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flash for olympus pen 2

howard b. schwartz, m.d. , Oct 22, 2010; 06:32 p.m.

any suggestions for a flash for the pen 2. i understand that the olympus flash does not perform well, and i was looking for some alternatives. i would not be using a fill flash for outdoors, but rather inside shots.

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Justin Stott , Oct 23, 2010; 09:20 a.m.

I got the FL-36R for my E-P1, and I think it works pretty well, enough power to bounce in normal situations, FEC for using it for fill if you decide to.

The only drawback that I can think of is that on my E-P1 the AF assist lamp does not work...so no focusing in total darkness if you're relying solely on the flash for your light (only happened once, how often do you shoot in total darkness anyway?).

Michael Meissner , Oct 23, 2010; 10:52 a.m.

I think the FL-36 is a reasonable size with the E-P2. The FL-50 would overwhelm the camera. Note, none of the micro 4/3rds cameras support the focus assist lights.


I put together a list of 3rd party flashes that work with Olympus and Panasonic cameras:

http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash2.html

Marc Batters , Oct 23, 2010; 08:01 p.m.

Metz 48.

About the same power of the FL-50, can cost less than a FL-36.

Michael Meissner , Oct 25, 2010; 07:05 a.m.

Marc:
However, from the specs published by Metz, the one downsize of the Metz 48/50 (Metz 48 has been replaced by the 50) is that Metz 48/50 is the flash is so much bigger than the camera. The size isn't an issue to me on the E-3, but for the Pen I prefer something smaller, unless I'm going with a bracket.

The Metz 48/50 does have one of the fastest recharge times (3 seconds), and the FL-36 has one of the slowest (8 seconds) in case you want/need to go into paparazzi mode. The two flashes are about the same cost ($224 for the Metz, $199 for the FL-36 at B&H)

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