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  • HELP! fL50R FLASH

    [hI i AM NEW TO THIS SITE, AND WOULD LIKE YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND ADVICE PLEASE. I HAD A FL36R FLASH BUT MANAGED TO LOSE IT RECENTLY AND NOW WAS WONDERING MAYBE HOW MUCH BETTER IS THE 50 I KNOW A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE MY CAMERA IS E400 BUT HOPEFULLY UPGRADING TO 520 OR 620 ANYONE OUT THERE WHO CAN ADVISE THANKYOU TRIUMPHFONT="Arial"][/FONT]

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    Re: fL50R FLASH

    First if all, please don't type in CAPs!

    The FL50R is more powerful, and recycles more quickly. It also has more accessories (including several that are standard). But of course it is bigger and bulkier.

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    • #3
      Re: fL50R FLASH

      My daughter was using the FL36. She was looking for something more powerful with faster recycling. She "borrowed" my PROMASTER 7400. I don't know if they are available in the UK but here they sold for $170USD versus $390USD for the FL50R. The Promaster is made in models dedicated for a particular system - E-series in this case.

      I use non-dedicated flash. So I got a Vivitar 285HV (the HV has a trigger voltage of 4.7 volts and is safe for digital cameras). The 285HV can also function in automatic mode (pick an f-stop for the camera and flash). The 285HV runs about $95USd.

      Both of these units recycle faster than the FL36 and have GN of about 120 with ISO 100. We use them with the E-500.

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      • #4
        Re: fL50R FLASH

        thankyou to both of your replies. I was happy with the 36r but if i want to grow with my photography i felt i needed the 50r I am still cross with myself for losing the one I had, my great loss and someones luck. I hope to upgrade my camera too maybe the 620 or 520. but I bought my 400 from a large company where I had 28 days to take it back, but have been quite happy with it just the image stabilisation is missing on the 400 and sometimes it shows . triumph

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        • #5
          Re: fL50R FLASH

          You might look at this:http://www.metz.de/en/photo-electron...formation.html

          cheaper than Fl50 but more than fl36 takes 4 AA cells

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          • #6
            Re: fL50R FLASH

            I use an FL-50R on my E-410, and though it's a bit top-heavy, the results are outstanding. The flash recycles quickly, has plenty of power, and comes with some very useful diffusers (as Ian mentioned). Which flash suits you best depends upon your style of photography. But I can say that if you're looking for a powerful TTL flash, the FL-50R is great. Some people swear by the Metz units, but I found their build quality to be disappointing. If you do studio work or otherwise don't need TTL metering, you can save a lot of money with a non-dedicated flash, like the Vivitar 285HV that Lucian discussed.

            - Hal -
            A Still Mind - Photography, Music, Meditation, Ministry - www.astillmind.net
            Olympus E-M5; Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 25mm; Zuiko 12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD; Sigma 105 Macro; Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm fisheye; Olympus 8/1.8 PRO fisheye; FL-50R; Giottos MT-8361 tripod with Gitzo GH2780QR ballhead.

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