Metz to launch 64 AF-1 touchscreen flash

Metz plans to release a new flagship flashgun later this month with a full-colour touchscreen.

Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1

Metz plans to release a new flagship flashgun later this month with a full-colour touchscreen. The Mecablitz 64 AF-1 will be a fully-featured speedlight with TTL capabilities, master and slave mode, two flash tubes, a USB port, sync jack, stroboscopic mode and external power input.

The 64 AF-1 will either replace or retail¬†alongside the current top-of-the-line flash from Metz, the Mecablitz 58 AF-2 (currently on sale for $400). It’s not clear how many camera brands will be supported, but you can bet on Nikon and Canon versions¬†straight off the bat, with¬†Metz usually being pretty good at covering Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax and Sony¬†eventually too. (Update: and indeed that will be case!)

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Specifications

  • Guide Number 64 at ISO 100
  • Motorized Zoom 24-200 mm
  • Wide-angle diffuser for 12 mm coverage
  • Backlit touchscreen display with automatic rotation
  • Tilt/swivel head: vertical -9/+90¬ļ and horizontal 300¬ļ
  • Secondary reflector with two steps of light output
  • Integrated reflector card
  • Sync Connector
  • All specific modes TTL cameras
  • Automatic flash mode over 12 stops
  • Manual flash mode with 25 steps of partial light output
  • Flash strobe mode
  • Wireless remote TTL master and slave mode
  • Four individual program memories
  • USB connector for software upgrade
  • Power with four AA batteries or Power pack
  • Includes case and slave foot

German manufacturer Metz is still the only company to venture into producing camera flashes with touch-sensitive controls, their first such product being the mid-range Mecablitz 50 AF-1. But while touch is a relatively new thing for speedlights, these days you can find it in everything from your camera and phone to your light meter, studio heads and video lamps.

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According to an early listing from a Spanish retailer, the Metz 64 AF-1 will be available to¬†pre-order for ‚ā¨429 (around $480 without tax). Will your next flash have a touchscreen or is the feature a bit of a gimmick? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Source: Namen Color, via Nikon Rumors

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