'Call Me Stupid But....'

Discussion in 'Lighting Forum' started by RT_Panther, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    I just picked up an FL-300R over the FL-36R.....:redface:

    Size was a major factor in me converting to Micro Four Thirds format - can't do this with the FL-36R....
  2. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    No, Panther, I gotta go with ya on this one. Of course Joe McNally might have a different viewpoint :biggrin:.

    I started out with the :43: kit to reduce the load, found myself replicating my D300 setup (grip, 45-200mm lens, etc.) and stopped. I'm being much more size/weight sensitive now, and like you a large flash would not fit my purpose. I removed the grip and only mount it when using the 45-200 lens for the balance now.

    I have an FL-300R, but I've not used it other than to fire it to make sure it worked out of the box. (It came free with the EM-5 body).

    I think you have stayed on the path of wisdom, Grasshopper. :2thumbs:

    Congratulations on your new acquisition - post some pics???


  3. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Okay, "Stupid But ..." ... now what?

    Unlike Jim, I started duplication of my FF system and I haven't stopped. Just picked up the 35-100 yesterday. No matter what you do, the µ4/3 will be smaller and lighter than an equally equipped dSLR. Good luck with that flash. I just picked up a Nissen.

  4. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    I might disagree a bit with this in the flash department.

    - Nikon SB400 compares somewhat to the FL-300R and yep, the FL is smaller & lighter

    But once you start moving up, (FL-36R/FL-600R), you're essentially putting a DSLR flash on a MFT body.....
  5. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Okay, you win. I hate flash cuz I don't know how to use one. So I jack up the ISO and create this vicious circle thing with not using flash. I believe you cuz I don't know a thing 'bout flash. I can use one well enough to get a rotten, flashy looking picture, but its a rotten flashy looking picture. (I do okay with fill.)

    You guys gotta teach me ... arrrghhh ... flash. (Oh the inhumanity of it all ...)

  6. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    LoL, well here's what I have in my tiny Thinktank Retrospective 5 bag:

    *M. Zuiko 75 ƒ1.8
    *M. Zuiko 45 ƒ1.8
    *M. Zuiko 17 ƒ2.8
    *Leica DG Summilux 25mm ƒ1.4
    *VF-2 View Finder
    *FL-300R Flash
    *ND filters for all the above
    *CP filters for all the above
    *Lens cleaning cloth

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  7. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Flash? What's flash? :biggrin:
  8. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
    I thought you Essex boys knew all about flash ... :wink:
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  9. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Not now John! It's not socially acceptable to flash! :tongue:

    Actually, I did find the FL50(R) on E-M5 a little top heavy, so I dug out one of my FL36R's & found it much more proportionally balanced with the camera & for all the close up work, was much more suitable & considering the flashes were originally designed for base ISO 100, it's now ISO 200 giving an effective increase to the power from the flashes.
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  10. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011

    How do you fit all that in the bag.. I have the same bag??? :confused:
  11. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    this is excatly why i dont use my 36r, i just use the tiny omd flippy uppy one, for the rare times i use a flash at all
  12. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    On a typical day, say Tuesday when I traveled to the Hollywood Guitar Center for the Regional Drum-Off finals, in my Domke F3X you'll find:

    (haven't unpacked, hold on ... pulling crap out)

    a) P7-14;
    b) O12;
    c) PL25;
    d) O45;
    e) FL 36R (dusty);
    f) FL LM2 (2);
    g) Lens Cleaning Kit (fluid, cloth, brush);
    h) BLN-1 Battery (1);
    i) Pen & Pencil set (wooden, hand crafted);
    j) Earplugs;
    k) Lens Pen (2- small & large);
    l) Reporters Notebook;
    m) Cards (2);
    n) Samsung Tablet (medium sized); and
    o) a seemingly random assortment of lens caps (unattached)

    Around my neck and shoulders:
    OM-D (2)

    (and there was a ton of room for more stuff. I have a four lens insert in the F3X, a wrap of Fig Newtons fit perfectly in one of the lens compartments. If I was on assignment, I'd also have a Travel Boogle packed as well.)

  13. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    I usually keep the 75 or 25 & VF-2 mounted on my E-PL5 which opens up a few more areas for space...:smile: