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Pistnbroke 14th January 2015 08:32 AM

Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
I have long used the MK 300 Nikon verson for my business and have taken many tens of thousands of photos with the two I have . Never had a problem.

I purchased the Oly/Pan/Le version for my M10 at a price of £29.99 though prices up to £40 can be seen on ebay ( do not buy from HK or you may get stung with about 25% import duty.VAT)

The gun has three modes. LCD display. 2x AA batteries.

Manual ..well we dont want to use that do we.
iTTL ..This works great and unlike the built in flash will keep up with the shutter for at least 10 flashes in continuous mode. The output can be adjusted to the camera with the wheel on the top and I have found -0.7 stop to match the camera ( same on Nikon)
Repeat.
The gun will produce a burst of flashes at the frequency you require for say arty shots of a spinning dancer.

Will also support hi speed sync - 1/4000 but have just discovered that if your shutter speed goes above the sync range the flash does not fire so thats good if you left it on outside by mistake.....but bad if you wanted fill flash at 1/2000

I hate hammerhead guns because of the large shadows produced behind subjects,the head is too far from the centre of the lens, but the Mk 300 being squat minimises this. As with all on camera flash only use landscape and crop later to avoid the side shadow.

I have loaded images to my gallery or look here

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Meike-MK-3...item3cd4d2474e

Ralph Harwood 14th January 2015 09:24 AM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
Hi there Pistnbroke!

I have been looking at these on ebay for a little while. My concern was that using the flash on my E-M1 with the 12-50 would I get a shadow from the lens at wider angles because of the length of the lens and the lower height of the flash? I am ok using my Metz 44AF as that is quite tall but does have the issues of the shadows, I haven't tried my clip on flash at 12mm on the E-M1 yet but on my E-PL3 it is hopeless.

Thanks for posting your review, it has given me more food for thought.

Cheers,

Ralph.

Pistnbroke 14th January 2015 09:32 AM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
Well you have to try it .but my solution is to buy a cheap lens hood on e bay and cut off the top petal. (D800 with 17mm lens)
You can rotate it to get a petal at the top or not as you require but I dont have a lens hood on my EZ I cannot test it.
Here is an example..other sizes available..its screw on

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/52mm-Petal...item1e83b2da2d

SteveJ 14th January 2015 12:20 PM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
What are the manual speed settings you can use with this?

Steve

Pistnbroke 14th January 2015 12:44 PM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
It seems to me to respond in the same way as the built in flash dropping to 1/200 1/250 as you set in the flash menu so I guess no high speed sync on the M10 ???
Perhaps this is why on this site we do not see any reference to professional use ..weddings etc No doubt the M1 is more pro friendly and they do have an "Olympus ambassador" who does shoot events with her nice free kit ....!!!

SteveJ 14th January 2015 01:01 PM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
Sorry i meant to ask "What are the manual power settings you can set with this flash?"

Steve

Pistnbroke 14th January 2015 01:09 PM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
1/128 1/64 1/32 1/16 1/8 1/4 1/2 1

Jim Ford 14th January 2015 03:59 PM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pistnbroke (Post 326433)
I purchased the Oly/Pan/Le version for my M10 at a price of 29.99 though prices up to 40 can be seen on ebay ( do not buy from HK or you may get stung with about 25% import duty.VAT)

ISTRC that they don't charge for anything under 50.

Jim

Pistnbroke 14th January 2015 04:57 PM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
I never seen that on there documentation ..It may not be economic to charge on below £50 hence the word in my post "may"

Ralph Harwood 14th January 2015 05:45 PM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pistnbroke (Post 326443)
Well you have to try it .but my solution is to buy a cheap lens hood on e bay and cut off the top petal. (D800 with 17mm lens)
You can rotate it to get a petal at the top or not as you require but I dont have a lens hood on my EZ I cannot test it.
Here is an example..other sizes available..its screw on

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/52mm-Petal...item1e83b2da2d

Hi there Pistnbroke!

Unfortunately it is the lens not the hood that interferes on the E-PL3, I was hoping that the flash would clear on the E-M1 but haven't tried it yet, but hopefully the MK 300 will clear ad the flash tube is further forwards as well as a little higher than the standard flash.

Cheers,

Ralph.

Ralph Harwood 16th January 2015 02:48 PM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
Hi everyone!

Well, I've given in and bought one - from these people who claim to be in the uk:-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181537954190

I'll let everyone know how well it clears the 12-50mm at the wide end when I get it.

Cheers,

Ralph.

Pistnbroke 16th January 2015 02:57 PM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
Well it says out of stock ..hope you got the last one ..if it says in UK then pay pal will support you if you get any import duty problems ..usually only takes 3-4 days to come from HK often they re pack and send on using UK Post office

Pistnbroke 18th January 2015 11:09 AM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
WARNING

Just watched a video about the MK300 showing that the ittl function only works on 4/3 using the pre flash system ..Now I only have the M10 and its fine on that .
If of course you by on e bay where it says oly/pan/li and it dont work you can send it back.....

Ralph Harwood 18th January 2015 11:39 AM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
Hi there Pistnbroke!

As far as I know all 4/3 and m4/3 cameras send out a very brief preflash to meter the photo before the main flash for the exposure. If it works OK on your E-M10 then it should work OK on all Olympus and Panasonic cameras. I think that you may well be able to use the flash to be an AF illuminator where it will give a series of flashes as the camera finds focus - sometimes the flash strobes for several seconds in this case.

The only problem with ittl is that the preflash can sometimes trigger external optical triggers for slave flashes - although you can buy more intelligent triggers which ignore the first flash.

Cheers,

Ralph.

PS They were showing 3 or 4 in stock when I ordered mine - hopefully it will be here sometime this week as I think that the company have a warehouse in Portsmouth where they do the reposting.

Pistnbroke 18th January 2015 11:48 AM

Re: Review of the Meike MK 300 for Olympus
 
Its on the second page of this thread..

http://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=72466&page=2

let me know what you think


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