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Old 9th December 2010
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Re: Accesory wish list

I will recommend a reflector. A cheap 5-in-1 for a start. It's light, small and a fantastic lightshaping tool. I've found my self using it more and more. Especially the diffusion panel.
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I will recommend a reflector. A cheap 5-in-1 for a start. It's light, small and a fantastic lightshaping tool. I've found my self using it more and more. Especially the diffusion panel.
I tend to forget them although I had bought 2 sizes of reflectors, 22" for macro & a larger one for portrait but I still need to get them out & use them. I tend to reach for the twin flash setup first for macro (now that I have perfected it to work with my Sigma lens). The reflectors do add a lot of light when used properly & if I can get into a habit of trialling them before flash, I would become more adapt & confident in getting good results with them.

For a general allround useful flash, I would still go for the FL50R flash first as it has enough power & functions to serve you for most purposes. It comes with a diffuser & a reflector.
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LED Panels are great alternatives to light boxes, especially as they are now being mass produced for eBay

I made my own ring light for 1.99 inc P&P years ago

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showph...234/ppuser/218
Errm, I wouldn't know where to start making something like that.
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Is all this going to be Cut-n-Paste into your letter to Father Christmas
Sort of but I'm realistic, our Father Christmas has a slight cash flow problem!

But I don't think there's any harm in actually working out what I would be likely to use, and having a handy list ... just in case anybody asks!

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I will recommend a reflector. A cheap 5-in-1 for a start. It's light, small and a fantastic lightshaping tool. I've found my self using it more and more. Especially the diffusion panel.
Good idea, thanks. I've got a basic silver/white one, which I rarely use, but I might actually use one that has more options.

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(re:headtorch) yes they can be hand held quite easily, a couple of months since Lidls actually had one which fitted into a hotshoe for 4 or hand held you can direct the light just where you need it on a plant etc
Have you got a link somewhere, so I could see what they are?
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Same here. The FL36(R) does not have enough power to bounce off a ceiling any higher than 9' but the FL50(R) does much better. I use 2 X FL36R flashes in RC mode triggered by the cameras flash for macro lighting (on a twin flash bracket) & it does quite nicely for that. For other flash uses the FL50(R) does it for me. I might have 2 cameras with one on each for quick change of applications (with different lenses). If you decide to go with a Metz flash, I would go for the bigger one Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus.

An add on ring can add to the above applications for portrait use etc like this one, but search for the correct size to suit the flash-camera combination.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Rayflash-ring-...item3a6125e2cf

An IR trigger for the camera is real cheap off ebay & work quite well if in sight & not too far & in not too bright a light. The above flashes can work from the RC flash mode of the camera using the pop up flash as a commander (using a pulse code) but I'm not sure how effective the Metz flash works with it.

Hope that helps.
It does help, thanks, even though it makes me think I won't use the FL50 because I don't ever take photographs of people, not unless I have to, and I only very rarely work indoors. And, umm, if it's too big I won't be able to get it in my bag and I couldn't carry a larger bag for any length of time. So I'd be limited to taking pictures of things at home and/or in the garden, which isn't a lot of use to me really. Goes to show how different we all our, and how we take pictures of different things

The trigger though is a completely different thing. Does it matter what brand? I'd hate to get something that kills my camera.
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It does help, thanks, even though it makes me think I won't use the FL50 because I don't ever take photographs of people, not unless I have to, and I only very rarely work indoors. And, umm, if it's too big I won't be able to get it in my bag and I couldn't carry a larger bag for any length of time. So I'd be limited to taking pictures of things at home and/or in the garden, which isn't a lot of use to me really. Goes to show how different we all our, and how we take pictures of different things

The trigger though is a completely different thing. Does it matter what brand? I'd hate to get something that kills my camera.
The trigger I'm referring to is an IR remote.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/IR-Wireless-Re...item4cf0db5f2b or similar styles & brands.

The camera drive mode would need to be selected for the IR function at 0, 2 or 12 seconds delay.

Other IR remote triggers can be part of an after market grip such as OwnUser brand, but I don't think the hotshoe units are compatible with Olympus gear (for triggering the camera, only for triggering external IR recievers for flashes).

I have bought more bags for different uses. Maybe a sling backpack next time, there are a myriad of styles & choices of all sorts of bags out there.
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Re: Accesory wish list

Have you got a link somewhere, so I could see what they are?
think they have now all gone from lidles but a small head torch can usually be fond for around 5-10. They usually have several levels of brightness to select from so you can be very selective
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The trigger I'm referring to is an IR remote.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/IR-Wireless-Re...item4cf0db5f2b or similar styles & brands.

The camera drive mode would need to be selected for the IR function at 0, 2 or 12 seconds delay.
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think they have now all gone from Lidls but a small head torch can usually be fond for around 5-10. They usually have several levels of brightness to select from so you can be very selective
Thanks chaps, that's just what I need.

Thanks also to those who've sent me PMs. This is a brilliant place to ask questions, everybody is so very helpful.
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