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4th June 2009, 04:14 PM
Anyone tried these:


I'm interested to know whether they are a waste of money or a cunning, good-value plan....


4th June 2009, 05:03 PM
They have several models and give no dimensions (I asked them for it) and Oly is not stated in their list, so ????
If it realy works, it could be a nice item........


4th June 2009, 05:55 PM
That does look like a pretty good deal if they do indeed workhttps://www.chrome-scene.com/smileys/36/1242750956/smile.gif

4th June 2009, 08:36 PM
Hi, I saw various posts one the FourThirdsPhoto forum on this a while ago, so it's worth doing a search there. Make sure you use the Google search option.

This is a similar one from a different ebay shop, but it has the measurements on the advert

The idea is based on the Rayflash so it's worth doing a search on that too.

Here's an even cheaper option.

4th June 2009, 09:30 PM
Thanks for the info. I think the 175 bit = 175mm, so I've just ordered the F175 (seems to be the same as the RF175 in the other advert, and the way it uses a velcro loop around the flash head to adjust to any head size suggests the fitment is flexible).

The original product does seem to work:



4th June 2009, 10:24 PM
Got an answer from the seller: he says type f155 for Oly.


4th June 2009, 10:56 PM
I have the metz 48 AF-1 - it's down to that distance centre of flash head to centre of lens - I measured mine, it's nearer 180mm - so it's the 175 for me!


5th June 2009, 03:22 AM
All depends on the flash: I have a Metz 44 and it measures 165mm.


Rod Souter
10th June 2009, 07:16 PM
I ordered one of these 5 days ago, it arrived today:D

The 175 unit fits my E-3 and FL50, the exif describes it as a fill in flash.

The illumination appears to be fairly even.


10th June 2009, 07:30 PM

That's my impression too. If only the muppets hadn't sent me the F160! A bit of unscrewing and turning things round and all is well, but no +ve feedback for that ebay seller! The results are encouraging. There is a slight top to bottom light variation, but it isn't huge. The lighting is quite even. On 'normal' power, TTL, on my Metz 48, the result is a little dark. I applied +0.7EV flash compensation, and it is now fine. So, I think it is well within the capabilities of even the FL-36, nowhere near full power is needed. (I posted this précis on FTU as well). Looks like a useful and good-value bit of kit, just need it to stop raining so I can try it out properly.


10th June 2009, 08:24 PM
Just a few test shots:

http://www.fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/778/thumbs/P6100917.jpg (http://www.fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/778/P6100917.jpg)

Standard sort of shot, using the 12-60, 45 degrees to the plane of the table the apple is sitting on. Lighting is quite even.

http://www.fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/778/thumbs/P6100921.jpg (http://www.fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/778/P6100921.jpg)

A bit further out, but you can see the shadows cast left and right

http://www.fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/778/thumbs/P6100924.jpg (http://www.fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/778/P6100924.jpg)

The worst case scenario, holding the camera as for a portrait shot, this shows the top to bottom (now left to right) lighting variation. Not too much of an issue unless you like taking shots of white tables!

http://www.fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/778/thumbs/P6100925.jpg (http://www.fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/778/P6100925.jpg)

A more standard type of subject (ignore the composition and the deadness of the flowers!) - lighting is quite pleasing.