Any opinions on the new Olympus flash gear?

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Jeff Veteran Member • Posts: 6,157
Any opinions on the new Olympus flash gear?

Kind of lost in the discussion of the EM1x is the release of the new Olympus radio-controlled flash gear ... the FL-700WR and the FC-WR remote commander.

I don't use a flash very often, but enough that I have few older FL-50 units lying around. I've been doing an overall updating of my kit, and one thought would be to replace the older units with the FL-700WR.

Any hands-on experience with this new gear?  It looks attractive, but is it any better than I would I could get with Godox or other vendor?

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Peter 1745 Senior Member • Posts: 1,521
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Jeff wrote:

Kind of lost in the discussion of the EM1x is the release of the new Olympus radio-controlled flash gear ... the FL-700WR and the FC-WR remote commander.

I don't use a flash very often, but enough that I have few older FL-50 units lying around. I've been doing an overall updating of my kit, and one thought would be to replace the older units with the FL-700WR.

Any hands-on experience with this new gear? It looks attractive, but is it any better than I would I could get with Godox or other vendor?

The main issues with the new Olympus RF flash control system are

  • the price.
  • the number of flashes compatible with it.

Getting a command unit and 2 or 3 flashes for off camera use is much more expensive than buying a Godox system.

The wireless commander is £280 on its own, just £50 cheaper than the FL-700WR flash which has built in master/commander functionality.

The FC-WR receiver units are £180 each and require compatible flashes to be attached.

Currently the only flashes listed as compatible are the FL300R and the FL-600R with no mention of the FL-900R,FL-50R FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36 or any of the Panasonic flashes. It may be possible that the receiver can be used with these unlisted flashes but I've not seen any definitive answer, either way, so far.

With the Godox system you can get a TT685O flash as your commander for about £90 and use it with a vast array of Godox remote flashes. The remote flashes don't have to be Olympus system specific, e.g. you can use Godox "Canon system" flashes as the remote flashes. The range of compatible flashes is very wide, from cheap low power units to powerful studio heads (http://flashhavoc.com/godox-flash-system-overview/ ) which puts Olympus's two compatible flashes in the shade.

You can buy a Godox master/commander flash and 2 remote flashes for the price of the Olympus commander unit on its own. Buying 3 (1 master + 2 remote) Olympus FL-700R flashes would cost about £1000.

If you have a collection of compatible Olympus flashes and need RF control for a couple of them it might be worth getting a FC-WR and a couple of FR-WR units, but generally it would make more sense to go the Godox route.

Build quality of the Godox flashes may not be as good as the Olympus ones but it is generally up to the standard required by most people/users and their low price means that a malfunction isn't wallet breaking.

At the prices they are asking I can't see the Olympus RF system being widely adopted by photographers, so will remain niche and expensive and may not be worthwhile for Olympus to develop, or even maintain, long term.

For my RF control needs I currently use the (no longer available) Aokatec-TTL optical-to-RF converter system, which, though fiddly to use, works well. Were this to break, despite having 5 flashes compatible with the Olympus system (FL-300R x2, FL-600R, Metz 50, Metz 64) I would switch to the Godox system.

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Peter 1745 wrote:

Jeff wrote:

Kind of lost in the discussion of the EM1x is the release of the new Olympus radio-controlled flash gear ... the FL-700WR and the FC-WR remote commander.

I don't use a flash very often, but enough that I have few older FL-50 units lying around. I've been doing an overall updating of my kit, and one thought would be to replace the older units with the FL-700WR.

Any hands-on experience with this new gear? It looks attractive, but is it any better than I would I could get with Godox or other vendor?

The main issues with the new Olympus RF flash control system are

  • the price.
  • the number of flashes compatible with it.

Getting a command unit and 2 or 3 flashes for off camera use is much more expensive than buying a Godox system.

The wireless commander is £280 on its own, just £50 cheaper than the FL-700WR flash which has built in master/commander functionality.

The FC-WR receiver units are £180 each and require compatible flashes to be attached.

Currently the only flashes listed as compatible are the FL300R and the FL-600R with no mention of the FL-900R,FL-50R FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36 or any of the Panasonic flashes. It may be possible that the receiver can be used with these unlisted flashes but I've not seen any definitive answer, either way, so far.

