The Nikon flashes do all those things too. And either the built in
flash or a mounted unit can act as a commander for your separate
flash off the camera adjusting its output dynamically too. I suspect
it is not that unique these days. The only problem is that when using
off camera flashes with the built in, or mounted flash, they have to
be similar expensive preflash aware units. The cheap old slave flash
units or your old one are triggered by the the communication flash
rendering them useless.
Which goes back to my old pet peeve with Oly, the stopping of all
progress and updating of the OM series. There was a lot that could
have been done to keep them fresh and competitive even if a launch
into AF was not desired.
Long Beach, California, USA
On Mar 3, 2006, at 6:54 AM, Garth Wood wrote:
> This flash has more *test* modes than my Oly T32s or Vivitar 283s
> have, uh, modes, period. Why the Hell can't all manufacturers build
> flashes like this? Its wireless mode is a revelation (it uses
> barely-perceptible high-speed pulses of light to communicate with
> off-camera flashes [and the camera, natch] rather than a radio
> solution, which really makes setting up a portable studio
> easy). It's got built-in zoom, a built-in ultra-wide-angle diffuser
> panel which can be flipped up and stowed in a slot at the top of the
> flash, and enough digital smarts to put the Apollo space program to
> shame. (Speaking of shames, I suspect this solution will be lost to
> the marketplace forever, now that KM's folded up shop.) It does
> ratio flash. It does focus-distance-integration as well as "normal"
> TTL and straight manual ratios. I suspect it would cook dinner for
> me if I could only find the right mode.
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