Michael Meissner

Michael Meissner

Lives in United States Ayer USA, United States
Works as a Computer Programmer
Has a website at http://www.the-meissners.org
Joined on Jan 14, 2002
About me:

Gear profile moved to:
http://www.the-meissners.org/camera-gear.html

FAQ for flashes that support Olympus DSLRs:
http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash2.html

Older FAQ for flashes on Olympus C-2100UZ:
http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash.html

Photo album:
http://www.the-meissners.org/photo.html

Comments

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Anesh Pather: wonder if this will work on an FZ1000 or RX10

The pin layout for Olympus/Panasonic should not be a problem, since they use the same layout as Canon (except Canon has an extra pin compared to Olympus/Panasonic).

Sony is a bit different, since Sony does not use the standard flash hot-shoe, instead using the old Minolta hot-shoe design.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 18:15 UTC
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BarnabyJones: Despite what the official website states, TTL passthrough does not work with Olympus. Tested on the E-m1 with both the FL-600r & Metz 58 AF-2. Additionally, flash profiling is quite limited so unless you're with Nikon or Canon odds are your flashes won't be compatible.

If you go to the cactus web page for V6, and scroll down to major features, it says: TTL pass-through with Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and Fujifilm via one single unit. The web page is at: http://www.cactus-image.com/v6.html

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 16:12 UTC
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Michael Meissner: No Olympus or Panasonic support. Sigh..... Also, no Sony support.....

I have no idea. I was just going off the announcement, which only lists Nikon, Canon, and Pentax. If you go to their web site, they claim that they support pass through mode (where you put a TTL flash in the hot shoe), it will allow the camera to use that one flash in TTL mode, but the other flashes must be fired in manual mode. However BarnabyJones who has a Cactus V6 and an Olympus E-M1, says even pass through mode does not work.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 23:16 UTC
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Michael Meissner: No Olympus or Panasonic support. Sigh..... Also, no Sony support.....

Yes, but it never seems to pan out.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 19:59 UTC
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BarnabyJones: Despite what the official website states, TTL passthrough does not work with Olympus. Tested on the E-m1 with both the FL-600r & Metz 58 AF-2. Additionally, flash profiling is quite limited so unless you're with Nikon or Canon odds are your flashes won't be compatible.

Sigh.... Thanks for the heads up.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 16:45 UTC
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Michael Meissner: No Olympus or Panasonic support. Sigh..... Also, no Sony support.....

Every manufacturer has its own protocol for working with flashes. Sometimes the manufacturer licenses the technology. Sometimes a clean room discovery of the protocol is done (which can be costly, and you have to do it right so you can't be sued). Nikon and Canon are obvious because they are the market leaders, and so would get the most amount of customers. Pentax probably licenses the spec cheaply. Sony has a reputation for going after people it suspects of violating its IP. Olympus/Panasonic probably don't license their stuff cheap, and may not have the market share for a company to think about doing a clean room implementation.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 16:43 UTC
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Anesh Pather: wonder if this will work on an FZ1000 or RX10

Since the FZ1000 is a Panasonic camera, it will not support the Olympus/Panasonic remote TTL flashes (i.e. the Olympus FL-600R or Panasonic DMW FL-360 for instance). From the documentation, it would allow an Olympus/Panasonic TTL flash to be mounted on the hot-shoe, and presumably control a manual flash (which is useful in limited situations).

It is rumored that the Aokatec AK-TTL will work for Olympus and Panasonic (base price $70 for a starter kit). I don't have experience with the RX10, but it is probably similar to the Olympus.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 13:38 UTC

No Olympus or Panasonic support. Sigh..... Also, no Sony support.....

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 13:18 UTC as 21st comment | 9 replies
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Shaken: Quadro GPU supported?

It presumably runs on some Linuxen, but I couldn't find the appropriate libstdc++ libraries on my Fedora 14 system (I installed all of the libstdc++ libraries listed by yum).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 03:00 UTC
On Compact Flash Association announces XQD card format article (84 comments in total)
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Habemus_Canon: Ahh, but does it use easily-bendable/breakable pins (the biggest point of failure in the current CF spec) or does it use the small more-robust tabs like SDHC and PCIe cards? If it still uses pins, it's DOA.

There are some devices with a short enough track that you can put the card in upside down and smash the pins, which happened to me on a Vosonic portable storage unit. It didn't help that this device you put the card in face down compared to every other reader where you put it face up. In reading the various comments about it, I wasn't the only one who bent the pins.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2011 at 13:30 UTC
On Compact Flash Association announces XQD card format article (84 comments in total)
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mrmut: I don't see the point. CF standard is nice, fast, has a great form factor and is widely adopted. The smaller alternative is excellent SD card. Why add another one?

Note, CF cards in their current form top out at 128GB which we are just getting to now (CF cards are based on IDE ATA-5). There is the CFast format based on SATA, but that never caught on. I suspect the main home for XQD will be in embedded devices as a disk drive (where CF is already used today when laptop drives are too big), and not in digital cameras. It may be the high end video cameras will use it, but I don't play in that market.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2011 at 13:26 UTC
On Olympus PEN Lite and PEN Mini announced and previewed article (30 comments in total)
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absentaneous: sometimes I really don't understand the logic of camera manufacturers. if the dpreview specification sheet is right and it should be also from looking at the pictures the E-PL3 and E-PM1 cameras don't even have a built in flash! while the E-P3 one which is supposed to be aimed at more advanced users has one! before the story was the way around. the less advanced E-PL got the built in flash and the E-P didn't. and that made sense because an advanced photographer is more likely to even want to use an external flash anyway. I really wonder how many potential E-PL3 or E-PM1 users are the kind of photographers that would want to bother with an external flash unit. I mean really, you bother making a really small camera and then you make it in the way that it need an external flash unit which makes it's small size irrelevant. no logic whatsoever. the only logic I see here is to make more money selling external flashes. I wonder how many people are stupid enough to buy into this.

tompabes2:
Well if you want to use the VF-2 viewfinder at the same time as the flash, the external flash is problematical. I run into this from time to time on my E-P2. Another nit might be that being modular, it might fall off, and you might not notice it was gone until later.

Hmmm, speaking of the E-P2, I wonder if the external flash will will be available separately and if it would work on the E-P2.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 11:39 UTC
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