Lighting manufacturer Metz is to introduce a new miniature flash unit that is designed to marry with small cameras, such as premium hotshoe-equipped compacts and compact system bodies. With a maximum guide number of 26m/85ft at ISO 100 the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 is many times more powerful than the flash units that come bundled with, or built-in to, this sort of camera – and indeed many don’t come equipped with a flash at all.

Weighing 115g/4oz and measuring 63x85x85mm/2.5x3.34x3.34 in, Metz intends this model to be suitably small and light to match the portability of its target cameras - the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 will be compatible with TTL systems from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung, Olympus, Panasonic, Leica, Sony and Fujifilm.

Hinged to bounce at up to 90°, the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 doesn’t allow swivel motion but it will work as a slave unit for the wireless control systems of all the models mentioned, with the exception of Fuji cameras.

A wide angle diffuser allows coverage of focal lengths from 24mm (in full frame terms) and a tele attachment is provided for use with an 85mm lens. The LED AF assist lamp also works as a 30 Lux/1m video light. As with many Metz flash units, this model is equipped with a USB socket, so that firmware can be updated by the user when it becomes available.

The guns run on two AAA cells, and the company says that users should expect about 100 flashes at full power with standard alkaline batteries, with recycle times between 0.3 and 8 seconds according to the power output.

All except the Fuji and Sony models will be available from January, with the other two following in February this year. The Metz Mecablitz 26 AF-1 will cost $129.99 including its own travel bag.

For more information see the datasheet on the Metz website

Press release:

Metz Introduces New Mecablitz 26 AF-1 Compact Flash

The Pocket-sized 26 AF-1 is Ideal for Compact Point-and-Shoot and Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Upper Saddle River, N.J. (January 13, 2015) – Metz, a leading manufacturer of highperformance flash technology, has unveiled the new Mecablitz 26 AF-1, a compact flash unit with state-of-the-art features to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s photographers. The new pocket-sized Mecablitz 26 AF-1 is designed specifically for use with compact point-and-shoot cameras and mirrorless interchangeable lens camera systems with built-in hot shoes, providing significantly more power than integrated camera flashes. Metz premium flash products are distributed in the US exclusively by Manfrotto Distribution, Inc.

Despite its small size, the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 impresses with full suite of advanced features and packs a powerful punch with a guide number of 26 (85 feet) for ISO 100 / 21° and 85mm. Easy to use even for a novice shooter, all adjustments to flash settings are made using the LED display and function keys. The 26 AF-1 also incorporates a rotating reflector for indirect illumination, a wide-angle diffuser and an integrated LED light that can be used as a constant, always-on light source for properly illuminating subjects when capturing HD video.

Key features of the Metz Mecablitz 26 AF-1 include:

  • Max. guide number 26 with ISO 100 and 85 mm
  • Tilt reflector vertical
  • Illuminated LED display
  • Illumination 35 mm display
  • Integrated wide-angle diffuser for 24 mm illumination
  • Included tele attachment for 85 mm
  • Integrated LED video light
  • LED autofocus measuring beam
  • All camera specific TTL modes
  • USB socket for software updates

While today’s compact cameras are great for traveling, one area they typically fall short in is the capability of the built in flashes,” said Lynda Falby, Category Manager, Lighting at Manfrotto Distribution. “That’s where the new Mecablitz 26 AF-1 comes in. Compact, powerful and extremely easy to use, it’s designed to enhance the imaging experience for today’s photographers, whether they be professional or amateur, and unlock the potential that today’s cameras are capable of with additional power and better light output.”

Powered by two AAA batteries, the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 also comes with a handy bag for traveling and on-location shooting. The compact flash unit will be available nationwide for $129.99 and offered in five different versions:

  • MZ 2631199C for Canon – January 2015
  • MZ 2631492N for Nikon –  January 2015
  • MZ 2631493OPL for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica – January 2015
  • MZ 2631890SAM for Samsung – January 2015
  • MZ 2631796P for Pentax – January 2015
  • MZ 2631995F for Fujifilm – February 2015
  • MZ 2631691S for Sony – February 2015

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