[OM] Re: Seattle trip and questions about the FL-50 vs. FL-50R flashes -

Subject: [OM] Re: Seattle trip and questions about the FL-50 vs. FL-50R flashes - also Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1
From: "Leandro DUTRA" <leandro.gfc.dutra@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:44:18 -0300
2008/4/24, Olaf Greve <ogreve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
>  However, to take a small side-step: the Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 was also
>  mentioned. I very briefly looked into it, and it doesn't sound bad. Can
>  anyone tell me the most interesting benefits from considering that flash
>  over the FL-50 ones?

It has a secondary fill-in flash lamp, is reputedly better built, and
USB upgradeable.

>  Next, regarding where to buy: I gather ordering it from some store and
>  having it delivered to my sister is the best option? My father mentioned
>  that he bought his FL-50 that way, and that it was bought through Amazon,
>  and that that incurred an additional 8% VAT on top of the advertised price.
>  Does anyone know if the same applies to orders placed at B&H and/or at
>  MDIUSA (www.mdiusa.com - Palo Alto / California), and more generally spoken,
>  does anyone have experiences with the latter company?

It should apply only in the same State.

>  Finally, the "Oly vs. Metz" decision will come down to a weighed decision
>  between the pros and cons of both camps, both price-wise, as well as feature
>  wise... From my quick checks it looks like the Metz is priced in the same
>  range as the FL-50 (does this still require a specific Oly hot-shoe?).

No, it is plug-compatible with the Four Thirds system cameras.

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