Metz has officially announced the new Mecablitz 26 AF-1 flash which is suitable for lighter photography kits, such as compact cameras and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.
Professionals are not the only photographers using dedicated flash units. After owning a camera for a while, even beginners using compact shooters will notice that the built-in flash is simply not good enough.
This is why digital camera makers are also creating compact flash guns, which are more suitable for point-and-shoot and mirrorless cameras. Metz has just revealed one of these products in the compact and lightweight body of the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 flash.
Metz introduces Mecablitz 26 AF-1 flash for compact and mirrorless cameras
The new Mecablitz 26 AF-1 flash by Metz can be attached to cameras via their hot-shoe mount. This flash can fit into one’s pocket, which is the main idea behind the sales of compacts and mirrorless shooters.
This flash offers more lighting than built-in flashes, providing a guide number of 26 at ISO 100 and 85mm. It comes with a number of accessories, such as a wide-angle diffuser that will deliver lighting at 24mm. Additionally, the telephoto attachment will supply good lighting at 85mm.
When photographers need to use indirect illumination, they can make use of the rotating reflector in the Mecablitz 26 AF-1. Overall, this flash offers more lighting solutions for users looking to further their photography and to start playing with the light.
Mecablitz 26 AF-1 comes with TTL support and an LED light for videographers
Metz has confirmed that the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 comes with a built-in LED light, which will come in handy during video recording as a constant illumination source. In addition, this LED can be used as an autofocus light.
As expected, the flash supports TTL, so it will automatically calculate how much light to add in a scene. The settings can be seen on an LED screen, while changes can be made using the function keys.
One nifty addition is the USB socket, which will allow users to connect their flash to a computer in order to update its software in the future.
Metz will release the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 in January for Canon, Nikon, Samsung, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic, and Leica users. Photographers using Sony and Fujifilm cameras will be able to purchase a unit as of February 2015.
The flash will cost $129.99 regardless of the version and will require a couple of AAA batteries for power, which are sold separately.