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Great little flash
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-- Background InfoI own an Olympus E-620, which is a regular 4/3 camera (i.e., DSLR, not mirrorless) and has been wondering whe... Read More
-- Background InfoI own an Olympus E-620, which is a regular 4/3 camera (i.e., DSLR, not mirrorless) and has been wondering whether every function would work well with it. I found out I am not the only person who has this question (I suspect it's because most people who would buy FL-600R are enthusiasts). So when it is on sale, I took the plunge and bought it. The short answer is, YES. It works with E-620 (and probably E-5 also since it is newer than E-620). I am not an expert on flash photography, so I am only testing whether some certain function works or not, but not how well.This review is tailored for E-620 users, but should contain useful info for all prospective buyers of this flash.Compatibility table with E-System cameras is here: [...]Compatibility table with m4/3 cameras is here: [...]Also notice some of the cameras listed as compatible will not work wirelessly (most notably E-1 will not work with this flash in this regard). E-620 however, does work. See detail below.-- List of the functions work with E-620.1. Everything a flash would do when hooked to a hot shoe (Auto, Manual, TTL Auto, FP Auto, FP TTL Auto)2. Focus assist light works automatically when you half press the shutter, which is the reason why I bought this flash (build-in flash gives that discerning high-frequency strobes that may scare your subject)3. Wireless flash works with E-620's build-in flash (You need to go to Menu -> Camera 2 -> RC Mode to turn it on)4. Works as slave flash using E-620's build-in flash and FL-14 (the lack of R after the model number indicates that flash cannot be used as an RC commander, so no RC mode with it. FL-600R must be the slave flash when used in conjunction with FL-14)5. LED light can be turned on (and stayed on) manually as macro light6. You can turn off focus assist light off by turning off the LED (which is used as the focus assist light, instead of the conventional red light)7. According to manual, using NiMH batteries gives faster recyle rate (10 seconds from cold, instead of 30 seconds of alkaline batteries)Basically, everything is working with E-620 right out of the box. My E-620 is updated to the latest firmware, I don't know if that makes any difference.-- What's included in the box:1. FL-600R flash2. Pouch for the flash (same material as the lens pouch comes with 4/3 HG lens. Meshed and semi-hard, with a belt loop to be fastened to your belt)3. Flash stand (FLST-1)4. Multi-language manual (Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese). English section starts at page 255. NO battery included (uses 4 AA size batteries). Kind of a shocker really-- Personal Thought on Quality and DesignFlash itself is made of plastic, black and matte, similar to that used in Canon's Rebel series camera (T2i, T3i, T4i etc.). It's not the high quality fibre glass reinforced plastic used in E-620 and all HG and SHG 4/3 lenses I own.The unit feels sturdy and has a hefty feel to it, with or without the battery inside. The head of the flash is sturdy enough. Vertically, the flash head can be turned 90 degrees up and 7 degrees down (though there is no click stop at 7 degrees down.... Makes one wonder if it's an official feature). Horizontally, it can be turned 180 degrees either left or right, for a total of 360 degrees, which should make this flash very versatile.The flash has a build-in wide panel that can be pulled out from the top of the flash head for wide angle lenses (8mm or 10mm). It has a spring at the hinge so it will automatically put in place when pulled out fully. It has a little tab notch under it for easy pull out and put back to its recessed storage cavity on top of the flash.It also has a rather small white plastic catchlight plate. It should go up when you pull out the wide panel. It is only used when you point your flash up at 90 degrees (so the flash will reflect off it and send the light to the front). You should not try to bend it, or it'll be damaged. I am suspecting that's why a reviewer here said it's hard to put the wide panel back. Just push it back to where it was originally stored when you're using the wide panel, but don't need the catchlight plate. I did a little research. You should only wide panel OR catchlight plate, but not both. Just push the one you don't use back into the storage cavity and be careful not to bend the plastic.The flash has a locking mechanism, which is the flipping type (which I prefer it to the screw type of the FL-14). The flip goes from left (unlock position) to right (lock). My other external flash, FL-14, is the screw type, and turns clockwise (i.e., from right to left). My thought on it is Olympus should make the turning direction consistent for people who use multiple flash. It's not a deal breaker, but a refinement issue.The flash stand is somewhat light (but not super light), but it supports the flash well enough and won't tip over when in use with the flash.The LED light is about as bright as a 9-LED flash light (my guestimate). The light spreads out and not a focused beam like a typical LED flash light. I think it's very useful for macro at close distance where diffused light is favorable. However, if you expect it to light a ballroom or project something 20 feet away, you'd be disappointed. It probably will help AF to lock in focus in a dark area somewhat, given the subject has sufficient contrast when lit by the LED.I am not a video photographer so I don't know how helpful it is for that purpose (which is what the light was designed for). The light is more natural than a typical LED light, and not very blue, so it should provide your photo/video with favorable neutral white balance.The controls in the back are made of three direct buttons (on/off, back light, and test/charge), and a ring dial with 4-directional D-pad in the middle plus an okay button that you typically see in a P&S and some DSLRs (I would say it's the same as the one in the PEN series, just buttons are configured differently). To control the flash, you call up the menu just like you'd call up the Super Control Panel of your Olympus camera, that is, press Okay button in the middle to change flash settings. The ring dial is probably the exactly the same size as the company's PEN m4/3 camera's, which is too easy to turn by mistake when you actually want to press the D-pad instead. The Okay button however, is raised, so it has no such issue, so I do wish