Per­for­mance

NPhoto - - Test Team -

TTL me­ter­ing is spot-on in prac­ti­cally any sce­nario, and il­lu­mi­na­tion across the en­tire frame is ex­cel­lent. The re­cy­cling speed af­ter a full-power flash is the quick­est in the group at just 2.8 sec­onds. And while the SB700 is rated at a mod­est Gn 37, in our tests the max­i­mum power ac­tu­ally matches most of the other flash­guns in the group. Slightly larger than the Metz 52 AF-1, this flash­gun has a beefier max­i­mum power rat­ing of Gn 58. It in­cludes many of the same use­ful, Nikon-friendly fea­tures, like op­tions for DX- or FX-for­mat mo­torised zoom, reg­u­lar TTL or TTL-BL flash me­ter­ing, and fully ded­i­cated wire­less mas­ter and slave func­tions. Worth­while ex­tras that are omit­ted from the Metz 52 AF-1 in­clude a socket for an op­tional ex­ter­nal power pack, a sec­ondary sub-flash tube (as fea­tured on the Nissin Di866 Mk II), a pro­gram­mable strobe flash mode, and an in­creased man­ual power range that de­scends to 1/256th rather than 1/128th of max­i­mum power.

Un­like the Metz 52, the 58 has a con­ven­tional LCD in­for­ma­tion panel. Con­trols are spar­tan, com­pris­ing just four push­but­tons on the rear. How­ever, these are con­text-sen­si­tive, as la­belled on the LCD screen, which makes nav­i­gat­ing the com­pre­hen­sive menu sys­tem rea­son­ably rapid and in­tu­itive.

Per­for­mance

TTL ex­po­sure ac­cu­racy is very con­sis­tent, al­though slight un­der­ex­po­sure is the norm. It’s a lot closer to the ideal than with the Metz 52 AF-1, and il­lu­mi­na­tion across the en­tire frame is more even. Re­cy­cling speed af­ter a full-power flash is a lit­tle tardy at 5.5 sec­onds, but the max­i­mum tested out­put is Gn 44, match­ing the Nikon SB-910 and Nissin Di700 as the most pow­er­ful in the group.

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