2008/4/29 Olaf Greve <ogreve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> the choice has just been
> narrowed down to the FL-50R and the Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1. This is
> where matters become a bit vague for me. From the specs it sounds like
> they're almost the same
Word in the street — and this list — is that the Metz Mecablitzes are
better built than anything else but the Quantums.
> but the Metz seems to have the advantage that
> it's probably slightly cheaper and can have its firmware upgraded by
> USB, which may or may not prove to be handy in this digital age.
It will come handy, even because at least until a couple of weeks ago
Metz hadn't yet reverse-engineered Olympus' remote protocol.
Also, the Metz Mecablitzes have a secondary fill-in flash for use when
you are bouncing the main flash, which will be useful in all but the
Panasonic L1 and Leica Digilux 3 bodies, which have builtin flash
lamps that can be used instead as fill-in lamps.
> Speaking of which: does anyone know if the firmware (if any) in the
> FL-50R is also upgradable?
Never heard of that. I would guess not.
> Also, I would guess the Metz is better interchangeable with other
> brands, in the event I want to use it someday on a different brand body.
I heard you can use the firmware intended for other systems if you
like, but no confirmation on that yet.
> Either way, intuitively I'm inclined to give the Oly one the edge. So
> I'm still open for good reasons to buy either the one or the other,
> and one of my doubts is the current support for the 4/3 standard...
> Anyone who can comment on this?
I don't suppose the Four Thirds standard covers flash, but the TTL
support is there. Only the remote protocol is (was?) still missing.
> Finally: most likely I will have to make a decision today or tomorrow
> (in order to leave time for ordering it), and I'm wondering if there
> are perhaps any good accessories (or perhaps even combined deals) that
> would be very smart to buy along with it. Right now, a softbox and an
> off-camera TTL cable spring to mind. Can anyone comment on this too?
You may want bounces and diffusers.
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