Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 Digital Touchscreen Speedlight

Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 Digital Touchscreen

Metz has announced a new touchscreen speedlight – the mecablitz 52 AF-1.  The new hot shoe flash features a guide number of 52 and is capable of wireless TTL operation.

The touchscreen rotates when holding the camera in portait orientation for easier readability.  Additionally, the mecablitz 52 AF-1 sports a USB port for future firmware upgrades.

Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 Digital

The mecablitz 52 AF-1 will be available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Micro Four Thirds versions.  No word yet on final release date and pricing.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Full specs listed below.

Technical specifications for the mecablitz 52 AF-1 digital

Flash output
• High max. guide number 52 for ISO 100/21° and 105 mm
• High flash number [e.g. 240 full flashes with NiMH rechargeable batte
ies (2100 mAh)]
• Flash delay 0.1 – 3.5 seconds (depending on energy source and flash

Basic configuration
• Vertical (+90°) and horizontal (300°) swivel reflector
• Illuminated touchscreen display with automatic swivel function (90°)
• Motor zoom for 24 – 105 mm illumination
• Integrated wide-angle diffuser for 12 mm illumination
• Flip-out reflector card
• Modelling light (permanent light to check shadow)
• Integrated autofocus flash metering
• Flash readiness indicator and correct exposure display on unit and on
• Flash range display on graphic display
• Automatic unit shut-off
• Metal base with quick lock (not Sony)

Ready for the future
• Firmware update via integrated USB socket

Camera-specific system flash modes
• E-TTL / E-TTL II flash mode (Canon)
• i-TTL / i-TTL-BL flash mode (Nikon)
• P-TTL flash mode (Pentax)
• Four thirds TTL flash mode (Olympus / Panasonic / Leica)
• ADI flash mode (Sony)
• Camera-specific TTL remote operation (master/controller/slave mode,
depending on camera type)
•Servo flash mode

Standard flash modes
• TTL flash mode (digital only)
• Manual flash mode with 22 partial lighting levels
• Servo flash mode with learning functions
• HSS – high speed synchronisation
• 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronisation
• Manual flash exposure correction for TTL flash mode
• Automatic fill-in flash

Power supply
• 4 x AA alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries
• 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable batteries

Included as standard
• Operating instructions
• Belt pouch
• Slave stand