Olympus FL-50 is a powerful flash (guide number of 164 ft./50m at ISO 100) with a fast recycling time in a compact, durable body. It features Full range of TTL Automatic, Automatic and Manual flash modes; Flash sync at speeds up to 1/4000th second; More even illumination with less corner fall-off. The Olympus FL-50 measures 9 x 9 x 9 inches and weighs 13.3 ounces (without batteries).
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Olympus FL-50 User Reviews
Olympos FL-50 Electronic flash
“A wonderful unit. Versatile and very effective. Works beautifully with my Olylmpus E-300. If there is a drawback its that it eats up batteries real fast. Rechargeables are essential. Also, for an old codger like me, it’s darn near as complicated as my camera itself. In fact the instruction manual is larger! Nevertheless I like them both. “ – By Edgar J. Thompson
Get this for your Panasonic Lumix FZ50 camera
“Overall, this is a superb smart flash that is fully compatible with the Lumix FZS-50 at a substantially lower price. You will not regret this purchase if you’re serious about your photography. The head rotates practially 360 degrees, swivels almost 240, is powerful and has a built-in diffuser for super-wide angle lenses. It uses AA batteries.” – By Jerry Saperstein
FL-50 for FZ-50
“I bought the Olympus FL-50 flash to use on my Panasonic FZ-50 camera. The Olympus flash looks and works exactly like the more expensive Panasonic version. So far, I have been extremely happy with this purchase. “ – By Robert L. Smith
Olympus FL-50 Flash for Digital SLR Cameras
“The FL-50 is a larger flash unit than the FL-36 but it pairs up nicely on my Olympus E-500 with or without the flash bracket. The FL-50 makes a great strobe light on a lightstand with an umbrella, too, for a small portable lighting set-up. Highly recommend this flash for its TTL flash ability, high quality fit and finish, and flawless operation.” – By K. Barros
Olympus FL-50 flash
“A little top heavy with the Olympus E-510 considering its height and 4 AA cells, but has a decent recycle rate and plenty of power for ceiling bounce. The red-dot auto-focus aids help eliminate lens focus hunting in low light, and produces nice, natural looking images without that burned out “flash photo” look. Often use it on Oly’s flash bracket or mounted on a tripod via thier hotshoe extension cable.” – By Pamela I. Hughes
Powerful, easy to use, stunning pictures, bulky
“It is so easy to use. Plug in. The camera turns it on, and detects what you are doing with the head. If you point the head straight at the subject, the flash “zooms” itself to match the zoom setting on the lens. And when you shoot, it does TTL metering to get a beautifully even shot. You can access fill-in flash mode from either place, but the flash makes this slightly easier. “ – By Jeremy
“I took this flash unit with me on vacation. I noticed if I use burst mode the unit will not be able to catch up on the 4th shot and will be okay again on the 5th picture(using Sony 2500 mAh AA Rechargeable Nimh Batteries). Other than that everything is great outdoor or indoor. Each set of batteries will last a while. “ – By Tony T. Kao
Outstanding flash unit & easy to use
“For anyone who hasn’t used a full-featured, dedicated flash unit before, the FL-50 comes as a revelation. Flash-camera communication is very fast so there’s no delay shooting action or in changing circumstances. The FL-50′s on board controls are extensive, integrate smoothly with the camera’s, and allow a range of adjustments to tweak light output. Response time is very good. Only once in a while after shooting a burst of images have I had to pause for the FL-50 to catch its breath (using Sanyo Eneloop NiMH batteries). “ – By John L. Hemingway
Expensive but worth it!
“I have an Olympus E-500 and this is a great addition. Even if I don’t need it, it is on my camera. Because in low light it uses infrared light to auto focus, where the camera sets off a burst of high powered flashes which freaks out the subjects. It has the power to light a large room and the flexability to create many lighting effects. I highly recommend this unit.” – By Michael E. Thompson
Olympus FL-50 Flash Review
“I purchased this flash for the Olympus E-510 DSLR and it is a good unit. Many dedicated flash manufacturers units seem to be made from pretty much the same mold, with variations between camera models and makes. The flash is very versatile for titling up and to each side. I recently purchased the unit and have only used it on automatic modes, which it does nicely about 90% of the time.” – By William J. Moseley
“Expensive for an amateur like me, but worth it after my first photo shoot. I use an e-500 and the pop-up flash would drive me nuts trying to take a photo the strobing annoyed people). With the FL-50, it just takes the picture. I also bought the Gary Fong diffuser and love it. “ – By Roadman
Takes the D-SLR to a higher level
“Case in point – As soon as I got the FL-50 I popped it on my E-510 and started to play with it. I set the controls to TTL-Auto, turned it on and took 4 pictures of my wife reading her book (yeah – she LOVED that!). First shot was 4 feet away from her, flash facing dead straight at her, the second was the same location but the flash facing the ceiling, the third was the same location with the flash facing the wall and the last was the same location with the flash facing away from her (shooting back over my head!). Results – all four were in perfect exposure with very different results (look & feel). Even the shot where the flash was facing 180 degrees from her came out just fine – COOL! “ – By Jeffrey E
Olympus FL-50 Expert Reviews
Olympus FL-50 User Manual
Olympus FL-50 Features & Specifications
Built specifically for the E-1 SLR, the FL-50 Flash offers all the features a professional wants to produce professional-caliber results.
Along with the standard bounce and swivel capability, power zoom and a full range of TTL Automatic, Automatic and Manual flash modes, the FL-50 offers the Super FP Mode. This allows for flash sync at speeds up to 1/4000th second so fill-flash can be used in the brightest of situations. This is achieved by the flash’s ability to fire before the shutter opens and stay illuminated until after the shutter closes. Designed specifically for digital photography, the FL-50 flash also has more even illumination with less corner fall-off than traditional film flashes. The Guide Number is 164 feet/50 meters at ISO 100.
The FL-50 can be powered by multiple power sources, including standard AA-type Alkaline, NiCad, Ni-MH, Lithium batteries, LB-01 (CR-3V) batteries or be used in conjunction with the separate HV-1 High Voltage Power Pack or Power Flash Grip for additional power and speed capabilities.
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