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Re: Flash for macro insects with an E-500

Originally Posted by roadkill_6mm View Post
I take it 'FP TTL' is HSS? (high speed sync)? FP is not a term I'm familiar with.

As for the OP's original question I wouldn't discount other brands of flash such as David has suggested.

I had a Metz 48 when I had my E510 which had high speed synce, allowing the use of faster shutter speeds - it also metered through the lens (TTL)

This flash sat somewhere between the 2 Oly ones, though performance wise was probably closer to the 50R than the 36.

Also have a search on the internet regarding DIY ring flash etc there are plenty of ideas for cheap and easy ways to use either the on-board or external flash for macro photography


Yes, FP is the same as HSS. The Metz flashes can be a good alternative & there are various home made methods that can be succussful too. One is by attaching a ring of white paper at the front of the lens & using the built in flash (in TTL mode) which works best if an internally reflective snoot is used (again can be home made with foil inside a toilet roll). Googling these methods can bring up ideas from any forum discussing it, like this: &
which was searched by "homemade macro flash" in Google Images, a great resource.

Here's another method but this is how I do mine (on the Sigma 150 Macro lens), but this is using RC mode & the LED ring light allows easy night focusing (but doesn't have any input compared to the strength of the flashes).
I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
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