With the Godox system you can get a TT685O flash as your commander for about £90 and use it with a vast array of Godox remote flashes. The remote flashes don't have to be Olympus system specific, e.g. you can use Godox "Canon system" flashes as the remote flashes. The range of compatible flashes is very wide, from cheap low power units to powerful studio heads (http://flashhavoc.com/godox-flash-system-overview/ ) which puts Olympus's two compatible flashes in the shade.

You can buy a Godox master/commander flash and 2 remote flashes for the price of the Olympus commander unit on its own. Buying 3 (1 master + 2 remote) Olympus FL-700R flashes would cost about £1000.

If you have a collection of compatible Olympus flashes and need RF control for a couple of them it might be worth getting a FC-WR and a couple of FR-WR units, but generally it would make more sense to go the Godox route.

Build quality of the Godox flashes may not be as good as the Olympus ones but it is generally up to the standard required by most people/users and their low price means that a malfunction isn't wallet breaking.

At the prices they are asking I can't see the Olympus RF system being widely adopted by photographers, so will remain niche and expensive and may not be worthwhile for Olympus to develop, or even maintain, long term.

For my RF control needs I currently use the (no longer available) Aokatec-TTL optical-to-RF converter system, which, though fiddly to use, works well. Were this to break, despite having 5 flashes compatible with the Olympus system (FL-300R x2, FL-600R, Metz 50, Metz 64) I would switch to the Godox system.

Wow .... sometimes one hits the motherlode when seeking advice.  Many thanks!

Godox might fit me to a tee.  My typical, but not so frequent, use of flash is as a bounce flash on camera, or one or two units off-camera for fill or accent lighting.  My thought is that a modern RF unit would be less fiddly than the older Olympus gear.  Does that sound right?

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I have the new commander and receiver. Works perfectly with all three of my Olympus units, which are the FL900R, FL600R and even the older DSLR system FL50R unit.

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Gregm61 wrote:

I have the new commander and receiver. Works perfectly with all three of my Olympus units, which are the FL900R, FL600R and even the older DSLR system FL50R unit.

Are they available to the public now?

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Keith57 wrote:

Gregm61 wrote:

I have the new commander and receiver. Works perfectly with all three of my Olympus units, which are the FL900R, FL600R and even the older DSLR system FL50R unit.

Are they available to the public now?

I ordered mine from Olympus direct and received them several weeks ago. I see B&H has the receiver in stock currently, but not the trigger. You probably should be able to run them both down somewhere.

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I have the FL-50R and FL-600R for over 5 years now. I bought the new FL-900R on last Friday deal and couldn't be happier. The FL-900R has the largest head of the three and is also the most powerful. The built in WA diffuser works very well for portrait orientation shots. The light distributes wider and more evenly than one on the FL-50R.

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Peter 1745 Senior Member • Posts: 1,521
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Gregm61 wrote:

Keith57 wrote:

Gregm61 wrote:

I have the new commander and receiver. Works perfectly with all three of my Olympus units, which are the FL900R, FL600R and even the older DSLR system FL50R unit.

Are they available to the public now?

I ordered mine from Olympus direct and received them several weeks ago. I see B&H has the receiver in stock currently, but not the trigger. You probably should be able to run them both down somewhere.

Greg,

Thanks for the confirmation of them working with the FL900R and FL50R. I thought they would but didn't know for sure. I can understand Olympus not mentioning the FL50R as it hasn't been manufactured for years but the omission of the FL900R was strange.

I suspect they will work with any flash compatible with the old optical flash control system including my Metz 50 and Metz 64.

The big question for me is will they work with non "R" flashes e.g. FL50, FL-36 or the smaller Metz flashes that don't work off camera?

I read their manuals but no information about this issue there.

Another point I am uncertain on is the number of remote groups the FC-WR supports. If I am reading the manual correctly this is 3 groups but mounting a flash onto the FC-WR uses one of these groups and leaves just 2 groups of remote flashes. Is this correct?

This is a deal breaker for me as I often use an oncamera flash and 3 remote groups.

Any info on these matters would be appreciated.

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Peter 1745 wrote:

Gregm61 wrote:

Keith57 wrote:

Gregm61 wrote:

I have the new commander and receiver. Works perfectly with all three of my Olympus units, which are the FL900R, FL600R and even the older DSLR system FL50R unit.

