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Old Jan 2, 2003, 7:11 PM   #11
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Thanks a lot, you've helped me to see that there are other flashes out there that are good too. I am going to stick with the FL-40 because Olympus makes good cameras and I will probably get an E-20 sometime soon.
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Old Jan 4, 2003, 12:34 AM   #12
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Cheese,
I have an E20 and a FL-40 flash. I bought them as a package, used, along with the off-cam bracket, portrait grip, power battery pack, etc. I don't have a lot of experience with flash photography, and most of it before the FL-40 has been bad. Inconsistent results, washed out foregrounds and dark backgrounds, etc.
The FL-40 makes me look like a pro! I set it at 60 degrees (recommended for bounce) and also use the built-in flash for foreground fill. I get consistently perfect, uniform exposures. I don't know how it will work on the 5050 or other Oly cameras, but it sure works great with an E20!
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Old Jan 4, 2003, 12:59 AM   #13
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I purchased a Metz 34MZ plus the appropriate SC3202 adapter. I chose this over the FL 40 and other Metz models due to it's unique profile that makes the package a little less top heavy. (plus I had a philosophical problem with paying way too much for what Oly seemed to design as a proprietary system). Little lower GN, but plenty for my flash applications, full TTL compatibility and motorized zoom head.
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Old Jan 4, 2003, 12:03 PM   #14
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Yeah, the FL-40 looks good. I decided to buy the FL-40 because I will always use Olympus cameras and will probably buy an E-20 soon enough. Thanks for all the opinions peeps, it really helps me to decide on what to do because all of you have been there.
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Old Jan 4, 2003, 12:04 PM   #15
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Arno,
You're right about top-heavy if the FL-40 is mounted on the camera. With the off-cam bracket, it's not a problem, though. It's a nicely-balanced package. Expensive, though. I probably would not have bought it new. I was fortunate to know a guy who sorta collects cameras, and goes absolutely first class on accessories, so I got a screaming deal on the whole package. I'm usually not lucky that way. My luck was good, for a change!
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Old Jan 7, 2003, 11:13 PM   #16
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I was using the FL-40 on my 5050 and got blinking shots on every pic. I went back to using the onboard flash, but I changed the flash intensity down 1 stop and turned off the reset. Now the pics aren't overexposed when we just pick up the camera and take a quick snap on Program. Much better results. Before everything was blasted out and I don't even want to talk about red-eye.

I have one for each E-series and they both have lumiquest attachments. This adds even more softness to the light. Try it.
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Old Jan 8, 2003, 12:44 AM   #17
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Does the 5050 use the TTL mode with the FL-40?
I don't use the FL-40 for direct flash...only bounce. I set it at 60 degrees, which is optimum for bounce, according to the manual. I use the onboard flash also for closeup fill-in if I have subjects in the foreground. I use the red-eye elimination mode for the flash, which emits a series of short flashes before the main flash. I get absolutely no redeye with this method. And, I get perfect, uniform illumination with no closeup washout.
EDIT: What's a lumiquest attachment? Is that the plastic shield that clips onto over the flash head? I leave that on all the time. I like the way it diffuses the light.
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Old Jan 8, 2003, 8:51 AM   #18
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I've never used red-eye reduction before. My concern is that it would cause too much delay before the shot was taken. Is this a legitimate concern?

Yeah that's one type of Lumiquest. The lumiquest that i have is a little attachment that goes on top of the flash that you bounce the flash off of. I used to use regular bounce flash and still do sometimes, but then I realized that I was losing too much light and at the time I had a really slow zoom lens. When I use the lumiquest I aim it so that it's flat to the subject rather than 45 degrees because sometimes there is a problem with lens flare even if the flash is on a bracket. I find the light is more concentrated with the lumiquest. It's in between direct and bouncing off a wall or cieling.

I beleive I read an earlier post that said that the FL-40 does not use TTL. I'm still learning the cameras capabilities.
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Old Jan 8, 2003, 10:09 AM   #19
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I just received my FL-40 in the mail. It works great and yes it does use TTL. It communicates with the C-5050Z quite well and my pictures are a lot better now, especially those of people. The bounce flash is awesome and the flash is very powerful. I am glad I bought this flash, it does wonders with the C-5050Z!
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I beleive I read an earlier post that said that the FL-40 does not use TTL. I'm still learning the cameras capabilities.
Quoted from the FL-40 manual:

"The TTL-AUTO and R-TTL-AUTO modes can be used only with digital cameras which are capable of data communications."

I agree with Cheese...it's a fantastic flash unit...pricey, but worth it.
The redeye reduction mode delays the shutter by about one second. That could be a problem if you do action photography, but I have been using it with both the Nikon and the Oly for quite a while, so I'm used to it.
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