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FlemmingS
19th June 2012, 05:33 AM
A colleague of mine (the only other Olympus shooter in the photo club) is looking for a better external flash for her EPL-3.
It has to be relatively affordable (she wishes it for her Birthday) and she really likes the compact size of her PEN and lenses.
My question:

Which to prefer : FL-300R, small and tilt-able, but only guide number 28 ?
FL-36R quite a bit bigger, but able to tilt and swiwel and
guide number 36 ?
Any Third-party vendor (Metz for instance) ?

Personally I use the FL-36R on my EP-3 and I find it a great flash for its price, only issue is slightly longer recharge times comapred to my other flash (Metz 48 which is awesome).

Any help and suggestions appreciated :)

Graham_of_Rainham
19th June 2012, 01:34 PM
Stick with the FL-35R. OK it's a bit slow, on full power discharge, but it has 100% compatability and the AUTO Strobe Mode is excellent for distant remote flash.

DJMC
19th June 2012, 03:30 PM
Stick with the FL-35R. OK it's a bit slow, on full power discharge, but it has 100% compatability and the AUTO Strobe Mode is excellent for distant remote flash.

I'd go the extra mile and get the FL-36R :D

Just ordered a flash bracket for mine so I can use the FL-36R and VF-2 too.

FlemmingS
19th June 2012, 06:32 PM
Thank you very much for your suggestions, this only conforms my own theory.
But how useful is the FL300R ? My colleague prefer the smallest possible solution.

Another question

DJMC : I am very curious regarding the flash bracket - Until now I have (quite successfully) used the built-in flash to control fl FL36R hanheld when using the VF-2.
How does the bracket work ? and how much did you have to pay for this accessory ?

DJMC
19th June 2012, 06:43 PM
Thank you very much for your suggestions, this only conforms my own theory.
But how useful is the FL300R ? My colleague prefer the smallest possible solution.

Another question

DJMC : I am very curious regarding the flash bracket - Until now I have (quite successfully) used the built-in flash to control fl FL36R hanheld when using the VF-2.
How does the bracket work ? and how much did you have to pay for this accessory ?

See: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261036143965?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

2.03 delivered!

:eek:

FlemmingS
21st June 2012, 05:38 AM
Thank you very much, seems to be a must have.
One question though:
Do you use a Flash cable to fire the flash ?
Olympus flash cables are quite expensive but I have read somewhere that Olympus E-systems works just fine with even Canon flash cables.

DJMC
21st June 2012, 11:13 AM
Thank you very much, seems to be a must have.
One question though:
Do you use a Flash cable to fire the flash ?
Olympus flash cables are quite expensive but I have read somewhere that Olympus E-systems works just fine with even Canon flash cables.

With my E-PL2, and I'm sure the E-PL3, you do not need a cable when using the FL-36R. The camera's pop-up flash (or add-on flash in your case) provides trigger info to the remote flash.

See also:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxFFkZot24I

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1041&message=39563468&changemode=1

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1041&thread=41831903

http://thedigitalstory.com/2011/04/off-camera-flash-wit.html

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_support_faqs.asp?ID=1552&form_topic=855&faqs=8320,+8146,+8147,+8321,+8322,+8323,+8324,+832 5,+8326,+8327,+8328,+8329,+8330,+8331,+8332,+8333, +8334,+8335,+8336,+8337,+8338,+8345,+8339,+8340,+8 341,+8284,+8285,+8342,+8343,+8344,+8346,+8347,+834 8,+8349,+8350,+8351,+8352,+8353,+8354,+8355,+8356, +8357,+8401,+8358,+8359,+8360,+8361,+8362,+8286,+8 158,+8252,+8169,+8170,+8363,+8364,+8365,+8366,+836 7,+8368,+8369,+8391,+8397,+8398,+8399,+8400,+8392, +8393,+8394,+8395,+8370,+8371,+8267,+8372,+8386,+8 387,+8388,+8389,+8390

;)

FlemmingS
21st June 2012, 11:50 AM
With my E-PL2, and I'm sure the E-PL3, you do not need a cable when using the FL-36R. The camera's pop-up flash provides trigger info to the remote flash.

See also:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxFFkZot24I

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1041&message=39563468&changemode=1

http://thedigitalstory.com/2011/04/off-camera-flash-wit.html

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_support_faqs.asp?ID=1552&form_topic=855&faqs=8320,+8146,+8147,+8321,+8322,+8323,+8324,+832 5,+8326,+8327,+8328,+8329,+8330,+8331,+8332,+8333, +8334,+8335,+8336,+8337,+8338,+8345,+8339,+8340,+8 341,+8284,+8285,+8342,+8343,+8344,+8346,+8347,+834 8,+8349,+8350,+8351,+8352,+8353,+8354,+8355,+8356, +8357,+8401,+8358,+8359,+8360,+8361,+8362,+8286,+8 158,+8252,+8169,+8170,+8363,+8364,+8365,+8366,+836 7,+8368,+8369,+8391,+8397,+8398,+8399,+8400,+8392, +8393,+8394,+8395,+8370,+8371,+8267,+8372,+8386,+8 387,+8388,+8389,+8390

;)

Once again Thank you very much for this useful hont.
I knew that the built-in flash can control Fl36R and use i frequently holding the flash in my left hand.
But I was just not sure if it worked reliably with the flash placed in this bracket.
I'll order a bracket right away