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04-18-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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Urgen: Metz 58 af-1 Flash Bulb Replacement Instructions

My Metz 58 AF-1 fell out of my jacket pocket yesterday. It was in its case, but it hit the floor hard on its side. It popped the battery cover off, which I just put back on. I tested it out and it worked even did a short session with it in slave mode. Didn't notice any issues with it. So today I got it out to test a new diffuser I bought and it wouldn't test fire. It turned on just fine, but I would here the click for the test fire but it didn't fire and then the menu would lock up. I put it on my K-5 to see if that would work and nothing, would not fire, but the capacitor was discharging because it had to charge up again. So I looked through the flash and sure enough the bulb is cracked and broken into two. I ordered a replacement bulb from US Camera ( and it should arrive tomorrow. I have an indoor event to shoot tomorrow evening and I really need a flash to use, so this is kinda urgent. The problem is I don't actually know how to get the flash head open. I've already searched the internet for instructions or a blog post on how to do this and I haven't come up with anything except other threads like this asking the same question. If you know how to do this or have seen it done before I would sure appreciate some help. Thanks!

I also ordered a YN560-II flash today that will arrive tomorrow just in case I don't get this thing fixed.

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So no one here has ever successfully opened up the head of a metz 58 flash?
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In all my years in photography, I can honestly say that I've never had to replace a flash bulb, so I can't help there.

But have you fired a quick email directly to Metz asking them the question, I've always found them to be a great company to work with.
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So no one here has ever successfully opened up the head of a metz 58 flash?

I'm about do this. Anyone still interested? Shall I post details?

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Posting details and tips is always welcome, someone else may have the same problem in the future. I have never heard of this happening, but as a replacement is available, knowledge is probably restricted to dealers for safety reasons, the capacitor is dangerous if not discharged before working on the unit.
03-28-2016, 07:28 AM   #6
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Hello 3DJack,
Cnn you please post details and/or instructions on how to replace the flash tube?

I need to do the same thing....couple of days back my Metz just did a loud pop while taking photos. I noticed that the tube had exploded ! Glass shrads everywhere inside the head :-(
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My Metz AF-2 58 tube just exploded. I need to replace it. Tube is available for $15 online, but I can't seem to find instructions.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentasonic49 Quote
the capacitor is dangerous if not discharged before working on the unit.
Last year I shocked myself by accidentally touching the capacitor of an open AF360. It made my thumb twitch uncontrollably and felt like a magnet was attached to it, keeping my hand glued to the capacitor.. also left a small, white circle where it melted the flesh. hhaah I paid the lazy tax. So please be very very careful (by safely discharging the capacitor and not thinking you can work around it safely).

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Does anyone have some advice or instructions about how to open the head of Metz 58 for bulb fixing?

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