mecablitz 64 AF-1

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German manufacturer Metz has unveiled its newest flash unit, the previously rumored Mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital. It features not just an impressive guide number of 64, but also a 24-200mm zoom capability, as well as a USB port for firmware updates. Perhaps most interesting for most photographers is the touchscreen rear, which you can use to control the unit without fiddling over buttons.

The 64 AF-1 will also play nicely with most major camera systems, offering TTL flash and remote modes for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, and Olympus/Panasonic/Leica camera. It runs off of 4 AA batteries, or an external power pack. Here’s its full feature list:

  • Secondary reflector with 2 light levels
  • Vertical (–9/+90°) and horizontal (300°) swivel reflector
  • Large illuminated, graphic touch display in colour, with automatic rotating function (90°)
  • Simple operating concept
  • Motorised zoom for 24–200 mm illumination
  • Spot and extended zoom Integrated wide-angle diffuser for 12 mm illumination
  • Flip-out reflector card
  • Modelling light (permanent light for checking shadows)
  • Integrated autofocus multi-zone flash metering
  • Flash readiness indicator and correct exposure display on unit and on camera
  • TFT flash range display
  • Acoustic status notifications (beep)
  • Automatic unit shut-off and manual key lock
  • Wake-up function via the camera Integrated sync cable socket
  • Power pack connection
  • Rapid mode
  • Programme memory (4 memory locations)
  • Metal base with quick lock

Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly how much the 62 AF-1 is expected to fetch, but given that the 58 AF-2 goes for around $400, we imagine the 62 AF-1 will go for more than that.

[via PhotoRumors]