Metz plans to release a new flagship flashgun later this monthÂ with a full-colour touchscreen. The Mecablitz 64 AF-1 will be a fully-featured speedlightÂ 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 retailÂ 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 versionsÂ straight off the bat, withÂ Metz usually being pretty good at covering Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax and SonyÂ eventually too. (Update: and indeed that will be case!)
- 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/+90Âº and horizontal 300Âº
- 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 stillÂ the only companyÂ to venture into producing camera flashes with touch-sensitive controls, their first such productÂ being the mid-range Mecablitz 50 AF-1. But while touch is a relatively new thing for speedlights, these days you can find it inÂ everything from your camera and phoneÂ to yourÂ light meter,Â studio headsÂ andÂ video lamps.
According to an early listing from a Spanish retailer, the Metz 64 AF-1 will be available toÂ pre-order for â‚¬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.