Metz 48 AF-1

Metz 48 AF-1 is a powerful flash features Upgradeable via USB; Tilt & Swivel Head; Auto zoom head and wide angle reflector from 18mm to 105mm (35mm format); Manual flash mode with output from 1/128 to 1/1 power; Exposure Control Type: P-TTL, TTL. The Metz 48 AF-1 measures 71 x 137 x 99mm and weighs 340g (without batteries).

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Metz 48 AF-1 Expert Reviews

Brighthub reviews the Metz 48 AF-1 and writes;
“So far, the Metz 48 has produced some very even exposures that balance the light well. When bounced, a natural and pleasing light is produced, and good skin tones are maintained. The TTL BL mode, provides additional help with exposure and is available to use with all modern Nikon DSLRs. Switching between flash modes is as simple as pressing a button, or combination of buttons. The LCD screen is a little on the small side, but is still clear and easy to read.”
Rating: ★★★★★

User Opinions

Metz 48 AF-1 User Reviews

good flash but horid interface
“It it 2 buttons to change the settings and difficult to do so when needed, the Pentax interface I have used on the older AF 500 and 330 flashes are much better and easier to use. I like the exposures this flash gives but once again setting it is just a pain, Metz you need a 1 button or slider switch to choose modes it’s not so hard to do. So good performance on my K20D but just hard to set or find it’s features due to poor interface.” – By Brendan Bhagan
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great little flash
“I use this flash with my Pentax k200d, I puchased this flash after reviewing and trying out the Pentax 540fgz, and a Promaster model. The menu system is a little quirky to use but it did not take me long to figure everything out. I have used this flash on camera, on a Stroboframe, and wireless and it has preformed well in all areas. When I’m ready to buy a second flash it will be Metz thier fit and finish exceeds all others I looked at. “ – By jlgrrt
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent Flash Choice for Pentax/Samsung cameras
“The K20D’s onboard flash will control this unit wirelessly, and does so with aplomb; I’ve shot a few shots with the pair and they came out very well – the Metz on a bracket, the on-camera flash popped up and wireless enabled. Set the Metz to bounce and go – great shots with a good catchlight from the on-camera kicker. The automatic zoom is nice, as well, although if you have a really wide lens, you’ll probably want to bounce the light anyway for more even coverage.” – By J. S. White
Rating: ★★★★★

My first flash
“I bought the Metz 48 AF-1 as my first flash for my first DSLR, a Pentax K-m/K2000. I originally planned to get a AF 360 FGZ from Pentax, but after doing a lot of research I found out that the Metz 48 AF-1 is better in quality and is a lot stronger at the same price-range. I also considered about the Sigma 530 DG ST, but from research I found out that the build is cheap and has a long recharge time. I am very happy with this flash and am glad in my decision to choose this over other flashes, it has a very fast recharge time and it is brighter than what I needed which is perfect. “ – By Dave Duy Le
Rating: ★★★★★

High Quality Flash
“Bought this little piece of hardware a few weeks back and I am completed satisfied with this unit. The directions are simple, the controls a nicely laid out and the quality is outstanding. This was actually my second flash purchase as I originally opted to to buy the Pentax AF 360. This was a big disappointment for me as the owners manual was written for a film format camera so I’d have to experiment on the settings which I hate to do. Pentax really should have upgraded the manual for the digital age and it’s K20d camera. This Metz unit compliments Pentax Digital SLR and my friends are amazed at the quality of the pictures.” – By Timothy Iaconis
Rating: ★★★★★

Best Buy for the Money
“The flash supports TTL, PTTL, HSS, Red eye reduction, and manual mode. As stated in another review there are numerous levels of flash power. It comes with a built in diffuser and a bounce card for wide angle shots. The flash head swivels and can also be adjusted to bounce off of a ceiling. It can be mounted off the camera and triggered by remote or even the cameras onboard flash (as long as your camera supports it). It is quite feature rich for the price and performs very well. You won’t be disappointed it has to be one of the better flashes for the money. “ – By PSP Enthusiast
Rating: ★★★★★

Awesome Flash
“I’m a wedding and portrait photographer who previously had been using a somewhat cumbersome flash bracket for a flash head which didn’t swivel. This flash was awesome with regard to the swivel head feature, and it has now phased out my old flash bracket entirely (good, because it was giving me hand cramps).. Light output with this is great. I use it with a Pentax KX and always have nice, bright, even lighting, usually bounced off the ceiling or the flash’s bounce card. It works well with my KX in manual mode. I love it!” – By pentaxprisma
Rating: ★★★★★


Metz 48 AF-1 User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Metz 48 AF-1 Features & Specifications

State-of-the-art, the 48 AF-1 allows photographers to stay current and effortlessly make firmware updates via the internet and the flash s unique USB connection. The flash features a powerful guide number of 158 and for added versatility, is powered by four, readily available AA batteries. The 48 AF-1 C is designed to support Canons E-TTL and E-TTL II technology.

The 48 AF-1 is fully compatible with TTL digital remote systems and can also be operated as a TTL slave unit that can be controlled by the camera s built-in commander mode, a manufacturers flash with master capabilities, or from a Metz 58 AF-1.

The 48 AF-1 also features an auto zoom head from 24-105mm that can be set to match the cameras sensor, a full bounce and swivel reflector head, a built-in wide angle diffuser for 18mm coverage, and of course, full manual control with 12 partial light output level.


* GN 48 at ISO 100 and 105mm
* Tilt & Swivel Head
* Manual flash mode with output from 1/128 to 1/1 power
* Flash Compensation in 1/3 stop increments
* Auto zoom head and wide angle reflector from 18mm to 105mm (35mm format)
* Integrated bounce reflector card
* Wireless Flash slave sensor built in (Camera manufacture specific)
* Fast Shutter Synchronisation
Compatible with rear curtain synch
* USB Update facility for future camera compatibility enhancements
* Fully compatible with Camera manufacturers TTL systems Canon E-TTL and E-TTL II – Nikon iTTL and D-TTL
(Pentax/Samsung P-TTL and for Olympus/Panasonic TTL-flash mode available in 2008)

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