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Works perfectly, an excellent flash unit for Nikon cameras.
on 21 February 2013
Hard to fault this flashgun, it works perfectly. If you just want to put it on your Nikon and take perfect flash shots without thinking about it, this flash unit does the job really well. That means it communicates perfectly with the sophisticated i-TTL programming of Nikon cameras. (Watch out, some independent brands don't! - for example I considered a Nissin which claimed it could do this, but only when I read the fine print did it turn out to be incompatible with my particular Nikon camera.)
The Metz charges rapidly, produces a nice even light, and gets the exposure right. So you end up with photos that look better than anything the camera's in-built flash could achieve. (I use a Nikon D5200, so it's good to see the Metz even works with newly-released Nikon cameras). It works well for bounce flash (where the flash is pointed upwards so the light bounces off the ceiling, producing softer lighting for indoor shots).
The rear of the flash unit is very simple, it has four nicely illuminated buttons rather than an LCD panel. These do the job well and make the flash pleasantly simple to use. It's like using an Apple computer rather than a Windows PC, it's deceptively easy and it just works. There is manual adjustment etc but to be honest you might seldom use it since the standard settings get the job done perfectly. Some advanced features are missing compared to the Nikon flashguns at two to three times the price. For example, for remote wireless shooting, the Metz only works on all channels, whereas on Nikons you can select the channel. This means if you are in a room full of photographers and you're all doing remote wireless flash work at the same time, the Metz will go off when anyone takes a shot, rather than 'listening' only to your channel. But realistically when would you ever be in that situation?! (By the way, to work remotely the Metz seems to require a master flash such as another Metz on the camera, the inbuilt flash doesn't seem to work to trigger the remote flash - but I think that is a limitation of the Nikon D5200 rather than any limitation of the flashgun).
The Metz has a quality feel to it - it is very nicely made and is a good match for Nikon cameras. Disappointingly the foot to stand it up for remote flash is not included, nor is a bag, you have to buy these as optional extras if you want them. The manual is very good, proper clear English (the Metz is made in Germany, not Asia).
If you love complexity (i.e. you want to fiddle a lot with the LCD panel settings on your flash) and have plenty of budget, why not buy the Nikon SB-700 (and around twice the price) or the Nikon SB-910 (at around three times the price). But if you want a flash that will take equally good shots in most situations, this Metz is highly recommended.