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User reviews and opinions
|muypill||10:39am on Saturday, August 21st, 2010|
|it works An expensive flash for the functions that it has, unfortunately there are few alternatives as far as I am aware for what I require. very good value of money. very good value of money|
|rogerk||6:09am on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010|
|Seems ideally suited to be used with Micro 4/3 camera - I use it on a GF1. Really superb results. Excellent value at this pirce, compared to the branded alternative. It is controlled by the camera in full metered mode.|
|Lennart||10:39am on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010|
|I needed a new flash gun. Something better than the one built into my camera, but not one that needs a degree in electronic engineering to operate. I bought the Metz 36 AF-4 to partner a Leica D-Lux 4 digital camera (same as panasonic LX-3).|
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TV. VIDEO. AUDIO. MECABLITZ
MECABLITZ 36 C-M-1
Bedienungsanleitung Mode demploi Handleiding Operating instructions Norme per luso Instrucciones del manejo
Contents Indice Manual de instrucciones
1. 2. 2.1 2.2 2.3 3. 3.1 3.2 3.3 4. 4.1 4.2 5. 6. 7. 7.1 7.2
Safety instructions Mounting the mecablitz Mounting the mecablitz on the camera Connection to the camera Removing the mecablitz from the camera Power supply Suitable batteries Replacing batteries Switching the flash unit on and off Displays on the mecablitz Flash readiness indication Correct exposure indication on the mecablitz 36 C-2 Zoom reflector Settings on the camera Flash modes Auto flash mode of the mecablitz 36 C-2 Manual flash mode
7.2.1 Manual flash mode with a given aperture 7.2.2 Manual flash mode with a given distance 7.2.3 Manual flash mode with guide number calculation 8. 8.1 8.2 8.3 9. 10. Flash techniques Fill-in flash in daylight Flash exposure correction Bounce flash Maintenance and care Technical data
Foreword Premessa Introduccin
Foreword Welcome to the large family of Metz customers! We congratulate you on purchasing this flash unit and thank you for your confidence in our products. It is only natural that you should want to use your flash unit straight away. However, we recommend that you study these Operating Instructions beforehand to be able to fully exploit and utilize all the capabilities offered.
Safety instructions Per vostra sicurezza Instrucciones de seguridad
1. Safety instructions
The flash unit is exclusively intended and approved for photographic use! Never fire a flash in the vicinity of flammable gases or liquids (petrol, solvents, etc.)! DANGER OF EXPLOSION! Never take flash shots of car, bus or train drivers, or of motorcycle and bicycle riders, whilst they are travelling. They could be blinded by the light and cause an accident! Never fire a flash in the immediate vicinity of the eyes! Flash fired directly in front of the eyes of a person or animal can damage the retina and lead to severe visual disorders - even blindess! Only use the approved power sources listed in the Operating Instructions! Do not expose batteries to excessive heat, sunshine, fire and the like! Never throw exhausted batteries on to a fire!
Exhausted batteries should be immediately removed from the flash unit. Lye leaking out of spent batteries will damage the unit. Never recharge dry-cell batteries! Do not expose the flash unit or battery charger to dripping or splashing water (such as rain)! Protect the flash unit from excessive heat and humidity! Do not store the flash unit in the glove compartment of a car! Never place material that is impervious to light in front of, or directly on, the reflector screen. The reflector screen must be perfectly clean when a flash is fired. The high energy of the flash light will burn the material or damage the reflector screen if this is not observed. Do not touch the reflector screen after a series of flash shots. Danger of burns! Never disassemble the flashgun! DANGER: HIGH VOLTAGE! There are no components inside the flashgun that can be repaired by a layman.
When taking a series of flash shots at full light output and fast recycling times as provided by NiCad battery operation, make sure to observe an interval of at least 10 minutes after 15 flashes, otherwise the flash unit will be overloaded. The mecablitz may only be used in combination with a camera-integrated flash unit if the latter can completely be folded out! Quick changes in temperature may cause condensation. Therefore give the flashgun time to acclimatize!
Mounting the mecablitz Montaggio del mecablitz Montaje del mecablitz
2. Mounting the mecablitz
2.1 Mounting the mecablitz on the camera
Turn off the camera and the mecablitz by the main
switch! Turn the knurled nut against the mecablitz until the stop point is reached. Slide the mecablitz foot completely into the cameras accessory shoe. Turn the knurled nut against the camera body as far as possible to lock the mecablitz in position.
2.2 Connection to the camera The mecablitz is triggered via the hot shoe contact in the cameras flash shoe. If the cameras flash shoe does not have a hot shoe contact then a synchronising cable (optional accessory) can be used to establish the link between the cameras X socket and the sync socket of the mecablitz.
Please note: The mecablitz must be switched off before
the synchronising cable is plugged in or disconnected. 2.3 Removing the mecablitz from the camera
switch. Turn the knurled nut against the mecablitz until the stop point is reached. Withdraw the mecablitz from the cameras accessory shoe.
Power supply Alimentazione Alimentacin de corriente
3. Power supply
3.1 Suitable batteries The mecablitz can be operated with any of the following batteries: 4 NiCad batteries, type IEC KR 15/51. They permit very fast recycling and are economical in use because they are rechargeable. 4 nickel metal hydride batteries. They have a significantly higher capacity than NiCad batteries and are less harmful to the environment (no cadmium). 4 alkaline manganese dry-cell batteries, type IEC LR6. Maintenance-free power source for moderate power requirements.
Do not use lithium batteries! Their higher cell voltage
may damage the electronic system of the flash unit. Remove the batteries from the mecablitz if the flash unit is not going to be used for an extended period of time.
