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Flash for GF2?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by timothysoong, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 10, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    i searched all over panny section and could not find a desirable solution, which caused me to make this thread.

    so, I find the built-in flash too small and not effective during daylight shots or on some other conditions. And the main problem is it cannot be swivel for bounce with portrait format..

    and fyi, im a total novice in camera stuffs, so I have no idea what other specs of the flashes do, except for bounce, swivel around for different angles of bounce.. I saw the Nissin Di466 but it doesn't swivel for bounce with portrait mode.

    So yeah, can someone provide me some good recommendations accordingly to what I'm looking for?

    Thanks in advance..
     
  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Any "Four-Thirds" flash will fit and work on your GF-2 with all available features, such as hotshoe mounting, TTL metering, auto shut-down, high-speed sync, etc.

    Some examples are the Metz-48, Metz-50, Nissin Di466 (which you found), Olympus FL-36R, Olympus FL-50R, Panasonic DMW-FL360, or Panasonic DMW-FL500. All of those come in Four-Thirds versions, or are made for Four-Thirds exclusively.

    There are also ways of using almost any other flash except maybe Sony/Minolta mount (and even then, there are options with those flashes), but I'm sure we would be overloading you with options and forcing you to learn more about how to use your flash in manual mode. So we'll just skip all that for the time being... ;)
     
  3. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

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    But which one of these examples could be swivel for portrait shots? Cause the Nissin Di466 couldnt..
     
  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Every single one I mentioned EXCEPT the Nissin. ;),

    The Nissin doesn't swivel, but it does bounce. It's not a bad flash.
     
  5. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

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    I know.. I realized a lot of folks recommend the Nissin, but what I need is a flash that swivel to bounce for portrait shots.
     
  6. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

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    Nov 16, 2010
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    I can recommend the FL-36(R). I think it is the smallest one out of all native m4/3 tilt/swivel flashes. It has very reasonable recycle times and is full of features.
     
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  7. garfield_cz

    garfield_cz Mu-43 Veteran

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    I would recommend FL-36r. Thanks to 2xAA power is well balanced on GF2. Nissin Di466 is cheap solution, but it seems to me very expensive and bulky when compared to functionality of Olympus FL-36r.
     
  8. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    You can save money by pickup up a used Olympus FL-36 (NOT the R version). The 'R' indicates remote flash capability, which the Panasonic doesn't support anyway. I picked up a used FL36, in like-new condition, on ebay for $82. It didn't have the manual, but I downloaded that from the web for free.
     
  9. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

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    I couldn't seem to find the one without the "R". Is the one without the "R" a fake version of the FL-36R?
     
  10. The R version is an updated version of the FL-36 that replaced the earlier non-R. Aside from the remote capability I don't know if anything much else updated. The R version replaced the non-R version, so I don't think you'd find a new non-R version anymore if that is what you were searching for.
     
  11. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

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    Taipei, Taiwan
    Ah I see.. whats the difference between the FL-36R and the Lumix FL360? Because I couldn't seem to find a local store that's selling the FL-36R.. If the specs are the same, I might as well get the FL360..
     
  12. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    The Lumix FL360 is a rebranded FL-36, no remote capabilities. Get the FL-36R in case you up grade camera's in the future and want to use the remote function.
     
  13. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    The Olympus R-series flash can not only be triggered via TTL wireless through any Olympus camera with Remote Commander capabilities (pretty much any Olympus camera with a pop-up flash from the E-3 and newer... ie, fall of 2007 or newer), but it can also be triggered as a dumb slave from any kind of flash.
     
  14. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

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    This is a big plus for the R-version. You can use remote flash even with your P&S, full manual of course. Unfortunately it doesn't react to cellphone led-flash. :tongue:
     
  15. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

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    Just bought the FL36R today.. Not really sure how to really use it tho.. Gonna start reading the manual.. :)
     
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  16. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    ...which is why Meyerweb picked his up "in like-new condition". ;)
     
  17. lannes

    lannes Mu-43 Regular

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    One thing I dislike about the Pany FL-360 on a GH2 is that the IR AF illuminator on the flash does not work, and it relies on the the body one instead. Not sure whether my flash is faulty
     
  18. griswoldo

    griswoldo Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 27, 2011
    I too am looking for a flash for my GF2 and I think I'm settled on a Metz 50. Has anyone used this with a GF2 that would be willing to comment on the size of the flash relative to the camera, and how that affects handling? Thanks!
     
  19. lannes

    lannes Mu-43 Regular

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  20. griswoldo

    griswoldo Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 27, 2011
    Ok, wow, thanks for that link. It is pretty bulky, but I'm still gonna go with it. Trying to take toddler photos with available light is near impossible, especially as we're getting fewer hours of daylight this time of year. And the built-in flash just doesn't give me what I want. Thanks again!