Nikon F100 & Metz 54AF-1 flash

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Keith, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. Keith

    Keith Guest

    I am shopping for a flash for my F100 and have been reading the specs on the
    Metz units. The description on Adorama says the 54AF-1 for Nikon was
    designed for the digital cameras. Why would a flash be different between
    digital and film cameras? How compatible is this with the F100?

    Thanks, Keith
    Keith, Dec 31, 2004
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    Roxy Durban Guest

    Older Nikon flashes used OTF (off the film) reflections to determine TTL
    flash output. Obviously with newer DSLR's their is no film to measure off,
    so they measure off something else (dunno what).

    The Nikon SB-800 is now the top of the line flash and will work with
    nearly every single Nikon ever made (in various modes). I strongly
    recommend getting this unit over any 3rd party unit.
    Roxy Durban, Dec 31, 2004
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  3. There are some extension to the TTL modes done for digital cameras. Nikon
    started using DX to mark their own flashes with this digital camera
    capabilities (e.g. SB-80DX etc). Newer models are missing these two letters
    (like SB-600 and SB-800).

    For the F100 there is no need for these digital compatibility. Metz offers a
    recomendation list on their website, but I found it only in german language

    Diese Kamera bietet einen Zubehörschuh mit Mittenkontakt und Sonderkontakten
    und somit auch Blitzsonderfunktionen. Deshalb wird für die Blitzgeräte mit
    SCA-System nachfolgender Adapter empfohlen: SCA 3402 M (ab/as of)
    Weitere Informationen dazu finden Sie auch in der SCA-Adaptersuche.
    Folgende Metz mecablitz sind für die ausgewählte Kamera geeignet:
    mecablitz 44 AF-4N
    mecablitz 54 MZ-4i
    mecablitz 54 AF-1N
    mecablitz 28 AF-3N
    mecablitz 70 MZ-5
    mecablitz 70 MZ-4
    mecablitz 54 MZ-4 / 54 MZ-4i
    mecablitz 44 MZ-2
    mecablitz 44 AF-4iN
    mecablitz 44 AF-3N
    mecablitz 36 AF-3N
    mecablitz 34 AF-3N

    Hopefully this is some help for you

    Wolfgang Exler, Dec 31, 2004
  4. I apologize, Now I found the recomedation list in english language

    Wolfgang Exler, Dec 31, 2004
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    prep Guest

    I've used an 800 with a D70, and was extremly impressed.

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    Nick Zentena Guest

    Some of it is just marketing. Have to get the latest hot buzzwords into
    things. Go to the Metz site and check out the section on adapters. You'll
    find out what the combination of flash and camera will provide you. Nice
    thing about Metz is you buy a new module and it works with a new camera.

    Nick Zentena, Dec 31, 2004
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    Roxy Durban Guest

    Yes, it is a very impressive flash unit - the best I have ever had. It
    even works with my F2!
    Roxy Durban, Dec 31, 2004
  8. Keith

    Keith Guest

    I looked up the Metz info and it shows the F100 as being compatible with the
    54AF-1. I can't find any info on what that really means. Are all the flash
    capabilities of the F100 supported so just some of them? Any suggestions on
    how to find out?
    Keith, Dec 31, 2004
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    Matt Clara Guest

    A used SB-28 or SB-80/80DX would be all you need (and then some) unless you
    intend to move to Nikon's digital cameras, and then the SB800/600 would be
    in order. Metz make fine flashes, but they aren't much cheaper than the
    Nikons, and Nikon's flash system is arguably the best in the world. They're
    all I've ever used.
    Matt Clara, Jan 1, 2005
  10. just being curous:

    what is the reason for this statement? Is this a result of a research or
    some comparisions?

    Wolfgang Exler, Jan 1, 2005
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    Steve Yeatts Guest

    I don't know about the 54AF-1, but I bought the 54MZ-4 to replace a Nikon
    SB28 for use on my F100. It is fully compatible with the flash control
    features of the F100. The reason I bought this model was because of the
    interchangeable flash modules in the SCA 3XXX system. I agree with another
    poster that the Metz doesn't offer much that the SB28 does not, but if you
    ever plan to buy into another camera system (medium format, leica TTL, etc)
    the Metz is the way to go.

    Steve Yeatts, Jan 1, 2005
  12. Keith

    Matt Clara Guest

    I hadn't thought of that, and it's a good point, though I would amend it to
    say, "if you're buying into another _TTL_ camera system," because the Nikons
    work fine in manual mode and can be used on any non-ttl system to great
    effect (I've been using my SB24 and SB80dx on my Mamiya 6 and RB67).
    Matt Clara, Jan 3, 2005
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