Are they available to the public now?

I ordered mine from Olympus direct and received them several weeks ago. I see B&H has the receiver in stock currently, but not the trigger. You probably should be able to run them both down somewhere.

Greg,

Thanks for the confirmation of them working with the FL900R and FL50R. I thought they would but didn't know for sure. I can understand Olympus not mentioning the FL50R as it hasn't been manufactured for years but the omission of the FL900R was strange.

I suspect they will work with any flash compatible with the old optical flash control system including my Metz 50 and Metz 64.

The big question for me is will they work with non "R" flashes e.g. FL50, FL-36 or the smaller Metz flashes that don't work off camera?

I gave my FL50 pre-R to a friend years ago when I purchased the FL50R so no longer have one to test with these new units.

I read their manuals but no information about this issue there.

Another point I am uncertain on is the number of remote groups the FC-WR supports. If I am reading the manual correctly this is 3 groups but mounting a flash onto the FC-WR uses one of these groups and leaves just 2 groups of remote flashes. Is this correct?

I purchased one commander and one receiver since most of my uses are much simpler, one flash at a time, typically bounced into an off-camera umbrella. Now I can do that via radio control with TTL capability. The FC-WR does not have a hot shoe on it, so there's no mounting a flash onto the body when using this setup.

No doubt Olympus' down-the-road strategy has to be introducing a new highest-level FL900WR that can act as receiver and controller so it can function as you are talking but as of today the FL700WR will be, once available, the only unit that operates that way.

This is a deal breaker for me as I often use an oncamera flash and 3 remote groups.

I see no reason this would not be possible utilizing an FL700WR on the body, then three compatible external units mounted onto receivers. Once all of their flash units are "WR" types, it looks to me like the receiver/controllers will no longer be needed except with the earlier units.

Any info on these matters would be appreciated.

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Peter 1745 Senior Member • Posts: 1,521
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Gregm61 wrote:

Peter 1745 wrote:

Greg,

Thanks for the confirmation of them working with the FL900R and FL50R. I thought they would but didn't know for sure. I can understand Olympus not mentioning the FL50R as it hasn't been manufactured for years but the omission of the FL900R was strange.

I suspect they will work with any flash compatible with the old optical flash control system including my Metz 50 and Metz 64.

The big question for me is will they work with non "R" flashes e.g. FL50, FL-36 or the smaller Metz flashes that don't work off camera?

I gave my FL50 pre-R to a friend years ago when I purchased the FL50R so no longer have one to test with these new units.

I often wish Olympus would make a bit more effort in presenting their products. How hard would it have been for Olympus to test (or get their visionaries to test) old and off brand flashes compatible with the Olympus flash system and produce a system chart of compatible flashes. The system would be much more appealing it it had such a chart, rather than an incomplete list of just 2 of their flashes.

I read their manuals but no information about this issue there.

Another point I am uncertain on is the number of remote groups the FC-WR supports. If I am reading the manual correctly this is 3 groups but mounting a flash onto the FC-WR uses one of these groups and leaves just 2 groups of remote flashes. Is this correct?

The FC-WR does not have a hot shoe on it, so there's no mounting a flash onto the body when using this setup.

Oops, my mistake. I was looking at an image of the FR-WR whilst thinking of the FC-WR and reading about the FL-700WR.

No doubt Olympus' down-the-road strategy has to be introducing a new highest-level FL900WR that can act as receiver and controller so it can function as you are talking but as of today the FL700WR will be, once available, the only unit that operates that way.

I see no reason this would not be possible utilizing an FL700WR on the body, then three compatible external units mounted onto receivers.

On page 49 of the FL-700WR manual it states that it supports "3 groups (A / B / C)" in RF mode and "3 groups (A / B / C) + 1 master flash" in optical mode.

In the diagram on page 52 it also says

"You can use the flash as a radio commander flash. (Group A is set for the flash.)"

My interpretation from this is that, when used as a commander 3 groups are available but if used as a master flash only 2 are (B / C). I hope I am wrong.

http://download.aws.olympus.eu/consumer/manuals/cameras/FL-700WR_FLASH_MANUAL_MULTI.pdf

Once all of their flash units are "WR" types, it looks to me like the receiver/controllers will no longer be needed except with the earlier units.

