I admit a little late that I will share a review for a Flash. In Photo Caffe we strive to try new cameras, lenses and accessories all new and just out at the market, but it happens sometimes a little distraction, when there are a lot of new toys. Although with a year delay today’s current flagship is of Metz. I run a recording of the fanfare and drums and solemnly declare … Hmm, what to declare? It’s obvious the title issued today’s topic. I will rethink the concept with the titles. So Metz 64 AF-1 Digital Flash is the current flagship of the famous German company. A year and a half ago I had the pleasure to test model Metz 58 AF 2 Digital and I remembered there were some minor things, for which standard I grumble about. Only a few months later at Photokina was also presented 64 Metz AF-1 Digital, which collects all the novelties and the good features of the model 52 and 58. The influx in front of a stand of Metz was notable, and frankly I couldn’t get to a serious test. These days, walking to the partners of Dynaphos I remembered that I wanted to play with the new flagship and then the requisite dose of cat glances type Shrek I arranged with one unit. In fact, I couldn’t play my best look, because in a few days I have to return the Flash back to them….
I’m in the „coffee“ and I will start with a view on the design. Because it’s time for lunch, i will let you see what I have discovered on the design in the next video clip, and I sprang to the nearby pizzeria.
The pizza was delicious, and I hope you saw the video. As far as I remember I think I mentioned everything as concerns the appearance of 64 Metz AF-1 Digital. It’s time for some technical specifications and of course shared experience:
A few main characteristics:
- A second reflector with two levels of settings
- Movement of the main reflector vertically,-9/+ 90 ° and 300 ° horizontal
- Large illuminated color display with touch function and automatic rotation of 90
- Simplified movement concept
- Motorized zoom of the lamp in the reflector, in the range from 24 to 200 mm (35 mm standard) narrowed or broadened the zoom lens
- Built-in diffuser covering 12 mm (35 mm standard)
- Built-in reflector card
- Pilot lights (strobe general)
- Multi-zone AF lamp
- Sound signal (beep)
- System to lock the Flash
- Metal leg (with the exception of the Sony version)
- „Wake up“ from the camera
- Cable connector
- Connector for external power supply (type battery pack)
- Speed mode
- Programmable memory (up to 4 channels)
- Color temperature: 5600 K
- USB interface to upload updates
- A soft pillowcase and stand (provided in the kit)
The differences between 64 Metz AF-1 Digital and Metz 58 AF-2 Digital, are not that big, so I’m going to allow myself to not describe everything again with the same model 58. I guess you have warmed up with a look at what I’ve already shared for 58 and now I will try to mention only the novelties that are worth the upgrade or direct jump, if you currently shoot with another system Flash. The first thing that grabs me as a technical feature is the extended range of motorized head. By now it was up to 105mm, and in 64 Metz AF-1 Digital is already up to 200mm. Very pleasant option, which saves energy and provides advanced capabilities in cases when you are not near the photographed event and having to use some 70 – 200mm lens.
Leading number is 64, but in 200mm position of the zoom, i.e. If it’s at 105 will be seen, that is the same as power as 58. (Guide number 58). The support for AF are already a few and this allows to use help when shooting at any of side AF areas (something with 58 model was not possible). The controls are as in 52 Metz AF-1 Digital – i.e. display with touch control or as they had already – touchscreen. As a modern smartphone owner is extremely easy to switch of this type of management. I just would somehow want the display be a little more sensitive. At times I have to push pretty hard. I hope you saw the video and the options of the menu. Here are the main features of 64 Metz AF-1 Digital:
- TTL mode (only for digital cameras)
- Automatic mode (12 stops)
- Manual mode – 2 levels of power Mode
- HSS – stroboscope high-speed synchronisation (for cameras that have this option)
- Synchrony in the 1st and 2nd curtain
- Manual correction in TTL or automatic mode
- Fill Flash
- Photo wedge with Flash
64 Metz AF-1 Digital can work with the most popular photo cameras. Here, unfortunately, was removed that extra from before where the base is changed and the Flash can be placed on another brand of photo camera. Here are the names in the menus for TTL mode depending on what brand of camera use:
Canon: E-TTL/E-TTL II shooting mode, E-TTL remote control (control or subject):
Nikon i-TTL/i-TTL BL shooting mode, i-TTL remote control (control or subordinate)
Olympus/Panasonic/Leica Micro four thirds:/four thirds camera TTL mode, the Micro four thirds TTL remote control (control or subject):
Pentax P-TTL shooting mode P-TTL remote control (control or subordinate)
Sony Multi Interface: ADI shooting mode/TTL preflash ADI, remote control (control or contingent)
How to work with 64 Metz AF-1 Digital? I’ve done a lot with the Metz 58 AF-2 Digital and it’s where I learned that it’s OK to use both modes TTL and automatic – standard, but when can not give you accurate advice, because I’ve created a habit from my experience as a photojournalist . I’ve stressed a lot of times before that the ” A” regime even though is „archaic“ at times its more precise than the last generation TTL mode. I recommend checking out when you have time that in cases in which the TTL swing to play here comes the “A “ mode. I admit that is a little more complicated to work, but easily get used to it. Basically, Flash works completely predictable for a modern one. The good thing is that it does not suffer from overheating. Well I admit, it loads a bit slower compared to some top models of well-known Japanese companies. From there comes the salvation from overheating. How much slower? Let’s say by about 20%. If you are looking for a maximum speed of charging and caring for the environment i recommend to use rechargeable batteries (new generation of course) because the results as time to charge and number of pulses coincided almost 100%.
Не е намерено нищо.
The charge time specifications with alkaline and rechargeable batteries has been equally – 4.5 seconds. To me with alkaline batteries a full charge time was about 5 seconds and with Ansmann rechargeable (I tried two sets 2100 and 2850 mA) charge time was more like 3.5 to 4 seconds. Felt a noticeable difference. I admit that Metz 58 AF 2 Digital is not the fastest Flash to recharge. I’ve done with faster rechargeable which in turn had the nasty habit of overheating and excluded. When Metz 58 AF 2 Digital overheating in none of the moments of the testing.
How pulse can be made with a set of batteries? I will share the conclusion based on two sets of rechargeable batteries that I used. I’m starting with the arrangements. While testing the quantity of pulses I worked in manual mode with full capacity and enabled the two flashes. When I just loaded batteries with a capacity up to 120 impulse with 2850 mA the load time is up to 4 seconds. Then the time begins to be extended. Over 160 pulse appears low battery indicator and charge time is already 7-12 seconds. When the pulse charge time at 250 is already about 20 seconds but it still does not show up empty indicator batteries. With enough patience could do more of lights ,but my patience is a virtue. Interestingly, with batteries that the capacity is 2100 mA received almost similar results though at 250 pulse started somewhere the flashing indicator for completely empty batteries. When using only the main reflector the amount of pulses ca reise up to ¼ . I end up with the proviso that the batteries were relatively new and even more importantly, they’re loaded with microprocessor charger Ansmann, which guarantees a good charge for each battery. Interestingly, I used the same batteries as I used 18 months ago and the results are similar, although the batteries have seen a lot of shooting. I didn’t think to open out a fresh set of batteries, maybe there would be some percentage of faster speed of charge. How both reflectors work? Often I would say either way , you have no insurance to work together when the main reflector is directly ahead. I miss the system built on to use of with gelatin filters. I’d rather have 85 filter on the Flash when taking pictures in interiors, often illuminated with standard incandescent bulbs. As for dessert … I hope I get external power soon and try how 64 Metz AF-1 Digital hold compared to rechargeable batteries.