Metz meca­blitz 64 AF-1 Dig­i­tal

£300, $480

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Pre­mium build qual­ity, pro-grade power

This is the new flag­ship flash­gun from Metz. It has pro­fes­sional-level en­tice­ments in­clud­ing a Gn 60 power rat­ing, 24mm to 200mm mo­torised zoom range, -9 to 90-de­gree bounce and all the flash modes you could pos­si­bly want, in­clud­ing a pro­gram­mable re­peat mode. Ev­ery­thing’s ac­ces­si­ble via an over­sized colour touch­screen.

Other pro-level fea­tures in­clude a sync ter­mi­nal and a power in­put socket – the lat­ter for at­tach­ing an op­tional ex­ter­nal power pack. Un­like with other flash­guns on test, flash out­put can be ad­justed down to 1/256th in­stead of 1/128th, which can be help­ful when us­ing wide aper­tures at close range. A neat ex­tra fea­ture, matched only by the Nissin, is a sec­ondary flash tube, which is great for adding a lit­tle direct flash when you’re us­ing the main flash head in bounce or swivel mode.

Per­for­mance

Re­cy­cling speeds were bet­ter than with the lower-pow­ered Metz 52 (at least, when us­ing NiMH bat­ter­ies) and TTL flash me­ter­ing was more ac­cu­rate. Over­all per­for­mance was ex­cel­lent, match­ing the flash­gun’s pro­fes­sional-grade as­pi­ra­tions.

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