Originally Posted by steve6
Why do these (FL40) flashes cost so much. Are they that sophisticated or a rip-off????
The Oly FL-40 is a superb flash. First of all it talks back and forth with the camera...you can set a setting on the flash and the camera will adjust, and of course vice versa. The flash has a motorized zoom that keeps up with the zoom level and distance of the camera. The flash also has a focus assist beam so you can shoot in total darkness (you would normally have to set the focus manually without it). I got to play with the FL-40 on a E-20 at a camera show few months back (note I'm a C-700 user).
There are other options that are TTL (Through The Lens) compatable with the Oly cameras, and a list can be found at http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash.html