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Metz mecablitz 54 MZ-4 Flash Unit

Metz mecablitz 54 MZ-4 Flash Unit

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Metz mecablitz 54 MZ-4 Flash

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The flagship model in the Metz shoe mount series, the mecablitz 54 MZ-4 offers cutting edge technology with features such as high-speed synchronization (HSS). The 54 MZ-4 is available with a standard single pin shoe, or as a kit with your choice of SCA 3002 module for Konica/Minolta/Sony or Pentax. In any configuration, the 54 MZ-4 offers simple, user-friendly operation with only two buttons and a single thumb wheel control needed for the logically-arranged menu system.

The Metz mecablitz 54 MZ-4 offers high light output: Guide number 177 (ft) at ISO 100/21° and 105 mm focal length. Bounced flash with the integrated secondary reflector overcomes dark shadows around eyes. The 54 MZ-4's illumination angle covers a focal length range of 20-105 mm. Another special feature is the ability of the Metz mecablitz 54 MZ-4 to adapt the focal length to the film format that is being used (35 mm, APS, medium format).

Metz mecablitz 54 MZ-4 Flash Key Features

TTL Flash Mode With The Metz SCA 3002 Adapter System
TTL flash mode is a very simple way to achieve excellent flash shots. You need not worry about setting the flash, the camera's electronic system automatically determines the correct amount of flash light required. Exposure readings are taken by a sensor built into the camera which measures the light reaching the film or imager through the camera lens (TTL). An electronic control circuit within the camera transmits a stop signal to the mecablitz as soon as the correct amount of light has been produced. The obvious advantage of TTL flash mode is that all factors influencing correct exposure (filters, change of aperture and focal length with zoom lenses, extensions for close-ups, etc.) are automatically taken into account.

TTL flash mode is available with cameras supporting this mode. Various flash functions are available when the mecablitz 54 MZ-4 is operated with an SCA adapter of the SCA 3002 system. The availability of the individual flash functions, however, depends on the given camera system (camera manufacturer), the specific camera type and the SCA adapter.

  • TTL flash mode*
  • Metz TTL remote mode*
  • Canon ETTL flash mode*
  • Canon ETTL High Speed Synchronization (HSS) flash mode*
  • Minolta TTL High Speed Synchronization (HSS) flash mode*
  • Nikon i-TTL / i-TTL BL flash control (only available with Metz 54 MZ-4iN With Nikon Module SCA 3402)*
  • Nikon matrix-controlled fill-in flash mode*
  • Nikon 3D multi-sensor fill-in flash mode*
  • Manual flash mode with partial light output levels
  • Manual High Speed Synchronization (HSS) flash mode with Canon, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus
  • Automatic flash mode
  • Metz auto remote mode
  • Stroboscopic mode
  • Manual flash exposure correction in TTL* and A mode
  • Flash bracketing series Fb in TTL and A mode
  • 1st or 2nd curtain synchronization
  • Automatic power-zoom control
  • Automatic AF measuring beam control
  • Automatic maximum flash range indication
  • Automatic flash synch speed control
  • Wake-up function
  • Flash readiness indication in camera's viewfinder
  • Correct exposure indication in camera's viewfinder
  • Triggering control (Pentax, Minolta)*
  • Anti-red eye preflash (Nikon)*
  • Modelling light function

* Only possible if it can be set on the camera

The Metz mecablitz 54 MZ-4 also is available fitted with the SCA 301 standard foot for simple flash synchronization with all cameras that feature a standard hot shoe. The shutter speed must be the same or slower than the flash sync speed.

