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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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BE WARNED! If you let the sunlight shine back through this onto your equipment--lens, camera, flash IT WILL MELT PLASTIC AND BURN THE PAINT RIGHT OFF YOUR LENS. Both my flash and one of my telephoto lenses have the scars to prove it. It can happen quickly while you're set up for a shoot, if the sun comes out from behind a cloud, or the shade moves away. It is like a powerful magnifying glass. You can fry ants and mosquitos with it, or use it for a fire starter!
For those wondering, it also fits my Yongnuo 560 flash
For the price, it's an indispensable piece of equipment for wildlife and bird photographers, very easy to carry with you and put onto your flash. An excellent product.
The Better Beamer is priced more affordable. It collapses down extremely conveniently, which is why so many professional nature photographers use it. It can be brought into and out of the field with little effort, and there is a huge premium on that mobility with the accessory. It suffers from a certain degree of droop and works best when a flash arm is attached so the droop can be compensated for. The flash arm isn't necessary, it just helps a lot when you get out to 800+mm focal lengths using teleconverters. That is really the only disadvantage. It does take a little more time to set up and there is a risk of burning holes in equipment, but those are very minor problems that are easily avoided. The Better Beamer also projects a tighter area of brighter light than the Harbor Digital for equivalent flash zoom settings. This will make the Better Beamer better for very long focal lengths.
The Harbor Digital extender is a slide-on unit. It is bulky and does not pack well. It is about as light as the Better Beamer but really is larger to carry than it looks. It does not suffer from the droop problem the Better Beamer suffers from but it is really kind of hard to get on the flash unit every time I slide it on. It also seems to provide a more uniform flash across the frame, where the Better Beamer kind of had fresnel lens refraction artifacts in the light that was cast at the distance. It is hardly noticeable, however, but there is a difference. I wouldn't try packing the Harbor Digital into the field.
Either one is great, you just have to evaluate your application and decide if you want mobility or slightly more even light across the frame. If you need fill flash in sports, then use the Harbor Digital. However, the Better Beamer is going to be much better if you are photographing subjects in nature.
WARNING - even though the product directions warn of this, I had the camera with flash sitting in my living room from the evening before and the next morning the sun came into the window and burned a hole into the flash - had I not noticed it, could have easily burnt my house down. Be sure to ALWAYS tear down this product when not in use by at least taking the reflector off. Be safe with this product! :)
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.