What flash for EM5?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by fsuscotphoto, May 31, 2013.

  1. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Ron
    I'm terribly confused about flash in general, but I'm learning and getting better. Here is my question though: Which on camera flash units besides the Oly units will give me ETTL compatibility? I don't want to spend a fortune but at the same time I want something that works without having to make workarounds. Sure, I old buy the FL600, but I really want to see what else is out there.

    Thx from Mouse Land.

    Ron


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  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
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    Metz and Nissin... and I think Yongnuo(?) all have Four-Thirds flashes with TTL.

    Basically, you're looking for any flash made for the "Four-Thirds" system. The flash system used for both Four-Thirds and Micro Four-Thirds bodies is the same system.
     
  3. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks, that helps a lot.


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  4. mikekiwi

    mikekiwi Mu-43 Regular

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    I chose to buy a used Olympus FL-36R for € 95 (which is about $115 I guess) for the few moments I need a flash...

    Wireless flash capabilities, relatively small form factor and cost where my main reasons to get this one. Can be a bit slow in recharging after a full-power flash, but besides that I think it's a bargain at this price...
     
  5. Mikefellh

    Mikefellh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Actually, NONE! Each camera brand has its own TTL protocol/language. Canon's ETTL is not compatible with Oly's TTL or Nikon's iTTL.

    The way to use multiple flashes is to set the power level of all the flashes to a manual setting (like 1/2, 1/4, etc.) and use optical slaves (or radio slaves).
     
  6. mikekiwi

    mikekiwi Mu-43 Regular

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    I think you are overlooking the 3rd party brands like Metz, Nissin and of course the Panasonic flashes...
     
  7. Mikefellh

    Mikefellh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Yes you can get third party flashes that are compatible with OLYMPUS' wireless TTL flash protocol, but they WON'T make the Olympus camera compatible with Canon's ETTL flash protocol (as the opening post asked).

    The only way to fire a Canon flash from an incompatible way is to switch it to manual optical slave move (if possible), or use a radio slave (again non-TTL).
     
  8. mikekiwi

    mikekiwi Mu-43 Regular

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    My assumption was/is that the TS made a mistake in using the abbreviation ETTL instead of TTL as there is no further mentioning of any Canon-equipment...
     
  9. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    You are correct. I'm still mostly living in the Canon world.


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  10. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

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    As an alternative, there's a good thread here on the tiny Olympus fl300r flash:
    https://www.mu-43.com/f106/fl-300r-simple-flash-uses-46141/

    It's not as powerful as the other suggestions here, but it's the size of a deck of cards! It will also work off camera in RC mode triggered by the tiny LM2 flash. Works well as an 'always with you 'combination, and hardly takes up any room if you're travelling light.

    I've been playing with it just holding it out with my other arm and triggering with the on-cam LM2, TTL works fine :)
     
  11. fsuscotphoto

    fsuscotphoto Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    No more than I use a flash, that might be the answer. Then if I really need more light I can go manual by adding my Canon lights.

    Thx


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