The new Metz 54MZ-4 is a special version of the company's 54MZ-3 series flash that's been specifically designed for Minolta Digital SLRs.
And because the Metz 54MZ-4 is D-TTL compatible, it will provide functionality based on the specific type of Minolta lens used.
The 54MZ-4 has a built-in secondary flash that can be used as fill to produce wraparound lighting when the main flash, with its built-in tilt/swivel function,is bounced off a wall or ceiling. The main flash's Auto Zoom feature works with lenses in the 24-105mm range, producing a Guide Number of 177 (feet) at ISO 100 at maximum zoom setting and a Guide Number of 131 (feet) at ISO 100 at 50mm.
This new flash unit retains the user-friendly operation control panel of the 54MZ-3 and offers nine different Automatic settings and well as a variable Manual mode, offering ratios down to 1/256th power.
The 54MZ-4 is user-friendly with only two buttons, and a single thumb wheel controls the logically arranged menu system. The illuminated LCD panel is large and easy-to-read and only displays the pertinent mode information.
Special features of the 54MZ-4 includes the display of focal length for the lensin use in the LCD screen. This display can be adjusted from feet to meters, or to various film/digital formats for standard 35mm, APS "digital", 645, or 6x6. Other features are auto flash bracketing, auto shut-off, and lockable keypad eliminating accidental setting changes.
Type Shoe Mount Guide Number 131 -50mm, 177 -105 mm (ISO 100 ft) Zoom Range Automatic Zoom 24 - 105 mm Bounce Capability -13° to 90° Auto Settings Zoom, Automatic Flash Mode Recycle Time 1-5 NiMH, .1-6 Alkaline, .1-5 NiCD, .1-6 P40 & .1-2.5 P50 Pack Power Source NiMH, Alkaline, NiCD, Exter Power Pack P50 & P40, Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.3 x 4.9 x 3 in (w x h x d) Weight 1.4 lbs (with batteries) Notes & Special Features Wide angle Diffuser For 20mm
Flashes/Charges 3000-180 ALK, 1200-60 N/C, 2000-100 NiMH
Color Temperature 5500 ° K