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Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
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Taking the complication out of flash photography

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RC wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R for the ultimate flexibility and convenience

London, 17 October 2007 – Forget dealing with cumbersome cables when wanting to get perfect lighting for your photographic subjects. Thanks to the new Olympus remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R, cordless lighting set-ups are a convenient reality. Both are ideal for use with the Olympus E-3 professional D-SLR which enables the control of up to three different flash groups directly from the camera – no separate commander unit is required. Photographers benefit from extreme flash unit versatility and never again need to be hindered in the studio or in the field by troublesome wires.

Giving professionals the freedom and control they need to operate effectively in the studio or in the field, the FL-50R and FL-36R flash units enable flash photography minus the complication of cords and inconvenient set-ups. Control is possible directly from the camera without the need for cables. These units represent the ideal accompaniment to the Olympus
E-3, which features a newly-developed RC Data Transfer System that transmits data optically. This significantly reduces the power consumption of the built-in flash when being used as the system commander. A wide range of flash-related settings can also be easily accessed and adjusted using the camera’s LCD panel as the user interface. Moreover, flash control is available in three groups, allowing flash mode and compensation settings to be set independently for each group – thus enabling ultra-precise illumination.

Four remote control communication channels can be set by the user to avoid interference with other peripherals in the vicinity. Photographers also have the option to control wireless transmission distance by choosing between three signal strengths – for a range of up to 10m. And both flash models incorporate adjustable heads which can be swivelled without impeding their ability to communicate.

Using their slave function, the FL-50R and FL-36R can also be used with other Olympus SLRs with manual flash facility and Olympus SP series cameras capable of slave mode operation. Furthermore, both models can also be interlocked with a large strobe in the studio.

The irradiation angle of each flash unit can be set either by automatic zooming according to the interchangeable lens used or manually. Thanks to a built-in wide panel, the expansive irradiation angle required with a focal distance of 8mm (equivalent to 16mm in 35mm terms) is covered.

FL-50R
The high-performance FL-50R boasts multiple adjustment modes including TTL Auto and manual, high-speed synchronisation – in Super FP Mode up to 1/4000th sec – and also features fast recycle intervals which can be as little as less than 1.3 sec. when using the SHV-1 Flash High-Voltage Set. The FL-50R boasts GN28 performance at a 12mm focal length (equivalent to 24mm on a 35mm camera; ISO 100) and a very powerful GN50 at a 42mm (equiv. to 84mm; ISO 100).

FL-36R
Enhancing mobility, the lightweight FL-36R boasts power in a compact design. The flash unit allows 1/8EV-step accuracy to satisfy the high light metering precision digital photography demands. And with GN20 at a focal length of 12mm (equiv. to 24mm; ISO 100) and GN36 at 42mm (equiv. to 84mm; ISO 100), this wireless flash unit is particularly well-suited for high-action assignments.

Optional accessories for enhanced lighting effects
The Bounce Adapter FLBA-1 can be mounted on the FL-50R flash head and diffuses the irradiation light to soften the bounce light by attenuating the contours of shadows produced in bounce shooting. The FLBA-1 comes with the FL-50R and is also compatible with the Olympus FL-50 flash unit.

Meanwhile, the Reflector Adapter FLRA-1 not only provides a catch light effect, it also softens the effect of bounce lighting by providing auxiliary frontal irradiation to eliminate shadows caused by bounce shooting. Able to be used in both ceiling and wall bouncing, it allows photographers to take advantage of bounce lighting more often and in a wide range of situations. The FLRA-1 comes with the FL-50R and is also compatible with the FL-36R, FL-36 and FL-50 Olympus flash units.

The remote control wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R will become available in November 2007 and December 2007, respectively. Each comes with a flash stand to ensure a steady footing during remote use.

