A versatile third-party flashgun that works a treat for photographers who want a lot of power....

Product Overview

Overall rating:

88%
Overall score:88%

Pros:

  • USB socket / firmware upgrade possibilities

Cons:

  • Unintuitive digital interface

Product:

Metz 58 AF-1

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£290.00

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Ensuring that any flash unit is fully compatible with the latest DSLR TTL control systems has always been problematic. To overcome this the new Metz 58 AF-1 incorporates a USB socket that will potentially enable photographers to simply download and upgrade the flash’s firmware should you upgrade to a DSLR using a different TTL system in the future.



For the time being, the Metz 58 AF-1 is compatible with the current TTL systems for Nikon and Canon (with a Pentax / Samsung version imminent) and the flash itself already has a lot to brag about. A guide number of 58 (58m@ISO100) means there’s an abundance of power, with the tilt and swivel head offering plenty of creative lighting opportunities and a fixed secondary flash proving useful for fill-in purposes. Covering focal lengths from 18-105mm, the 58 AF-1 can be set from full to 1/256 power in precise 1/3 stop increments, though it’s fair to say that navigating the flash takes a bit of getting used to due to an unintuitive digital interface.

Verdict

The Metz is a versatile third-party flashgun that works a treat for photographers who want a lot of power. Time will tell how useful the USB socket and firmware upgrades are, but this could well be the only flash you ever need to buy.

Full Specification

Power:
4 x AA Metz Power Pack P76 (optional)
Zoom Head:
18-105mm (auto / manual)

Tilt / Swivel:
Tilt (-7° to 90°), Swivel Yes (270°)
Compatibility:
Canon (E-TTL / E-TTL II) Nikon (i-TTL / D-TTL)

Guide Number:
58m@ISO100 (max zoom) 42m@ISO100 (50mm lens)