That would be the sensible thing to do. I suspect we will see a FL-900WR before long (once the existing stock of the FL-900R is sold). The FL-700WR is probably going to replace the FL-600R. I hope they will produce a small 2 battery flash to replace the FL-300R, but considering their move away from small bodies, I am far from certain that they will do this.

Another downside for me is that the new Olympus RF system doesn't appear to be able to control the zoom position of the remote flashes. This is something I covert in other systems and miss with my current set up.

To be fair, this is an academic discussion for me as my current set up will last many more years and who knows what will be available then. I am hoping for a control system that can be controlled by an app on a smart phone via Bluetooth. The app would be voice control enabled. I would love to say "Move lighting balance to the left 1/2 stop" or "Zoom background flash to 75mm" rather than having to take the camera from my eye to adjust it with my fingers.

The technology required for this to happen already exists, it just needs someone to put it together in a commercially viable package. Think of something like a Godox Xpro command unit with a bluetooth chip in it. The existing hardware in it can handle communication with the remote flashes, all the bluetooth chip needs to do is send information about the current settings to the smartphone and receive instruction on new ones to apply. An app on the smartphone could process the voice commands and convert them into the required settings for the remote flashes. Simple commands like "Group A, increase power 1/3 stop" should be easy to implement. More complex commands like "Move lighting balance to the left 1/2 stop" would require the app to be told the current lighting set up but there is no reason lighting set up templates couldn't be used by the app. Of course the app would also be able to control the flashes via sliders and dials, not just by voice. One can dream

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Peter 1745 wrote:

Gregm61 wrote:

Peter 1745 wrote:

Greg,

Thanks for the confirmation of them working with the FL900R and FL50R. I thought they would but didn't know for sure. I can understand Olympus not mentioning the FL50R as it hasn't been manufactured for years but the omission of the FL900R was strange.

I suspect they will work with any flash compatible with the old optical flash control system including my Metz 50 and Metz 64.

The big question for me is will they work with non "R" flashes e.g. FL50, FL-36 or the smaller Metz flashes that don't work off camera?

I gave my FL50 pre-R to a friend years ago when I purchased the FL50R so no longer have one to test with these new units.

I often wish Olympus would make a bit more effort in presenting their products. How hard would it have been for Olympus to test (or get their visionaries to test) old and off brand flashes compatible with the Olympus flash system and produce a system chart of compatible flashes. The system would be much more appealing it it had such a chart, rather than an incomplete list of just 2 of their flashes.

I read their manuals but no information about this issue there.

Another point I am uncertain on is the number of remote groups the FC-WR supports. If I am reading the manual correctly this is 3 groups but mounting a flash onto the FC-WR uses one of these groups and leaves just 2 groups of remote flashes. Is this correct?

The FC-WR does not have a hot shoe on it, so there's no mounting a flash onto the body when using this setup.

Oops, my mistake. I was looking at an image of the FR-WR whilst thinking of the FC-WR and reading about the FL-700WR.

No doubt Olympus' down-the-road strategy has to be introducing a new highest-level FL900WR that can act as receiver and controller so it can function as you are talking but as of today the FL700WR will be, once available, the only unit that operates that way.

I see no reason this would not be possible utilizing an FL700WR on the body, then three compatible external units mounted onto receivers.

On page 49 of the FL-700WR manual it states that it supports "3 groups (A / B / C)" in RF mode and "3 groups (A / B / C) + 1 master flash" in optical mode.

In the diagram on page 52 it also says

"You can use the flash as a radio commander flash. (Group A is set for the flash.)"

My interpretation from this is that, when used as a commander 3 groups are available but if used as a master flash only 2 are (B / C). I hope I am wrong.

http://download.aws.olympus.eu/consumer/manuals/cameras/FL-700WR_FLASH_MANUAL_MULTI.pdf

Once all of their flash units are "WR" types, it looks to me like the receiver/controllers will no longer be needed except with the earlier units.

That would be the sensible thing to do. I suspect we will see a FL-900WR before long (once the existing stock of the FL-900R is sold). The FL-700WR is probably going to replace the FL-600R. I hope they will produce a small 2 battery flash to replace the FL-300R, but considering their move away from small bodies, I am far from certain that they will do this.