the D-pad is replaced by arrow-style button like E-620's.The flash control panel is similar to the top LED exposure info panel found in semi-pro DSLRs like Olympus E-5. When Back Light button is pressed, the flash's LED control panel is back lit in mustard green. I find it a quirky design flaw that the back light will turn itself off exactly 15 seconds later, even when you're in the process of changing flash settings. I wish the back light is programmed to stay on for another 15 seconds when any button is pressed for obvious reason. Hopefully Olympus will make a firmware upgrade to resolve this issue.I am surprised there is no protection film on the flash unit; not one on the flash front, not one in front of LED light, not one in the back of the LED control panel to protect them during shipping. Not to mention AA batteries are not included. I think Olympus has been saving a lot of cost due to its financial situation.RC (remote control) flash is done in the camera. There is no special wireless controller to buy if your camera support wireless mode (E-620 and E-5 support this fully, as with OM-D and newer Pen m4/3 cameras such as E-P3. I doubt E-PM series supports advanced features like this though).Personally I find E-620 (and other 4/3 DSLRs) users are more likely to appreciate this flash than PEN users, as the user base of E-620 is more likely to be enthusiasts who are more likely to invest in a dedicated flash such as FL-600R for their better strobe light quality and the capability to have multi-flash set-up. Also size wise, the flash looks very good on E-620 and very well balanced with Zuiko 12-60mm SWD lens set-up.Operations:The flash will automatically pick the appropriate flash power when used with a supported 4/3 or m4/3 lens. The flash zoom has the following stops when I use Zuiko 12-60mm SWD on E-620: 12mm, 14mm, 17mm (not the 18mm marked on the lens), 25mm, 35mm, and finally 42mm. I guess 42mm coverage is the longest this GN 36 flash will support.The flash will automatically turn off when the camera is turned off. Flash should be off whenever it's clip on/off the camera body to avoid shock to the camera. Just use common sense. When flash is turned on, the flash menu in camera body will auto turned on as it should.In manual modes (FP M, M or Slave M) mode or RC mode, the Guide Number (GN) can be manually changed. When the flash is off the camera, ISO can also be changed manually in certain settings. Otherwise, GN and ISO are automatically picked to match the camera body's setting.To use RC Mode with E-620 (I would imagine similarly with other Olympus camera bodies with RC support), go to Menu -> Camera Menu 2 -> RC Mode. A menu with different flash setting will appear. Choose a Wireless channel (1, 2, 3, or 4, default is 1), and match it with the flash's wireless channel. To change the flash's wireless channel (to match it with your camera's), you need to take the flash off the camera body, click on Okay on the flash, click on Mode button, and use the dial ring to change the mode to RC. Then using the D-pad to navigate to CH and match the channel to the one you selected in camera. To avoidconflicting with other Olympus users' flash, I advise you don't use the default Channel 1.Under the same menu, you have to opportunity to program 3 groups of flash settings/presets (Group A, B, or C). You can assign your flash to each of these three groups. You can also change the flash between x-synch and FP mode when the flash is off-camera here. There is also a bounce flash power here (high, mid, or low) This product review is not meant to be an exhaustive user manual or intro to flash photography, so I will stop here.To make the LED light stay on, on flash unit, click on Okay button to turn on flash control panel, move around the menu using D-pad to the right most menu items which looks like a mini-flash icon, and turn it to M (manual mode) and click Okay again to confirm change. Now whenever you click that mini-flash icon on the D-pad, the LED light can be turned on/off on-demand. If you would like the LED automatically turns on as AF assist light, you must use the same procedure mentioned and turn it back to A (automatic) mode. I'm mentioning this because I couldn't figure out why the LED mini-flash button did nothing, and I thought my unit was broken. It only turns out the button only works when the LED light setting is set to M.The Test/Charge light will turn on when it's ready to shoot flash (about 10-12 seconds with 4 NiMH AA batteries start from cold). LED light will flash when the flash is in slave mode or RC mode and Auto Check light will also flash when it has received wireless signal from your camera/master flash.-- Pros and Cons:Pros:* Good features for the price* Portable size (slightly smaller than FL-36R, and a few grams lighter while being more powerful than FL-36R)* Faster flash recycle time than FL-36R it replaces (10 seconds if 4 NiMH AA batteries are used)* GN 36 at ISO 100 or GN 50 at ISO 200 (the latter is the native ISO for 4/3 sensor, there is no ISO 100 for most 4/3 sensor cameras). GN 17 at ISO 200 when wide panel is used (for 8mm and 10mm lenses)* Works with OM-D, PEN (newer models), and E-620/E-5 4/3 DSLRs without the need of extra wireless controller* Build-in wide panel and catchlight plate* Neutral LED light for good white balance when used* LED light can stay on for macro or video photography* Flash head turns 180 degrees horizontally each direction (for a total of 360 degrees. FL-36R can turn 180 degrees left, but only 90 degrees to the right), and up 90 degrees and down 7 degrees for bounce* Feels solid in hand and balanced on E-620 with Zuiko 12-60mm SWDCons:* LED light is a little weak (official data is 100 lux per meter)* Back Light shuts off at 15 seconds even when user is still configuring the flash* No batteries included Read Less
This is a wonderful little flash with plenty of power...can use on camera or off...can use TTL or manual...can be used as a com... Read More
This is a wonderful little flash with plenty of power...can use on camera or off...can use TTL or manual...can be used as a commander or a slave flash . Very nice unit Read Less
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It is the right size for the camera.
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I think the fl50r is too big to use on camera without the grip or a bracket.
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I have years of experience with the nikon flash system, and this is no worse, but also no better.
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Compatibility table with e-system cameras is here: [.