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Metz 45CL-1 Flash Unit Flashes

4.5 star rating
                      4.5 / 5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $370.00


  • MPNmz5105
    Product ID21808130
    Power SourceExternal, Battery Pack
    Weight38.4 oz.
    Guide Number148 @ ISO 100 (35mm.)
    Zoom Range35 mm.
    Mount TypeHandle Mount

Product Description

This unit is the beginning of the Metz handle mounted flashgun family for powerful flash lighting. The Metz mecablitz 45 CL-1 offers high light output and simple handling. 5 tele-computer apertures are available. Intended for the owners of non-AF search and SLR cameras. Guide number 45 for ISO 100/21° and 35 mm focal length.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eugene Kozhevnikov a Casual

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2015

Strengths:    Power! GN 45 at 35 mm and 100 ISO. Small recharge time (sometimes this flash unit (in "A" mode) can be used at 12 fps with my Sony A57 and Chinese adapter YN-H3). Durability (I use this flash for 10 years, and got it already in used condition).

Weaknesses:    No TTL mode. The main cable on my flash was damaged, so it took some time to repair it. Eats 6 AA batteries. Needs an adapter to use with hotshoe.

Bottom Line:   
This flash is an ideal one to use in manual and "A" mode. But it does not support any TTL mode. Can be used in studio and with the microscope.

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Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Previous Owner

Similar Products Used:   Sigma EF-500 ST SO-ADI, Metz 32Z-2, Cullman 36AF-M

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Danny Mclean a Professional

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2011

Strengths:    Their autonomy in a strenuous work session is hyper-excellent. Even when placed as replacing a light flash, and offers great results.

Weaknesses:    I believe that only their bulky size and weight is their weak point


Bottom Line:   
I have one of these extraordinary flashes and truth is unsurpassed. Recently acquired a bridge type camera (Fujifilm HS10) and is doing very well. The only thing critical is the size and weight, but that does not diminish its versatility and power.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   No! Although there are very good market smaller flashes and equal power.


Type of photography:   Fine Art


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Clifford Tayo a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2009

Strengths:    powerful, basic, supports older manual focus cameras, white light.

Weaknesses:    big size, and cumbersome to set up.

Bottom Line:   
I used this for may manual medium format cameras and Nikon digital cameras. Powerful flash unit, and supports older manual focus cameras. Metz verified that the voltage is safe to use with Digital cameras, I've used it with my nikon d1X.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Saudi Arabia

Similar Products Used:   Nikon SB-600 flash

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by foto_kowalski a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2004

Strengths:    Power ! Manual and program operation, low sync voltage, beauty light, build quality, low price

Weaknesses:    no partial manual light output

Bottom Line:   
This is my favourite flash unit, I use it with my new EOS Rebel-D. Light is very nice and warm. This one is safe for digital cameras - sync voltage below 7 V (beware ct-1). Swivel and Title head. I'm just lovin to use it - I can live with out E-TTL. I had speedlite EX before but i sold it - it was dummy and less controled. With Metz you can do what you want. Metz has incredible build quality - I had 20 years old units in use.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Allegro.pl

Similar Products Used:   Metz 45 CT1, Metz 45 CT-5

Type of photography:   Fine Art


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark Stedman a Intermediate from Miami, FL

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2000

Strengths:    Very bright light (GN 147) and very very white. Much better than cheaper flashes.

Weaknesses:    Big and heavy. Handle mount design (maybe a plus, may be a minus. Depends on your preference).

Bottom Line:   
Great flash, especially for wedding photographer or portrait. Requires sacrifices for field work. Eats batteries.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   Vivitar flashes, other Metz flashes.

Type of photography:   Fine Art



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