Another downside for me is that the new Olympus RF system doesn't appear to be able to control the zoom position of the remote flashes. This is something I covert in other systems and miss with my current set up.

To be fair, this is an academic discussion for me as my current set up will last many more years and who knows what will be available then. I am hoping for a control system that can be controlled by an app on a smart phone via Bluetooth. The app would be voice control enabled. I would love to say "Move lighting balance to the left 1/2 stop" or "Zoom background flash to 75mm" rather than having to take the camera from my eye to adjust it with my fingers.

The technology required for this to happen already exists, it just needs someone to put it together in a commercially viable package. Think of something like a Godox Xpro command unit with a bluetooth chip in it. The existing hardware in it can handle communication with the remote flashes, all the bluetooth chip needs to do is send information about the current settings to the smartphone and receive instruction on new ones to apply. An app on the smartphone could process the voice commands and convert them into the required settings for the remote flashes. Simple commands like "Group A, increase power 1/3 stop" should be easy to implement. More complex commands like "Move lighting balance to the left 1/2 stop" would require the app to be told the current lighting set up but there is no reason lighting set up templates couldn't be used by the app. Of course the app would also be able to control the flashes via sliders and dials, not just by voice. One can dream

Peter,

Thanks again for your helpful posts. I have wanted to learn how to better use lighting, and you're providing some excellent pointers.

For what it's worth, I see that Adorama has a Godox compatible controller with Bluetooth available under the Flashpoint brand ... http://flashhavoc.com/flashpoint-r2-pro-mark-ii-transmitter-released/

And here is the smartphone https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flashpoint-r2/id1434289573?mt=8

EDIT: Adorama is offering this 2-flash kit for mFT ... looks pretty attractive .. https://www.adorama.com/fpsmzlfok1.html

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Peter 1745 Senior Member • Posts: 1,521
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Jeff wrote:

Thanks again for your helpful posts. I have wanted to learn how to better use lighting, and you're providing some excellent pointers.

For what it's worth, I see that Adorama has a Godox compatible controller with Bluetooth available under the Flashpoint brand ... http://flashhavoc.com/flashpoint-r2-pro-mark-ii-transmitter-released/

And here is the smartphone app . https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flashpoint-r2/id1434289573?mt=8

Thanks Jeff, i missed that, its been a busy winter, so much to learn and so little time.

From reviews, the app seems to need more development, but it's a good start. When it's time for me to update my setup I am hopeful I will get what I want.

Godox seems to  brand that is most active in developing their flash system. If my current flash setup were eaten by a crocodile I would replace it with a Godox system. However my current system does what I need it to do, so no need to visit the exotic pet store just yet.

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Peter 1745 wrote:

Jeff wrote:

Thanks again for your helpful posts. I have wanted to learn how to better use lighting, and you're providing some excellent pointers.

For what it's worth, I see that Adorama has a Godox compatible controller with Bluetooth available under the Flashpoint brand ... http://flashhavoc.com/flashpoint-r2-pro-mark-ii-transmitter-released/

And here is the smartphone app . https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flashpoint-r2/id1434289573?mt=8

Thanks Jeff, i missed that, its been a busy winter, so much to learn and so little time.

From reviews, the app seems to need more development, but it's a good start. When it's time for me to update my setup I am hopeful I will get what I want.

Godox seems to brand that is most active in developing their flash system. If my current flash setup were eaten by a crocodile I would replace it with a Godox system. However my current system does what I need it to do, so no need to visit the exotic pet store just yet.

I'm taking a hard look at the Flashpoint version of the gear. They offer various 2 flash kits that look well suited to my needs.  There's also a round head speedlite.  Very rich system with lots of options.

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Another downside for me is that the new Olympus RF system doesn't appear to be able to control the zoom position of the remote flashes. This is something I covert in other systems and miss with my current set up.

Yeah, unfortunately no, it does not. One would think that would be possible, and possibly will at some point via an update. Whether mounted directly on the body or being shot remotely off the receiver, the flash I am using is typically either being shot into an umbrella or bounced off a modifier like the Demb flash bounce attachment so I'm not usually too worried about this since the light is being softened/scattered further.

Anything Olympus did, could have done or is doing, is better than the silly RC/line-of-sight system they've stubbornly kept all these years.

