Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 flash review (bullet points)
Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 is the best dedicated digital flash made by Metz so far. It has an impressive set of features that includes second curtain synchronization, high speed sync, wireless functions, multi-zone auto-focus assist, etc.
This article summarizes the main points of the our more detailed Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 flash review.
- Great build quality and impressive set of features.
- Secondary reflector adds new possibilities for creating a fill light.
- USB connectivity make the flash future proof with firmware updates made by users, not a service center technicians.
- LCD screen is always illuminated when changing flash setting.
- Features a handy low-battery indicator.
- Has no custom function to remember. Everything in the menu is self-explanatory.
- A nice protective carrying pouch and a light stand are included with the flash.
- Not weather sealed.
- Controls are multi-functional. Buttons are assigned to various functions depending on a display state. This can be a matter of taste.
- Menu system can be tricky to use, but it generally works OK.
- Flash head does not rotate full 360 degrees (300 degrees only).
- Flash head does not lock when tilted, which can present a problem when using some heavy light modifiers.
- LCD screen contrast is lower than on many competitors.
- It takes an extra button click to control the flash: first click lights up the LCD screen, and the second one changes the flash state.
- Switching between wireless mode cannot be done instantly, like with flashes featuring a dedicated wireless mode switch (Canon 580EX, for example).
- "Cold start" is too long (about 2 seconds). "Warm start" saves the deal, though.
For more details please refer to Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 flash review.
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