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Old Dec 10, 2006, 1:05 PM   #1
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I was at the Nikon Expo show last week in London and Nikon was showing off their wireless flash technology which looked pretty good - very lightweight, flexible and portable although battery usage would be horrendous. I'm now wondering if its possible to use the Oly FL50 and Fl36's in a wireless config. Has anyone ever tried this ?

On another note, they were also using the Lightsphere's quiet a bit at the workshops and it looks a pretty useful but pig ugly bit of flash/tuperware accessory and I'm thinking of getting one as soon as I get the FL50.

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Old Dec 10, 2006, 3:07 PM   #2
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Wireless flash is one of those things Olympus has not addressed for pro group. You'd have to use a third-party triggering mechanism of some sort right now, and you'd probably be stuck with either non-TTL automatic or manual and have to use a flash meter to work out the ratios.

The Lightsphere II is a great accessory. I use it with my FL50 and have not used a flashbracket since buying it. It's the best diffusor I've tried yet.
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Old Dec 10, 2006, 3:55 PM   #3
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Hi Greg

Thanks for the info on the flashes and clearing that up. I just wasn;t sure if it was possible with the FL's and if it was how easy would it be to do. Oh well, I'll just have to work things in another way.

One good thing going to the show was seeign how big the D200s + lenses were esp when compared to the E1 made me feel pretty glad that I didn';t have to lug such a heavy system about.

I liked the results that I saw with the Lightsphere at the show - really nice and as its such a simple piece of kit I began to think its a must have esp for the FL50 when I get it.

If you've not seen the lightsphere before here's the link to the site:

http://store.garyfonginc.com/lightsphere.html

there's also a wee video demo of how it works.

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definitely try out the lightsphere II, it's worth every penny spent...love mine
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Old Dec 12, 2006, 12:30 PM   #5
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hi Harj
there is a way of doing this
since the FL50 takes a sync chord you can try this
i have a little thing called a "Nissin Syncro-Eye slave unit"
pretty old now but works without battery and plugs into the sync lead
when it sees speed light from a flash, it fires the flash its attached too

i use it on my older Metz 40 when i need to shoot across big areas, maybe through an open door or archway, the flash is manually adjusted to light up the other side, Since i cant use that flash on a digicam thru trigger voltage its a good use for it

check out s/h camera stores for it, its a small blue box cost me $10
there are others around but this was one of the first and still one of the best

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Old Dec 15, 2006, 9:28 AM   #6
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Harj
by coincidence i fell over this stuff today

http://www.paramountcords.com/microsync.asp

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Hi Riley

Thanks for the wee tip mate - looks like a neat little solution !

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