is the first compact flash unit in the world tobe equipped with an illuminated touchscreen display which rotates through90. This is particularly practical for operation and taking portrait shots. Likeall mecablitz system flash units, the new flash unit is available in differentversions and perfectly tailored to digital cameras made by the leading manufacturers.


User-friendly touchscreen display
Metz is exhibiting a compact flash unit with integrated touchscreen displayfor the first time at photokina 2012. It is very easy to operate the 52 AF-1illuminated graphic display by directly touching the display indicators.For portrait shots, the display thinks with you and rotates the touchscreendisplay by 90. That means that the settings can still be optimally identifiedin this format and the different functions of the mecablitz 52 AF-1 can bepractically selected by touching the display.

Numerous application possibilities
With the new mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital, the options for image compositionare almost limitless. It allows precise light output tailored to each individualsubject and provides plenty of power for all shooting conditions. Performanceand reliability have been further optimised through improvements tothe high performance flash tube. Numerous manual fine tuning options extendyour creative photographic freedom. Virtually limitless possibilities areopened up for individualised lighting thanks to a fully swivelling reflectorsystem which also contains a flip-out reflector card and a diffuser.

As well as the newly integrated master function, a slave function and servo function arealso available. These allow the new premium flash unit to be used in differentoperating modes, depending on the camera model. With the servo flashrelease, no camera master function is required to use the flash as an additionalcreative light source in the room. The camera-specific wireless TTLremote mode of the respective models comes into play with the master/slavefunction.

High performance compact flash with USB connectionThanks to the Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital USB interface, updates can beeasily installed via the Internet. Due to its high guide number of 52 for ISO100/21 and 105 mm focal length, the 52 AF-1 digital not only possesses agreat deal of power, it also lends itself perfectly to being used for bouncingflash. The real highlight -a flip-out reflector card which is integrated into theboth vertically and horizontally tilting and swivelling reflector. The 52 AF-1has a metal base not applicable for the Sony model and can be quickly andconveniently fixed to the camera's flash shoe.

Different versions for Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic/Leica, Pentax and SonyIt goes without saying that the respective camera manufacturer's sophisticatedflash lighting technology can also be employed with the appropriateversion of the mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital, in addition to numerous other specialfunctions, such as high speed synchronisation. Thus the 52 AF-1 digitaloffers E-TTL and E-TTL II flash mode for Canon, i-TTL/i-TTL-BL flash mode forNikon, P-TTL for Pentax, four thirds TTL mode for Olympus/Panasonic/Leicaand ADI flash mode for Sony.

Metz mecablitz -technology made in GermanyMetz flash units represent high performance technology and reliable quality.We have been manufacturing in Germany for over 60 years. As such we holda unique position -Metz is the only manufacturer of camera flash devices todevelop and manufacture products in Europe.


1st Published 18 September 2012 14:23
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