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Olympus FL-600R vs Nissin i40 vs Metz 44 af-1

I was considering the best on camera flash for the OMD series and have narrowed down to the three above. I actually own the Olympus FL 600R and Nissin i40 and have heard good reports about the Metz 44.

Of the three the Nissin is the lightest and the most compact and so physically the easiest to go around with it being mounted on top of the camera. With a GN of 40 it is pretty powerful too and gives excellent TTL functionality. But the drawback is that it has no true Auto fill-in mode (which I find superior to TTL in some low light situations) lacking a front light sensor of its own.

The Olympus has both TTL and Auto fill-in facility thanks to its sensor but at GN 36 is the weakest of the trio. And there have been a few reports of the auto-zoom function jamming rendering the flash inoperable.

The Metz appears to be a good choice in some ways. The most powerful of the three (GN 44) and has both TTL and Auto fill-in functionality. But as far as I can see (I may be wrong) it has no video light like the other two.

Can people who own one or more of these flashes please post a feedback on their experiences?
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Re: Olympus FL-600R vs Nissin i40 vs Metz 44 af-1

You may want to check that the GNs are all being quoted for the same ISO

As most of the time our cameras run at ISO 200 the FL-600R has a GN of 50

Metz units are good, but a bit more expensive.
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Re: Olympus FL-600R vs Nissin i40 vs Metz 44 af-1

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You may want to check that the GNs are all being quoted for the same ISO
I did. The Nissin and Metz GN numbers at 105mm and ISO 100 are 40 and 44 respectively and so would be proportionately higher at ISO 200.

The FL 600R's equivalent at a theoretical ISO 100 is 36.

Also, I am surprised that you mentioned that the Metz 44 is more expensive. In fact at present it is the cheapest of the three above, retailing at around 115. The Nissin is around 130 while the Olympus FL 600R is over 200 new.
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Re: Olympus FL-600R vs Nissin i40 vs Metz 44 af-1

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<snip> I am surprised that you mentioned that the Metz 44 is more expensive. In fact at present it is the cheapest of the three above, retailing at around 115. The Nissin is around 130 while the Olympus FL 600R is over 200 new.
I too am surprised (pleasantly), I've not looked at current prices...

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Re: Olympus FL-600R vs Nissin i40 vs Metz 44 af-1

I have had one Metz44 flash which was a real pain to use on my E-620 and it failed before I used the first set of batteries up. Metz and the retailer were not interested as it was over a year old. Turned out the capacitor could fail if you did not switch it on often enough.

My Nissin Di466 has taken thousands of shots and works very well.
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