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Registered: January 2007
Posts: 2
Olympus FL-36 review by reallymadrob
Review Date: 1/14/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $210.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: Full featured, compact for bounce, zoom and swivel. Good value
Cons: Slow cycling (only 2x AAs for power), won't angle for macro

Olympus have a strange range the cheapo FL-20 is very basic and the FL-50 costs an arm and a leg. The 36 costs only slightly more than the 20 and does most of what the 50 can.

In use the unit is quick and intuitive, I use it mostly for plant and insect macro. Olys TTL is excellent and with spot metering selected this will correctly exposed the subject at any distance... used with a 5060 or 7070 it will sync upto 1/1600th! (Upping to 2000th neatly trims the strobe period for another stop of loss if you need it)

The head is a little notchy but covers all normal directions, for macro it would be better if it angle down more than very slightly but the built in diffuser can be propped open and used as a deflector. The only other minor gripe is that the power switch needs a pencil unless you have very skinny fingers.

The major reservation for general use would be the slow cycle time after full firing. With only 2 AAs onboard this can seem slow from the start at ~5secs but gets worse as the batteries run down.

Overall: an excellent flash, well made and easy to use - the included pouch helps keep it in good condition when packed.

Registered: January 2007
Posts: 2
Olympus FL-36 review by rapier84
Review Date: 1/5/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $205.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: Full automated TTL function accurate in exposure, Good Prices
Cons: Range limited, especially on bounce settings compared to FL50, charging time slow

A smaller, lighter companion to the bigger FL50, the Olympus FL-36 is the middle level flash product between the flagship FL-50 and the little FL-20. The FL-36 brings to the party full TTL automation (like its siblings) with Olympus and certain Panasonic cameras, with a full automatic function available for non-didicated models. It has full bounce and swivel plus a large LCD display that allows easy access to the functions of the flash unit, both of which is pretty impressive for a flash of this price and power. Egronomics wise the flash is intuitive and easy to use, with flash power easily adjustable by the thumbwheel on the back of the unit. Zoom settings can be set to be viewed as either four-thirds (35mm/2) or 135 standards. Gripes includes settings like display units being hidden within menus and the lack of clear symbolisms of the various acronyms used in the menu system used on the LCD display (NOTE: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USE! Saves a lot of head scratching later)

In use with full TTL metering the flash proved itself fairly competent in achieving proper exposure regardless of camera settings. Flash power should suffice in most situations (Like events coverage which I regularly do) although do note that unlike the more powerful FL-50 the FL-36 is less useful in attempting a vertical bounce in a tall ceiling area like convention halls. Recharge time from full discharge is 4-5 seconds and unlike its bigger brother the FL-50 an auxillary battery pack cannot be installed. Overall a well built piece of kit from Olympus that is competent in the task that it is designed for and does so at a reasonable price point.

Registered: December 2006
Posts: 1
Olympus FL-36 review by minglam
Review Date: 12/30/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $225.00| Rating: 0 

Pros: small, reasonably good power, price
Cons: relatively slow recycle times

I use this flash on an Olympus C-8080 in conjunction with a Joe Demb FlipIt flash reflector on it.

This setup is reasonably good for small to medium-sized rooms, but lacks a little power for rooms with slightly higher ceilings.

As mentioned above, the recycle times could be faster, but I think it's acceptable given that the unit is powered by only 2-AA batteries (I use 2300 mAH Powerex NiMh).


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