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Old Oct 8, 2002, 10:28 PM   #1
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What is the most inexpensive alternative
to the FL-40 and Oly synch cord? I want to
"explore" the use of an external flash, but
at 250$(flash) and 40$(cord), this could
get expensive. I want to enhance my
indoor pics and catch a few outdoor night
shots. I have read the older posts on this
subject, but I didn't see a solution. Sorry,
to be vague. I'm looking for a flash(not a
slave) and a cord,that won't cost me a
fortune. Any help would be great!
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Old Oct 9, 2002, 12:59 AM   #2
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You can use ANY flash just about. I've used a Vivitar 285, Sunpak 544, and Nikon SB22s and SB24. The one thing there is no escaping, you will need the synch cord. Come on, it's not that expensive. About as much as a couple of filters. When you start doing indoor flash that is BOUNCED, and have power to do daylight fill flash, you will never regret the purchase. For NON-dedicated flash, you need the FLCB-04. If you don't have a flash yet, try something like a Sunpak 383, and a cheap L bracket. Total flash and bracket about 80 or 90, I think, more or less. Again, the cable you want is FLCB -04.
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Old Oct 9, 2002, 8:27 AM   #3
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Default Yes, but what about night action shots?

Skiola, thanks for your advice. Bounce flash would be nice for indoor shots, and redeye reduction by moving the flash to a bracket is a plus, too. While the zoom is GREAT on the C2100, more light is needed for night football games where action shots are beyond the flash range of the camera. Can the flashes you recommend take action pics at night from 50-70 feet away?
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Old Oct 9, 2002, 11:36 AM   #4
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Skiola thanks for the response. Does
anyone have any advice about the subject
lg was talking about? (night shots w/2100) There should be a
reasonable "dualduty" setup out there.


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Old Oct 10, 2002, 12:17 AM   #5
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For the Sunpak 544, I bought a "tele-extender" or whatever it's called, used from B&H. Made by Sunpak. It's a sort of trapezoid shaped thing that is lined on the inside with mirrors. It's actually not the right one for the 544, but with enough velcro, it stays put. I haven't used it for night sports, but I have used it for other stuff. I haven't actually done any serious tests, but sideline shots would be no problem. That brings up another point. The Olympus FL40 flash behaves exactly as the built-in flash, as far as preflash and shutter delay. That makes it a poor choice for action, or use with slaves. By using a non-dedicated flash, and disabling the built-in, there is no more delay (except for AF) and you can work with slaves if you want. For action I usually lock the AF by holding down the shutter release, so that there is no delay at all. And with flash, I always use manual metering. Actually, you have to use either M or A with non-dedicated flash. I'm not knocking the FL40, by any means, since I have one! I use it with the C4040, for anything and everything. I use all the others with the C3000. One more thing, there is a product called The Better Beamer, which is a flash extender that uses a fresnel lens, instead of the mirrored box. Probably even better. It was mainly created for wildlife shooters to use with telephoto lenses.
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Old Oct 10, 2002, 10:53 PM   #6
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Thanks for the reply, it was very
educational. It also gave me some more
options to explore.
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Old Oct 11, 2002, 12:14 PM   #7
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In the Oly talk forum on Dpreview.com there has been some talk about the Promaster 5750dx and the dedicated Oly adaptor. Scan on Promaster and you can get into the discussion. They are using it to shoot night football games.

good luck, I'm saving for one for my E100rs.
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Old Oct 24, 2002, 3:30 PM   #8
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It get's worse John, you have to add the cost of the flash bracket ($60-75 dollars) to mount it on the UZi.
Unfortunately, I can't advise you on using it on outside sports, I haven't tried it.
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Old Oct 24, 2002, 5:54 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tip. I am going to
try the options Skiola mentioned.
I found some good info on this subject.
Michael Meissner @ DPreview has a great
page on 2100 flashes. Thanks Michael.

http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash.html
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