Anyone looking for even more creative latitude can fall back on the manual controls on the new mecablitz 15 MS-1 and vary the prescribed light output via the six partial light output settings. That aside, the flash did capture considerable detail that was lost in my available-light shots. A DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS. I photographed this male white-tail deer with a Nikon D610 and Tamron 70-300mm zoom, shooting handheld at 300mm with VC engaged. The Metz 15MS-1 makes macro photography easy and it’s especially useful for outdoor nature macro work where there’s often not time to setup and adjust lighting. There are obvious problems with any lens whose front element rotates during focusing and even with lenses which extend but don’t rotate, the added weight of the 15MS-1 (190gm plus batteries) could cause problems by straining the autofocus mechanism. Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1$129 / £90 www.metz.de The Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1 is a compact flash gun that’s small compared to standard hotshoe flash units, but still a good deal larger than those that come in the box with most mirrorless cameras. Various combinations of left and right flash tube powers can be selected to provide the desired lighting effect.
Bugs often don’t sit still for long enough to set up a controlled lighting environment, but with the flash on the lens, you can just focus and shoot. Examples The first example shows a macro shot of a watch face with both left and right flash tubes firing. Using the macro flash close to the subject allowed the use of an exposure which greatly underexposed the more distant background while providing the right exposure for the flower. The Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 digital automatically adjusts its output by means of wireless TTL (for TTL operation in the remote mode, you need a master flash unit) ensuring that it is both reliable and precise.
Features The Mecablitz 64 AF-1 offers something you don’t see on some popular flash brands: a built-in sub-flash. Having the flash directly mounted on the lens is very useful for nature macro work. You’d need to do this if you were using a P&S camera for example, or perhaps with some DSLR lenses. Optional accessories are available for 62mm, 67mm and 72mm threads and cost around $20 each. Would there be any loss in functionality of the Metz? I’ve never used servo. \r\nReally looking forward to the Metz! When the flash is triggered this way, exposure is manual and the photographer has to set the shutter speed, aperture and ISO on the camera to get the desired exposure.