Metz announce the worlds first USB TTL Flashgun – 58-AF-1. The new Metz 58 AF-1 has a maximum guide number of 58 and boasts a number of new features, the most revolutionary of which is the inclusion of a USB port for future upgrading as Camera flash technology changes and new models are released. The new 58 AF-1 also includes Metz unique second reflector which can now be used in Full TTL mode with varying output to ¼ power in order to add a fill light to your subject when “bouncing” the main flash head. The main head of the flashgun also has both tilt and swivel facilities with a reflector card and wide angle diffuser giving unparalleled control together with a zoom head range of 24-105mm. Suggested retail price £309.99.
For photographers requiring a remote facility the 58 AF-1 is compatible with either the Nikon or Canon remote flash system. The flashgun can be set to operate in both Command and Remote modes depending whether it is used as the main flash or as the off camera flash, and it is fully compatible with the Manufacturers own flashguns.
Other included features are a simple control menu via LCD screen, E-TTL or i-TTL compatibility with both Manual and Auto aperture modes, a modelling mode to judge the shadow cast by your subject, strobe mode for capturing fast action sequences as well as a new AF assist facility with a wide area AF illuminator for accurate low light performance.
Wedding and event photographers will also be able to take advantage of additional power using the P76 power pack for faster recycle times and increased flashes between charges.
The 58 AF-1 will be available in dedicated form for both Canon ETTL-II and Nikon iTTL users from early November. Pentax and Sony/Minolta models are to follow next year.
Source: Metz Press Release