FL-50R – main features:

  • GN50 power
  • Wireless remote control in three groups (A, B and C)
  • Control settings directly from camera LCD
  • Choice of four channels to avoid interference
  • Extendable transmission distance
  • Option of TTL Auto, Auto, and Manual modes
  • Bounce and swivel head
  • Usual synchronisation speed 1/180 sec.
  • Super FP Mode up to 1/4000th sec
  • Built-in diffuser can be used to obtain wide-angle coverage at an 8mm focal length (equivalent to 16mm on a 35mm camera)
  • Red-eye reduction, slow synch and 2nd curtain synch
  • Flash coverage is automatically adjusted in several steps to correspond to the focal length of the lens when zooming
  • Flash recycle time less than 1.3 sec. when optional SHV-1 Flash High-Voltage Set is used

FL-36R – main features:

  • GN36 power
  • Wireless remote control in three groups (A, B and C)
  • Control settings directly from camera LCD
  • Choice of four channels to avoid interference
  • Extendable transmission distance
  • Option of TTL Auto, Auto and Manual modes
  • Compact design and light weight
  • Energy-saving circuitry
  • Bounce and swivel head
  • Super FP Mode up to 1/4000th sec
  • Flash coverage is automatically adjusted in several steps to correspond to the focal length of the lens when zooming
  • Flash intensity setting in 1/8 EV steps possible with Olympus E-System D-SLR
  • Red-eye reduction, slow synch and 2nd curtain synch

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Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R

Four Thirds User editorial team Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
Both are ideal for use with the Olympus E-3 professional D-SLR which enables the control of up to th... (more)

nikkorku Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
Very nice flash system where photographers could controlled the lighting ratio. Still unknown about... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
Recycling is a function of available current from the batteries - if you need shorter recycling, ... (more)

nikkorku Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
Comparing to Canon 580EX or Nikon SB800, you'll feel how slow the cycling time of the FL50 is..... (more)

zuikonian Any clues on how RC data transfer works?
It seems a little misleading to call it RC as that is frequently an abbreviation for radio controlle... (more)

OlympusGuy Re: Any clues on how RC data transfer works?
I'm with you! Does it broadcast some sort of radio signal, or some complex "flickerflash" code? ... (more)

Beardedwombat Re: Any clues on how RC data transfer works?
I received an FL-50R today from Ian Kerr (2kerso@gmail.com £263 inc postage & Paypal fee). I think t... (more)

thestickman Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
It also has a tripod socket :) Good for those times when you don't have a floor/table to put it on u... (more)

Beardedwombat Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
Smallish room about 12ft x 15ft, first target was only about 13ft away so perhaps not a fair test. I... (more)

OlympusGuy Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
I recently saw on the internet an article about an experiment done with an E-3 and two FL remote fla... (more)

OlympusGuy Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
Here's the (unsatisfactory) skinny on how the E-3 operates the remote flash units (which I learned f... (more)

E1-2-E3 That sounds like a crock of it! :-)
You have to raise the flash but it's the IR port (that recieves the RM1 remote signals) that outputs... (more)

Beardedwombat Re: That sounds like a crock of it! :-)
Maybe I was a little premature in my praise, but it still seems pretty good to me:- set to manual, g... (more)

E1-2-E3 Re: That sounds like a crock of it! :-)
Thanks for doing that Chris. By the way, you can adjust the pop-ups output. On the RC screen, It'... (more)

Beardedwombat Re: That sounds like a crock of it! :-)
You are of course correct.:o The RC screen is a little confusing to an old fart like me! The tests I... (more)

thestickman Re: That sounds like a crock of it! :-)
Thanks for testing Chris :) From what I understand, the Lo Mid Hi settings is for the strength of t... (more)

Beardedwombat Re: That sounds like a crock of it! :-)
Yes the Output is variable for the reasons you mention but remote flash control does not work if you... (more)

E1-2-E3 Re: That sounds like a crock of it! :-)
This is like owning an 'FL-R' flash by proxy! :-) Yes, thanks for the tsting Chris. p.s I'd ha... (more)

E1-2-E3 Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
By the way, I meant what 'he said' sounded like a crock of it. Now I'm reading the manual for the... (more)

OlympusGuy Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
Here's the message I received when I wrote to Jim Lee of Olympus. (Jim travels around the U.S. to va... (more)

E1-2-E3 Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
Hey OG Actually, it's all in the manual. If one of us had read this a few days ago, we wouldn't be h... (more)

Beardedwombat Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
Basically confirms what I have found except that the flashgun does not necessarily need to be in lin... (more)

OlympusGuy Re: Olympus announces remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R
Well, all of your experimentation allays my fears about the pop-up giving off unwanted fill flash! N... (more)

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