3.2 Replacing batteries The batteries are exhausted if the recycling time (elapsing from the triggering of a full-power flash to the moment the flash ready indicator lights up again) exceeds 60 seconds. Turn off the mecablitz by its main switch. Slide the battery compartment cover in the direction of the arrow and fold open. Insert the batteries lengthwise in conformity with the indicated battery symbols and close the battery compartment cover.
When loading batteries ensure correct polarity, as indicated by the symbols in the battery compartment. Mixed up battery poles may destroy the flash unit! Replace all batteries at a time and make sure that the batteries are of the same brand and type and have the same capacity!
Exhausted batteries must not be thrown in the dustbin!
3.3 Switching the flash unit on and off The flash unit is switched on and off by its main switch. mecablitz 36 M-1: The flash unit is switched on when the main switch is in the ON position. To switch off slide the main switch to OFF. mecablitz 36 C-2:
Help protect the environment and dispose of run-down batteries at the appropriate collecting points.
Depending on the flash mode the main switch of the mecablitz should be set at M (for manual mode) or A (for auto mode). Slide the main switch to OFF to switch off the flash unit.
Displays on the mecablitz Indicazioni sul mecablitz Indicaciones en el mecablitz
4. Displays on the mecablitz
4.1 Flash readiness indication The flash readiness symbol (READY) lights up on the mecablitz when the flash capacitor is charged, thereby indicating that flashes can be fired for the next shot. If a picture is shot before flash readiness is signalled then the flash unit will not be triggered.
If flash readiness is established, a test flash can be fired
with the manual firing button on the mecablitz.
4.2 Correct exposure indication on the mecablitz 36 C-2 The o.k. correct exposure confirmation briefly lights up on the mecablitz when the picture was correctly exposed in the auto flash mode. If o.k. is not indicated after an exposure, then this means that the picture was underexposed. The shot will then have to be repeated: Set the next smaller f-number (e.g. f/4 instead of f/8) on the mecablitz and the camera, or reduce the distance to the subject or the reflecting surface (e.g. when bouncing the flash). Please observe the maximum flash range indicated on the aperture calculator of the mecablitz.
The manual firing button on the mecablitz 36 C-2 can
be used in the auto flash mode to establish prior to shooting whether or not the flash will be sufficient for the selected auto working aperture. When firing a test flash point the flash unit in the same direction as for the subsequent shot.
Zoom reflector Parabola zoom El reflector zoom
5. Zoom reflector
The zoom reflector of the mecablitz has four zoom positions for optimal light coverage and adaptation of the guide number to the focal length of the lens. 28 mm Wide-angle illumination for focal lengths as of 28 mm 35 mm Wide-angle illumination for focal lengths as of 35 mm 50 mm Normal illumination for focal lengths as of 50 mm 85 mm Telelens illumination for focal lengths as of 85 mm The zoom reflector can be swivelled upwards into four locking positions (e.g. for bounce flashes): 30, 45, 60 and 90. For normal flash operation the reflector is in the horizontal position: 0.
Settings on the camera Impostazioni sulla camera Ajustes en la cmara
6. Settings on the camera
Select on the camera the Manual Mode M with aperture and shutter speed priority or the automatic Aperture Priority Mode (A or Av) (see operating instructions for the given camera). When in Manual Mode M set the flash sync speed on the camera (e.g. 1/60th sec.; see operating instructions for the given camera) or a slower shutter speed. In the Aperture Priority Mode ensure that the camera does not select a shutter speed faster than its flash sync speed! Should this be the case, set on the lens a higher f-number (= smaller aperture opening)!
Please refer to the hints given for flash photography in
the camera manual.
Auto flash mode Modo flash automatico Funcionamiento automtico del flash
7. Flash modes
7.1 Auto flash mode of the mecablitz 36 C-2
When in automatic flash mode the sensor integrated in
the mecablitz measures the light reflected from the subject. The flash unit automatically cuts off the flash as soon as the amount of light required for correct exposure has been reached. In this manner the aperture does not have to be recalculated and reset when the distance changes, provided that the subject remains within the auto flash range indicated on the aperture calculator.
Set the main switch of the mecablitz 36 C-2 at the A position. Set the ISO speed of the film loaded in the camera with the upper ISO slide switch. Set the lower slide switch at the selected zoom position of the reflector (28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm or 85 mm).
The sensor must be pointing at the subject irrespective of the reflector setting. It only measures the light during the firing of flashes by the mecablitz. Up to three colour-coded auto working apertures (yellow green - red) are available, depending on the given ISO film speed. The auto working aperture is selected with the aperture selector (yellow - green - red) on the mecablitz and depends on the camera-to-subject distance. The aperture calculator of the mecablitz indicates the appropriate maximum flash range underneath the aperture value. A minimum distance to the subject should be maintained to avoid overexposure. The minimum distance is approx. 10 % of the maximum flash range.
Ideally, the subject should be located in the middle third
of the zone between the minimum distance and the maximum flash range to give the electronic circuit sufficient leeway for light control.
Example: You are using an ISO 100 film and a 50 mm lens. The aperture calculator indicates a choice of three auto working apertures: f/8 - f/4 - f/2. The camera-to-subject distance is approx. 5 m. You choose the f/4 green auto-working aperture (maximum flash range given by the aperture calculator: approx. 7.3 m) Set the aperture selector of the mecablitz to the desired auto working aperture , i.e. green. Set f/4 on the camera lens.
Caution with zoom lenses! Depending on their design
they can cause a loss of light of as much as one aper-
Manual flash mode Modo flash manuale Funcionamiento manual del flash
ture increment. They may also have different effective aperture values for the different focal length settings. This will then have to be compensated by manual correction of the aperture setting on the flash unit! 7.2 Manual flash mode
The mecablitz always fires uncontrolled flashes at full
light output when in manual mode. Adaptation to the given photographic situation is achieved by selecting a corresponding aperture on the camera.
