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Olympus FL-50 Electronic Flash for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras


Olympus FL-50 Electronic Flash for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras


Flashes after measuring appropriate illumination with a pre-flash; Auto Controls illumination to match lens aperture; using the FL-50 s light receptor window; Flash uses guide number setting; Synchronizes with shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 sec. Features: * FP-Manual: FP flash at manually set illumination. Correct flash illumination in a range of 3 EV; in fine-grained steps of 1/3 EV. * Redeye Reduction: Reduces redeye caused by flash in developed photos. * Slow Synchro: Flashes with slow shutter. * Second-curtain Synchro: Flashes just before exposure ends; using a slow shutter.

  • Electronic Flash for Olympus E1 Digital SLR Camera
  • Full range of TTL Automatic, Automatic and Manual flash modes
  • Flash sync at speeds up to 1/4000th second
  • More even illumination with less corner fall-off

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  1. 89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Expensive… but worth it!, May 5, 2006
    By 
    R. A Gibson (San Antonio, TX USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

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    This review is from: Olympus FL-50 Electronic Flash for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics)
    I know, I know… you’re looking at this Olympus flash and thinking “Oh ____ (substitute your particular phrase here)… I can’t afford that, why would Olympus do me like that… I just shelled out good money on my E-500 or E-330 and I don’t want to pay that much for a freakin’ flash unit”. We’ve all been there. So you start looking at the FL-36 (I own one too and like it) and you start rationalizing that well, maybe you don’t need the biggest/”bestest” flash on the planet… Maybe you’ve even taken a glance at the FL-20 (got that one as well, not bad for portability)… well, just stop already. Start saving your change from the store and save and BUY THIS ONE… why? Because it is everything a flash unit should be. Big. Bright (guide # is 164 feet people!). Full control. and best of all, it recycles fast, fast, fast. I just couldn’t believe how quickly I could hit that shutter button a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th time (careful not to go too far… all flash units can be damaged if you overtax them). It was awesome… practically no waiting as I do with my FL-36 (my only real complaint about that unit, otherwise it is excellent). Lastly, I suggest you purchase an Omni Bounce cap to fit over (Sto-Fen makes a large line of them). Once you have, you will have rendered the darkness impotent against you and your mighty Olympus FL-50… after all, you and I are after the same thing, right? GREAT PICTURES. The FL-50 helps get you there. No doubt it is one expensive flash unit… but worth it in the end.

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  2. 53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    FL-50 is part of a system, not just another spedlite, November 10, 2006
    By 
    HMMWV “God, Country, Corps” (santa clara, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Olympus FL-50 Electronic Flash for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics)

    Update 12/2008

    When I wrote this review your choices were the fl-50 or the 36 which made the choice simple. Today the 50R is an option that alot of people are going to evaluate. I own both units and here’s what I can tell you to help decide between the 50 / 50R flashes

    The 50R is an advanced 50 designed for the E3. It has alot of extra features that even non olympus owners can use. It will operate as a remote flash / flood light and trigger by the initial flash of the first camera, no matter what it is.

    In another mode of operation, the 50R can be “told” to participate in one of 3 groups of flashes by the E3. The intensity of each group can be varried in the E3 flash setup menu. The 50R has a second mode that will listen to the E3′s special signal which is sent ONLY by using the internal flash on the E3.

    Finally the 50R can be put on the hotshoe on many cameras. Even on the hotshoe of an E3, the 50R can NOT talk to other 50Rs set to the remote program listening mode, so you MUST use the E3′s internal flash to trigger the 50R with the custom programming mode. The 50R can ALWAYS act as a supplemental flash.

    Finally, the 50R includes a couple nice gifts in the package – they have a diffuser cup that snaps over the 50R as well as a plastic version and rubber snap that is an elegant solution to the photographer’s 3×5 card and rubber bands trick for light direction. It is a white plate and a rubber strap and hook. The last of 3 gifts is a base that the 50R slides into and locks in place to act as a foot. This allows it to operate off camera for fill flash applications easily.

