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Wireless flash units from Olympus
Ralf Jurrien : October 23th 2007 - 20:00 CET
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OlympusWireless flash units from Olympus : Forget dealing with unpleasant cables when wanting to get perfect lighting conditions for photographic subjects. Thanks to the Olympus remote control - RC wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R, wireless lighting set-ups are a convenient reality. Both are ideal for use with the new Olympus E-3 professional Digital SLR camera which enables the control of up to three different flash groups directly from the digital camera - no separate commander unit is required. Photographers benefit from extreme flash unit versatility and never again need to be hindered in the studio or in the field by unpleasant wires thanks to the new Olympus wireless flash units.
Olympus FL-50R

Olympus FL-50R & FL36R flash units
Giving professional photographers the freedom and control they need to operate effectively, the Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R flash units enable flash photography minus the complication of cords and inconvenient set-ups. Control is possible directly from the digital camera without any cables. These Olympus wireless flash units represent the ideal accompaniment to the Olympus E-3 digital SLR, which features a newly-developed RC Data Transfer System that transmits data optically. This significantly reduces the power consumption of the built-in flash when being used as the system commander. A wide range of flash-related settings can also be easily accessed and adjusted using the camera’s LCD panel as the user interface. Moreover, flash control is available in three groups, allowing flash mode and compensation settings to be set independently for each group - thus enabling ultra-precise illumination.

Remote control communication channels
Four remote control communication channels can be set by the user to avoid interference with other peripherals in the vicinity. Photographers also have the option to control wireless transmission distance by choosing between three signal strengths - for a range of up to 10m. And both flash models incorporate adjustable heads which can be swivelled without impeding their ability to communicate.

Focal distance of 8mm
The irradiation angle of each flash unit can be set either by automatic zooming according to the interchangeable lens used or manually. Thanks to a built-in wide panel, the expansive irradiation angle required with a focal distance of 8mm (equivalent to 16mm in 35mm terms) is covered. Using their slave function, the Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R can also be used with other Olympus SLRs with manual flash facility and Olympus SP series cameras capable of slave mode operation.

Olympus FL-36R

Olympus FL-36R wireless flash unit
Enhancing mobility, the lightweight Olympus FL-36R boasts power in a compact design. The flash unit allows 1/8EV-step accuracy to satisfy the high light metering precision digital photography demands. And with GN20 at a focal length of 12mm (equiv. to 24mm; ISO 100) and GN36 at 42mm (equiv. to 84mm; ISO 100), this wireless flash unit is particularly well-suited for high-action assignments.

Olympus FL-50R wireless flash unit
The high-performance Olympus FL-50R boasts multiple adjustment modes including TTL Auto and manual, high-speed synchronisation - in Super FP Mode up to 1/4000th sec - and also features fast recycle intervals which can be as little as less than 1.3 sec. when using the SHV-1 Flash High-Voltage Set. The Olympus FL-50R boasts GN28 performance at a 12mm focal length (equivalent to 24mm on a 35mm camera; ISO 100) and a very powerful GN50 at a 42mm (equiv. to 84mm; ISO 100).

RC wireless flash units - Optional accessories
The Bounce Adapter FLBA-1 can be mounted on the Olympus FL-50R flash head and diffuses the irradiation light to soften the bounce light by attenuating the contours of shadows produced in bounce shooting. The FLBA-1 comes with the Olympus FL-50R and is also compatible with the Olympus FL-50 flash unit.

Olympus reflector adapter FLRA-1
Meanwhile, the Reflector Adapter FLRA-1 not only provides a catch light effect, it also softens the effect of bounce lighting by providing auxiliary frontal irradiation to eliminate shadows caused by bounce shooting. Able to be used in both ceiling and wall bouncing, it allows photographers to take advantage of bounce lighting more often and in a wide range of situations. The FLRA-1 comes with the Olympus FL-50R and is also compatible with the FL-36R, FL-36 and FL-50 Olympus flash units.

Remote control wireless flash units Availability
The remote control wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R will become available in November 2007 and December 2007, respectively. Each comes with a flash stand to ensure a steady footing during remote use.

FL-50R flash unit Specifications
• GN50 power
• Wireless remote control in three groups (A, B and C)
• Control settings directly from camera LCD
• Choice of four channels to avoid interference
• Extendable transmission distance
• Option of TTL Auto, Auto, and Manual modes
• Bounce and swivel head
• Usual synchronisation speed 1/180 sec.
• Super FP Mode up to 1/4000th sec
• Built-in diffuser can be used to obtain wide-angle coverage at an 8mm focal length
• Red-eye reduction, slow synch and 2nd curtain synch
• Flash recycle time less than 1.3 sec. when optional SHV-1 Flash High-Voltage Set is used
• Flash coverage is automatically adjusted in several steps to correspond to the focal length of the lens when zooming

FL-36R flash unit Specifications
• GN36 power
• Wireless remote control in three groups (A, B and C)
• Control settings directly from camera LCD
• Choice of four channels to avoid interference
• Extendable transmission distance
• Option of TTL Auto, Auto and Manual modes
• Compact design and light weight
• Energy-saving circuitry
• Bounce and swivel head
• Super FP Mode up to 1/4000th sec
• Flash intensity setting in 1/8 EV steps possible with Olympus E-System D-SLR
• Red-eye reduction, slow synch and 2nd curtain synch
• Flash coverage is automatically adjusted in several steps to correspond to the focal length of the lens when zooming

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