I have an Olympus E-520 and I am currently looking getting an external flash/speedlite.
To date I have been doing landscape, animals, pretty much outdoors stuff. I want to have a go at doing portrait work etc and looking at setting up a flash/flashes with softbox/umbrella. Still working out what I need. At this stage I am not wanting to head down that path in a big way, just have the capacity to do it, if that makes sense.
Now the background to my questions, is the Olympus FL-50 unit (or the FL-36 for that matter), has the ability to be wirelessly connect and be controlled by the camera (via TTL). My concern is the cost, as the FL-50 costs close to $700AUD, though overseas it maybe cheaper.
Now there are cheaper units on the market (including FL-20 etc as well as non-olympus) that will work with the olympus, but you don't have the control from the camera and you need to make the settings manually.
Hopefully I have that correct.
Now the questions;
1. On TTL, can you adjust the in built flash on the E-520, so do a partial flash (1/16) and still operate the external flashes on full flash mode or does it adjust accordingly?
2. Have people with the FL-50/FL-36 felt that got the benefit out using the TTL mode, or felt that perhaps stuck with something cheaper.
3. Are there other wireless systems that work well?
4. What setups do others have for portrait work?
Thanks for your assistance in advance.
Hi Troy... I currently use both the Olympus Camera Bodies E-3 and E-5 and have a FL-50 Flash.. I do not use flash very often but when I do the FL-50 does all I expect. My advice is purchase the FL-50 for the extra power and features. I do use this flash off camera but with a cord attached to the flash and hot shoe. There are so many attachments available, hoods, diffusers, flash benders (even household tinfoil) etc for me one flash unit is sufficient. I attended a workshop about using flash with Nevada Weir and she showed us how to use it properly to get the very best effect from one unit... that is all she uses and her professional work is fantastic. Suggest you look her up on the web.
It mostly comes down to owning a good flash unit and practicing until you get very comfortable knowing it and the camera's capabilities..
The other option - I belong to two camera clubs and one has all the studio equipment you can imagine available to the membership - including a studio... and all it costs is the club membership plus the rental of the studio - not much.
Hope this helps
Thanks for your help Bob. I did check out Nevada's website and is quite impressive, and particlaurly enjoyed her travel articlaes. Love to be able to that!
I have decided to go the one unit set up as you said (with the FL-50), and will be looking for a new purchase in the new year, if I can get it at the right price!