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Metz 70 MZ-5 Flashes

4 star rating
                      4 / 5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $605.00

  • DedicationNot Dedicated
    Guide Number164 @ ISO 100 (50mm.)
    Flashe TypeRegular Flash
    Zoom Range105 - 230 mm.
    Mount TypeHandle Mount
    BounceWith Bounce
    Min. Recycle Time1 Seconds
    Power SourceExternal
    TTL MeteringWith TTL Metering
    Weight62.4 oz.
    Product ID21808406

Product Description

A powerful, reliable TTL handle-mount flash unit
  • Guide no: 50m @ ISO 100 and 50mm
  • Auto zoom
  • Swivel and bounce
  • Integrated AF measurement
  • Manual flash exposure control
  • 25-step partial output
  • Wide angle diffuser
  • Slave function

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jolynn Bales a Professional

    Date Reviewed: May 7, 2010

    Strengths:    Nice powerful unit, consistent, fast recycle with fresh NiCad or NiMH battery, and almost non-existent recycle with Quantum external pack.

    Settings on hot shoe module make it easier to make changes.

    Durable...can take some bumps along the way and come out unscathed.

    Weaknesses:    Heavy (to be expected)

    Proprietary (and EXPENSIVE) battery. Several batteries are needed to complete a job, unless you have a Quantum.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is the second Metz I've owned. Unimpressed by the first, I purchased a Sunpak which served me well for many years. I opted for the Metz 70 MZ5 because it was more powerful than the Sunpak model I was using.

    I have the older model which is not iTTL compatible on the newer Nikon digital cameras. Therefore, I have to use the unit in "auto" ather than iTTL dedicated. Not quite as convenient as dedicated, but the results are worth the extra effort (very little extra effort).

    The secondary reflector is a MUST HAVE for using bounced light. The tilt and swivel head allow a lot of flexibility in bouncing the light, and the secondary reflector fills in those "raccoon eyes" from ceiling bounced light. Secondary reflector has different power outputs, so it can range from off, subtle, to obnoxious.

    Bracket attaches with a click, with a screw wheel to tighten it down. Unit feels solid, and I don't fear for my D300's safety when it is attached.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $650.00

    Purchased At:   Online

    Similar Products Used:   Sunpak 544 Auto Thrystor
    Metz 45-CT1

    Type of photography:   Fine Art

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by ohayes a Expert

    Date Reviewed: March 17, 2004

    Strengths:    High power, modeling lamp, modules for various cameras, independent af assist.

    Weaknesses:    Price, propietary battery, weight

    Bottom Line:   
    I was recently considering selling this item, primarily due to unit and battery cost. After about one year of use, my nickel-cadmium battery is down from 60 full flash bursts per charge to 40, which means that I could probably get 2 rolls of low ISO film per charge out of the flash. However, I decided to stick with it and purchased a nickel-metal hydride battery with an estimated 100 full flashes per charge.

    A recent shoot fully validated my decision to keep this item. For low light flash photography with cameras without a built in af assist this system is great. I tend to use my flash off camera either handheld or on a Stroboframe bracket and having the af assist constantly attached to the camera allows me to capture images easily in the dark that would otherwise be missed or out of focus. This also allows me to work rather quickly without fumbling and bumbling with focus while my subjects loose their patience.

    The system fully takes advantage of just about all of the Nikon F5, F100, N90s advance flash features--High Speed Synchronization HSS being the exception. In particular the 3D Matrix fill-flash is a godsend making fill-flash and regular flash photography a no-brainer especially with the Nikon's D chip lenses.

    This flash is one of the few on the market with a built in modeling light and it does have a slave sensor as well for off camera TTL flash, but I believe it only syncs with other Metz flashes.

    Modules are available for dedicated flash technology for a myriad of cameras, which increases this flashes flexibility for those who use multiple systems and/or formats.

    With a guide numbers of 164 -50mm, 230-105 mm (ISO 100 ft)
    I believe this is one of the most power flashes available (With Sunpak's Auto 622 Super being King with a guide number of 200 -50mm).

    As I noted in the cons, at about $650 it is definitely the BMW of flashes and like that German made machine has been built with proprietary parts. If you want to power this bad boy you can pretty much forget a trip to the local Walgreens or your drug store. You have to go back to Metz and pay their premium price. And it is a bit heavy, but not too bad.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   Adorama

    Similar Products Used:   Vivitat 283, Nikon SB28, Nikon SB80

    Type of photography:   People

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ryszard Sytnik a Intermediate from Siloam Spring, Arkansas USA

    Date Reviewed: November 13, 2003

    Strengths:    This is my 4-th flash and the best one, after charger waz fix, I do not have any
    other problem. Flash is eazy to use, very
    powerfool. And I am happy to have one

    Weaknesses:    In my case batery charger do not work.
    Bracet on this flash is very delicat I am wary not to break them.

    Bottom Line:   
    I send MZ 70-5 to Bogen Corporation to fix
    a charger. 14 days past by and my MZ 70-5
    arive back to me. They fix problem with charger.I was able to test my 70-5, works
    super. I think problem with charger was the only problem and Bogen fix free og charge.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $570.00

    Purchased At:   Adorama

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