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Peter 1745 wrote:

Jeff wrote:

Thanks again for your helpful posts. I have wanted to learn how to better use lighting, and you're providing some excellent pointers.

For what it's worth, I see that Adorama has a Godox compatible controller with Bluetooth available under the Flashpoint brand ... http://flashhavoc.com/flashpoint-r2-pro-mark-ii-transmitter-released/

And here is the smartphone app . https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flashpoint-r2/id1434289573?mt=8

Thanks Jeff, i missed that, its been a busy winter, so much to learn and so little time.

From reviews, the app seems to need more development, but it's a good start. When it's time for me to update my setup I am hopeful I will get what I want.

Godox seems to brand that is most active in developing their flash system. If my current flash setup were eaten by a crocodile I would replace it with a Godox system. However my current system does what I need it to do, so no need to visit the exotic pet store just yet.

Keep up with the video posts from Joseph Ellis, a professional wedding photographer here in Dallas..

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHg1eHVqxh0mY7iApQfGDGA

He's been one of the best at posting videos regarding the Olympus flash system, his extensive use of the Godox system to now and what's coming from Olympus.

I like his comment/workaround about adding a piece of orange gel in front of the white AF assist light on the FL700WR...

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Peter 1745 Senior Member • Posts: 1,521
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Jeff wrote:

I'm taking a hard look at the Flashpoint version of the gear. They offer various 2 flash kits that look well suited to my needs. There's also a round head speedlite. Very rich system with lots of options.

Jeff

I think you are wise to consider Flashpoint gear.

Some Flashpoint versions differ from the original Godox versions. A case in point is their version of the Godox Xpro controller, which Adorama released as an improved version (R2 Mark2) with Bluetooth, backlighted buttons and other minor changes, which I now know about thanks to you. I missed its release as Flashpoint products are not available in the UK and delivery charges, import duties and local taxes (VAT) make importing them from the USA unattractive. I see that Godox have just announced the X2T controller which does have Bluetooth and can be controlled by a smartphone app. No word yet on an Olympus version but I expect it will arrive eventually.

I've seen it written that Adorama gives better support to their Flashpoint branded versions of the Godox flashes than Godox does to theirs. I've no idea if it is true,

I'm interested in the new Godox/Flashpoint round head flash. I'll use the Godox name, (Godox V1) as it's easier to write than the "Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2 TTL On-Camera Round Flash"). I like the look of the light dispersal pattern from the round head, particularly when illuminating backgrounds. However the traditional oblong head format was developed for a reason. It concentrates the flash's power into the area seen by the oblong sensor. The greater light dispersal of round head flashes means they use more power to get the same illumination of the central area, which means longer recharge times and shorter battery life. I think it is telling that the V1 uses a Li ion battery, not AA cells.

The V1 has only just been released to reviewers and there are few reviews available yet. The best review I have found is by Robert Hall . If you haven't already done so, it's worth checking out his YouTube channel as it is a good repository of lighting information.

Whilst I may eventually get a round head flash, it doesn't take much effort to use a diffuser in front of an oblong flash head to get a similar look.

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Peter 1745 Senior Member • Posts: 1,521
Re: Any opinions on the new Olympus flash gear?

Gregm61 wrote:

Peter 1745 wrote:

Another downside for me is that the new Olympus RF system doesn't appear to be able to control the zoom position of the remote flashes. This is something I covert in other systems and miss with my current set up.

Yeah, unfortunately no, it does not. One would think that would be possible, and possibly will at some point via an update. Whether mounted directly on the body or being shot remotely off the receiver, the flash I am using is typically either being shot into an umbrella or bounced off a modifier like the Demb flash bounce attachment so I'm not usually too worried about this since the light is being softened/scattered further.

Thanks for confirming what I thought. If I really needed remote zoom head control I would have switched to a lighting system that had it years ago, but it's a pain sometimes to dig a remote flash out of its softbox to adjust the zoom position.

Anything Olympus did, could have done or is doing, is better than the silly RC/line-of-sight system they've stubbornly kept all these years.

I agree with you there. For years it was the only game in town for Olympus/Panasonic users and they had little incentive to improve it. Now Godox, Yongnuo etc. are producing rival systems that Olympus/Panasonic users can use, they have been forced to improve on it. Let's hope they continue to improve it.

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