Metz meca­blitz 52 AF-1 Dig­i­tal

£180, $320

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Fea­tures an in­tu­itive and very handy touch­screen

This Metz flash­gun looks pretty ba­sic from the rear, but don’t let that fool you. In­stead of fea­tur­ing lots of but­tons that could be hard to use or even to see in the dark, the Metz has a touch­screen. You can there­fore sim­ply poke your way around the flash­gun’s ex­ten­sive menu, making it quick and easy to ac­cess the set­tings you want to al­ter.

Up­mar­ket at­trac­tions in­clude the usual bounce and swivel head with a 24mm to 105mm mo­torised zoom, a built-in wide-an­gle dif­fuser and a re­flec­tor card. As this is a rea­son­ably low-bud­get op­tion, it lacks the Gloxy’s pro­gram­mable stro­bo­scopic mode, but it does fea­ture full wire­less mas­ter and slave func­tions, which are com­pat­i­ble with Nikon’s Cre­ative Light­ing Sys­tem.

Per­for­mance

As with the Gloxy, the max­i­mum power out­put of the meca­blitz 52 fell some way short of its quoted Guide num­ber of 52, and this time TTL me­ter­ing was a bit on the bright side. We also found re­cy­cling speeds were a lit­tle pedes­trian. Even so, it’s good value, and the touch­screen is per­fect for quickly ac­cess­ing ad­vanced set­tings.

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