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The Flash X-Tender (Better Beamer) FX-3 Flash Output Booster for Canon 580EX, Canon 580 II and Metz 54-4

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  • Increases light output from your flash
  • Focuses flash with big telephoto lenses
  • Faster recycle times
  • Reduced battery consumption
  • Exposure handled automatically by TTL
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000SLNNG4
  • Item model number: FX-3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Now there is an easy way to have the extra "flash power" you need in the field. The Flash X-Tender packs flat, weighs less than 3 ounces and sets up in 30 seconds and your flash output is extended a minimum of 2 full f-stops! Bring your birdsand animals to life with an eye highlight. Used and praised by nature photographers world-wide. When used with TTL (Through-The-Lens) flash metering, exposure is automatically handled by your camera and flash, and no special compensation is required.

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Extremely lightweight, and fold flat, so it is easy to pack with your other camera gear.
Florida Reader
Many of them were using the Better Beamer and when I saw the difference it made in their images I just had to purchase one...It was not a disappointment.
Jeane G. Carlson
I can fill shadows on birds at 150 feet and with the added catch light in the eyes, the subjects like alive now.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mike C. on November 11, 2007
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this product does exactly what it says. Gives you a stronger beam that results in faster recycle time so you don't miss shots. I can't say enough about this product.

You should note though that because this concentrates the flash it is only to be used on zoom lenses. The instructions say 300mm or higher but if you have a camera with a digital crop factor this is less important because you are croping out the edges that may not have as much light from the flash.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Jackson Jr. on August 21, 2008
At the end of the day, the Better Beamer remains the gold standard for flash extenders. The availability of this flash extender at most camera stores, combined with the compatibility with most flash units and the low price make it a must have for photographers who need to use fill flash with telephoto lenses. While there is certainly some room for improvement, we can't complain much when the price is less than $40.

The Better Beamer provides a dramatic increase in the light from your external flash ... and might just make the difference between a great photograph and a wasted opportunity.

Pros:

* Effectively doubles flash reach
* Simple to use
* Easy on your wallet

Cons:

* Beam focusing could be more efficient and even
* Thin plastic build means questionable longevity?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 17, 2009
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The Flash X-Tender (Better Beamer) FX-3 Flash Output Booster for Canon 580EX, Canon 580 II & Metz 54-4
When I saw it I thought it was a lot of money for a couple of pieces of molded plastic, a velcro strip and a sheet magnifier, after using it I find it is well worth the money. I can fill shadows on birds at 150 feet and with the added catch light in the eyes, the subjects like alive now. If I ever manage to break this one I will have another one ordered ASAP. I wouldn't be without my Beamer for wildlife photography, it has become a valued and essential piece of equipment in my bag. If you do wild life and bird photography you will be delighted with the results you can get with it, even if it does make your camera look like a futuristic weapon of some kind. Buy it, you will love it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MPhoto on May 30, 2008
The Better Beamer works best at 300mm or longer focal lengths because since it concentrates the beam, the flash will not be redispersed to the size of the frame until the light gets quite a ways away. However, since most digital SLR's have a "crop factor" of approximately 1.6x, that means that you reach full frame coverage at 300mm/1.6 = 188mm, or thereabouts. So if you have a lens that can reach 200mm focal length, you'll get the full frame coverage with that crop factor. It'll still work at shorter focal lengths as long as your subject is centered in the frame.

It's well made, light, and easy to assemble. I did snip the little piece of velcro so it would fit without making it hard to put on my OmniBounce and/or obscuring my 580EX's serial number, but it only took a little bit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Guillermo Fleites on March 30, 2008
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This flash extender works great when coupled with my Canon 580EX II flash. It provides a very narrow and focused beam of light that provides fill lighting when photographing animals and birds in the wild. It works also well when the subject is backlit allowing you to get a shot that would otherwise come out too dark.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Druziak on January 9, 2012
The Better Beamer is great for bird photography. I use a Canon 7D with 300mm f4 + 1.4x extender. In my part of the country it is frequently cloudy and I find that I have to shoot as ISO 1600 and higher many times.

The Better Beamer adds enough light to really make your bird photos pop and lets you shoot at lower ISOs. It also adds a nice catch light in the birds eyes. I've used the Better Beamer on a cloudy day over 50 feet away from the subject and it worked great. At this distance, it requires a full flash dump from my 580EX but it's better than not taking the photograph.

Be aware that the Better Beamer is BIG! When it is attached to your flash and mounted to your camera, the Beamer lens extends almost as far forward as a 300mm with 1.4x extender. I put a rubber band around my flash head to make the Beamer grip better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cary on January 24, 2011
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This is my 2nd Better Beamer X-Tender. I left my other one at a friends
house in another country accidentally and couldn't live without it until
I go back later this year so I ordered another one from Amazon/Adorama.

With long lenses you are often at a distance from your subject which means
even when the planets align you're flash throw will be lacking. The Better
Beamer is an absolute must have tool.

The set up of the new version is easier to use than the older model (which was
still easy to use). The plastic it's made of is durable and everything folds
up compactly so I keep mine with my long glass so that I don't misplace it
or accidentally leave it at a friends ;) The materials aren't exotic but I'd
never have thought to put the pieces together to make a product like it that
really does make such a difference in getting usable images. I really do mean
that without it many images would have less visual impact and be much too
contrasty to use. As far as photo accessories go it's an inexpensive necessity.
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