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Old Aug 26, 2010, 9:54 AM   #1
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I was checking on Ebay to see what I could find and some other brands came up beside Panasonic. Targus and Vivatar. Both said they were completely compatable, TTL, etc. But from everything I'm reading the only ones that will really work automatically are the Panasonic and Olympus brands.
Has anyone ever tried the Targus and Vivatar brands to see if they do really work? On the other hand even if they do work are they brands I should stay away from. (looks like they run about $100 cheaper then the Panasonic)
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Vivitar and Targus will work, but only in the manual Mode. Those two are NOT TTL flashes for Panasonic. Your best bet is the Oly FL-36 if you want TTL operation.

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Vivitar and Targus will work, but only in the manual Mode. Those two are NOT TTL flashes for Panasonic. Your best bet is the Oly FL-36 if you want TTL operation.

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Thanks.. Kind of what I thought.

The Olympus FL-36 and the Panasonic FL360, after a quick look, appear to be about the same price. B&H had the Panasonic at about $10 more.
Do you know if there is any advantage of one over the other?
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They are the very same flash unit that has been re-badged. The Oly is usually a bit cheaper.

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I saw B&H had a Bower flash that said it was Panasonic TTL compatible and had great reviews so I gave it a try. My camera, fz100 recognizes it, the flash recognizes my camera. A little heavy, but then it does take four batteries.
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That sounds like you got a good fit for your FZ-100. What Bower model is it?

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that sounds like you got a good fit for your fz-100. What bower model is it?

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Thanks for that info. Tell us more how it works out, please. This may indeed become a good alternative choice for the FZ-100.

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Thanks for that info. Tell us more how it works out, please. This may indeed become a good alternative choice for the FZ-100.

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I tested it with 4 new rechargeable batteries in it, freshly charged.
The recharge rate on the flash seemed almost instantaneous. Picture to picture the flash was ready before my camera was.
I tried it at different camera zoom settings and it always seemed to provide perfect lighting, not over or underexposed... except at wide angle (no zoom at all) here there seemed to be some shadowing at the bottom part of the picture. I'm guessing here that this is because the flash extends past the camera lens that is retracted back in at wide angle.
Bouncing the flash off the ceiling worked great. I was able to finally get some pictures of my cat indoors without his eyes being blown out.
Haven't tried slave or manual yet.

The red auto focus assist lamp doesn't come on for the flash, just the one on the camera. I understand that none of the flashes (even Panasonic ones) will come on either with any of the FZ cameras. So I was expecting that not to work.

And this thing does add some weight to the camera.
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I tested it with 4 new rechargeable batteries in it, freshly charged.
The recharge rate on the flash seemed almost instantaneous. Picture to picture the flash was ready before my camera was.
I tried it at different camera zoom settings and it always seemed to provide perfect lighting, not over or underexposed... except at wide angle (no zoom at all) here there seemed to be some shadowing at the bottom part of the picture. I'm guessing here that this is because the flash extends past the camera lens that is retracted back in at wide angle.
Bouncing the flash off the ceiling worked great. I was able to finally get some pictures of my cat indoors without his eyes being blown out.
Haven't tried slave or manual yet.

The red auto focus assist lamp doesn't come on for the flash, just the one on the camera. I understand that none of the flashes (even Panasonic ones) will come on either with any of the FZ cameras. So I was expecting that not to work.

And this thing does add some weight to the camera.
Tried the slave mode. That works fine also.. Though I almost went blind checking.
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