Set the main switch of the mecablitz 36 C-2 at the M position. Set the upper ISO slide switch at the ISO speed of the film loaded in the camera. Set the lower slide switch at the selected zoom position of the reflector (28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm or 85 mm).
7.2.1 Manual flash mode with a given aperture The aperture calculator of the mecablitz indicates underneath the individual aperture value the necessary camerato-subject distance in meters (m) and feet (ft). The applicable aperture is the f-number set on the camera or camera lens. Example: You are using an ISO 200 film and a 50 mm lens. The aperture f/8 has been selected on the camera lens. The aperture calculator of the mecablitz indicates a camerato-subject distance of 5.2 m. 7.2.2 Manual flash mode with a given distance The aperture calculator of the mecablitz indicates over the individual distances the necessary aperture that must be set on the camera or camera lens. The distance to be chosen is the camera-to-subject distance.
Example: You are using an ISO 100 film and a 50 mm lens. The camera-to-subject distance is approx. 7 m. The aperture calculator of the mecablitz indicates f/4 as the required aperture. This f-number must be set on the camera or camera lens. 7.2.3 Manual flash mode with guide number calculation The aperture to be set on the camera can also be calculated by the following formula: Aperture = guide number flash-to-subject distance The guide numbers for the individual film speeds are listed in the Guide Number Table at the end of the Technical Data section. The flash-to-subject distance is the camera-to-subject distance.
Example: You are using an ISO 100 film and a 35 mm lens. The camera-to-subject distance is approx. 3 m. Refer to the Guide Number Table and select GN 24. Calculate: Aperture = = 8 Set f/8 on the camera or camera lens.
Flash techniques Tecniche flash Tcnicas de destello
8. Flash techniques
8.1 Fill-in flash in daylight The mecablitz can also be used for fill-in flash in daylight in order to eliminate dense shadows and produce a more balanced illumination in contre-jour shots. Fill-in flash in auto flash mode Use the camera or a hand-held exposure meter to establish the required aperture and shutter speed for a normal exposure. Ensure that the cameras shutter speed equals or is slower than the cameras flash sync speed (see operating instructions for the given camera). Example: Established aperture = f/8; established shutter speed = 1/60 s Flash sync speed of the camera = 1/100th sec. (see operating instructions for the given camera).
The two established values for aperture and shutter speed can be set on the camera because the cameras shutter speed is slower than the cameras flash sync speed. To maintain a balanced range of highlights, for instance in order to retain the character of the shadows, the auto aperture selected on the flash unit should be one setting lower than the f-number set on the camera. In our example f/8 was selected on the camera. Consequently, we advise you to set an auto aperture of f/5.6 on the mecablitz.
Tip: If, for reasons of the film speed used, f/5.6 cannot be set on the flash unit then proceed as follows: Select an auto aperture of f/8 on the mecablitz and set a shutter speed of 1/30th sec. and an aperture of f/11 on the camera. If f/4 were set as auto working aperture on the mecablitz, then this would result in a shutter speed of 1/125th sec. at a lens aperture of f/5.6. This would exceed the cameras flash sync speed of 1/100th sec. in our example.
Ensure that the source of backlight does not shine
directly into the sensor of the flash unit as this would confuse the electronic system and falsify the reading.
8.2 Flash exposure correction The automatic flash exposure system of the mecablitz is based on a 25 % reflectivity of the subject (average reflection factor for subjects shot with flash). A dark background that absorbs a great deal of light or, alternatively a light background that reflects a great deal of light (e.g. backlit scenes), would invariably result in over- and underexposure of the subject. Exposure correction in auto flash mode To compensate the above effect the exposure can be corrected by opening or stopping down the cameras aperture. With a predominantly light background the sensor of the flash unit will interrupt the flash prematurely with the result that the subject is underexposed. Alternatively, with a dark background the flash will be cut off too late. The subject will be overexposed.
Light background Open the camera aperture by 1/2 to 1 f-stop (from f/5.6 to f/4) Dark background Stop down the camera aperture by 1/2 to 1 f-stop (e.g. from f/5.6 to f/8) 8.3 Bounce flash Photos shot with full frontal flash are easily recognized by their harsh, dense shadows. This is often associated with a sharp drop in light from the foreground to the background. This phenomenon can be avoided with bounce flash because the diffused light will produce a soft and uniform rendition of both the subject and the background. For this situation the reflector is turned in such a manner that the flash is bounced off a suitable reflective surface (e.g. ceiling or wall of the room). The reflector can be turned vertically up to 90.
When turning the reflector vertically, it is essential to ensure that it is moved by a sufficiently wide angle so that direct light can no longer fall on the subject. Consequently, always turn the reflector at least to the 60 lock-in position. The light bounced off the reflecting surface produces a soft and uniform illumination of the subject. The reflecting surface must be white or have a neutral colour, and it must not be structured, e.g. wooden beams in a ceiling might cause shadows. For colour effects just select the reflective surface in the desired colour.
Take into account that the maximum flash range is con-
siderably diminished when bouncing the flash. The following rule of thumb will help you determine the maximum flash range for a room of normal height:
guide number Maximum flash range = (flash-to-subject distance x 2)
Maintenance and care Cura e manutenzione Mantenimiento y cuidados
9. Maintenance and care
Remove any grime and dust with a soft, dry or silicon-treated cloth. Never use detergents that could damage plastic parts. Forming the flash capacitor The flash capacitor incorporated in the flash unit undergoes a physical change when the flash unit is not switched on for prolonged periods of time. For this reason it is necessary to switch on the mecablitz for approx. 10 minutes every 3 months. The batteries must supply sufficient power for flash readiness to be indicated within 1 minute after the mecablitz was switched on.
