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Metz's 36 AF-5 Digital flash strobe. Photo provided by Metz-Werke GmbH & Co KG. PRESS RELEASE: New generation of the perennial compact favourite: Metz mecablitz 36 AF-5 digital

Just in time for Photokina 2010, the next generation of the mecablitz 36 AF-4 digital compact system flash unit is being released – the mecablitz 36 AF-5 digital. The design has been visually honed to suit the new Metz system flash unit range. Furthermore, the new model is equipped with a wide-angle diffuser which is suitable for illumination of wide-angle focal lengths from 18 mm (135 format). The Metz mecablitz 36 AF-5 digital is perfectly tailored to Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax and Sony. Thanks to the new models, Metz has the perfect flash response for discerning novices.

Simple operation and clever special functions
The new mecablitz 36 AF-5 digital scores points with its simple operation. The vertically tilting swivel reflector also affords creative illumination options and bouncing flash. Another useful function of the compact flash is a manually adjustable zoom reflector. Optimum benefit can be drawn from the illumination angle of the 36 AF-5 digital in every situation by adjusting the reflector specifically to the various focal lengths (28/50/85). The flash-readiness indicator (subject to camera) in the view finder also offers helpful additional information. In tricky back light situations, applications such as fill-in flash (subject to camera) pose no problem for the mecablitz 36 AF-5 digital thanks to its GN 36. Furthermore, with integrated AF flash metering, the flash can also function effectively as a valuable focusing tool in difficult lighting conditions.

Different versions for Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic/Leica, Pentax and Sony
It goes without saying that the respective camera manufacturer’s sophisticated flash lighting technology can also be employed with the appropriate version of the mecablitz 36 AF-5 digital, in addition to several special functions, such as first and second shutter curtain synchronisation. Thus the 36 AF-5 digital offers E-TTL for Canon – i-TTL for Nikon – P-TTL for Pentax – four thirds TTL for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica and ADI for Sony.

Metz mecablitz – 57 years of success
Metz flash units represent high performance technology and reliable quality – and have done for 57 years. The comprehensive Metz product range offers high-quality, technically evolved products for all user groups. As Metz flash units can be combined with practically all major camera manufacturer models, Metz products bring together decades of knowhow from various flash technologies.

Metz's 36 AF-5 Digital flash strobe. Photo provided by Metz-Werke GmbH & Co KG. Click for a bigger picture!

Metz's 36 AF-5 Digital flash strobe.
Photo provided by Metz-Werke GmbH & Co KG.

Technical specifications

Flash output

  • Max. guide number 36 for ISO 100/21° and 85 mm

  • High flash numbers (e.g. 450 full flashes with alkaline-magnesium batteries)

  • Flash delay 0.3 – 3 seconds (depending on energy source and flash output)

Basic configuration

  • Vertically tilting swivel reflector +90°

  • LED displays

  • Manual zoom reflector for 28 – 85 mm illumination

  • Wide-angle diffuser for 18 mm illumination included

  • Integrated autofocus flash metering

  • Flash readiness indicator and correct exposure display on reverse of device and in camera viewfinder (subject to camera)

Basic flash functions

  • TTL flash mode

  • 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronisation (subject to camera)

  • Automatic fill-in flash (subject to camera)

Camera-specific flash functions

  • E-TTL flash mode (Canon)

  • i-TTL flash mode (Nikon)

  • P-TTL flash mode (Pentax)

  • Four thirds TTL flash mode (Olympus / Panasonic / Leica)

  • ADI flash mode (Sony)

Ready for the future

  • Firmware update possible via Metz service

Power supply

  • 4 x AA alkaline-magnesium batteries

  • 4 x AA NC or NiMH rechargeable batteries

Accessories included

  • Wide-angle diffuser for 18 mm illumination

  • Operating instructions

(First posted on Friday, September 24, 2010 at 13:32 EDT)

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