Better Beamer The Flash X-Tender () FX-3 Flash Output Booster for Canon 580EX, Canon 580EX II, Metz 54-4& Nikon SB700 Flashes

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Better Beamer FX-3: Picture 1 regular $35.39

About Better Beamer FX-3

Now there is an easy way to have the extra "flash power" you need in the field.

The Flash X-Tender packs flat, weighs less than 3 ounces and sets up in 30 seconds and your flash output is extended a minimum of 2 full f-stops! Bring your birdsand animals to life with an eye highlight. Used and praised by nature photographers world-wide.

When used with TTL (Through-The-Lens) flash metering, exposure is automatically handled by your camera and flash, and no special compensation is required.

The Better Beamer FX-3 is commonly used for Wildlife photos and more.The Better Beamer FX-3 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Better Beamer FX-3 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Better Beamer FX-3: Easy to use, Lightweight, Packs small / compresses and Reliable

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (18),Easy to use (16),Packs small / compresses (14),Reliable (6),Consistent output (3),Strong construction (3)
Poor quality (6)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (11)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11)

Better Beamer FX-3 Features

  • Increases light output from your flash
  • Focuses flash with big telephoto lenses
  • Faster recycle times
  • Reduced battery consumption
  • Exposure handled automatically by TTL
  • Easy mounting, removal, and storage

Better Beamer FX-3 Reviews

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(based on 20 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Worked better than expected

I used this with birding and it worked great.


Most Liked Negative Review


Better Beamer FX-3

The pictures depicting this product are just at the right angle that you don't see the 3 pieces of plastic its made out of. No top, no bottom. You can make this for around 5 dollars and it would be a quality piece. Grrrrr!!!!!!!!!!! Save your money

Reviewed by 20 customers


ADJUST and use 20+ feet away !


from Michigan  -  Pro Photographer

Collapses to small size. I have added aluminum foil on top and bottom, and have taped it to a dedicated manual flash. Try flash with lens not zoomed to get center of illumination adjusted properly. Then tape it down and leave it.


Works fine


from Chile, South America  -  Photo Enthusiast

Wanted for birding and other situations requiring that extra boost for my external Canon 580 flash. It Works as expected and I'm happy with it. Light and easy to carry and pack for travel.


A birding standard


from Allentown, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Small lightweight, easy to install and effective. What more could you ask for? Lower cost and interchangeability with different flash models would help. Still, it really helps in shooting birds from a distance and in getting the catch light in the eye.


A great flash addition


from alaska  -  Photo Enthusiast

The instructions are a little confusing and if you follow the instructions, the left and right marker on the plastic sides are upside down. A picture is worth 1000 poorly conveyed words.


works well


from southeast florida  -  Casual Photographer

like it alot


Could be improved


from Monroe, NJ  -  Photo Enthusiast

Should be made as one unit with hinges that make it foldable instead of three seperate pieces.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Worked better than expected


from Elyria, Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

I used this with birding and it worked great.


Works, + emergency firestarter.


from SC, USA.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Works as advertised, but HEED the safety instructions. That lens is no joke! I used it to ignite some tinder as an experiment. If you need to start a fire in an emergency situation it will ignite one! Neat idea and simple as can be. Would buy again.


great for telephoto birds


from ct  -  Photo Enthusiast

great way to get extra distance with your flash I use it with my 400 to put a little extra fill light on the birds


Great for distance shooting


from Oviedo, Fl  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great for long range wildlife photography. Adds two stops of power to applicable flash.


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Shopper  Will this model fit on my Canon 600EX-RT?
GUILLERMO A  It may fit, probably not in the perfect way, but it should work. I recommend to purchase the better beamer designed specially for each flash unit, therefore it will fit perfectly, and you will not have problems in breezy places, for example. I have used better beamers for both Nikon SB 800 and Canon 580, and each time it has been the extender designed for each unit. Amazingly, the one for the Canon flash worked a lot better, I did not need to use the extra adhesive velcro stickers, just the velcro band that comes with the extender. This made me think that the Canon flashes have a shape more suitable for the attachment of the better beamer. I hope that my answer will help you. Regards, GAG
steve w  Hi, i have a canon 320EX flash. Is there a Better Beamer Flash Extender I can use?
JOHN W  I'm not aware of anything within reasonable prices beyond the Flash X-Tender. It works okay, but can slip off of the flash if the camera is pointed down and the velcro is not tightened sufficiently. I use it a lot during the day to bring out details in the feathers of birds that I photograph and it works great. You may encounter a bit of reflection/red eye on birds and animals, but can be adjusted out with photoshop. For the money, it works well.
RONALD C  Which Better Beamer fits LumoPro flashes?
Andrew R  That would depend on the specific model. Unfortunately we don't appear to offer a unit that is LumoPro specific (we don't carry LumoPro at this time, so compatibility cannot be tested)
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