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Olympus FL-36R Electronic Flash for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras

by Olympus

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  • Medium Power Bounce Flash
  • TTL Dedicated
  • Remote Controlled
  • Wide angle diffuser panel
  • Compatible with DSLR E-system, C & SP series cameras with TTL Hot Shoe
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 3.9 x 2.9 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000Y9LYCU
  • Item model number: 260115
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 24, 2003

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Olympus FL-36R flash

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Customer Reviews

Recharging time is reasonable.
Vehbi Barkin Sunay
The flash gun seems to be sturdy, well built, and of reasonable quality.
William Balsam
Even the learning process with this flash is an enjoyable adventure.
J. Lynch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By William Balsam on February 25, 2009
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I purchased the FL-36R to use with my E510. Olympus only makes two flashes worth considering for general use with their E(volt) line of DSLRs, the FL-36R and the FL-50R. The FL-50R is significantly more powerful than the FL-36R (guide number of 50 vs. 36), but it is also substantially bigger, heavier and twice the cost. For me, the FL-36R was the obvious choice. There are also non-Olympus flashes that are cheaper and claim to work in the TTL (though the lens) mode, but many reviews cast doubt on this claim.

There are a couple of reasons to buy an external flash as opposed to just using the built-in flash.
1. Focusing at low light levels is much improved because the red focusing light emitted by the external flash does a much better job than the white light given off by the built-in flash. Unlike the built-in flash which could take 4 or 5 flashes to focus, the FL-36R usually managed much more quickly.
2. The built-in flash has only about 1/3 the power of the FL-36R. Having said that, the built-in flash is certainly adequate for many situations. However, if you are constantly trying to fill a mid-sized room with light, either of the external flashes will be a big improvement.
3. The FL-36R has a flash head that can be swiveled and tilted. This allows the flash to be bounced off ceilings and walls, in many cases providing a softer and more pleasing light.
4. Because the FL-36R is raised over the lens, red-eye is not nearly as big a problem as with the built-in flash. Also, tilting the flash head just a little virtually does away with red-eye.
5. The external flash has the ability to synchronize with the camera at much high shutter speeds (Super FP mode) allowing fill light for action shots.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Wetherill on April 28, 2008
I just purchased the Olympus E510 digital camera with this flash for my work - and I love it! Aside from the Olympus digital SLR camera being pretty amazing, the flash is outstanding. You can twist it a million different directions and give it different lighting situations. You'll want to read the manual to learn all about it. The best feature is the slave. So handy and it works like a dream. I couldn't ask for a better flash for any of my cameras. My only complaint is that the charge time is SLOW!!!! I'm looking for an AA battery alternative, but the only one I can find is $400! If you don't mind waiting for the charge, this flash is amazing.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA on April 30, 2008
This flash unit is very well built and practical. The head tilts 90° and swivels 180°, it is light, compact and very well built. You can get CV-R3 lithium ion batteries for it, which being a single unit is more practical than two AA batteries.

It does not charge as fast as bigger, meaner models such as the Metz Mecablitz 48 AF-1, and it lacks the 58 AF-1 secondary fill-in flash lamp. But because of its compactness it is a good fit for compact cameras without remote flash capability as the E-510; for the E-420, get the wireless version FL-36R.

Lacking the secondary lamp, it is a good fit for cameras that have a built-in flash at a offset from the hot shoe so as to be useful as a secondary fill-in flash lamp, such as the E-330, Panasonic L1 or Leica Digilux 3 -- but these cameras being bigger perhaps the Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 might be a nice fit too.

For the E-1, E-3 or Panasonic L10, get the Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1, or the FL-50R if you can live without the secondary lamp or if you need the wireless capabilities now -- the Metz is awaiting a firmware option to interoperate wirelessly with the Four Thirds cameras.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RafRol on July 8, 2011
I wanted to make an upgrade to my camera and was deciding between a new lens or a flash unit.

Quick background: I am an amateur for sure, with an E-520 and the kit 14-42 lens, but very active. I did have a limited budget as well. The majority of my photography occurs either indoors or late afternoons/evenings. I was at first deciding to upgrade my lens for something with a larger aperture vs a more powerful flash. Obviously, I decided to go with the flash for multiple reasons:

- The flash (specifically the FL-36R) is more affordable than any of the Zuiko HG lens, which I will eventually buy into when my budget permits. I could have waited longer to save the money required to purchase the FL-50R, but I felt that I wouldn't need that amount of power (GN 50) considering most of my indoor shots are in your typical home/apartment.

- Admittedly, one of the main reasons why I bought the 36R was for the focus assist. My subjects would mock me due to the annoyance of the strobe assist. The FL-36R helps speed up the auto-focus with it's built in red focus-assist beam. The difference in the time it takes my camera to lock on subject is night and day! No one complains now.

- With a GN of 36, I pretty much have enough light to cover most of my photographing needs. I mainly bounce the flash off the ceiling and the difference is amazing with my photos. If I have to use the flash, I'll reach for the 36R instead of using the built-in flash.

- I no longer have red-eye problems with the vast majority of my shots, since the flash is further from the lens.

- Eventually, I'll look into playing with the remote functionality and see what creative effects I can get with the built-in flash in conjunction with the 36R.
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