New Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 Coming?

The 58 AF-2 has been officially announced now; go here for a 58 AF-2 preview article including comparison with SB-900 and 580EX II.

On German photography board, some clue showed up today about a successor of the 58 AF-1 digital in form of a Metz 58 AF-2 digital flashgun. Interestingly it can even be found on the Metz website, it is listed in the pulldown menu under the accessories section: Screenshot mecablitz 58 AF-2 digital

The Metz 58 AF-1 is a fully dedicated E-TTL or i-TTL flash unit but also a very capable strobist flash e.g. with manual mode down to 1/256, especially since the X-contact firing problem that it had with firmware 1.0 has been long solved.

The model generation before the 58 AF-1 was the 54 AF-1, announced in 2004. The 58 AF-1 was announced at photokina in 2006 and is around 4 years now on the market, and that is a typical time frame when Nikon e.g. is releasing their new models in the professional line. Looking at these time lines, the current mecablitz top model is due for a replacement soon. This speaks for a leak rather than a mistake on the Metz site.

Versions of Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2

From the screenshot it can also be seen – at least if this was not a mistake :-) – that there will be the following versions of the 58 AF-2 digital available:

  • mecablitz 58 AF-2 / Canon
  • mecablitz 58 AF-2 / Nikon
  • mecablitz 58 AF-2 / Olympus/Panasonic/Leica
  • mecablitz 58 AF-2 / Pentax
  • mecablitz 58 AF-2 / Sony Alpha/Konica Minolta

58 AF-1-digital Metz

Metz 58 AF-1 tech specs

No insights yet what the successor might offer. Maybe sensor size detection? A PC port (don’t think so to be honest)? A longer zoom reflector, like Nikon SB-900? More power … faster recycle times? To shorten the wait, I’m posting here the strobist related specs of the 58 AF-1.

Model Information
Brand Metz
Model 58 AF-1 digital
First introduction 2006
Successor 58 AF-2 digital
Output Specs
Guide number spec
(35mm, ISO 100, in meters)
Guide number test result ?
Manual power settings 1/1 – 1/2 – 1/4 – 1/8 – 1/16 – 1/32 – 1/64 – 1/128 – 1/256
Flash duration (full power) 1/125
Recycle time spec
(at full power)
5 sec alkaline, 5 sec NiMH
Recycle time test result ?
Flash foot material, type plastic, standard ISO
PC Sync Port no
Optical Slave yes ( with firmware 5.0)
Other Trigger wireless TTL slave mode
Trigger Voltage safe (not tested)
Standby Mode can be deactivated
Flash Head Features
Swivel -180 to +120 degrees
Tilt -7 to +90 degrees
Manual Zoom Head (18) 24 – 105
Auto Zoom (18) 24 – 105
Bounce card / 2nd reflector yes / yes
LCD Display yes (dot matrix)
Power Supply
Batteries Used 4 x AA
External Power Source Power Pack P76
Nikon TTL
D-TTL yes (Nikon version)
i-TTL yes (Nikon version)
CLS Wireless Slave yes (Nikon version)
CLS Wireless Master yes (Nikon version)
Canon TTL
E-TTL(II) yes (Canon version)
E-TTL(II) wireless slave yes (Canon version)
E-TTL(II) wireless master yes (Canon version)
Other Flash Modes
Stroboscopic Mode yes
Auto Mode yes
TTL Features
AF Assist Light yes (dual beam)
Exposure Compensation in TTL Mode on the Flash unit -3 to +3 EV
Rear Curtain Synchronization yes
High Speed Synchronization yes
Sensor Size Detection (DX, FX, etc) yes
Modeling Light yes


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