Metz launches Mecablitz 26 AF-1, a pocket-sized flash for hotshoe compacts and CSCs
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/2.5×3.34×3.34 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