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baldyb
27th March 2009, 04:10 PM
Cash is tight having just bought a sigma 10-20 for my E510, but I think I probably now need to find a flashgun
Could anyone recommend any good alternatives to the FL-36 etc. please?
I probably won't use it that often so I don't necessarily need a current model.
Thanks, Kevin
:confused:

Ian
27th March 2009, 04:35 PM
Cash is tight having just bought a sigma 10-20 for my E510, but I think I probably now need to find a flashgun
Could anyone recommend any good alternatives to the FL-36 etc. please?
I probably won't use it that often so I don't necessarily need a current model.
Thanks, Kevin
:confused:

Metz do a range of compatible flash guns, see:

http://www.metzflash.co.uk/pages/products.htm

Ian

Jonesgj
27th March 2009, 06:06 PM
I read somewhere -I think in a recent copy of AP that another manufacturer was looking at making budget Flashes for Olympus (amongst others) I have a suspicion it was vivitar but I flicked through the recent mags I have and can't find the article again to verify it ... maybe some else remembers or has seen this and has the details ...

oly_om
28th March 2009, 05:02 PM
I second the Metz choice - I have the 48 AF-1 - about the same power as the FL-50R and has wireless, nothing not to like!

They go for about £180 new, so hardly a cheap alternative to the FL-36 - but good value compared with the FL-50.

One on eBay Germany here:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=200323910360

Another alternative (and a lot cheaper) is the Doerr Foto flashes. These are dedicated and do the TTL functions, but the base compatible models doesn't auto zoom and cannot be manually overriden on the flash itself.

http://www.doerrfoto.de/Produkte/index.html

About £65.

Cullmann also do some dedicated TTL flashes for Oly. The Cullmann D-4500 is pretty well spec'd for about £120. The D-34 is not for E-series cameras.

There are some really cheap ones from germany on eBay that claim to be E-series TTL compatible:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=260379713728

No idea if they are any good - but obviously do not swivel.

Many of these flashes seem to be in Germany, so top tip is not to search for Olympus Flash on eBay, but rather Blitzgeršt Olympus!

Andy

baldyb
28th March 2009, 07:28 PM
Thanks for all your responses
I will go and try to find something as you have suggested
Cheers, Kevin

MarkVarley
28th March 2009, 11:30 PM
I've just seen these on ebay - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150321026953 - anyone have any experience of them?

shenstone
29th March 2009, 09:35 AM
Take a look at this thread we had a while ago

On the link in the 1st post there is a lot of useful information

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=3795

Regards
Andy

baldyb
29th March 2009, 06:31 PM
Thanks for that link Andy
The table there is just what I needed !!
Cheers, Kevin

glenachulish
30th March 2009, 10:02 AM
Visit strobist (http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/)for great inspiration and tips on flash photography. There are some budget priced manual flashes which is what you'll be wanting if you've been inspired by strobist. I've just bought one of these Yong Nuo YN460 and it works well: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2009/03/manual-flashes-two-debuts-and-adoption.html

The budget triggers on ebay work fine with my FL36 and the Yong Nuo. Definitely recommend this over getting a dedicated flash designed for hotshoe mounting and TTL control.

davidh
30th March 2009, 12:19 PM
The budget triggers on ebay work fine with my FL36


I would be interested in one of these - could you recommend one?


*chr

Dave

glenachulish
30th March 2009, 03:24 PM
Hi Dave

There are loads of these on eBay. I found this one a couple of minutes ago and it looks very similar to the one I have. Some people say that there have been reliability issues with these units but I have had no problems and anyway, they cost so little compared to the alternatives that it's not really much of a gamble!

Here is the link: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/4CH-Wireless-Radio-Slave-Strobe-Flash-Trigger-PT04-AR02_W0QQitemZ270363916527QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Ca merasPhoto_CameraAccessories_CameraFlashUnits_JN?h ash=item270363916527&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1690%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318

All the best

Callum

davidh
31st March 2009, 05:04 AM
Hi Dave

There are loads of these on eBay. I found this one a couple of minutes ago and it looks very similar to the one I have. Some people say that there have been reliability issues with these units but I have had no problems and anyway, they cost so little compared to the alternatives that it's not really much of a gamble!

Here is the link: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/4CH-Wireless-Radio-Slave-Strobe-Flash-Trigger-PT04-AR02_W0QQitemZ270363916527QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Ca merasPhoto_CameraAccessories_CameraFlashUnits_JN?h ash=item270363916527&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1690%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318

All the best

Callum

Thanks Calllum

i will give a try

*chr

Dave

MarkVarley
31st March 2009, 09:52 AM
Hi Dave

There are loads of these on eBay. I found this one a couple of minutes ago and it looks very similar to the one I have. Some people say that there have been reliability issues with these units but I have had no problems and anyway, they cost so little compared to the alternatives that it's not really much of a gamble!

Here is the link: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/4CH-Wireless-Radio-Slave-Strobe-Flash-Trigger-PT04-AR02_W0QQitemZ270363916527QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Ca merasPhoto_CameraAccessories_CameraFlashUnits_JN?h ash=item270363916527&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1690%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318

All the best

Callum

I use these all the time, hundreds of shots every day, 99.9% reliable.
after a while you will get the flash firing a little too late or not at all and thats the sign to change the receivers battery, they last me 3 or so months of heavy use though.