Metz mecablitz 64 AF-1 £310/$480
What’s good: Full range of flash modes, secondary sub-flash, colour touchscreen. What’s bad: Very slight overexposure in TTL mode, no RF connectivity. Our verdict: It’s a superb flashgun that combines great versatility with intuitive control. For its wealth of high-end features and flash modes, excellent build quality, colour touchscreen and the inclusion of a secondary sub-flash module for fill-in lighting in bounce and swivel modes, the Metz 64 AF-1 is a real winner. It’s keenly priced in the UK as well, but it’s not quite such a bargain in the States.
The Nikon SB-5000 certainly isn’t lacking in power and trick features but, with only a receiver rather than a full-blown transceiver, its RF connectivity is limited, while its capacity for cool-running throughout long bursts of continuous shooting will be unnecessary for many photographers. If you prefer to stick with Nikon kit, the SB-700 is arguably a more suitable option for most of us. Both of the Nissin flashguns on test are also very impressive; the Di700A is great value – not least because it comes complete with an ‘Air 1 Commander’ for RF triggering – but we prefer the compactness and graphical display of the newer i60A (and you can always buy the RF commander separately, if you need it).