The flash gun is well built but you can see it is a budget model as there are no fancy stuff included. Something I like to have is a flash stand so I can mount the flash gun on a tripod stand. That is not a major issue as I have a few of them knocking around. There are only 5 buttons on the back with no LCD display. Here is a summary of the flash gun:
· Max guide number = 44m
· Swivel and bounce head
· Built in white reflector
· Auto zoom head for lens from 24-105mm
· Built in diffusor for lens down to 12mm
· Uses 4 AA batteries
· Compatible with TTL flash mode
· Compatible with Olympus RC mode
· 1st or 2nd curtain flash if your camera support it
· Manual power @ 1/64, 1/8, 1/2 and 1/1
· Recharge time at full power is 3-4s
· USB socket for firmware update
|Setting flash compensation in RC TTL mode|
Update: 23rd October 2012I've used the flash now for about two weeks and actually used the wireless flash function for real, I've found the flash tended to under expose images. I was using RC TTL mode and had to dial in +2/3 flash compensation to correct this error. When the flash gun is mounted on the camera flash exposure works much better. I'll try to borrow a Olympus flash gun and compare results if I can find one.
Update: 2rd November 2012I've just tried to use the wireless flash outdoor and it was not very successful. Even in the shade it was difficult to trigger the flash. I had the receiver facing the camera but the success rate was very poor, maybe one in ten. I don't know if an Olympus would be better. Used indoor, it was 100% reliable. In future, I will use radio trigger in manual mode if I am shooting outdoor.
Comparison with Olympus FL-50R
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