Metz meca­blitz 64 AF-1 £310/$480

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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).

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