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Giving professionals the freedom and control they need to operate effectively in the studio or in the field, the FL-50R flash unit enables flash photography minus the complication of cords and inconvenient set-ups. Control is possible directly from the camera without the need for cables. These units represent the ideal accompaniment to the Olympus E-3, which features a newly developed RC Data Transfer System that transmits data optically. This significantly reduces the power consumption of the built-in flash when being used as the system commander. A wide range of flash-related settings can also be easily accessed and adjusted using the camera's LCD panel as the user interface. Moreover, flash control is available in three groups, allowing flash mode and compensation settings to be set independently for each group - thus enabling ultra-precise illumination. Four remote control communication channels can be set by the user to avoid interference with other peripherals in the vicinity. Photographers also have the option to control wireless transmission distance by choosing between three signal strengths - for a range of up to 10m. This flash model incorporates adjustable heads, which can be swiveled without impeding their ability to communicate. Using its slave function, the FL-50R can also be used with other Olympus SLRs with manual flash facility and Olympus SP series cameras capable of slave mode operation. Furthermore, this model can also be interlocked with a large strobe in the studio. The irradiation angle of each flash unit can be set either by automatic zooming according to the interchangeable lens used or manually. Thanks to a built-in wide panel, the expansive irradiation angle required with a focal distance of 8mm (equivalent to 16mm in 35mm terms) is covered.
The high-performance FL-50R boasts multiple adjustment modes including TTL Auto and manual, high-speed synchronization - in Super FP Mode up to 1/4000th sec - and also features fast recycle intervals, which can be as little as less than 1.3 sec. when using the SHV-1 Flash High-Voltage Set. The FL-50R boasts GN28 performance at a 12mm focal length (equivalent to 24mm on a 35mm camera; ISO 100) and a very powerful GN50 at a 42mm (equiv. to 84mm; ISO 100).