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eyusuf
11-17-2004, 06:21 AM
Hi all, I'm new to this forum and I'm wondering if I could get some input from the more experienced photographers here. I'd like to get an external flash for my C5060. I wonder whether there are flashes (other than Olympus brand) which are compatible with the camera. :confused: The Olympus brand flashes are quite expensive..that's why I'm trying to figure out if third-party flash would fit my C5060. Thank you for the info. I really look forward to hearing from you guys.
Eddy.

Jim Last
11-17-2004, 06:50 AM
Where are you based?

Olympus are due to be selling a new flash specificaly for their digital cameras, the FL-36 (http://www.olympus-pro.co.uk/index.eu.uk.html?content=/eu/uk/product/flashsystems/fl5000000000.html). It was announced in Sept 04 and due for sale sometime this month. As yet I have not found it for sale in the UK or USA but there is a lot of sites with info on it.

The Reccommended Retail Price is listed as 134 / $249

You can pick up a USED FL-40 for about 110 / $200 on eBay and other local shops selling used equipment. Alot of these have arrived with people selling E10's and E20's. I would avoid the FL-20 at any price as the flash is small, weak and offers no tilt/swivel.

You can look at third party flashes, METZ 44MZ-2 for example and use the SCA3000 system to enable dedication with Olympus cameras (SCA3202 is the exact adaptor) however, with this and the flash cost you are getting quite close to the Olympus cost.

Other possibilities I have seen listed are:

Hanimex Pz2.44
Promaster 5750
Metz 32 MZ-3
Metz 28 AF-3
Olympus FL-40 or FL-50 (avoid FL-20)

The Metz 28 AF-3 is design for Digital use and has a model 28 AF-3O which is for the Olympus Camedia TTL, so I guess they are saying that it offers FULL dedication.

The Hanimex, Promaster and Metz 32 are all older units and I am not too sure where or if you can still find them :)

Hope this helps

eyusuf
11-17-2004, 07:11 AM
Thanks for the lightning-speed reply Jim. I'm based in Florida. The information you wrote is really helpful for me. :) I was thinking to get FL-20 because it is the cheapest flash from Olympus, but after reading your suggestion, I think I need to look around more. Thanks again for the info.

Jim Last
11-17-2004, 07:16 AM
I have seen quite a lot of Olympus users on forums mentioning that they are waiting for the FL-36 as it is fully designed with the digital camedia range. And at around $249 it is not quite such a huge price as the FL-50.

This site (http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash.html) may help with current possibilities :)

eyusuf
11-18-2004, 06:23 AM
how do you compare the Metz 28 AF-3O with FL-40 from olympus? I was browsing for Metz 28 AF-3O flash and it seems that this flash offers no tilt/swivel, just like FL-20. and also how about its power? thanks again... :)

Jim Last
11-18-2004, 09:12 AM
The Metz 28 AF-3O has a GN of 28 at 100 ISO. It is very similar to the FL-20 but slightly cheaper.

If you are after full TTL control and Tilt/Swivel with well matched power, then the FL-40, FL-50 or FL-36 is where I would look.

But don't forget others have had success with the modle listed earlier. You can get tilt and swivel hot shoe adaptors and flash ball heads.

eyusuf
11-20-2004, 12:29 PM
Just wondering whether this metz system would fit my c5060 with no problem
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=3853465724&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT
I'd appreciate inputs from more experienced photographer in this forum. Thanks a lot.
Eddy.

Jim Last
11-20-2004, 04:21 PM
I don't think that I'd touch it at $150.

The FL-36 should be available next week sometime.

Adorama (http://www.adorama.com/IOMFL36.html?searchinfo=olympus%20FL-36&item_no=1) have it listed at $199.95 so for another $50 I would definately be looking at the FL36.

Jim Last
11-20-2004, 04:40 PM
From what I have read, it looks like the FL36 works better with the C-5060 than any 3rd party flashes and isn't as silly a price as the FL-50 or even a used FL-40.