NOTE: If you own an older handle-mount Metz 45,  I do work on them, with newer componentry available and lots of units very reasonable and affordable.  They are incredible in the quality of light and power if modernized.  Next page.


I build packs for and offer advice on the two types of METZ units.  My favorite Cobras, the  48, 54M, 58AF series 1 and 2   These are the familiar Cobra style series.   I have used and owned almost every Metz unit for years going back to my Wedding days.  Most pros during the film era looked at the Metz 45 with the same reasons i went with them.   The Metz simply had better coverage, more power and better color balance.  


After Nikon went to the heat-sensitive 900 series I am suddenly seeing a lot of Metz 58’s, not only as the strobe of choice because METZ is known for a great product but because it didn’t seem to have those problems the Nikon 900 does. The 58 does have some great features.  It uses the industry standard MKZ 3 cable. Which also fits the 54 series if you find one as a backup.  


I am also a fan of the Metz color which I think is superior to the others on the market. If you have a Black Box, or Tuxedo and are using the SB-800, the cable with no alteration is the same for the METZ 58.  You already have the cables and the box to run the Metz 58 on. It's a great strobe.  I love the Metz professional 54-58 series and nothing more has to be said.

I also like the upgrade program via the web through a built in USB port so you do not have to send in the flash or worse use the camera as the transmitter!  Really, but METZ has always meant better whiter light, tired of those color cast shots?  Due to its high GN of 58 at ISO 100/21° and 105mm focal length, the 58 AF-1 and now the updated 58-2 digital is not only especially powerful, but also can be used for indirect flash lighting to great effect. 

For the first time Metz integrated a reflector card that can be flipped open into its vertically tilting and horizontally swiveling reflector. In addition, the Bounce diffuser 54-23 is available as an optional accessory.  Using the integrated secondary reflector, additional brilliance can be achieved with this flash technology in close-up areas. The integrated slave trigger unit allows the 58 AF-1 to be implemented separately.

An additional plus for all those who want to use the 58 AF-1 digital apart from the camera: the new flash can be used wirelessly with the Canon E-TTL remote system and the Nikon i-TTL remote system, thanks to the integrated slave trigger unit.



•   Automatic Mode - A photo sensor accurately and consistently measures the light reflected by the subject and ends the light output as soon as the subject has been correctly lit. Most pros shoot this way rather than TTL.
•  AF Flash Measurement - Auto focus assist beam integrated in the flash unit makes automatic focus adjustment with AF-SLR cameras possible.
•  Tilt reflector - Can be adjusted vertically from -7 to 90 degrees allowing for indirect flash lighting.
•  Rear Sync - Synchronization on the 2nd shutter curtain for natural blur effects.
•  Partial Light Mode - For reduced light output or for particular flash durations.
•  Secondary Reflector - To fill-in the shadows created when using indirect flash.
•  Power Zoom - Automatic adjustment of the flash reflector to the corresponding lens focal length.
•  Modeling Light - To judge the illumination prior to exposure.
•  Swivel Reflector - Can be adjusted horizontally allowing for indirect flash lighting.
•  Wireless TTL - Can be used as a wireless slave or Master flash within the Canon wireless digital TTL system.
•  USB Connection - Firmware updates can be made by users to keep flashes current with the latest camera metering systems.
•  Digital Compatibility - It is compatible with the most current digital metering systems from the top camera manufacturers, •  including iTTL from Nikon and e-TTL 1 & 2 from Canon.
•  LCD Display - Easy to read, backlit display.

High max. guide number 52 for ISO 100/21° and 105 mm combined with a high flash number e.g. 240 full flashes with NiMH rechargeable batteries. The flash delay is fast, 0.1 – 3.5 seconds depending on energy source and flash output. 

To use with a Black Box, this unit is totally different, and requires a slight mod to the strobe.  Which will not harm anything.  It’s a clean installation and retains use of batteries when needed. We thought this would be a successor to the 50 series and cabling would be easy.  

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 swiveling 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 motorized 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 modeling 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 swiveled through 90° – particularly practical for portrait shots. A free soft ware update is available via the USB interface at any time. 


  • Illuminated touchscreen display with automatic swivel function (90°) 
  • Motor zoom for 24 – 105 mm illumination      
  • Integrated wide-angle  Vertical (+90°) and horizontal (300°) swivel reflector
  • Diffuser for 12 mm illumination
  • Flip-out reflector card
  • Modeling light (permanent light to check shadow)
  • Integrated autofocus flash metering
  • Flash readiness indicator and correct exposure display on unit and on camera
  • Flash range display on graphic display
  • Automatic unit shut-off 
  • Metal base with quick lock (not Sony) 
  • Firmware update via integrated USB socket
  • Camera-specific system flash modes support Canon, Nikon, Pentax, 4/3’s, Sony 
  • Standard flash modes, TTL, Manual, Servo, HSS, 1-2 Curtain Sync, Manual TTL, Auto-Fill


Metz  40MZ - 1,2,3               ME4
Metz  54MZ - 3,4                  MKZ3
Metz  Model 58                    MKZ3
*  Metz  Model 50    MB2 with MOD VERSION ONE
**Metz  Model 52-1 MB-2 with MOD VERSION TWO

 */**  Require mods to the strobes.