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07-05-2014, 08:21 AM   #1
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Metz 64 AF-1 digital - new flash also coming for Pentax




The new Metz 64 AF-1 digital is about to arrive! It's going to be available for Pentax also. I expect it to raise the bar, when it comes to P-TTL flashes.

Metz 58 AF-2 specs + Guide number 64 / ISO 100 / 200mm zoom and touch display.

IMHO the main benefit over it's predecessor, the 58 AF-2, should be the new touch-based user interface, that looks more intuitive at first glance.
What do you think?

07-05-2014, 10:52 AM   #2
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Yep, Metz switched to this touchscreen on the 52-AF1, and it is a much better interface than the "press this button repeatedly, then press these two at the same time" confusing soup of the earlier Metz models. The 64 seems to have a larger, color LCD, and it looks rather compact compared to the 58, as well...

I'm really hoping Metz puts a rechargeable Li-ion battery in one of these P-TTL flashes (like the Godox V850). Maybe this is the one? (Edit: apparently not.)

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Looks cool looking forward to test samples of this flash with the K-3 soon!
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The 200mm zoom length is interesting.

I guess that's 200mm full-frame. So one could successfully use this flash with a lens like the DA*300mm without the need for a flash extender like the Rogue Safari type rig, or even a Better Beamer. Nice.

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For me the 64-AF1's and 58-AF2's killer feature is the A mode with automatic transmission of camera settings. I just wish, it would also include in-camera EV compensation.
What a pity that Pentax got rid of the useful A mode with their AF 540 II flash.

I'm also happy to see, that the new Metz finally offers a sync port. Nevertheless I probably won't upgrade from my 58-AFII, seeing the price-tag
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QuoteOriginally posted by iDon Quote
seeing the price-tag
Now I am afraid to ask, but what is the price?
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
The 200mm zoom length is interesting.

I guess that's 200mm full-frame. So one could successfully use this flash with a lens like the DA*300mm without the need for a flash extender like the Rogue Safari type rig, or even a Better Beamer. Nice.
200 mm on FF has about the same field of view as 135mm on APS-C. So I'm guessing the 200mm zoom illuminates only that opening angle.
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Now I am afraid to ask, but what is the price?
Supposed to be around $480 USD, according to this site. Still less than the Pentax AF-540FGZ II at (gulp) $625!!

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I've been using the 52 AF-1 for a while (I'm preparing a review about it) and even though the touch interface is not perfect, in general I like it. some things are faster with the buttons and wheels of an AF540, but the touch screen is leagues ahead of a menu-driven system like the Metz 58.

If they asked me, I could give them a few pointers regarding usability that would make the touch system quasi-perfect
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Well, older flashes like 40MZ serie looked very complicated but were in fact VERY fast to operate, becuase of a large screen and A LOT of buttons.
I wonder if the older interface wasn't maybe that bad...
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But...

is it weatherproof? I want to get all those raindrops perfectly lit without electrocuting myself...



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is it weatherproof? I want to get all those raindrops perfectly lit without electrocuting myself...



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How many times have you taken out your flash in inclement weather ?
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QuoteOriginally posted by iDon Quote


The new Metz 64 AF-1 digital is about to arrive! It's going to be available for Pentax also. I expect it to raise the bar, when it comes to P-TTL flashes.

Metz 58 AF-2 specs + Guide number 64 / ISO 100 / 200mm zoom and touch display.

IMHO the main benefit over it's predecessor, the 58 AF-2, should be the new touch-based user interface, that looks more intuitive at first glance.
What do you think?
Looking good and with a great user interface.
Maybe its time to think about selling my "old" Pentax AF-540FGZ .

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I'd like to see a head-on comparison between the Metz 64 and the MkII AF540FGZ... though I bet the first thing to notice is around a $200 price difference
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How many times have you taken out your flash in inclement weather ?
Half a dozen times, and quite a few times when I wished I had one. I have a Metz 50 AF1 and it doesn't like the wet, and probably will fail. When it is wet, not necessarily raining, but everything dripping is when I need a flash.
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