Metz Mecatech M400 flash officially announced

The Metz Mecatech M400 flash is now officially announced (US pricing and availability not available yet):

The mecablitz M400 represents a new generation of compact flash systems. It is especially suited to mirrorless system cameras and is ideal for any photographers or film-makers looking for a convenient flash unit. The mecablitz M400 is also highly equipped and leaves nothing to be desired. The maximum guide number of 40 forISO 100 is capable of handling almost all shooting situations. Versatile lighting options are provided by the motor zoom function (24-105 mm), the fully pivotable reflector with removable reflector card and the integrated wide-angle diffuser (12 mm). The M400 is also ideal for wireless operation, be it TTL or servo. As for usability, the M400 also sets new standards with its innovative OLED display and its impressively tidy, simplified user interface.

The AUTO TTL operating mode enables the camera to fully automatically control the flash unit (turning on and flashing) and ensures the subject of your picture is put in the best light possible – perfect to those new to flash. The mecablitz can be synchronised with the first or second shutter curtain (irrespective of camera model) and it supports high-speed sync (HSS or FP). The new design of the mecablitz M400 not only looks timeless – the flash unit is always kept up-to-date via a USB interface for receiving firmware updates.


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  • start to hate this announcement bs and not announce the same day it comes out instead.

    • Firebrand

      Why? You can plan ahead — it saves people, who are about to buy something else, from making a wrong decision. Manufacturers used to be criticized, because they didn’t give warning to consumers that new items were about to be released (so when customers buy the old items, they get mad, because a few weeks later a new updated version is released). Personally, I prefer early notification, so I can plan my spending accordingly. It doesn’t change what I can buy now. But at least I know I have the option to wait for something, if I want that instead.

  • Spy Black

    Manufacturers need to move away from AAs on speedlights.

    • fanboy fagz

      I wouldnt mind a battery pack like godox use but at least offer a holder that will allow me to use AA. and personally AA are fine to me. and I use a lot of AA batts/ flashes.

      • Spy Black

        They’re fine if you’re shooting static subjects, but when a shoot is in constant motion and change, you need something that’s gong to keep up with it.

        • fanboy fagz

          I shoot weddings. People move. I use cl on d3 d3s d4 and havr no issue using AA and it keeping up. My shanny flashes recyle in 2 seconds flat. Although i never had to use more than 1/8 power. This is your comment based on hands on experience or just an opinion? I haven’t seen a single user use an external battery pack like those with the ad units for non ad models and the ones in the ving are not that fast if were talking fast. And truthfully those battery packs in the ving had a lot of recalls. Give me AA batts for my 13 hour weddings and thats great. Sports photographers dont use flash. Maybe paparazzi can benefit from it but i dont see the battery pack being mainstream anytime soon. AA batts work. I use a ton of them and youd think its be annoying but i have no issue with them. Better for me than carrying a charger

          • Spy Black

            Yeah AA flash slow down for me too much when I shoot fashion, where I have models constantly moving around. I’m at 1/4-1/2 power settings typically, sometimes full power. I bought Godox Li-on units and never looked back.

  • shadowfoto

    ugly AF, previous metz units had better design, this one looks like $30 chinese unit.

  • fanboy fagz

    “mecablitz M400 not only looks timeless”

    hahaha. thats what u call old build/design
    wow, I cant believe someone ok’ed this to production. its a doa flash. no quick lock foot, build looks like the brittle type plastic from china. no lcd,

    if recycle is more than 3 seconds, its not relevant. and price. anything more than $50. gtfoh. you can get an amazing flash for $70 today.

  • MB

    Nissin i40 finally got some competition … nice … i do prefer dials and overall design of i40 but if the price is right (around 200$) it could be a good choice for some …

  • Tim Reeves

    GN 40
    No battery pack
    longwinded controls

    What’s even the target market with this hunk o junk?

    • Firebrand

      What do you mean by longwinded controls?

      Anwyay, as to its use — fill-flash for near portraits, outside, on-the-go, and just something for inside the home, would be my guess. And, frankly, there are a lot of cameras, which don’t have a built-in flash, whose owners just need something cheap, very easy to store, and just to bring along, just in case they want a pinch more light, but don’t want a bazooka flash. The Nikon D500, for example, doesn’t have built-in Flash. The Nikon D810 does, and its GN is 12/39. This flash looks functional as a built-in flash replacement.

      If it really is around $50-100 bucks, then no worries.

  • TinusVerdino

    Nice compact program connected TTL flash with master ttl for an attractive price.

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