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Robusto
22nd March 2011, 03:18 PM
Guys

i am looking for a value for money flash and could do with some assistance for my E300

i have a Metz Flash 28AF-30 and a Manual Flash a Cheap Yinyan BY-28 that i use on my OM10

i would like some suggestions what would be the best up grade for under 100 - $130

i have seen this ebay item http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290539916643&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_4175wt_905

would this be any better

your input would be appreciated

Ian
22nd March 2011, 03:47 PM
I've not heard of this brand before and the design doesn't look familiar. Its guide number at 85mm (42mm on Four Thirds) is only 42 metres compared to 50 metres with the Olympus FL-50. There is no R (wireless remote control) mode support, although it has a built in slave sensor. But it claims to support TTL mode, so it may be worth a go. I see that the advertiser is in the US, so you might have a 20% add-on for the import in terms of VAT.

Ian

Robusto
22nd March 2011, 03:51 PM
Thanks Ian what is the guide price on the FL50

emirpprime
22nd March 2011, 10:59 PM
If you don't mind manual flashes the YongNuo ones are highly regarded. The 460-II (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/YN-460-Mark-II-Flash-Speedlite-Olympus-E450-E520-/180638546634?pt=UK_Photography_StudioEquipment_RL&hash=item2a0ee57aca) normally the best bet - but the new 560 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/YN-560-Flash-Speedlite-for-Olympus-E520-E510-E450_W0QQitemZ160558088433QQcategoryZ3860QQcmdZVie wItemQQ_trksidZp4340.m263QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DDLSL%2 52BSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BMRU-625%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%252BDDSIC%26otn %3D8%26pmod%3D150561188210%252B150561188210%26po%3 D%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D7925294795292608103) looks good too.
They are roughly equivalent to the FL-36 and FL-50, and have optical slaves for remote work (not TTL of course). There is plenty of info on these around if you are interested - as well as quite a few users here. However you will have to splash out a fair bit more for proper TTL. Have you thought about looking for a second hand FL-36 / FL-50 (the older non R versions)?

Robusto
22nd March 2011, 11:40 PM
Hi Phil

i am looking around for a non R version i have managed to find a FL 40 for 99 is that good value and will it do a decent job on my E300 would that be a big upgrade from my Metz flash

Graham_of_Rainham
23rd March 2011, 12:34 AM
Hi,

I have a FL-50 that I'm willing to sell. It has a few minor scratches and rubs, but is in perfect working order.

Let me know if you are interested.

Robusto
23rd March 2011, 07:38 AM
Hi Graham

what sort of money are you looking for :)

Melaka
23rd March 2011, 07:55 AM
Hi Phil

i am looking around for a non R version i have managed to find a FL 40 for 99 is that good value and will it do a decent job on my E300 would that be a big upgrade from my Metz flash

The FL40 works with the E1 but I don't think it works TTL with later E series. I suggest you check before parting with any cash.

The Technician
23rd March 2011, 12:54 PM
You could try these I use the Metz one which is good for a basic usage, both are around 85.

Metz 36 AF-5
Nissin Di466

Ian
23rd March 2011, 02:11 PM
Hi Phil

i am looking around for a non R version i have managed to find a FL 40 for 99 is that good value and will it do a decent job on my E300 would that be a big upgrade from my Metz flash

The FL-40 is from an earlier generation of cameras and is not really compatible with E-System cameras apart from the original E-1 and even then it can be a bit temperamental.

And to answer your earlier question the guide number for the FL-50 is.... 50 (metres).

Ian

Robusto
23rd March 2011, 03:14 PM
You could try these I use the Metz one which is good for a basic usage, both are around 85.

Metz 36 AF-5
Nissin Di466

I have seen the metz flash for 80 looks good what would be the difference between the FL50 and this

Ian
23rd March 2011, 03:21 PM
I have seen the metz flash for 80 looks good what would be the difference between the FL50 and this

The guide number is only 36 (the same as the FL-36) and it only tilts up and down, not sideways. And it doesn't look like the Metz has auto zooming.

I'd definitely go for an FL-50 if it's in your budget.

