I’m interested in buying the Metz 64 AF-1 flashgun, after reading your review in issue 71. Can you explain its connectivity options? Tony Easton, via email
Jason says... Like Nikon’s own flashguns, such as the SB-500 and SB-700, the Metz 64 AF-1 (£310/$450) is compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System. You can use the Metz in wireless commander or slave mode, as well as trigger it off-camera by using a pop-up flash module in wireless commander mode. However, this pop-up flash option isn’t available in any current D3XXX model, or in D5XXX series cameras prior to the D5500. You can also connect the Metz using an off-camera flash cable like the Nikon SC-28 (£75/$50), which enables dedicated flash options like i-TTL metering.
Unlike the Nikon SB-5000 flashgun, the Metz operates via infrared wireless linking, rather than having an additional RF (Radio Frequency) option, but it can be used with RF triggering systems like PocketWizard. The Metz also includes a USB port for applying firmware upgrades, enabling futureproofing with forthcoming Nikon cameras.
The Metz 64 AF-1 has plentiful connectivity options, plus an easyto-use colour touchscreen interface