Excerpt: Please see my previous review, written when I first got the Metz 76 MZ-5 (Headline: Powerful, beautiful workhorse). Written in 2013. I regretfully report that after 1 year and 6 days of ownership: The Metz 76 MZ-5 blew a flashtube while shooting an interior. BOOM!! Shook the whole room.
Excerpt: Heavy Flash on my shot shoe was causing connection problems. I researched the side mounted Metz digital flash. I shoot weddings with a D700. Flash recycle time is great and have only used auto so far and the WB and exposure have been spot on.
Excerpt: I shoot three Canon DLSR bodies which are(1) 5D Mark II (2) 1DS Mark II and (3) the 1D Mark II N I have had my 76 MZ-5 for about two years with no problems. Now according to Metz the 1D Mark II N is not compatible with any SCA dedicated adapter and so you are supposed to use the SCA 301 which allows...
Excerpt: I started my photography business in 1976. I've used Metz handle mount flashes exclusively for many years...including all of the older 60-CT units. The 60-CT series was amazing...long-lived and totally problem-free. The 76 MZ-5 does not even come close to living up to those standards.
Excerpt: Works with a Canon 5D mkII. Using the 3102 module, the Canon/Metz combo gives you 3 options in the Canon Menu: 1. ETTL- Evaluative. Not so useful in my experience. Almost always underexposes. 2. ETTL- Average. Better than Evaluative.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
Excerpt: Some of the reviews complain about quality of this product compared to the older Metz line. I have used both and find the build quality to be fine. It has a more ergonomic design and the grip is comfortable. The output is amazing - this is a powerful flash and will outperform speed lights.