Better Beamer Flash Extender FX-3 for Canon 580EX, 580 EX II, 600EX-RT, Metz 54-4, Nikon SB-700
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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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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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As outlined in the instructions, the Better Beamer is intended for use with "long" telephoto lenses, that is lenses that are 300mm or longer. It can be used with shorter lenses, however the light will be narrowly focused leaving a bright center spot and darker edges. This adds a night creative effect to your photography.
And yes the Better Beam can be used when the flash is off the camera. Just there is a minimum distance between the flash unit and the subject. You may need to experiment to find this, but if the flash pictures are too bright when the flash unit/better beam are close to the subject, try using the flash without the Better Beam.
And yes the Better Beam will save battery life.
One word of CAUTION. The lens on the Better Beam can focus the sun - if your flash is pointing towards the sun, there is a good chance that the lens on the Better Beam will focus the sun and perhaps melt a hole in your flash unit. So beware ..
Overall, great tool to extend the power of your flash as well as save flash battery life.
Just remember that the Fresnel lens is a magnifying glass. Remove it or cover it up when not in use as I have read around the web of folks who left it sitting in sunlight and came back to melted flash units.
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.
My one nit to pick is that on birds, it puts strong highlights in the eyes--sort of the avian version of red eye. An example is attached. This can be addressed in post processing, and the sharp, clear photo of this tiny finches could not have been taken on this day without the Better Beamer.