Metz mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital
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.
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.