Tuesday, December 22, 2015

X-E2 bundles & the Metz 26 AF-1 Flash (finally!)

All of the above for only $1,099 - only 1x left!

Having a hard time finding a fabulous gift for that special someone? How about a huge bundle of Fujifilm goodness! We only have two (2) of these great bundles left that include the following…

- Fujifilm X-E2 Body (black)
- Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Kit Zoom
- Fujinon XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS Tele Zoom
- Fujifilm EF-20 Flash Unit
- Hand Grip for X-E1/X-E2
- Half Leather Case and Leather Strap for X-E1/X-E2 (brown)
- Extra NP-W126 Battery Pack

All these items together normally sell for over $2,000 but each of these two remaining special bundles can be had for only $979! Imagine giving someone this whole, complete kit of Fujifilm gear for Christmas! Or, treat yourself and get into a lightweight, high quality Fujifilm system for under $1,000. This is less than $200 more than just the X-E2 body is selling for now after rebate!

Finally, the Metz flashes have arrived! A great Christmas gift too and in stock at $174.95

After nearly a year-long wait, we have finally received a shipment of the new, pocket-sized Metz 26 AF-1 flash units for Fujifilm X-series cameras! I've briefly tested one out on my X-E2 (the X-E1 in the above photo was just being a "model") and its exposures seem accurate. For its size, it seems quite powerful too, with a guide-number of 26 (meters).

It comes with a black fabric, drawstring pouch for storage and includes a clip-on telephoto extender. There is a flip up wide-angle panel and the flash pivots down for close or macro shots, sits in its standard height (as seen in the photo) for normal shots and then pivots up vertically for an angled ceiling bounce. It has a TTL mode, a Slave mode (not tested yet) and a small LED video light with two brightness settings, sufficient to add a bit of a fill or to create a catch-light in the eyes if shooting a video. It even comes with a USB port, presumably to allow for future firmware upgrades when new cameras are released.

It uses two AAA batteries and with alkaline cells, its recycle time is quite snappy. I will be testing it with some NiMH Eneloops as well to see how much faster its recycling may be. Here are two more views, first a side view showing how slim it is…

… and here it is from the back. A power button, then TTL, SLAVE and LED mode buttons: the ultimate in simplicity!

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