Ian

Robusto
23rd March 2011, 03:25 PM
The guide number is only 36 (the same as the FL-36) and it only tilts up and down, not sideways. And it doesn't look like the Metz has auto zooming.

I'd definitely go for an FL-50 if it's in your budget.

Ian

The main question is am i going to find a 2nd hand FL-50 for under 100? or a FL-36

Graham_of_Rainham
23rd March 2011, 03:32 PM
Hi Graham

what sort of money are you looking for :)

I often buy and sell Olympus kit on ebay and track the prices of things I'm interested in and looking to sell. The following data is for 50 of the last FL-50s sold. The avarage is 175. The top price is for "AS NEW" and the lowest is for "Well Used"

My one has not had a lot of use, because I got a new FL-50R as a free offer with the E-3. I've just fully tested it and it's 100% functional and with a flash meter produces the same output as the FL-50Rs

It is just the flash-head that I have for sale, which is in "used" condition so I'd expect to get an avarage price for it.

SO: 175 including P&P Special Delivery

FL-50 205 185 188 176 205 154 175 160 159 181 158 180 172 175 152 152 164 195 178 158 170 154 227 190 169 244 164 231 192 182 185 201 155 191 180 184 196 143 180 125 150 155 146 136 146 136 175 200 165 170

*chr

Robusto
23rd March 2011, 03:35 PM
Graham

thats out of my budget range i will have to keep looking for something :(

thanks anyway

Graham_of_Rainham
23rd March 2011, 04:21 PM
Graham

thats out of my budget range i will have to keep looking for something :(

thanks anyway

In which case, look on ebay for a flash that has a LOW trigger voltage (typically 5V) and do things the old fashioned manual way.

I have lots of Olympus T20 guns that are excellent VFM (5 -10) and use them for all sorts of things.

Getting it right manually is so much more satisfying than Auto Everything ;)

Robusto
23rd March 2011, 04:33 PM
Graham

i have a couple of flashes but as i am not that experienced either a photographer or in the use of flash i struggle when using the manuel ones:(

Ian
23rd March 2011, 05:58 PM
With regards to your budget, the Metz is probably the one to go for then. There are a couple of FL-50s on Ebay at the moment, could be worth watching. One is listed as an 'Olumpus' :D

Ian

Melaka
23rd March 2011, 06:06 PM
There's also a Metz 44 which fits in neatly between the Oly 36 and 50. It has a tilt head but no pan. I've used mine successfully for macro with an E3.

Robusto
29th March 2011, 08:01 AM
anyone seen one of these before

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ZEIKOS-LCD-TTL-FLASH-ZE-FL70-OLYMPUS-EVOLT-CAMERAS-/290547598139?pt=UK_CamerasPhoto_CameraAccessories_ CameraFlashUnits_JN&hash=item43a5fc833b#ht_3245wt_905

Robusto
29th March 2011, 08:05 AM
There's also a Metz 44 which fits in neatly between the Oly 36 and 50. It has a tilt head but no pan. I've used mine successfully for macro with an E3.


found one of these but it says its Canon Fit?

jamie allan
29th March 2011, 08:58 AM
Martyn,
If you can afford to wait second hand FL36s come up for sale on here irregularly. I bought mine from a forum member and it was in your price range. It also has the swivel ability which I've used to bounce off adjacent walls etc which the Metz can't - swivel that is - not bounce off walls.
You could also try London Camera Exchange http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Secondhand_results.asp

Robusto
29th March 2011, 09:01 AM
Hi Jamie

i am in no rush for the flash so will hang around and keep my eyes open

thanks

charty
2nd June 2011, 07:23 PM
I have an E600 and am wanting to purchase a flash for it. What do I go for and does anyone have one for sale? *chr
Carolinbe

Roberta
2nd June 2011, 10:17 PM
I went through all the conundrums a while ago and managed to get a new FL50 from HK for half the price I would have paid in Aust. PLus just wait your rime on ebay. My husband and sounding board gave me the advice of "if I bought one that just did the job" I'd end up later on buying the one I wanted. So wait and watch.
Roberta