Metz does not accept any liability for faulty functions or
damage to the mecablitz caused by the use of accessories from other manufacturers!
Technical data Dati tecnici Caractersticas tcnicas Stimmen die Daten mit den Blitzanzahlen u. Blitzfolgezeiten?
10. Technical data
Reflector positions: 28 mm - 35 mm - 50 mm - 85 mm Tilting range and locking positions of flash head: vertically 30 - 45 - 60 - 90 Flash duration: 1/500s - 1/30,000s Colour temperature: approx. 5500 K Film speed: ISO 25 to ISO 800 Auto apertures (only 36 C-2): f/2 - f/4 - f/8 with ISO 100 Synchronisation: Low-voltage ignition Number of flashes (at full light output): approx. 160 with NiCad batteries (600 mAh) approx. 450.with high-capacity alkaline manganese batteries
Technical data Dati tecnici Caractersticas tcnicas
Recycling time (at full light output): approx. 5 s with NiCad batteries approx. 5 s with high-capacity alkaline manganese batteries Dimensions (w x h x d): 73 x 110 x 87 mm Weight: 205 g without batteries Included: mecablitz, Operating Instructions
With Metz mecablitz digital into the future
The flexibility of Metz mecablitz units can be seen in the different flash families. They have the respective functional equipment to go along with the different requirements profiles. In principle, there are the following groups:
System flash units
With System flash units, using a flash is a great deal of fun. Thanks to their being highly-developed and fully automatic, you only have to attach the flash, and away you go. System flash units are available in different versions. In this way, they provide a specific connection for a specific brand of camera, with which it works together perfectly. The best examples of this are the Metz mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital, which was singled out as the Best Flash Unit in Europe 2007/2008*, or the Metz mecablitz 48 AF-1 digital.
SCA flash units
Cameras can change, but not Metz! The unique special feature of Metz SCA flash units is that one and the same flash unit can be used with different cameras it doesnt matter whether they are digital or analog. By simply replacing the adapter, system cameras of different manufacturers can be used. Flash units with SCA adapters are particularly good for reflex cameras, because they offer the richest array of special functions. Of course, the SCA modules are also suitable for cameras from many other manufacturers, because of the adapters available.
*EISA Award 2007/2008
Automatic flash units
Automatic flash units are connected to the camera via a hot-shoe contact or a sync cord connection and have their own automatic flash control. This means that it isnt the camera that controls the flash, rather the flash itself responds intelligently and meters the light as precisely as required by the subject. There are automatic flash units ranging from professional handheld flash guns to small, handy compact flashes. For compact digital cameras (with flash connectors), there is the particularly handy mecablitz 20 C-2 in this category, which offers a vertically-tilting reflector, despite its minimal size.
Slave flash units
The group of slave flash units is intended to be used for particularly varied and interesting directed lighting. This is because they can be used as so-called off-camera flashes, because they can be positioned anywhere in the room. Because they dont need a direct contact to the camera, they are especially interesting for owners of compact digital cameras that dont have a flash connection option. With the SCA 3083 digital Slave Adapter (Metz Remote System), any current model of SCA flash unit is given additional slave qualities and in this way becomes a member of the family. Even the mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital or the 48 AF-1 digital can be used as a slave, even though they are not directly assigned to this category. In this mode of operation, they also support the flash modes of the respective camera manufacturer.
Power Pack P 76 Set (V58-50 cable required
Mecabounce 58-90 for softer illumination
Bounce diffuser 54-23 for bounce flash
For committed amateur photographers
Innovative and flash-ready
Presenting the new Metz mecablitz 48 AF-1 digital stylish and technically state-of-the art. Equipped with a USB port for firmware updates via Internet, it has shown itself to be just as innovative as its big brother the 58 AF-1 digital, which has just been singled out as Europes Flash Unit of the Year 2007/2008*. Perfectly matched to digital cameras from leading manufacturers in each case, it is available in five different versions (Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax/ Samsung or Sony Alpha) each individual one is flash-ready, due to its fully automatic flash modes. They facilitate precision light output, tailor-made for each individual subject. Numerous manual intervention options complement the photographic creative flexi bility. Supported by a fully swiveling reflector system, which also has an extendible reflector card and a diffuser, almost unlimited possibilities open up for creative directed lighting. Thanks to the slave function, the 48 AF-1 digital can even be used detached from the camera. In the respective camera-specific wireless TTL mode, it can thus be used as a slave unit. It is an outstanding flash unit for committed amateur photographers.
high max. GN of 48 for ISO 100/21 and 105 mm
vertical (-7/+90) and horizontal (270) swivel reflector illuminable LCD display easy operating concept motor zoom for 24 - 105 mm illumination integrated wide-angle diffuser for 18 mm illumination extendible reflector card for soft flash illumination modeling light (permanent light for checking the photo) integrated autofocus measuring flash flash readiness and exposure control indicators on the unit and camera flash range indicator in the LCD display automatic unit switch-off and manual key lock
TTL flash mode manual flash mode with 8 partial lighting levels HSS high speed synchronization 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronization manual flash exposure correction for TTL flash mode automatic fill-in flash flash bracketing
GN of 48 at ISO 100/21 (105 mm) GN of 35 at ISO 100/21 (50 mm)
E-TTL- / E-TTL-II flash mode E-TTL remote mode (slave operation)
i-TTL / D-TTL / 3D flash mode i-TTL remote mode (slave operation)
Four Thirds TTL flash mode Four Thirds TTL remote mode (slave operation)
P-TTL flash mode P-TTL remote mode (slave operation)
Guaranteed in the future Power sources
4 x AA alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries 4 x AA NC or NiMH rechargeable batteries
Firmware update via integrated USB port
m e c a b l i t z AF - 4 d i g i ta l
For demanding beginners
The compact class Presenting the Metz mecablitz 36 AF-4C digital for Canon, or alternatively the 36 AF-4N digital for Nikon, in the advantageous Cobra design. With these two sophisticated entry-level models Metz has the right flash answer ready for groups of users of Canon or Nikon digital cameras. The mecablitz 36 AF-4C digital provides E-TTL flash mode; the 36 AF-4N for Nikon has i-TTL flash mode. In addition, they are impressive because of their likeably easy operation. Even bounce flash becomes childs play, due to the vertically-tilting reflector. The manually-adjustable zoom reflector has other advantages. By adjusting the reflector to different focal lengths, the illumination angle of the 36 AF-4 digital can be optimally utilized.
