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Garrie
20th November 2008, 09:17 AM
Hi all,

We are just looking to get a FL50 flash gun mainly for our wedding shots.

I was just wondering how much does the FL50 go for second hand? We are on a tight budget so buying one new is out the question for the moment.

Cheers
Garrie

Chillimonster
20th November 2008, 09:37 AM
Probably around 200 - 220 judging from a quick search.

Chillimonster
20th November 2008, 09:53 AM
sorry, thats for the FL50-R.


Chris

Garrie
20th November 2008, 10:59 AM
ah no worries, I've had a search (always forget about the search function doh) and they seem to be going for anything from 160 - 190.

Managed to save 100 so only have a little more to go :D

photo_owl
20th November 2008, 12:49 PM
buy an e3 and get one free!

better still list the wedding as a forum meet and get the best coverage available for the price of a few drinks .....second thoughts that might cost more than the fl50.......

DekHog
20th November 2008, 12:54 PM
Unless you're going to use it a lot, and need the TTL functionality, it's far from a necessity to use an Olympus flash. I've got two Nikon SB-28's, and when I use one of them on camera (E-1 and E-510) they work a treat in Auto mode.

You can pick these up on eBay from around 40 for an SB-24 up to around 80 for the SB-28. New dedicated flashguns are horribly overpriced in my opinon.

Garrie
20th November 2008, 02:01 PM
Unless you're going to use it a lot, and need the TTL functionality, it's far from a necessity to use an Olympus flash. I've got two Nikon SB-28's, and when I use one of them on camera (E-1 and E-510) they work a treat in Auto mode.

You can pick these up on eBay from around 40 for an SB-24 up to around 80 for the SB-28. New dedicated flashguns are horribly overpriced in my opinon.

On the SB-28 do you need to enter the ISO and F value into it or can it pick it up from the camera? Does it emit a red pattern automatically to assist AF in dark conditions?

Sorry for the questions.

Cheers
G

DekHog
20th November 2008, 02:12 PM
On the SB-28 do you need to enter the ISO and F value into it or can it pick it up from the camera? Does it emit a red pattern automatically to assist AF in dark conditions?

Sorry for the questions.

Cheers
G

You do enter the F-stop and ISO as set on the camera (which takes seconds, and the LCD panel is illuminated), but then auto gives you what is normally a huge range to shoot within from that; I can say I've been more than happy with all my on camera flash shots with them - they can't assist with AF as the flash isn't dedicated, so the flash and camera don't 'talk' to each other as such.

I tend not to use them on camera very much, as it's the worst possible position for any flash, but the results still far outweighed my expectations of them, and they are extremely compact and well built. If it's only for ocassional use, a bit of a bargain in my opinion.

Graham_of_Rainham
20th November 2008, 02:28 PM
Garrie,

I was tracking prices on ebay upto when I got my one for 155. The avarage is 180

205 185 188 135 176 205 154 175 160 159 181 158 180 172 175 152 152 164 195 178 158 170 154 227 190 169 244 139 164 231 192 182 185 148 201 155

They are a wee bit less now as most want the "R" version

*chr

Naughty Nigel
20th November 2008, 04:59 PM
Metz have an E-System compatible gun (a '44 something' IIRC) which has similar power to the FL50, but is about half the price.

I know of at least one E1 owner who uses one and is very happy with the results.

Metz also have some heftier units, such as the CL45 digital, (the big hand-held jobbie), which costs about the same as the FL50.

I believe the '44' and some of the bigger Metz units are Super FP compatible, and so can be used at any shutter speed, but the 45 cannot.

HTH

Garrie
20th November 2008, 05:05 PM
Cheers for all the advice guys.

Chris kindly sent me a link to this. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA:IT&ih=003

A FL50 in disguise so I've gone and bought it.

Will let you when it turns up :)

Cheers again
Garrie

scanny
20th November 2008, 05:08 PM
Hi all

I just purchased a metz 48 AF-1 for 140 last week and it is equally as capable as my old FL 50, the only thing ive noticed it doesnt do automaticly is turn of when the body is turned of. I can live with that in view of the huge saving. It also has a wireless slave function compatible with the E420, E520 and E3 :) Great value

shenstone
20th November 2008, 08:09 PM
Cheers for all the advice guys.

Chris kindly sent me a link to this. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA:IT&ih=003

A FL50 in disguise so I've gone and bought it.

Will let you when it turns up :)

Cheers again
Garrie

Hi Garrie - libnk doesn't work ( maybe because Item was puchased !)

Can you be descriptive about what it was so we can look to see if there are more ?

Regards
Andy

Garrie
20th November 2008, 08:38 PM
Sorry this is the link

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=130269663233&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=003

Hope it works this time :o

skyman1
20th November 2008, 11:49 PM
The link is for the
Panasonic DMW-FL500 E
TTL External Flash for DMC-L1

Garrie
20th November 2008, 11:59 PM
The link is for the
Panasonic DMW-FL500 E
TTL External Flash for DMC-L1

Yeah it is ;)

shenstone
21st November 2008, 07:51 PM
This really intrigued me as it seems a possible way of getting a bargain and a Yorkshireman is just a Scotsman with the generosity squeezed out !

I've done some digging and found that these really do seem to the the same device in that the Panasonic is the FL50R spec all but the wireless.

Most intresting !

I found a website that has some really useful information

http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash2.html

I'll probably post this as a seperate more dedicated post as I think it's so useful !

Regards
Andy

Garrie
22nd November 2008, 05:41 PM
The flash gun arrived today, great ebayer, bought on Thursday just after 17:00.

Heres some pics (please excuse the quality of them) The flash works perfect, I think I've blagged myself a good deal.

http://www.onemileahead.co.uk/flash/PB227753%20(Medium).JPG

http://www.onemileahead.co.uk/flash/PB227754%20(Medium).JPG

http://www.onemileahead.co.uk/flash/PB227755%20(Medium).JPG

http://www.onemileahead.co.uk/flash/PB227757%20(Medium).JPG

http://www.onemileahead.co.uk/flash/PB227758%20(Medium).JPG

http://www.onemileahead.co.uk/flash/PB227759%20(Medium).JPG

Cheers
G

Chillimonster
22nd November 2008, 06:09 PM
The flash gun arrived today, great ebayer, bought on Thursday just after 17:00.

Heres some pics (please excuse the quality of them) The flash works perfect, I think I've blagged myself a good deal.



You certainly did get a good deal, glad you got sorted.

*chr

Chris

Garrie
22nd November 2008, 08:30 PM
You certainly did get a good deal, glad you got sorted.

*chr

Chris

Cheers mate for pointing me in the right direction :D

Just been playing with the flash using 40 - 150, I can't believe the power and recharge rate of it.