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Metz Mecablitz 24 AF-1

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Mat - MirrorLessons, May 14, 2013.

  1. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
    Turin
    Does anyone use this flash with the OM-D E-M5?

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    Product information: Metz

    I am looking for a compact speedlight flash unit, and this is the most compact flash of the Metz line.

    Or is there other valid alternatives?

    Thanks!
     
  2. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    Yes, I use this flash with my OM-D, E-PM2 and my LX-5. There's the Oly FL-300R, and it works off camera, unlike the Metz 24. The Metz tilts a full 90 degrees, however, whereas the Oly tilts down 30 degrees 60 degrees up.

    The Metz is a great little flash if you want to use it on camera. For off-camera use, there are better choices.
     
  3. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 10, 2013
    I used one on an LX-5 for fill duty while the lens adapter was on. Sold the flash, then sold the LX-5, in anticipation of going into Micro 4/3. I was aware that it worked on OM-D, but wanted a flash that swiveled and bounced.
     
  4. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
    Turin
    Thanks for your feedback.
    I am looking for a small flash to replace the one provided with the OM-D, in circumstances where I need a more powerful unit. I will mainly use it for some events reportage or some weddings.
     
  5. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 10, 2013
    Metz Mecablitz 24 AF-1 is underpowered for that kind of work. Two batteries and no facility to add a power pack, in addition to no swiveling. The bounce feature on it is not hearty and accessible for swift and constant adjustment.
     
  6. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    I agree. Even when bouncing the flash in my small living room, I had to crank up the flash power and sometimes even exposure compensation.
     
  7. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
    Turin
    Ok. Thanks agin, this is exactly the kind of feedback I was looking for.
     
  8. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 24, 2013
    Harwich, MA USA
    Marc Sitkin
    So what would be a recommended unit for light duty event photography, assuming that an ISO of at least 1600 is being used? Not trying to shoot a wedding, but say a cocktail party with 50 couples.
     
  9. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 10, 2013
    For OM-D E-M5 maybe the FL600R. I shot a 50th birthday party with around forty guests with that, the grip on the camera and a Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8.
     
  10. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    Once again, I concur. :biggrin: I own the Metz 24, the Oly FL-300R and the FL-600R. They all have their uses, but the FL-600R ought to work very well for you.
     
  11. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 24, 2013
    Harwich, MA USA
    Marc Sitkin
    Thanks, 600R looks similar in output to my Metz for Canon. I'll test the Metz on the OMD (on auto, no ttl ) see if the power range works, and then try to make a decision.

    I like the smaller size of the 300,

    If my math is right, the 300 would give me a max fstop of f 11 (16x8 = 128/10= f11(800 ISO)) Probably want to shoot at f 4-5.6 with a 17mm 1.8 lens.
     
  12. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    Both Metz 24 and Oly FL-300R are TTL only flashes, no manual control, though you can make adjustments via the camera's menu system.
     
  13. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 24, 2013
    Harwich, MA USA
    Marc Sitkin
    Thanks

    So could I choose my fstop/shutter speed and let the system control the flash output?