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    Olympus extrernal flashes

    Just a quick question, how does the Olympus flash system work? I have read that the E3 supports wireless flash but do other bodies also support this?

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    Just learning about these myself too! But i know the FL36R can be set off wirelessly using the popup flash.
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    my old e520 used the pop-up flash as a trigger for the external flash

    it was nice but a couple of things were not nice: 1) it only worked up to about 10 feet max; 2) the pop up always fired with the external - whether u wanted it to or not.

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    Thanks to both of you, it sounds like you need to use the pop up flash which I don't really want to do and the short distance does not sound very useful

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    On Nikon the pop up flash can be dialed right down to almost zero light output and still act OK as the commander.

    Worth looking into that, I'd be surprised if it's not the same sort of set-up
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    I usually go to the 4/3rds forums when i want to know something specific about the system, mainly because there are fewer people using it, there's less info around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    On Nikon the pop up flash can be dialed right down to almost zero light output and still act OK as the commander.

    Worth looking into that, I'd be surprised if it's not the same sort of set-up
    Thanks, I will have a look for that.

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    I usually go to the 4/3rds forums when i want to know something specific about the system, mainly because there are fewer people using it, there's less info around.
    What is the address for that forum?

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    This one is more widely used http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/

    But i also find this one helpful at times too http://fourthirds-user.com/forum/cmps_index.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wulfys Kingdom View Post
    This one is more widely used http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/

    But i also find this one helpful at times too http://fourthirds-user.com/forum/cmps_index.php
    Thanks, I will check them out

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    There is also a very good four thirds following at Get DPI

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=44

    Note that this is a pretty funny mob to join. You may get knocked back for no apparent reason on the first attempt. Just try again. There is a good Australian following in that forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterb666 View Post
    Why such the low number of posts from four thirds users in Ausphotography?
    1. Unlike Canikon loudmouths, four-thirds users only post when they have something interesting to say.
    2. They don't post because they are all out taking pictures.
    3. There aren't any four-thirds users here. Not to mention.
    4. They don't post because they are waiting for someone to teach them how to read.
    5. They don't post because the system is so well designed that everything is obvious (even composition). There are no questions. There are no answers.


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    Kiwi what sort of range do you get from the Nikon wireless flash
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    You mean from using the camear as a commander ?

    Im not really sure, you do need line of sight and ive used from about 20m

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    You mean from using the camear as a commander ?

    Im not really sure, you do need line of sight and ive used from about 20m
    Question: when would you need that sort of range (20m)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty72 View Post
    my old e520 used the pop-up flash as a trigger for the external flash

    it was nice but a couple of things were not nice: 1) it only worked up to about 10 feet max; 2) the pop up always fired with the external - whether u wanted it to or not.

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    Doesn't the pop up go before the shutter opens so it does not affect the flash lighting

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    Re: Olympus extrernal flashes

    Quote Originally Posted by olympuse620
    Question: when would you need that sort of range (20m)?
    Not that often really in my experience


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    Quote Originally Posted by pgbphotographytas View Post
    Thanks to both of you, it sounds like you need to use the pop up flash which I don't really want to do and the short distance does not sound very useful
    PJB I have the FL-50R for my e620. I will give it a go and see what range I can get and let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgbphotographytas View Post
    Just a quick question, how does the Olympus flash system work? I have read that the E3 supports wireless flash but do other bodies also support this?

    Paul
    only the E3 and E620 support true wireless flash. eg fl36R and fl50R. Like all cameras you can but OEM wireless switches and receivers on other cameras and flashes

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    520 and wireless flash.

    I have the 520 and the 50R Flash. The 520 controls it quite well providing you turn RC Mode on in the Camera 2 sub menu.

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    ... and the E-PL1 too.

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