Metz36AF-5

Metz36AF-5

Metz36AF-5

$100/£65/28-85mm manual zoom/fast charge time.

The Metz 36 AF-5 is the cheapest flashgun in this group, and a quick glance will show you why – there are minimal controls, a definite size difference compared to the larger Sigma and Jessops models, and it only possesses a vertical-head option. that said, it is aimed at novices, has a zoom facility of 28-85mm, and on both alkaline and NiMH batteries the flash produces a high number of outputs (370 and 320 respectively), its simple creation is probably its bestselling point, and with the vertical tilting swivel head, manually adjustable zoom, and detachable wide-angle diffuser – suitable for the illumination of wide-angle focus lengths from 18mm – there is still scope for creativity with this product. In terms of recharges, the Metz posts an average of 1.5 seconds on NiMh batteries – by far the fastest. It records a figure of 2 seconds on alkaline batteries. Talking of batteries, their installation is quite fiddly on this model of flashgun. Running guides with in the battery compartment could make this a lot easier. Despite the small size product feels sturdy. The vertical tilt head does have a tendency to be a little loose though. There is an integrated autofocus flash metering facility too, but beyond that there are no manual controls. If you want a flash with a higher number of outputs, this may be for you.

Handling 3/5
Metering 4/5
Features 2/5
Value 3/5