max. GN of 36 for ISO 100/21 and 85 mm
vertically tilting reflector +90 LED displays manual zoom reflector for 28 - 85 mm illumination integrated autofocus measurement flash flash readiness and exposure control indicators on the unit and camera
TTL flash mode 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronization manual flash exposure correction for TTL flash mode (if it can be set on the camera) automatic fill-in flash
Spotlight for AF measurement flash
Tilt reflector (only vertical)
Zoom reflector (28-85 mm)
GN of 36 at ISO 100/21 (85 mm) GN of 30 at ISO 100/21 (50 mm)
E-TTL flash mode
CANON NIKON FUJIfilm
i-TTL flash mode firmware update possible via Metz Service
4 x AA alkaline-magnesium batteries 4 x AA NC or NiMH rechargeable batteries
The unique special feature of Metz SCA flash units is that one and the same flash unit can be used with different cameras it doesnt matter whether they are digital or analog. By simply replacing the adapter, system cameras from different manufacturers can be used, because they offer the richest array of special functions. Flash units with SCA adapters are just as suitable for system camera owners as for medium-format camera owners. All members of the SCA family meet this criterion, whether it is a handheld flash gun or a compact flash.
A second look
Many wedding photographs are exclusively standard poses. Anyone who comes up with additional ideas here can score bonus points. Why not photograph the bridal couple or wedding guests during small talk? With some flash, the subject is given additional sharpness and brilliance. For this purpose, there are different partial light output levels to choose from with Metz handheld flash guns.
Tough professional use requires the maximum flash power. The new, practical, high-power Power Pack P 76, which attaches to your belt, provides even more energy. This increases flash output, while simultaneously reducing the flash recycle time. This is a dramatic improvement, which makes it possible to fall back on maximum flash power when taking a battery-draining series of shots.
m e c a b l i t z M Z - 5 d i g i ta l
Light power for pros
Powerful handheld flash guns Worldwide, professional photographers put their trust in the powerful 76 MZ-5 digital from Metz. Above all at weddings and fashion shows, its ability to take fast series of shots pays off. Its secondary reflector which makes it possible to set perfect highlights in the eye is worth its weight in gold. It goes without saying that the camera-specific system flash modes of the various manufacturers can also be used perfectly with this professional flash, through different SCA adapters.All menu navigation settings can be activated from the device itself, and a locking function means you wont accidentally change fixed values. Of course, the 76 MZ-5 digital keeps up with the times and provides outstanding flash convenience with a great deal of creative flexibility in setting up shots. Discriminating photographers will appreciate the lasting flash performance ensured by the NiMH rechargeable battery and the Metz charger. It offers considerably more power than the previous NiCad rechargeable battery. The control unit of the 76 MZ-5 digital is specially equipped with a large, illuminated dot matrix display. Plus, the reflector of the zoom flash unit automatically adapts to a focal length range of 24 - 105 mm depending on the type of camera. A wide-angle diffusing disk, included with the flash, enables expansion to 20 mm.
high max. GN of 76 for ISO 100/21 and 105 mm
SCA adapter system (universal flash unit useable with different cameras) secondary reflector with 3 light lighting levels vertical (+90) and horizontal (270) tilt reflector control unit with illuminated dot matrix display easy operating concept motor zoom for 24 - 105 mm illumination accompanying wide-angle diffuser for 20 mm illumination modeling light (permanent light for checking the illumination) integrated auto-focus measurement flash in the control section flash readiness and exposure control indicators on the unit and camera flash range indicator in LCD manual key lock
TTL flash mode automatic flash mode with 12 automatic apertures manual flash mode with 25 partial lighting levels stroboscope mode 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronization manual flash exposure correction for TTL or automatic flash mode automatic fill-in flash flash bracketing
Secondar y reflector with 3 selectable light lighting levels
Illuminable dot matrix display
Control unit with LCD display and integrated AF measurement flash
Mounting bracket 50-25
SCA 3002 adapter
GN of 76 at ISO 100/21 (105 mm) GN of 54 at ISO 100/21 (50 mm)
Camera-specific system flash modes with SCA adapters
E-TTL- / E-TTL-II flash mode
CANON NIKON FUJIfilm HASSELBLAD LEICA MAMIYA OLYMPUS PANASONIC PENTAX ROLLEI SAMSUNG SONY
i-TTL / D-TTL / 3D flash mode
Four Thirds TTL flash mode
P-TTL flash mode
Guaranteed in the future
firmware update possible via Metz Service
Metz NiMH rechargeable battery 76-56 (included with flash) powerful Metz NiMH Power Pack P 76 with V 76 cable
standard foot camera bracket NiMH rechargeable batteries charger wide-angle diffuser (20 mm)
Color filter set 50-32
Power Pack P 76 set + V 76 cable
NiMH charger set B 47
Mecabounce 50-90 for softer illumination
Bounce diffuser 76-23 for bounce flash
m e c a b l i t z C L - 4 d i g i ta l
Great performance: The Metz mecablitz 45 CL-4 digital is a powerful handheld flashgun that is very convincing, due to its GN of 45 for ISO 100/21 and 35 mm focal length, as well as the most modern charging method available. It is an ideal flash unit for photographers who put higher priority on high light output and rapid recycling times, as well as extensive optional features. It is equipped with a secondary reflector in order to be able to create perfect highlights in portraits. It goes without saying that the camera-specific system flash modes of the various manufacturers can also be used perfectly with this professional flash, through various SCA adapters. The TTL mode and the automatic functions can be just as easily set as manual partial lighting, via the practical dial on the top of the 45 CL-4 digital. This flash unit, specially designed for digital cameras, also offers all the important special functions listed above for the 76 MZ-5 digital, including high-speed synchronization (HSS). The reflectors vertical and horizontal tilt and swivel abilities can also be used for indirect flash lighting, just like on the 76 MZ-5 digital. The Power Pack P 76 is available for particularly intensive professional use, which can increase the flash output and further reduce the flash recycle time.
