Simga EF-610 Super vs Metz 52 AF-1
First the Sigma:
- But the show stopper for me was the TTL metering. On a SAL18135 anything above 35mm focal length would meter correctly but the 35mm and 24mm settings is underexposed at least 2 stops. You can adjust this on the body but the body only gives you +/- 2 stops of flash compensation. It works but not very practical as if you compensate 35-24mm @ +2 stops then when you zoom to over 35mm then your over exposing everything by 2 stops. Due to this issue I RMA'd the unit.
Replaced with the Metz:
- Built in Germany and build quality is really good, this thing is a tank! Noticeably more weight then the Sigma. Very well made and I like how they implemented their Minolta hotshoe lock. Flash is much more secure on the Alpha's body.
- I thought the touch screen interface might be slow to navigate in actual use. But to my surprise it's not bad....I think I might be a convert. Information on screen is much readable then on the Sigma with large fonts.
-Manual is huge...granted it's in 6 languages, but it's well written and pretty easy to understand.
- Included carrying case is very nice and form fitted specifically to the flash. The Sigma one was a universal "bag" type case of much lower quality.
- Wireless trigger works just as good as the Sigma.
- But what it really comes down to is does TTL work...and it does. None of the issues I had using the same lens and body. It's a keeper.
Conclusion: I do NOT recommend the Sigma (*at least with a A57). I DO recommend the new Metz 52 AF-1.