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mtclimber Dec 25, 2008 12:23 AM

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Please take a moment to consider this attached photo. It was taken with an E-420 Camera and the DigiSlave 3000 Slave Flash. If you shy away from the Olympus FL-36 or the Olympus FL-50 flashes, due to their high prices, let me introduce the DigiSlave 3000 Slave Flash priced at around $(US) 100.00.

Happy Holidays!

Sarah Joyce

HarjTT Dec 25, 2008 7:51 AM

Hi Sarah

Thanks for the tip on the flash and from the pic its doing a pretty fine job.



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zig-123 Dec 25, 2008 9:15 AM

Great tip Sarah,

But I do have to mention that now that the FL-36 and 50 have been replaced by the FL-36R and FL-50R, the 36 can be had for a more reasonable 100 to 125bucks in the used market. I picked mine up at B&H for 140bucks incl. shipping.

But I've also have seen them on Adorama and at that price point.

Don't know much about the digislave, but the Fl-36 works seamlessly with E-XXX cameras.

Happy Holidays!!


mtclimber Dec 25, 2008 1:28 PM


You are exactly correct. I have had the FL-50 for about 4 years and just recently picked up the FL-36 when the price dropped. However, many of my students are saddled with point and shoot cameras that do not have a hotshoe. None the less they would like to get into some creative external flash lighting with a flash unit that can allow them to bounce flash and the like.

That was the reason I picked-up the DigiSlave 3000 to use as a demo unit for my classes. An interesting thing is that in some of my advanced DSLR classes you will find folks more interested in existing light photos with wide aperture lenses because they have shied away from really learning how to get the most lighting-wise out of an external flash.

Sarah Joyce

Mikefellh Dec 25, 2008 3:58 PM

But with the both flashes, say the Olympus in manual (non-TTL) mode as your main light on a cable and the slave as a fill light you can get a much more flattering portrait.

You can learn a lot about lighting from:

Now they use strobes because they are sponsored by Photoflex, but you can use a lot of the same techniques with regular flashes, especially since the Digi-slave also has variable power.

mtclimber Dec 25, 2008 7:43 PM

Thanks, Mike-

That is a great refernce. I appreciate it.

Sarah Joyce

Mikefellh Dec 25, 2008 10:00 PM

Another great site for flash education (which was probably mentioned here before):

mtclimber Dec 25, 2008 10:25 PM

Wow, Mike-

Another good link. Many thanks.

Sarah Joyce

zig-123 Dec 26, 2008 1:33 PM

Hi Mike/Sarah,

Thank you both for the info on slave units and the tutorials. You can count me in that group of people who have tended to shy away from the usean external flashthus missing out onthe benefits derived.

When I saw the price of a used Oly FL-36 flash come down, I caved in and finally got one. Boy, there is a significantimprovement with the IQ of photos thruthe use of an external flash vs the built-in flash of the E-510.

I've been toying around with a home made diffuser (bottom of a plastic bottle) with some positive affect. But it's clear that I'm just scratching the surface as far as my knowledge bases goes.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to reading the tutorials this weekend.


mtclimber Dec 26, 2008 4:01 PM


That is great news! I view an external flash as a very valued camera accessory. I have used Stofen flash diffussers quite sucessfuly. I was also delighted to find that my Stofen diffusser from my FL-50 also fits the FL-36.

Sarah Joyce

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