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New Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 Speedlight has Touchscreen. New Trend?

By fotosiamo on September 25th 2012

Metz 52 Af-1 Speedlight

The German electronic company Metz has just announced the new 52 AF-1 Flash Unit. What sets this speedlight apart from the others is that this is the first flash that incorporates a touchscreen panel. While touchscreen on cameras have been around for several years now, seeing it on non-monitor camera accessories like this or the recently announced Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter is something new.

Some of the information with this speedlight include a 52 metric guide number at ISO100, TTL capability with Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Panasonic, and Olympus, rotating and swiveling flash head, and a USB port for firmware updates. The expected price will be $325.

Metz 52 Af-1 Speedlight

Specifications and more info

Genuine enlightenment for all modern cameras. Thanks to its maximum guide number 52 for ISO 100, the Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 has more than enough power to cope with any shot – the horizontally swivelling and vertically tilting reflector ensures optimal lighting control. Any subject can be professionally set off to best advantage with the help of the integrated diff user for wide angle shots, and the white reflector card.

The fully automatic motorised zoom can adjust lighting angles to precisely suit the focal length of the lens. And even wireless flash – whether in TTL or servo mode – is mastered to perfection by the Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1. Even in low light, the powerful autofocus metering flash can achieve razor-sharp images – and the modelling light makes it possible to evaluate light and shade on the subject prior to shooting. What’s more, it holds its own in terms of ease of operation too.

The Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 is the first compact flash unit in the world to be equipped with an illuminated touchscreen display which can be swivelled through 90° – particularly practical for portrait shots. A free soft ware update is available via the USB interface at any time.

The innovative compact flash is available in 5 versions for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus/Panasonic and Pentax.

What do you think? Do you like where this trend is going?

Thanks to the Phoblographer for the find!

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Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    interesting, and yes i would worry about battery drain as well

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    How well is the touchscreen going to hold up and does it cause anymore drain on the batteries?

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  3. BlasterMan

    Looks pretty cool! Any idea when its release date will be? Can’t find anything on their site.

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