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Metz 58 AF-1 (GN 58) Digital Hotshoe Flashgun for Nikon @ Fotosense
Metz 58 AF-1 (GN 58) Digital Hotshoe Flashgun for Nikon @ Fotosense

Metz 58 AF-1 (GN 58) Digital Hotshoe Flashgun for Nikon @ Fotosense

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£221 delivered, and with a 6% cashback from Quidco, making it £208 delivered for an excellent GN 58 flash, which means that it can illuminate an object at up to 190 feet away. Here is a good comparison of 58 AF-1 against Canon 580 EX II, which is about £328 on Amazon.

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ephotozine.com/art…986

As you can see, Metz holds its own very well against a much more expensive Canon flash unit. Also, has some very positive reviews.

Best flash unit in Europe 2007/2008
Experts from 50 different trade journals from 18 European countries awarded this coveted prize to the Metz mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital in the Photo Accessories category. The innovative high-performance unit was the first flash equipped with a USB port. It can be used to conveniently update the specific firmware of each variation of the model via the computer and Internet.

Equipped with innovative developments, the Metz mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital provides state-of-the-art secondary reflector technology, high-performance power management, multi-zone AF measuring flash, and a fully swiveling reflector system. The new top Metz model transmits all camera specific system flash modes from Canon and Nikon including the respective wireless TTL mode. Due to its high guide number, the 58 AF-1 digital is not only especially powerful, but is also outstanding for bounce flash use. For its vertical as well as horizontal rotating and swiveling reflector, Metz integrated an extendible reflector card for the first time. Additional brilliance can be obtained for the close-up range via the integrated, system-controlled, secondary reflector for bounce flash.

11 Comments

Original Poster

Can someone voting cold care to explain why they are doing so? Metz usually make excellent products and this is the cheapest I can find it, so do enlighten me

P.S- Even though I have linked to Canon, Nikon version is available for the same price from the same site
Edited by: "arbitrabbit" 29th Nov 2010

Original Poster

Some more images demonstrating product features:
Interface
http://www.metz.de/typo3temp/pics/c77a272899.jpg

Secondary reflector with 3 selectable light output levels for portraits
http://www.metz.de/typo3temp/pics/a639277a80.jpg

Swivel reflector
http://www.metz.de/typo3temp/pics/79edfd5bdd.jpg

Flip-out reflector card
http://www.metz.de/typo3temp/pics/a1366b1a8b.jpg

People vote cold because they have no idea what a GN58 flash is and if it isn't a Nikon/Canon branded product anything over £9.99 is over priced.

Metz have a good reputation.

Seems to compare with the (rather more expensive) Nikon SB-900 (for about £300) and the Nissin Di866 (for about £200) for features. All three can apparently act as CLS wireless commanders for cameras without a built-in commander module.

juststudiogear.co.uk have it a few quid cheaper at £215 with free delivery.

Can anyone say how this compares in use with the Di866?

Edited by: "cowbutt" 30th Nov 2010

out of stock

Original Poster

Just Studio Gear (Which is the same company as FotoSense) still shows it in stock. Only reason I didn't post Just Stuido Gear was because it doesn't work on Quidco, which makes FotoSense slightly cheaper overall.

Edit: Shows out of stock there now as well. Nikon fit is still in stock though
Edited by: "arbitrabbit" 30th Nov 2010

Original Poster

cowbutt

Can anyone say how this compares in use with the Di866?



Nissin seems to have under performance issues, though I have never used it personally. Never had issues with Metz though.

Here is the difference between claimed and measured guide number of Nissin (numbers in brackets are claimed)

* 18 mm: 20 (with diffuser panel).
* 24 mm: 27 [31] EV -0.4.
* 35 mm: 34 [40] EV -0.4.
* 50 mm: 37 [46] EV -0.6.
* 105 mm: 39 [60] EV -1.2.

Edited by: "arbitrabbit" 30th Nov 2010

This strikes me as a fab deal, but the launch of Nikon's SB-700 is confusing my decision. The 700 is less powerful, but strikes me as a slicker solution. If the street price is right (say, £230-£250, rather than the £290 it's mostly being advertised for so far - only £20-30 shy of the price of the SB-900), then it strikes me as a better solution.

Decisions, decisions.

Original Poster

Can imagine :-) I was torn between this and Speedlite 580 EX II but I had about £100 price difference to justify so for me it was somewhat easier... for you the margin is so tiny. I guess it is about power vs. peace of mind (you do get that by sticking to OEM, I must admit)

Original Poster

By the way, got mine finally. Slightly complicated to operate as there are a myriad of options but the for quality, I just have one word..WOW!! Works fantastically on my 550d. Only downside is that I have been freezing my ass off trying to test is outside
Edited by: "arbitrabbit" 3rd Dec 2010

arbitrabbit

By the way, got mine finally. Slightly complicated to operate as there … By the way, got mine finally. Slightly complicated to operate as there are a myriad of options but the for quality, I just have one word..WOW!! Works fantastically on my 550d. Only downside is that I have been freezing my ass off trying to test is outside



Glad you like it! Looks like I dithered too long and they're gone now. I figured that'd probably be the case. Still, my current plan is to pick up a cheaper Nissin Di622 Mk II for about £125, and add a couple of manual Yongnuo YN460 Mk IIs and some cheapo radio triggers if I want to play with off-camera flash/multiple lighting sources.

Thinking about it, CLS with AWS is probably just an expensive pipe-dream for me, along with all the exotic glass out there! :-)
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