Metz meca­blitz 64 AF-1 £310/$480

It’s a bit like two flashguns in one

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Big, solidly built and fea­turerich, the 64 AF-1 is ca­pa­ble of plenty of top-end tricks thanks to its se­ri­ous power out­put, 24-200mm mo­tor­ized zoom range, -9 to 90 de­grees of bounce, and full com­man­der and slave in­frared connectivity.

This pro-level flash looks dis­arm­ingly sim­ple thanks to its clut­ter-free in­ter­face, but as with the 52 AF-1, it fea­tures a highly in­tu­itive, auto-ro­tat­ing colour touch­screen.

Along with a full range of flash modes in­clud­ing pro­gram­mable re­peat, the 64 AF-1 also boasts a fea­ture that’s unique to the flashguns on test: namely, a sec­ondary, sub-flash mod­ule that works bril­liantly for de­liv­er­ing fill-flash when us­ing the main head in bounce mode.

Per­for­mance

TTL me­ter­ing ac­cu­racy is very good. There’s just a hint of over­ex­po­sure that re­mains very con­sis­tent in a wide range of sce­nar­ios. Max­i­mum out­put is im­pres­sive through­out the zoom range, but it’s best to avoid al­ka­line bat­ter­ies if you want fast re­cy­cling.

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