high max. GN of 45 for ISO 100/21 and 35 mm
SCA adapter system (flash unit useable with different cameras) socket for SCA 3045 digital cable (to connect to SCA adapter on camera shoe) secondary reflector with 3 light lighting levels vertical (+90) and horizontal (360) tilt reflector LED displays standard 35 mm illumination accompanying wide-angle diffuser for 28 mm illumination integrated auto-focus measurement flash (in separate SCA 3045 connection cable) flash readiness and exposure control indicators on the unit and camera flash range indicator in LED (for manual settings)
TTL flash mode automatic flash mode with 12 automatic apertures manual flash mode with 5 partial lighting levels HSS high speed synchronization 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronization manual flash exposure correction for TTL flash mode (if it can be set on the camera) automatic fill-in flash
Secondar y reflector
SCA 300 adapter with SCA 300A cable
SCA 3002 adapter with SCA 3045 cable
Leitzahl 45 bei ISO 100/21 (35 mm)
Four Thirds TTL flash mode
P-TTL flash mode
ADI flash mode ADI remote mode (slave function) firmware update possible via Metz Service
Metz NiMH rechargeable battery 45-56 (included with flash) powerful Metz NiMH Power Pack P 76 with V 76 cable alkaline-magnesium batteries (battery basket 45-39 required separately)
Wide-angle diffuser Sync cable Camera bracket NiMH rechargeable battery and charger
Power Pack P 76 Set (V76 cable required)
NiMH charger set B46
Batter y basket 45-39
m e c a b l i t z M Z - 4 i d i g i ta l
Especially versatile: Presenting the simple and highly functional flagship of the Metz SCA compact flash units. It is convincing due to the: High light output: GN of 54 at ISO 100/21 and 105 mm focal length. Large light angle: illumination of a focal length range of 24-105 mm. switch-controlled secondary reflector, with light output that can be reduced by using a grey filter. Ease of use: a large display ensures you always have a good overview. Only two function keys and a control dial facilitate good handling. Great flexibility: To begin with, the Metz 54 MZ-4i digital is available with a standard foot. Furthermore, due to the SCA system, there are many adapters available for almost any camera. Diversity: Via various adapters, there are also a great deal of interesting special functions such as E-TTL and E-TTL II flash mode from Canon, i-TTL from Nikon, or ADI flash control from Sony Alpha, and many more, which increase the creative flexibility.
high max. GN of 54 for ISO 100/21 and 105 mm
SCA adapter system (flash unit useable with different cameras) secondary reflector vertical (-7/+90) and horizontal (270) tilt reflector illuminable LCD display easy operating concept motor zoom for 24 - 105 mm illumination integrated wide-angle diffuser for 20 mm illumination modeling light (permanent light for checking the photo) integrated autofocus measurement flash flash readiness and exposure control indicators on the unit and camera flash range indicator in LCD automatic unit switch-off and manual key lock
i-TTL flash mode
NIKON FUJIfilm HASSELBLAD LEICA MAMIYA OLYMPUS PANASONIC ROLLEI
Four Thirds TTL flash mode Firmware update possible via Metz Service (flash unit and SCA adapter)
Included with delivery
SCA 300 or 3002 adapter
SCA 3008A connecting cable with SCA 3002 adapters and camera bracket 40-36
A u t o m at i c f l a s h u n i t s
The flash units in this family dont have TTL flash mode; instead, they have the so-called automatic flash mode, in addition to manual flash mode. Numerous photographers still make use of this simple but extremely effective form of flash measurement. With automatic flash mode, it isnt the camera that controls the flash, but instead, the photocell integrated in the flash measures the light reflected from the object. It is a really nice thing!
Backlighting makes interesting light effects possible, if you know how to use it correctly. A flash should be used in any case. With the flash output reduced by 1 or 2 f-stops, it is possible to retain the character of the existing light. The higher the guide number, the greater the range of the flash unit. However, when comparing, it is important to make sure that the same focal length and the same ISO specification are used.
