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The Technician
1st March 2010, 10:28 AM
Hi All,

I am new to using flash and was wondering which one would be best for general use etc. also cheapest as funds are low :(

Almost forgot I use a E510.:D

Thanks
Michael

Ian
1st March 2010, 10:42 AM
Hi All,

I am new to using flash and was wondering which one would be best for general use etc. also cheapest as funds are low :(

Almost forgot I use a E510.:D

Thanks
Michael

The new Nissin Di466 for Four Third will be available soon at around 100:

http://fourthirds-user.com/2010/02/nissin_announces_nissin_di466_for_four_thirds_43_c ameras.php

Alternatively, the Olympus FL-36R or Metz 48 AF-1 FT are good specification options.

Ian

snaarman
1st March 2010, 12:59 PM
Using a dedicated flash such as the Nissin or the Olympus ones will allow you to get TTL flash, so the camera and flash communicate for best results. This is the "correct" method.

If you are willing to cut several corners and use old fashioned "auto mode" flash, then you can use a really cheap legacy flash, provided its trigger voltage isn't too mad. You have to set the camera shutter and aperture manually, then set the flash to the same aperture. Generally the results are very good.

I use an old Nikon SB28 (about 70), a Sunpak 433 (about 15) and a Vivitar 550FD (about 4.99). All of these work with my E510, E620 and the various remote trigger items I have bought.

So, you have a choice, the expensive but proper route and the cheap and cheerful route..

Pete

HughofBardfield
1st March 2010, 02:21 PM
The cheap and cheerful route has the advantage that it teaches you more about how to use flash than relying on the auto settings.

Have a look here if you haven't seen it already: http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/

But also look here if you want to buy an old flash:
http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html

I have an FL50 which I rarely use because of size/weight, but it produces very good results. The FL36 I had before it was also good, but the recycle time with anything other than fresh batteries was sometimes excruciating. I shot a flower festival in a church with it once, and I felt it would have been quicker to wait for the sun to move...

Mostly I have an old OM T20 or T32 in my bag. Several power settings, light weight and compact. The T32 has four AA cells rather than the 2 in the FL36 and consequently has a quicker recycle.

If you want a dedicated, fully auto flash, the Metz offerings seem to give best VFM

PS no doubt you've seen the FL50 for sale on this very forum!

The Technician
1st March 2010, 04:11 PM
Thanks for the reply's *chr they are a big help will be waiting for the Nissin and having a look at the Metz 36 AF-4

Thanks:D