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Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1N Flash Unit

Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1N Flash Unit

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Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1N Flash

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Metz 50 AF-1N metal base
Metal base with quick lock

The mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital is the new generation of the 48 AF-1 digital, winner of the TIPA Award for Best Photographic Accessory 2008. All the benefits of the previous model have been retained and numerous further developments have also been added. The elegant housing can be mounted onto the camera flash shoe via the new metal base and fixed in place quickly and easily with a single movement thanks to the optimized lock system. The guide number has been increased to 165 (ft) / 50 (m) for ISO 100/21° and 105 mm focal length. Performance and reliability have been further optimized through improvements to the high performance flash tube. Moreover, the flash has been equipped with a servo flash release via the camera's internal flash which also works independently of the camera's master function. Even the wide-angle diffuser has been adapted and is now even suitable for illumination of wide-angle focal lengths from 12 mm (135 format).

Like all mecablitz system flash units, the 50 AF-1 flash unit is available in different versions, perfectly tailored to digital cameras made by the leading manufacturers. The Metz 50 AF-1N digital is perfectly matched to Nikon digital SLR cameras. The 50 AF 1 N digital supports Nikon i-TTL and D-TTL flash control. Stylishly designed, the Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital also provides state-of-the-art technology. Equipped with a USB interface enabling firmware updating via Internet, it is every bit as innovative as its big brother, the 58 AF-2 digital. The mecablitz 50 AF-1 is a smart flash, thanks to its fully-automatic flash system, ensuring the right amount of light output for every situation.

Various manually-operated functions increase the scope of photographic creativity. Almost unlimited possibilities for creative exposure in your photography become possible, supported by a full swivel reflector system, including an extractable reflector card and a diffuser. With its slave function the 50 AF-1 digital can even be used detached from the camera. A first-class flash unit for dedicated amateur photographers at a particularly attractive cost-effective price.

Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1N Flash Key Features

Metz 50 AF-1N USB Interface
USB Interface
Dedicated Nikon Flash Functions Including TTL, D-TTL and i-TTL Flash Control
The compact and powerful Metz 50AF-1N has been specifically designed for Nikon cameras, including their D-series digital SLRs. The supported flash functions depend on the specific Nikon camera model used.
  • Flash-ready indication in camera's viewfinder / camera display
  • Correct exposure indication in camera's viewfinder or camera display
  • Underexposure indicator EV in LC display of the flash unit
  • Automatic flash sync speed control
  • TTL flash control (standard TTL without measuring preflash)
  • Automatic fill-in flash control
  • Matrix-controlled TTL fill-in flash mode
  • 3D multi-sensor fill-in flash mode
  • D-TTL and D-TTL 3D flash mode
  • i-TTL and i-TTL-BL flash mode
  • Flash exposure measurement memory for i-TTL and I-TTL-BL
  • Manual TTL/D-TTL/i-TTL flash exposure correction
  • 1st or 2nd curtain synchronization (REAR)
  • Automatic FP short sync for i-TTL, I-TTL-BL and M
  • Automatic motor zoom control
  • Extended zoom mode
  • Automatic AF measuring beam control
  • Automatic flash range indicator
  • Programmed auto flash mode
  • Preflash for red-eye reduction
  • Triggering control / Auto Flash
  • Wireless remote flash mode (Advanced Wireless Remote Flash Mode Lighting)
  • Wake-up function for the flash unit
Metz 50 AF-1N Integrated Reflector Card
Integrated Reflector Card
Guide Number 165 (ft) / 50 (m)
Guide Number 165 (ft) / Guide Number 50 (m) at ISO 100 at 21°C and 105mm focal length.
Firmware Updates Via USB Interface
Like its big brother, the 58 AF-1 digital, the 50 AF-1N compact flash unit features a USB socket. With this popular PC interface, updates can be made via the Internet at any time, even from home. The flash unit's firmware can be updated through the USB port and adjusted to the technical requirements of future cameras.
Swivel and Tilt Reflector For Indirect Flash Lighting
The main reflector of the flash unit can be swivelled 300° horizontally and tilted vertically for bounce flash. The zoom reflector can be tilted upwards into five locking positions for bounce flashes: -7°, 45°, 60°, 75° and 90°.
Integrated Flip-Open Reflector Card
The use of bounce flash with the integrated reflector card can bring out highlights in the eyes of human subjects. A reflector card which can be flipped open has been integrated into the 50 AF-1N's vertically-tilting and horizontally-swivelling reflector. In addition, the Metz MZ58235 Bounce Diffuser is available as an optional accessory to scatter and diffuse bounce flash lighting.
Integrated Wide-Angle Diffuser For 12 mm
With a similarly-integrated snap-out wide angle lens diffuser, the 50 AF-1 digital can even illuminate wide-angle lens focal lengths from 12mm (35mm format).
Metz 50 AF-1N Illuminated LCD Display
Manual Flash Mode With Full And Partial Lighting Levels
Full light output and partial light output levels from 1/1 to 1/128 light output in one-third increments available.
Illuminated LCD Display
Canon EOS cameras transmit the ISO film speed, focal length (mm), f-stop and exposure correction to the flash unit so that the flash unit automatically adapts its settings accordingly. The maximum flash range is then calculated from these values and the flash unit's guide number. Flash mode, maximum flash range, aperture and the zoom reflector position are all indicated by the LCD display of the flash unit.
Wireless Remote Flash Mode
The 50 AF-1N flash unit supports the wireless Nikon remote system in slave flash mode and is compatible with the Nikon system Advanced Wireless Lighting. Here wireless remote control of one or several slave flash units by one master or controller flash unit on the camera (for example, mecablitz 58 AF-1N) is possible. A slave flash unit can be assigned to one of three possible slave groups (GROUP A, B or C). The master or controller flash unit can control all of these slave groups simultaneously and at the same time take the settings for each slave group into account.