Long exposure times
It is worth experimenting with exposure times that are longer than the flash sync speed. For moving objects, interesting blurring effects and a corresponding brightening of the foreground can be obtained in a range of approx. 1 second. By the way, the easiest way to extend the range of a flash unit is to increase the ISO setting on the camera. If you use ISO 1600 instead of ISO 100, then the sensitivity of the photo chip increases is quadrupled.
mecablitz 45 CL-1
Simply a powerful light: The powerful Metz handheld flashgun family begins with the robust Metz mecablitz 45 CL-1. It offers a fully swiveling and tilting reflector, high light output with easy handling and is reduced down to the essentials. There is a choice of 5 automatic apertures. Mainly intended for the owners of analog cameras, even professional photographers with modern DSLR cameras swear by the automatic flash mode of the 45 CL-1. Thanks to the included modern NiMH rechargeable battery, it is possible to have a high number of flashes with low recycling times. In order to be able to fall back on maximum flash power when taking a series of shots, the practical, highpower Power Pack P 76, which attaches to your belt, can be used in connection with the optionally available V 45 cable.
max. GN of 20 for ISO 100/21 and 35 mm high number of flashes (e.g. 150 full flashes with alkaline-magnesium batteries) flash recycle time 0.sec. (depending on the energy source and flash output)
connection to camera via hot-shoe contact (x-synchronization) or via sync cable (included in delivery) vertically tilting reflector +90 LED displays flash readiness and exposure control indicator on the unit
automatic flash mode with 2 automatic apertures manual flash mode
IN DETAIL Accessories
2 x AA alkaline-magnesium batteries 2 x AA NC or NiMH rechargeable batteries
standard sync cable
Practical tilt reflector
Camera bracket 40-36
GN of 20 at ISO 100/21 (35 mm)
S l av e f l a s h u n i t s
Slave mode (light controlled): With the mecablitz 28 CS-2 digital, you have a pure slave flash unit at your disposal that only flashes when you want it to with any camera. This is made possible by its learning function, which recognizes the pre-flash of your camera and only responds to its main flash. With this model, the picture results can be controlled very easily via the plus/minus buttons. Metz slave mode (wireless Metz remote system): This clever Metz system facilitates targeted light control for two Metz flash units. Here, one is attached directly to the camera as a so-called master flash. In contrast, the other slave flash unit can be positioned anywhere in the room. For this type of slave mode, a current Metz SCA flash unit is equipped with an SCA slave adapter (SCA-3083) instead of the SCA camera adapter, which is used for a conventional flash. This slave adapter makes additional slave qualities possible. By using a mecalux 11 as a server flash trigger, a flash unit can also be activated. However, all settings must be made on the flash unit itself here. Slave mode for the respective camera manufacture: Another way of using slave mode is opened up by the two system flash units mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital and mecablitz 48 AF-1 digital. Both models are not directly assigned to the slave category, but they still can be used as intelligent slave variants as well. Here, they support the flash modes of the respective camera manufacturer. In addition, the mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital has a master function that you can always use if the integrated flash of the camera doesnt provide a master mode.
The slave flash mode is interesting in order to obtain especially varied directed lighting. Completely without a cable (wireless), this method can be used to place and trigger an external flash at any place in the room. In this way, interesting additional lighting can be set, whether in the form of a light accent or a side light, for example. Naturally, multiple slaves can be used at the same time. It is particularly exciting to use this to obtain separate lighting for the subject and the background of the picture.
m e c a b l i t z C s - 2 d i g i ta l
For the imaginative
rate from the camera once in a while? Then Metz has the perfect solution for you! Let the curtain rise for the Metz mecablitz 28 CS-2 digital, with technology and a size that have been optimally matched to compact digital cameras. The fun factor comes from the self-learning slave mode and the clever EASY mode. For the first time, flash results can be affected directly by means of the immediate correct buttons (+/-). This means you only have to take the shot check the results on the cameras monitor and readjust using the buttons if necessary. With this slave model, you increase the flash power Flash with a fun factor: Have you ever been upset due to photographs that are too dark, because the integrated flash in your camera was once again inadequate? Wouldnt you like to have a handy flash unit that can also be used sepaabsolutely without any undesired side effects. This is because it draws its energy either from alkaline micro batteries, which are available everywhere, or from equally economical rechargeable Micro batteries.
max. GN of 28 for ISO 100/21 and 85 mm
CANON NIKON FUJIfilm HASSELBLAD LEICA OLYMPUS PANASONIC PENTAX SAMSUNG SONY
Slave mode: flash unit triggered by the integrated camera flash or by another external flash unit LCD display flash readiness and exposure control indicator on the unit flash range indicator in the LCD illumination from 24 mm (wide-angle diffuser) up to 85 mm (telephoto attachment) automatic unit switch-off
automatic flash mode with 8 automatic apertures manual flash mode with 4 partial lighting levels Easy Mode: manual exposure correction with +/- buttons
Learning mode: optimum adaptation of the flash unit to the camera-specific pre-flash only once at the beginning Metz-specific TTL remote mode (slave mode) with other Metz flash units as the master
firmware update possible via Metz Service 2 x AAA alkaline-magnesium batteries 2 x AAA NC or NiMH rechargeable batteries
wide-angle diffuser (24 mm) telephoto attachment 85 mm extendible, integrated telescopic bracket to be fastened to the tripod socket of the camera
