Thoughts on Olympus FL-LM3 Flash

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I like the user interface with this flash.
The fabulous quick control panel on our cameras makes it super simple to dial in. It works remarkably well.
Does anyone know if you can have one camera mounted, and a couple more scattered around wireless?
 

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I have this little flash, and also the massive 900.
Apparently the flm3 can control the 900 wirelessly. I have not tried it yet. Been too busy. But when I get a spare minute, I will. And report back with results.
 

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I was thinking bird photography. Or maybe wild critter photos... any other ideas?
 

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Walt, good point. These flashes can’t be used off camera, because they don’t have batteries. I fail to see the obvious so often these days... oh well. Scratch that idea.
Retired from life, I found this flash worked wonderfully with a 60mm macro. Up close at minimum power. Also got good results photoing flowers at a couple of meters. Was perfect at underexposing a hideous background while leaving the subject looking bright and sharp. Full manual mode all the way.
Just read the manual again, it says, in a roundabout way, that this flash (on my m5ii) will RC mode with Olympus FL-300R, 600R, and 900R. That’s handy.
Cautions against closeups, will need to diffuse on cam flash.
There is an off camera cord, do you have one?
 
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Walt, good point. These flashes can’t be used off camera, because they don’t have batteries. I fail to see the obvious so often these days... oh well. Scratch that idea.
Retired from life, I found this flash worked wonderfully with a 60mm macro. Up close at minimum power. Also got good results photoing flowers at a couple of meters. Was perfect at underexposing a hideous background while leaving the subject looking bright and sharp. Full manual mode all the way.
Just read the manual again, it says, in a roundabout way, that this flash (on my m5ii) will RC mode with Olympus FL-300R, 600R, and 900R. That’s handy.
Cautions against closeups, will need to diffuse on cam flash.
There is an off camera cord, do you have one?

There are off-camera cords. Some people have used one made for Canon. However, I dunno if any of those cords have the extra power contact.
 

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There are off-camera cords. Some people have used one made for Canon. However, I dunno if any of those cords have the extra power contact.

I believe there's a caveat. The Olympus cord doesn't have the extra pin for power. The real Canon cord has a resistor on one of the pins that's supposed to tell the camera and the flash that there's a cord between them.

So a better choice would be a third-party cord like the Vello, which doesn't have the resistor in the foot.
 

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Do you have the model number of that cord ?

There are several models, the latest having improvement like weather sealing and a metal insert for the 1/4" tripod mount rather than only plastic. But any version will work since they all have the same 5 pin connectors (the big hot shoe "fire" pin then a 2x2 grid of small pins). You can can find the older ones sold used for $20 and under and the brand new latest and greatest version for $70 (usd).

To be able to use the LM3 off camera like this, any Canon cord will work but your model Olympus body must have the extra (5th) pin. The E-M1.1 doesn't have it, for example, and is why the LM3 won't work on it. But the E-M1.2 and later E-M1.x models added that hot shoe pin.
 

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There is a JJC model available over here.
Reasonable price too . I noticed it is sold as suitable for Olympus and / or Canon.
 

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I am thinking of getting one of these for my EM1.3 since they did not include it. I want something very small for fill in only and possibly macro in an emergency.
These are fairly expensive on their own, $94.35 where I am. Although expensive compared to Godox if they are reliable the small size and weather resistance will be worth it for me.

If anyone has used on a lot I would be interested in how reliable they are, and do they work well. I doubt these would be repairable so I would hope it would last a few years with a bit of use.

I'm using it often for casual occasion and sometimes for photo competition.

This photo wins me US$100, i'm using EM5 II + PL25mm with FL-LM3 :biggrin:


 

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There is a JJC model available over here.
Reasonable price too . I noticed it is sold as suitable for Olympus and / or Canon.
I actually purchased a third party lead about two years ago, cant find where I put it or remember how many pins it had.
At least I have something to look for this weekend, better than mowing the lawn
 
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