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About Olympus FL-50R

Forget dealing with cumbersome cables when wanting to get perfect lighting for your photographic subjects. Thanks to the new Olympus remote control (RC) wireless flash units FL-50R and FL-36R, cordless lighting set-ups are a convenient reality.

Both are ideal for use with the Olympus E-3 professional D-SLR which enables the control of up to three different flash groups directly from the camera no separate commander unit is required. Photographers benefit from extreme flash unit versatility and never again need to be hindered in the studio or in the field by troublesome wires.

Giving professionals the freedom and control they need to operate effectively in the studio or in the field, the FL-50R and FL-36R flash units enable flash photography minus the complication of cords and inconvenient set-ups. Control is possible directly from the camera without the need for cables.

These units represent the ideal accompaniment to the Olympus E-3, which features a newly-developed RC Data Transfer System that transmits data optically. This significantly reduces the power consumption of the built-in flash when being used as the system commander. A wide range of flash-related settings can also beeasily accessed and adjusted using the camera's LCD panel as the user interface.

Moreover, flash control is available in three groups, allowing flash mode and compensation settings to be set independently for each group thus enabling ultra-precise illumination.

Four remote control communication channels can be set by the user to avoid interference with other peripherals in the vicinity. Photographers also have the option to control wireless transmission distance by choosing between three signal strengths for a range of up to 10m. And both flash models incorporate adjustable heads which can be swivelled without impeding their ability to communicate.

Using their slave function, the FL-50R and FL-36R can also be used with other Olympus SLRs with manual flash facility and Olympus SP series cameras capable of slave mode operation. Furthermore, both models can also be interlocked with a large strobe in the studio.

The irradiation angle of each flash unit can be set either by automatic zooming according to the interchangeable lens used or manually. Thanks to a built-in wide panel, the expansive irradiation angle required with a focal distance of 8mm (equivalent to 16mm in 35mm terms) is covered.

The high-performance FL-50R boasts multiple adjustment modes including TTL Auto and manual, high-speed synchronisation in Super FP Mode up to 1/4000th sec and also features fast recycle intervals which can be as little as less than 1.3 sec. when using the SHV-1 Flash High-Voltage Set. The FL-50R boasts GN28 performance at a 12mm focal length (equivalent to 24mm on a 35mm camera; ISO 100) and a very powerful GN50 at a 42mm (equiv. to 84mm; ISO 100).

The Olympus FL-50R is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits and more.The Olympus FL-50R is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The Olympus FL-50R is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Olympus FL-50R: Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Fast recycling, Good power output and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast recycling (10),Consistent output (8),Good power output (8),Versatile (8),Easy to use (6),Durable (5)
Best Uses:
General purpose (10),Fill flash (9),Portraits (8),Night photography (5),Photojournalism (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (4),Photo enthusiast (3)

Olympus FL-50R Features

  • GN50 power
  • Wireless remote control in three groups (A, B and C)
  • Control settings directly from camera LCD
  • Choice of four channels to avoid interference
  • Extendable transmission distance
  • Option of TTL Auto, Auto, and Manual modes
  • Bounce and swivel head
  • Usual synchronisation speed 1/180 sec.
  • Super FP Mode up to 1/4000th sec
  • Built-in diffuser can be used to obtain wide-angle coverage at an 8mm focal length (equivalent to 16mm on a 35mm camera)
  • Red-eye reduction, slow synch and 2nd curtain synch
  • Flash coverage is automatically adjusted in several steps to correspond to the focal length of the lens when zooming
  • Flash recycle time less than 1.3 sec. when optional SHV-1 Flash High-Voltage Setis used

Olympus FL-50R Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Much better than the fl-36

[...] I've played and compared results between the FL-36 and my new FL-50r. Much faster recycling with the 50r and it seems even the finished product is better.

Reviewed by 11 customers


Excellent Dedicated Flash for Olympus


from Webster, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Work as advertise in the documentation. Very easy to use and enough power.


Flash that does what it is designed for


from San Jacinto, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

The e-500 camera's flash has a lot to be desired. The FL-50R is more than I had expected. Fill, bounce and adjustable light output fit the bill.


Strong flash


from San Diego  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Nice flash - and the IR remote control with full TTL capability is a great capability.


Great product


from I.E., CA.  -  Pro Photographer

I use this on my Wedding shots, works great every time.


Great Versatility


from Ottawa  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have purchased 2 of these along with 2 FL36Rs. I use them predominately for portrait work both in my home studio and on location. I like the versatility of the small units. They work well and in sync. Also the maximum sync speed is 1/250, which is faster than most, I believe.


Great Flash!


from New Orleans, LA  -  Pro Photographer

I use two of these flashes for on and off camera use. LOVE them!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Strong unit - RC is trick!


from San Diego, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

A definite upgrade from my poor little FL-36 that has been run through the mill. The RC feature on this in combination with the E-3 is a fantastic feature - matches the Nikon CLS system in functionality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good flash[...]


from Kennewick WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

[...] So far I'm very pleased with the product [...]

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Works Great off or on camera


from Atl.Ga.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Work will with Ray's Ring Adapter&Interfit's12"x8" softbox (wedgess required)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Rave about the FL-50R


from Pennington, NJ  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The FL-50R is great. Quick recycle time and love the wireless transmission. A definite plus for your Olympus gear.


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ROD M  The built in flash on the e-500 is ok, but if using wide angle lens, it gives a shadow in the photos. The size of the flash sets higher on the camera and does not have that shadow.
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