Summary: I've had this flash for about a month now. I'm still amazed every time I use it. The 76 MZ-5 has power to spare. I've been able to consistently get 175 to 200 shots on one battery. It's a great buy.
Summary: Awesome! For wedding/event photography, this thing is great (I own two)! The head is oversized which gives a superior light effect (almost like a beauty dish). After reviewing my work with the sb-800, I find the little flashes to be a joke. This thing will light an entire building at night from 100 ft. away, without blowing out a brides dress...very strong and very smart.
Pros: Beautiful Light, Consistent Output, Fast Recycling, Smart fill flash
Summary: I have hope! I am working to find out more about the flash. I was sold on the high volume of pictures I would be able to take with one battery, but so far I can only get it to take 5 to 10 shots. I was also expecting more power for large groups?? So far I can only get the auto setting to work with my camera.
Summary: If you inquire, Metz USA will tell you that the currently available 76 MZ-5 SCA adapter for Canon EOS cameras is compatible with the Mark III. After inquiring with Metz in Germany, a technical support adviser informed me that an entirely new SCA 3102 adapter is being developed for the Mark III due to its unique electronics, and that an availability date will be announced soon on their website.
Summary: After using the 50 MZ-5 & 70 MZ-5 with my Mamiya 645AFD over the years, I decided to take advantage of Metz's generous trade-in offer last year to upgrade from the 50 to the 76 MZ-5 to be used with my Fuji S3 Pro. Even if only occasionally, it's nice to know that I have that awesome power available to me when I need it.
Summary: I used Canon 580 EX lights for a couple of years but decided to try out a 76 MZ5 on a friend's recommendation. Man, what a difference in light output. The ETTL works flawlessly with my 1DMkIIN with the SCA adaptor. The controls are fairly intuitive and knowledge transfers easily from your current setup to the Metz. The one thing that takes some getting used to is the amount of light you can generate. Shots that you used to think were impossible suddenly become the norm.
Summary: Auto Zoom feature is poor. Problems Encountered: I bought a Metz 76 MZ-5 Digital Handle Mount flash and received a defective unit from Metz. I sent it in to Bogen Imaging (Metz' USA distributor) for replacement or servicing. Even though the unit was defective out of the box and was sent back to them a few days after purchase, they would not replace it. Even though their web site promises 8 days turn-around time for repairs, they have had my unit for over 6 weeks now.
Summary: For some years I used a pair of big Metz 60CT4s on medium-format cameras to shoot weddings and events. When I went to DSLRs, I assumed that I would need to retain this power capability. It was possible to use the CT4s, but only in manual or flash-auto modes, giving up the advantages of E-TTL, so I got the new Metz 76MZ-5, which combines the power and huge flash head of a big Metz with SCA dedication to the DSLR of your choice (in my case Canons).The good part of the MZ-5...