Any good Flash for Olympus OMD?

Discussion in 'Olympus Forum' started by IamPain13, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. IamPain13

    IamPain13 SC Rookie

    Apr 20, 2012

    I was wondering if there's any good Flash for my Olympus OMD ME5. The compact one that comes with the camera just doesn't cut it when i take pictures at night. Since it has a universal hotshoe on top I guess I can just buy any Flash. I need a good one that is affordable. I have an old one but it takes about a min before I can take a new picture or flash wont go off.

    Help please.

  2. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
    Check out our sister site -- there's a lot of threads discussing this. I can only recommend what I've tried - the Nissin di466. The flash recharges quickly, and can be remotely triggered. It can change angle, but cannot swivel.
  3. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    I got a FL300 with the OMD. Compact and seems to charge at a decent speed between shots when using a Li battery. Haven't used it though for any real photography.
  4. flash

    flash SC Veteran

    May 6, 2011
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    The FL600R is specifically matched to the E-M5. It allows all the flash functions of the camera to be used such as off camera wireless flash, high speed sync and either full TTL or manual control. The FL50R is a bigger more powerful version of the same thing and there are various aftermarket guns (Nissan, Yonguho, Metz) that may or may not offer the same funcyionality.

    If you can afford it the 600R is the obvious choice.

  5. DunnElden

    DunnElden New to SC

    Oct 19, 2013
    Get the EM1 if you want a cheaper, tougher, faster kind of camera with a vastly superior choice of native lenses. If you do street photography,
  6. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
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    Stephen Noel
    FL36 is cheap now, and works very well. But, with only two batteries, can be slow to recharge, if you use full power. But as a fill flash, it is acceptable, for casual use, ie. family etc. I shot my daughter's wedding with mine with one set of batteries. It has very comprehensible controls. But no off camera control, unless you get the "R" model.
  7. phrenic

    phrenic SC Regular

    Nov 14, 2012
    I like the Nissin Di466. Small, cheap, seems fairly robust and powerful. I'm not an expert on flash but the reviews seemed positive.
  8. zensu

    zensu SC Rookie

    Jul 20, 2012
    Montgomery, AL
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    I got the "R" model used for $120 and it works great with my E-M5 on or off camera. The little flash that came with your camera can remote control any of the "R" designated flashes. The FL36R also bounces and swivels and is the perfect size on the E-M5 camera. It's not as powerful as the FL600R but it's a smaller size and works fine for me.