Easy control with the +/- buttons
Clearly laid out display
Perfect for mounting on the integrated, extendible telescopic bracket
20 / +/ /2 /
20 / 270 20
18 / 270 18
28 / +90
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7. +90 7. +90 7. +90 7. +90
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T e c h n i c a l d ata
28 CS-2 digital
36 AF-4 digital
100 5) 35 5) 100 5)
0,3/8 0,3/6 0,3/6
Configuration features: System flash modes Nikon 3D multi-sensor fill-in flash mode Nikon D-TTL / 3D flash mode
Nikon FV flash exposure memory for i-TTL and i-TTL-BL flash mode
Nikon i-TTL / i-TTL-BL flash mode Nikon matrix controlled fill-in flash mode Nikon underexposure warning in EV (f-stops) Nikon i-TTL remote flash system as master/controller/slave Olympus TTL flash mode with measurement pre-flash technique Olympus/Panasonic/Leica Four Thirds System (TTL compatible)
Olympus Four Thirds system TTL remote flash system as master/controller/slave
Pentax contrast control Pentax P-TTL flash mode Pentax Spot-beam mode Pentax P-TTL remote flash system as master/controller/slave Sony DSLR-ADI flash control Sony DSLR multi-zone flash measurement (TTL pre-flash measurement) Sony DSLR remote flash system as master/controller/slave Guaranteed in the future Firmware update via Metz Service Firmware update via USB port Power supply Runs on alkaline-magnesium batteries (1.5 V)
Runs on NiCad rechargeable batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries (1.2 V)
0,1/6 0,1/5 0,1/10 0,1/4 0,1/4 0,1/4
Runs on lithium batteries (1.5 V) Runs on Metz NiMH rechargeable battery pack External energy supply with Metz Power Pack P 76 Number of flashes (at full light output) Running on alkaline-magnesium batteries (1.5 V) Running on NiCd rechargeable batteries (1.2 V/600 mAh) Running on NiMH rechargeable batteries (1.2 V/1600 mAh) Running on lithium batteries (1.5 V) Running on Metz NiMH rechargeable battery pack (1600 mAh) External energy supply with Metz Power Pack P 76 Flash cycle time in sec. (min./max.) Running on alkaline-magnesium batteries (1.5 V)
Running on NiCd rechargeable batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries (1.2 V) 0,1/4 0,3/11
0,1/5 0,1/5 0,1/6
0,2/5 0,2/4 0,2/6
0,3/5 0,3/5 0,3/5
0,3/10 0,3/8 0,3/8
Running on lithium batteries (1.5 V) Running on Metz NiMH rechargeable battery pack External energy supply with Metz Power Pack P 76 Size and weight Weight without power source in g (approx.) W Approx. dimensions in mm (W x H x D) H D Lamp pole Control section Lamp pole Control section Lamp pole Control section Lamp pole Control section
1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 0,1/4 0,1/4 0,3/7 0,3/2,5 0,1/3
With connecting cable SCA 3045 With slave adapter SCA 3083 digital and connecting cable SCA 3045 With battery case 45-39 With slave adapter SCA 3083 digital Running on micro-cells (AAA): NiCd (250 mAh), NiMH (700 mAh)
36 AF-3/36 AF-4
Acc e s s o r i e s
Rechargeable batteries and battery case NiMH rechargeable batteries 45-56 NiMH rechargeable batteries 76-56 Battery basket without batteries 45-39 Charging sets and chargers NiMH charger set B 46 NiMH charger set B 47 Power packs and accessories Power Pack P 76 Set (incl. charger) Connecting cable V 76 (for P 50 / P 76) Connecting cable V 58-50 (for P 50 / P 76) Connecting cable V 54-50 (for P 50 / P 76) Connecting cable V 50 (for P 50 / P 76) Connecting cable V 45 (for P 50 / P 76) Colour Filter Sets Colour filter set 50 - 32 Colour filter set 45 - 32 mecabounce mecabounce 44-90 mecabounce 50-90 mecabounce 45-90 mecabounce 58-90 Sync cables Spiral sync cable 36-52 Spiral sync cable 45-49 Spiral sync cable 45-54 for hot-shoe contact Standard sync cable 36-50 (25 cm) Standard sync cable 45-47 (40cm) Standard sync cable 45-48 (100cm) Sync extension cable 60-54 (500 cm) Camera brackets and accessories Camera bracket 40-36 Camera bracket 32-38 Bracket adapter 60-28 Mounting bracket for control unit 50-35 Bracket plate for medium format 70-35
Bounce diffusers Bounce diffuser 54-23 (or 58-23) Bounce diffuser 76-23 mecalux mecalux 11 Camera straps Camera straps 50-31 Wrist strap Wrist strap 45-27 Connecting cable SCA 3008 A for SCA 3002 adapter SCA 307 A for SCA 300 adapter SCA 3045 for SCA 300/3002 adapter SCA 300 A for SCA 300 adapter Adapters SCA 311 for Canon SCA 343 for Nikon SCA 344 for Nikon F3 SCA 351 for Leica SCA 356 for Rollei 4) SCA 390 for Hasselblad 4) SCA 3102 for Canon SCA 3202 for Olympus / Panasonic / Leica SCA 3302 for Konica Minolta / Sony SCA 3402 for Nikon SCA 3502 for Leica SCA 3562 for Rollei 4) SCA 3702 for Pentax / Samsung SCA 3902 for Hasselblad 4) SCA 3952 for Mamiya 4) SCA 3083 digital slave adapter SCA 300 E Standard foot 301
1) 2) 3) 4) 5)
Swivel reflector Can be tilted horizontally and vertically for indirect flash. Can be tilted vertically for indirect flash. T TTL flash control While taking the photograph, the flash light is measured through the lens (TTL = through the lens) by a sensor in the camera. The light output of the flash unit is terminated as soon as the subject is correctly exposed. TTL fill-in flash control Reduces too high subject contrast (e.g. to brighten dark shadowy areas in bright sunshine). U USB Interface for firmware updates via the Internet. W Wake-up The flash unit can be reactivated by actuating the shutter release if the flash is in energy-saving standby mode after an extended break from taking photographs. (>>> Automatic unit switch-off) Wide-angle attachment Increases the light angle of the flash unit. Depending on the type of flash unit, the wide-angle attachment is either integrated or attachable as an accessory. Z Zoom size Automatic adaptation of the display of the reflector position of the flash unit to the picture-taking chips for digital cameras.
of the TTL flash control with pre-flash Pentax and Samsung cameras. R REAR Synchronisation to the 2nd shutter curtain for more natural blurring effects for longer exposure times.
Stroboscope mode Manual flash mode for flash sequences with a selectable intensity, frequency, and number of flashes, e.g. for special effect photos and motion studies.
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