So that multiple remote systems in the same room do not interfere with one another, there are four independent remote channels available (CH 1, 2, 3 or 4). Master, controller and slave flash units belonging to the same remote system must be set to the same remote channel. The slave flash units must be able to receive the light from the master or controller flash unit with the integrated sensors for the remote mode. Depending on the camera model, the camera's internal flash unit can also function as master or controller flash unit. Please consult the respective camera operating instructions for further tips on setting the master or controller flash unit.

Cobra Design
The mecablitz 50 AF-1N utilizes Metz' modernistic upright Cobra design, which also reduces red eye effect.

Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1N Specifications

Flash Output Guide Number
GN 50 (m) / GN 165 (ft) (ISO 100/21°C) and 105mm focal length
GN 36 (m) / GN 118 (ft) (ISO 100/21°C) and 50mm focal length
Power Sources
Four AA batteries: alkaline or lithium
Four AA rechargeable batteries: NiMH or NiCad
Recycle Time (at Full Light Output)
Approx. 3.5 seconds
Number of Flashes (at Full Light Output)
Approx. 210 with high-capacity alkaline manganese batteries
Approx. 330 with 2100 mAh NiMH batteries
Approx. 460 with lithium batteries
Manual Partial Light Output Levels
1/1 to 1/128 light output, in one-third increments
Color Temperature
Approx. 5600° K
Film Speed
ISO 6 to ISO 6400
Light Coverage
Main reflector from 24mm (35mm format)
Main reflector with wide-angle diffuser from 12mm (35mm format)
Reflector Swivelling Ranges and Locking Positions
Vertical: 90°, 75°, 60°, 45°, -7°
counter-clockwise 30° 60° 90° 120° 150° 180°
clockwise 30° 60° 90° 120°
Approx. 15.9 oz. (452 g) with batteries
Dimensions(W x H x D)
Approx. 2.8" x 5.4" x 3.9" (71 x 137 x 99mm)
Partial light output
(P=Flash Power)
Flash duration Guide number (m)
ISO 100/50mm
Guide number (m)
ISO 100/105mm
P 1/1 1/125 35 48
P 1/2 1/900 25 34
P 1/4 1/2000 17 24
P 1/8 1/4000 12 17
P 1/16 1/6000 8.8 12
P 1/32 1/10000 6.2 8.5
P 1/64 1/15000 4.4 6
P 1/128 1/25000 3.1 4.2

Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1N Flash

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