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Olympus STF-22 TTL Twin Flash Set for Olympus DSLR, PEN, and OM-D Cameras


Olympus STF-22 TTL Twin Flash Set for Olympus DSLR, PEN, and OM-D Cameras


The STF-22 Twin Flash Set employs two flash heads that allow versatile lighting for macro photography. Shading and depth of your subject can be enhanced by varying the firing angles, positions and Twin Flash light ratio of the two flash lamps. There s also the choice to use just one of the two flash lamps.

  • Product #: 260111
  • Manufacturer: Olympus America
  • Manufacturer Item #: 260111
  • UPC: 050332143845

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  1. 33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Out of the box, complete macro flash kit, November 24, 2007
    By 
    HMMWV “God, Country, Corps” (santa clara, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Olympus STF-22 TTL Twin Flash Set for Olympus DSLR, PEN, and OM-D Cameras (Electronics)

    Update 10/2010 – this was written prior to the E3 and E5 – both of which CAN control the flash for a spread of lighting by changing flash intensity (you’ll need a HV-1 high voltage supply to be able to keep up at 5 flashes per second). This review says the flash is the only way to adjust light intensity which was true on the E300 prior to the E3 and E5′s introduction. Now it can be controlled from the camera – that’s the only change. . Personally I’ve developed a liking for the twin flash for macro work after using both the ring and twin. The ability to angle the light and check for hot spots with the modeling light included prior to shooting the exposure is very helpful, while the ring light shows up in many shots as a ring of light in specular environments. Photoshopping it out isn’t hard, just a pain. The twin can be adjusted to not overlight an area of the exposure. Now on with the review

    Olympus manufactures two flash units, a GN36 ring flash and a GN22 twin flash system. Both use the FC-01 flash controller, however each can be angled uniquely. While the ring flash is directed out parallel to the lens, the twin flash can be adjusted over 45 degrees inward to the lens, and rotated horizontally or vertically. For hard to light scenes the twin flashes can be removed and attached to small tripods. The FC-01 controller, which must be close, can be extended using an FC-05 cable.

    The difference in the TF-22 and the STF-22 is that the STF-22 kit includes the FC-01 flash controller. The Olympus TF-22 Twin Flash Head (Needs FC-01 Flash Controller, FR-1 & SR-1) is an add-on for existing SRF-01 owners.

    The twin flash fits almost every lens made. On the 50mm prime lens, it does need the FR-1 adapter (as does the ring flash) – but this protects the lens focus which extends nearly 50 mm from the lens body, so it’s not a bad accessory to have.

    On the 50-200 mm zoom and the 14-54 mm lenses, the ring flash simply mounts to the bayonet for the sunshade mount. The twin flash screws into the filter threads on these lenses for mounting.

    One lens can not use the ring flash at all – the 11-22 mm wide angle which is a good macro lens as well. The reason is that is spreads out to a 72 mm filter thread, much larger than the normal 67 mm thread. The TF-22 CAN be used with the 11-22 mm lense because it has a double threading, with the second for the 72 mm filter thread on the 11-22 mm lens making it an exceptional wide angle macro lens.

    As a result the TF-22 works on everything the Ring flash does, and one more.

    The FC-01 flash controller has unique operating modes depending on which flash unit is plugged in. On the TF-22 it gives you 16 steps to balance the amount of light sent to the “A” flash and the “B” flash. This can create interesting lighting effects. When used with the Ring Flash or Twin Flash, the FC-01 MUST be used to adjust your fine tuning illumination of the scene, as the camera can not keep up at the close distances. In effect, the +/- control on the camera is deactivated using a macro flash, but the FC-01 has a +/- 3.0 adjustment on the flash itself, so you are able to get the perfect exposure. You have the option of TTL metering or using full manual control if you have gone to manual exposure on the camera.

    In all cases, with all flashes, you have modeling lights that can be activated by a button on the FC-01. I find the best use for these is to predict where your image of the flash will appear in the final photo by looking for the modeling lights in the viewfinder prior to the exposure. The twin flash gives you the ability to angle the lights in such a way as to keep the glare out of the lens and keep spots out of your final picture. With the ring flash you end up moving the whole camera.

    Note – Due to the angles possible on the twin flash you MUST have clean filter glass or else every spec of dust will show up in your photo, expecially with the 11-22 mm lens due to its depth of field at high f stops.

    ORDERING:

    You only need ONE FC-01 flash controller for macro flashes, so olympus setup their ring/twin flash systems into both KITS and add-ons. If you buy the ring flash KIT (SRF-01) you can add on the twin flash later (TF-22) and have both options. If you buy the twin flash kit to begin with (STF-22) you can buy the ring flash add on later (RF-01) and have the same kit! Unless your FC-01 breaks, or you feel the need to have two macro flashes ready at all times on two backs, then don’t buy two kits (beginning with S in the model number) or else you will double up on your flash controllers. The FC-01 can also be purchased separately.

    As for compatibility, the FC-01 is a copy of the FL-50 and uses the same high voltage generators,…

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  2. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is the way to go for macro shots., September 7, 2008
    By 
    Steven L. Nelson (Minneapolis, MN) –
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    This review is from: Olympus STF-22 TTL Twin Flash Set for Olympus DSLR, PEN, and OM-D Cameras (Electronics)
    I use this flash system for macro shots. I considered a ring light but I wanted the shadow detail one gets from two point sources. The flash units can be positioned in an almost infinite number of positions, 360 degrees around the ring, pointing in or out of the focal path and up and down relative to the subject. You can even direct the flashes to bounce off a reflector.

    The flash control is very similar to the FL-50 flash, it looks like the same housing and the same controls. I just wonder why Olympus doesn’t just combine the two units into a dual use controller with the ability to control the twin flashes and a standard one point flash.

    One more important point. Don’t even consider using this flash with any lens but the Olympus 50mm macro lens. The adapter is built only for the Olympus 50mm macro lens. I wanted a 100mm macro lens so I purchased the Sigma 108mm F2.8 DG Macro lens. It is a fine lens but there is no way this flash unit will attach to that lens, believe me, I tried. I suppose I could have had a machine shop fabricate an adapter but the Olympus 50mm macro with the Olympus 2x converter works very well indeed to get me to the 100mm focal length I was looking for.

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