    In summary the 50R is the more modern solution, while the 50 will work with alot of olympus cameras. Technically the 50 is obsolete, while the 50R has many extra options.

    (original review follows below – its dated – be sure to read my 50R review separately before you purchase a FL-50x flash. If you have an E3 – DO NOT BUY THIS FLASH – buy the FL-50R – even if you think you may upgrade to an E3 someday. The remainder of this review applies to the FL-50R as well)
    —end update— 12-2008

    If you have read this far on the FL-50 you should also read my review on the FP-1 (search for olympus fp-1) – it is a side grip designed to go with the fl-50 and speed up it’s cycle time.

    By now you know the FL-50 is the flagship flash from Olympus – but there’s more you should know about this particular flash.

    First – there are 4 exra pins in a row under a rubber cover. 2 of them bring in 6V regulated (as in 6.000 volts) and the other two, well upwards of 300 volts for charging the main cap come in on those pins using a special signalling system spoken by the HV-1 (I believe) High Voltage adapter (more later)

    Second – The FL-50 is also the basis for the twin flash and ring flash controller. A few things get changed – the red lens is blacked out because the other flashes (at least the ring flash) have modeling lights so you can focus and see where the flash “star” or “blast” will end up in your photo (or even get it out of your photo!)

    That is NOT to say that you can unhook your flashtube from your FL-50 and make a ring flash controller – its simply that the plastic and controls and LCD will be very familiar to you if you get a macro flash later in life (None of the “up top” flashes work well when your subject is inches from the lens filter)

    More on the HV-1. Hidden deep inside the FL-50′s “brain” is a remarkable ability to parallel process with the OLY HV-1 supply. What makes the HV-1 soo good? Well, first off, it’s got a 2700 mAh battery pack. — you say, well – I can put 2700 mAh nimh cells in the FL-50 — I fully encourage you do do that as well. The FL-50 holds 4 2700 mah cells. The HV-1 starts off with 6, giving it a 50% voltage boost, plus the current boost on top of that. In other words, the HV-1′s battery supply is really heavy duty compared to what you can do with 4 AA nimh cels.

    Now here’s the best part!

    FL-50 w/ 4 2700 NIMH AA cells – full recharge – about 6 or 7 seconds
    FL-50 w/ HV-1 and EMPTY battery compartment on the FL-50, same conditions – 1 sec.
    FL-50 w/ HV-1 and those 2700 mah NIMH batts inside it – < 1 sec recharge

    In other words, the FL-50 will use BOTH its internal inverter and the HV-1 as a pair to recharge as fast as possible. (oh yea – and we know with such a huge capacitor as the FL-50 that we’re not going to empty it every time, so its more likely the recharge times are fractions of a second.)

    And now we put all the above together. Our best 2700 mah AA cells – the HV-1 adapter (which also works on the ring flash and twin flash and modeling lights) – we set the “MODE” switch on our Evolt cameras to sports mode, turn the flash on – guess what happens!

    If you are just using the flash for fill – it…

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  3. 17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing quality for amazing images…, June 16, 2006
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    Jason E. Johnson “Tank” (Kansas City, MO) –
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    This review is from: Olympus FL-50 Electronic Flash for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics)
    I own the Oly C8080 WZ and was deciding on what flash to use for an upcoming wedding. I was going to purchase the FL-36 and now that I sprung for the FL-50, I’m glad I paid the little bit extra for it! It is a great piece of equipment. Photography is mostly about learning to control the light in order to get what you want. And with the bounce, swivel and power contained in this flash, you will be capable of some really great shots.

    One of the first things I noticed besides how great my indoor shots were coming out, was the FAST recycle time. Even when I have a string of action shots to put together the flash keeps up. And some good 2300 – 2500 mAh rechargable AA batteries will keep you flashing for nearly 300 images without a misfire.

    The only thing I don’t like is that the flash’s focus light is not enabled with the C8080 (only on the E-class systems). But that does not shorten its usefulness. Big rooms, outdoor fill flash, low or high ceilings… it doesn’t matter it still performs like a champ.

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