Olympus FL-36R is a flash (guide number of 65′/20 m @ 12mm position (equiv. to 24mm on 35mm camera), 118′/36 m @ 42mm position (equiv. to 85mm on 35mm camera)) with a fast recycling time in a compact, durable body. It features Angle of Coverage 84-29&DEG; TTL Dedication; Bounce Head (-70 – +90°); Swivel Head (0-180°); Zoom Head 12-42mm (Auto-zoom; flash senses focal length & adjusts) and 8mm (with built-in wide flash adapter); Recycle Time Less than 8 seconds. The Olympus FL-36R measures 2.6 x 3.7 x 4.2″ (67 x 95 x 108mm) WxHxD and weighs 9.2 oz (260 g) (without batteries).
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Olympus FL-36R User Reviews
“with its compact and light structure,it is a very good flash and easy to use.I saw that it worked incompatible with E3.it is so nice that it comes with a protector that you can put in your belt.I suggest you this flash.” – By uzun
“When run in Auto its very easy to use and works very well. Using its more advanced features is a dance between the camera & flash, and requires quite a bit of learning for a beginner. I like it though.” – By Kevin
FL-36R – Excellent performance and value
“My initial use for this flash unit was to take pictures of rooms in houses, since the built in flash is not powerful enough for large room illumination. For this purpose the FL-36R is great. It lights up the rooms without overwhelming things – no hot spots, etc. This is using it on full automatic: just attach to the Olympus E-3 and start shooting pictures. If you wish, try all the options and overrides, but you likely won’t need them except for very special situations. A great alternative to the FL-50R for half the price.” – By Rob
“Works great attached my Evolt 500. TTL settings make this easy to use. I am taking much better pictures now. I also use the FL-36R on the stand with the automatic settings to bounce light if I use my old 1040z. With the 90 deg swivel and the IR sensor it flashes when it senses a flash from the 1040z. The flash is powerful. Lit up pictures an in an auditorium with my E500 and the zoom lens. Works great on regular batteries. I’ve taken 400+ pictures and have not had to changes the batteries.” – By Kenny
Super Compact Flash
“It’s great that you can mount the flash on the camera, turn it on, and the camera and flash communicate automatically–straight out of the box. The flash automatically adjusts the dispersion pattern to match the focal length of your lens. I think the recharge on the flash is adequate if you use fresh lithium batteries. This particular model is quite compact and light.” – By hobby photographer
“For me, the FL-36R has been fantastic and a great purchase! I haven’t had any issues where the flash recycle time has been a problem and my indoor, low-light pictures have been turning out much better. I took my e-620 and FL-36R to my daughter’s soccer game (outdoor, night time, playing under lights) and was able to get some nice action shots with a 40-150mm zoom lens and the FL-36R flash that I could have never gotten with the built-in flash.” – By Bdub
Olympus Falsh fl-36r and e-330
“Bought this flash recently to use on my e-330 body. Used the flash at the Toronto Film Festival this past week. Shot in RAW and the flash worked great with the camera. Great addition to my accessories bag. Quick service from Amazon will keep me coming back. “ – By John Murphy
Olympus FL-36R Expert Reviews
Olympus FL-36R User Manual
Olympus FL-36R Features & Specifications
The Olympus FL-36R TTL Shoe Mount Flash is a compact and lightweight shoe mount flash that also offers wireless flash operation. Control is possible directly from the camera without the need for cables. This flash unit is 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.
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.
The FL-36 Electronic Flash is specifically designed for digital cameras, with an accurate 1/8 step illumination control to provide the precision required by digital cameras, while minimizing illumination reduction. The built-in wide-angle diffuser panel will allow the flash to provide even illumination with wide angle lenses like the Zuiko Digital 14mm-45mm zoom. The inclusion of a lockable bounce and swivel mechanism offers a variety of bounce photography options including left-right, as well as top-bottom in addition to a compact zoom head to accommodate lenses from wide angle to telephoto.
The FL-36R also features an energy circuit that improves recharge rates and enables the flash to operate on just two AA batteries or one CR-3 volt lithium. The FL-36 is compact, lightweight and extremely portable, and is approximately 25% shorter and 35% lighter than the larger FL-50 flash, a significant space and weight savings.
Selectable Flash Modes
With several different TTL and manual modes available, you will always get the right amount of control for your shooting needs. Flash Modes include TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual, RC, SL Auto, SL Manual.
Compact and Lightweight Design
The smaller size and lighter weight of the flash (as compared to the FL-50) is well suited to the latest E-series digital cameras.
The Super-Energy-Saving circuitry improves recharge rates and enables the flash to operate on just two AA batteries or one CR-V3 (LB-01) lithium battery.
Variable Coverage Angle
Flash coverage is automatically adjusted to the image area in several steps during zooming.
Variable and Controllable Output
With the Olympus digital SLR, you can adjust the flash intensity in 1/3 EV steps, and it also offers features such as red-eye reduction, slow synchronization and second curtain synchronization.
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