Metz Out Of Flash Business

exakta

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Metz officially is out of the flash business according to a post over at DPR. The poster had contacted Metz about a firmware update for his flash and got this in reply:

Hi John,
The Metz 50 is a very old flash and is unfortunately not compatible with modern cameras.
Sadly, Metz has left the flash business and will therefore not be updating their firmwares in the future.
Sorry for the bad news.
Kind regards,Will

Will

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I checked over at B&H and Adorama and sure enough it looks like they are down to remaining inventory. Not only for m43 but other systems as well. Too bad, they were the last holdout still making their flashes in Europe and supported m43 RC TTL when third party flashes were thin on the ground.
 

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I don't know how many "Metz" companies there are today but that traditional German camera accessory manufacturer did split in two six years ago (2015).
MetzBlue is a Chinese consumer electronics company and camera accessories ended up in Metz mecatech GmbH but the latter one has since decided to make electeric scooters instead:
https://www.metz-moover.de/en/48-2/

Anyhow, I found that Metz Canada seems to be still alive and they have made a press release about free FW updates for Panny and Olympus models as recently as February 2021 and there's a link for them that still works.
https://www.metzflash.ca/new-firmware-updates-for-olympuspanasonic-versions-of-metz-flash-units/
https://www.metzflash.ca/firmware/
 

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We live in a world where the likes of Godox can churn out high quality flashguns at relatively low prices. I used to swear by Metz flashguns, but the last two I bought were expensive and pretty agricultural compared to my Godox set.
 

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I bought Metz 48 AF-1 for my Olympus C-7070 way back in the day. I have no idea if it works for E-M1 II or Micro Four Thirds though, I haven't tried it yet. Flash is not really needed for my photography, but I was a teenager back then, I didn't know anything. Third party flashes are designed for 3:2 aspect ratio, so maybe better to stick with first party, unless for bounce flash. But still sad that there will be no more Metz. Maybe I need to think outside the box and find more ways to incorporate the Metz 48 into my photography, if it works with E-M1 II.
 

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Third party flashes are designed for 3:2 aspect ratio,

Most flash heads are likely 2:1 as far as the shape of the aperture of the area of the flash tube. Quick check of a couple flashes I have near me, Oly FL-50 and an old Canon film era Speedlite 177A, both 2:1. Little clip on flash that came with my E-M1 is about 5:1.
 

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Clunky. Ergonomically poor but solid enough I suppose.

If the Olympus FL-36R were a Mercedes E Class, the Metz 52AF1 would be a tractor. The LCD touch panel was particularly nasty and the whole thing felt cheap.
 

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Sad news. The 15MS1 was a perfect companion for m4/3. Lightweight, versatile and inexpensive. A great tool for dental photography. In the past 10 years I've recommended this flash to many dentists and they love it. The Oly STF8 is expensive, heavier and not easy to find. :(
 

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