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Olympus FL-300R Compact Flash for Olympus Micro Four Thirds Digital Cameras

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  • Functions as a bounce flash and wireless remote flash with enough power for snapshots
  • Can be used in tandem with the camera's built-in, pop-up flash, or as an alternative to it
  • Ability to function wirelessly through a remote control function on the new E-P3
  • Designed in silver to match the new PEN lineup
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  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 3.4 x 2.3 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0058PL9RA
  • Item model number: V326110SU000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2014

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Product Description

Functions as a bounce flash and wireless remote flash with enough power for snapshots Can be used in tandem with the camera's built-in, pop-up flash, or as an alternative to it Ability to function wirelessly through a remote control function on the new E-P3 Designed in silver to match the new PEN lineup DSLR Camera Flash Pen Series Camera Flash Olympus Camera Flash

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PEN_E-P3

Olympus FL-300R Compact Flash

It functions as a bounce flash and wireless remote flash with enough power for snapshots. Photographers can use it in tandem with the camera’s built–in, pop-up flash, or as an alternative to it. It is designed in silver to match the new PEN lineup. Additionally, it has the ability to function wirelessly through a remote control function on the new E-P3.

Customer Reviews

Good for traveling light.
PrintGuy
On a Panasonic body, it will only operate in TTL mode, have no RC mode, and manual control is impossible.
Jeremy
Folding allows to fit camera with installed flash into small camera bag.
Mariusz Jurgielewicz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on January 16, 2012
This is, in my opinion, the absolute best small flash for use with Olympus Pen bodies.

It's not very powerful - GN 28 - but it's substantially brighter than the original small flash for Pens (the Olympus FL-14) despite using the same 2xAAA battery configuration. It also isn't much larger than the FL-14; indeed, even though the latter is somewhat smaller, the fact that the FL-300R folds flat means it can take up less bag space.

There are bigger advantages to this thing, though. Tilt it back, and you end up with bounce capability. Even more impressively: on an Olympus body that has a built-in (or clip-in) flash, you can fire the FL-300R wirelessly, making it an incredibly portable way to get off-camera lighting. With Olympus's RC flash system, you can set this guy off camera, set the power on the body, and even optionally use the popup as fill at the same time.

So, two point lighting that fits in your pocket - very impressive!

Now, you need reasonable expectations: this simply won't be a full substitute for a larger flash. The low power is a real limitation, especially if you were hoping to bounce off of high ceilings or shoot subjects that are further away. There is no zoom function at all, but there is a curtain that you can lower for wide angle. It has no manual controls on the unit itself (other than a toggle for RC mode), but when paired with an Oly camera (either wirelessly or mounted) power can be controlled manually from the flash menu on the body.

On a Panasonic body, it will only operate in TTL mode, have no RC mode, and manual control is impossible.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Vu Le on July 30, 2012
The olympus system is what makes this flash shine. I got this for free after rebate with the purchase of my OM-D.

It's fully TTL, has just enough power for 8 foot ceiling bounce, even with the kit zoom. To shut it off, you just flip it face down on the hot shoe. To save space, the hotshoe releases with a button linked to a locking pin. Just slide it in and it clicks into place. Push the release button, and slide it off. Simple. No more spinning wheels or flipping lock levers. This is how all flashes should attach and release.

The RC mode is what really seals the deal for me. It's Olympus' version of wireless flash control, ala Nikon CLS or Canon ETTL. Olympus's RC mode, especially on the OM-D, is FAR easier to use and to understand than the Canon ETTL equivalent. I was having a blast within seconds. (note to Olympus: make RC mode easier to get to in the camera menus) It is as automatic or as manual (down to third stops) as you want it to be. And unlike Canon's smallest wireless slave (220EX2), it can be assigned to A and B groups. Hook two of these to a macro rig, and you've got a sub $400 twin light rig.

Do be aware of the limitations of a small flash. It won't work much past 8 feet, and it's not going to power an umbrella or softbox as easily as a larger flash.

My only significant criticism is the paint job; it's very thin and scratches off VERY easily. If you're careful, that may not be an issue.

Overall, I highly recommend this flash, especially for portability obsessed Micro four thirds shooters.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By PrintGuy on June 18, 2013
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I use this flash on an OM-D E-M5. Short version: it's better than the tiny included unit, but not as useful as a full-on speedlight. Its main advantage is of course the ability to bounce-flash. However, here are the caveats:

- It only tilts up 60 degrees and down 15, the latter ostensibly for close-up work. It does not swivel, thus limiting its use in portrait orientation. Tilting forward, there is a prominent lens shadow with the kit with the 12-50mm kit lens, defeating the purpose of the very thing it's intended to accomplish.

- Shot-to-shot recycle time is very slow. Annoyingly slow. Plan ahead. (Some reviews I've read say the opposite, that it's actually pretty fast. I respectfully disagree, but it's subjective.)

- Devours batteries like Pac-man at a smorgasbord. Rechargeable batteries help, and also noticeably improve
recycling speed.

- Expensive considering its limitations.

Now, the good:

+ Light and compact. Takes up very little space in a camera bag. Good for traveling light.

+ Folds flat on the camera. Auto-on when flipped up.

+ Simple to operate.

+ Wireless remote control from camera.

If size and portability are priorities, but you still want some flexibility, here's your flash. Its so pocketable that it doesn't make sense not to bring it. But don't expect it to do everything a full-size speedlight will. As long as you realize that, it's perfectly good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rico on April 14, 2013
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The specs say this flash has 2.8 times the range of my E-PL2's on-board flash. I haven't confirmed that claim with testing, but it would be a significant upgrade.

The quality of the light, as well as the quantity, seems better with this flash. My subjects are lit more evenly and naturally, especially when I tilt the flash back to bounce light off the ceiling.

The biggest new capability with this flash is being able to operate it off-camera, triggered wirelessly by the on-board flash. That opens new possibilities for lighting subjects of portraits and macro photos. You can even use up to 3 of these flashes in a remotely fired group.

I am deducting a star for quality control. The first unit I got had small cracks on the front, near the base hinge. Amazon replaced it easily enough, though I had to wait several days for shipping. The replacement unit seems fine.
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