Guide Number 177 (ft) / 54 (m)
Guide Number 177 (ft) / Guide Number 54 (m) at ISO 100 at 21°C and 105mm focal length.
Automatic 24-105mm Zoom Reflector With Integrated Wide-Angle Diffuser for 20mm Focal Length
The integrated zoom reflector guarantees optimal light output within 24-105mm focal length. The focal length can even be reduced down to 20mm with the integrated wide-angle diffuser. If the 54 MZ-4 is fitted with the appropriate adapter of the SCA 3002 system and is used with a camera that transmits lens focal length data to the flash unit, the zoom reflector position of the mecablitz is automatically adjusted to the focal length of the lens in use. The LCD display then indicates Auto Zoom and the zoom reflector setting (mm). The zoom position can also be set manually.
Horizontally and Vertically Pivoting Reflector For Indirect Flash Lighting
The zoom reflector can be swivelled vertically into four locking positions for bounce flashes: -7°, 60°, 75° and 90°. The zoom reflector can be swivelled horizontally. Horizontal positions include: -180°, -150°, -120°, -90°, -60°, -30°, 0°, 30°, 60°, 90°.
Secondary Reflector For Additional Fill-in Light When Flash Is Bounced
The secondary reflector can be switched on and off as needed. The secondary reflector produces frontal fill-in light when the flash is bounced. Activation of the secondary reflector assigns approximately 85% of the emitted light to the main reflector and 15% to the secondary reflector (these percentage values can differ somewhat when shooting with partial light output and the secondary reflector). The light output of the secondary reflector can be reduced by approximately 50% with a light-reducing filter if it is too bright.
Automatic Flash Mode
A photo-sensor measures the light reflected by the subject and ends the light output as soon as the subject has been correctly lit.
Manual Flash Mode
Full light output and 25 partial light output levels available.
Stroboscopic Flash Mode
Stroboscopic mode makes several images of a moving object appear in the same picture. This is particularly interesting for motion studies and for special effects. In stroboscopic mode, a predetermined number of flashes are fired at a certain flash frequency. Consequently, only a partial light output is available, with a maximum of 1/4 power. For stroboscopic exposures you can select a flash frequency of 1-50 Hz (flashes per second) in 1 Hz increments, and a number of flashes between 2-50 in single increments.
Twelve Telecomputer Automatic Apertures
f/1, f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22, f/32, f/45
Illuminated LCD Display
Auto Off
To save battery power and prevent inadvertent battery discharge, the mecablitz is factory-set to automatically switch to standby mode (Auto-OFF), while the flash-ready light and the indications on the LC display are extinguished, approx. 3 minutes after:
  • switch-on
  • triggering a flash
  • touching the shutter release (only with SCA 3002 system adapters)
  • switching off the camera's exposure metering system (only with SCA 3002 system adapters)

After automatic switch-off the last-used settings are retained and instantly available when the flash unit is switched on again. The flash unit is reactivated merely by depressing the Mode or Zoom keys or by touching the camera's shutter release. The Auto-OFF function can be deactivated whenever required.

Flash Readiness Indication
Correct Exposure Indication
In auto flash mode the "o.k." correct exposure confirmation briefly lights up on the 54 MZ-4 when the picture was correctly exposed.
Adaptation of Zoom Reflector Focal Length for APS and Medium-Format Cameras
Modelling Light
The modelling light is a sequence of stroboscopic flashes at high frequency during approximately 4 seconds which give the impression of permanent light. Modelling light enables the user to assess light distribution and shadow formation before taking pictures.
Fill-in Flash Control
The mecablitz can also be used for fill-in flash in daylight to soften harsh shadows and diminish the contrast, thereby producing a more balanced exposure when shooting against the light (contre-jour). Various possibilities are open to the user for fill-in flash, including TTL and automatic modes.
Cobra Design
The mecablitz 54 MZ-4 utilizes Metz' modernistic upright Cobra design, which also reduces red eye effect.

Metz mecablitz 54 MZ-4 Specifications

Flash Output Guide Number
GN 54 (m) / GN 177 (ft) (ISO 100/21°C) and 105mm focal length
GN 40 (m) / GN 131 (ft) (ISO 100/21°C) and 50mm focal length
Power Sources
Four AA batteries: Alkaline or NiMH or NiCad rechargeable, optional External Power Pack P50
Recycle Time (at Full Light Output)
approx. 0.1 - 6 seconds with Alkaline batteries
0.1 - 5 seconds with NiCad batteries
0.1 - 2.5 seconds with Power Pack P50
Tilt Reflector Range
Vertical: 60°, 75°, 90°, 0°, -7°
Horizontal: -180°, -150°, -120°, -90°, -60°, -30°, 0°, 30°, 60°, 90°
Number of Flashes (at Full Light Output)
180 Alkaline, 100 NiMH, 60 NiCad
Color Temperature
5600° K
Zoom Range
Automatic Zoom 24 - 105 mm, built-in wide angle Diffuser for 20mm
Flash Duration
approx. 1/200s - 1/20,000s in TTL mode
approx. 1/200s in Manual mode at full light output
approx. 1/600s in Manual mode at 1/2 light output
approx. 1/1400s in Manual mode at 1/4 light output
16.9 oz. (without batteries)
Dimensions(W x H x D)
2.95" x 4.9" x 4.25"

Metz mecablitz 54 MZ-4 Flash

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