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    Small flash for GH2

    I'd like to get rid of that, to my mind amateurish, pre-flash the pop up flash produces.

    I've just been looking at some twenty year old shots I took with a Canon and using a shoe mounted flash as a fill outdoors. I like them.

    Is there a small flash I can put on the GH2 hotshoe that does not pre-flash and is not one of those tall vertical flashes like this one:-

    http://m43photo.blogspot.com/.../08/...lash-unit.html

    and which simply look silly on a GH2.

    I'd like one that is wider than it is tall - or even square. The FL360 looks like a flash gun with a camera attached to the bottom IMHO.

    All ideas welcome.

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    How about the Nikon SB-400?
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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    "Nikon SB-400? "

    Looks perfect. Price is fine.

    Presumably it meters OK with the GH2?

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    No, it won't meter at all with anything but a Nikon camera and it has no manual output control at all either. Not a good flash for m43.

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    Thanks kwalsh,

    Next suggestion please!

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonygamble View Post
    Is there a small flash I can put on the GH2 hotshoe that does not pre-flash ..

    The answer is no. If you want TTL then the pre-flash has to fire to make a measurement!

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    "The answer is no. If you want TTL then the pre-flash has to fire to make a measurement! "

    Unlike my recently owned Canon 5d which had ETTL and on which I used the 220 flash gun.

    Or maybe it did pre-flash but much faster than the GH2 does.

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    They all (every system) preflash. You notice the pop-up's preflash because the whole out put is small. So, relatively, the weak preflash is more noticeable.

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

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    Do you use a hot shoe flash?

    If so, do you notice the pre-flash?

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    I had to search for my little flash to check (it is a generic TTL flash, I had already posted information on this for a query you had, a long time ago).

    Yes, there is remarkably a big delay between the pre-flash and the actual flash even with the shutter speed at 1/160s (Camera- GH-2). Thus, it would indicate an enormous shutter lag!

    I am not sure if this is the case with Pansonic flash or the Olympus flashes though.

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    V.

    Sorry to have asked twice. So far the Nissin Di466 seems to be the best from this, my second, investigation.

    "I am not sure if this is the case with Pansonic flash "

    I'll be going to Focus at the end of the month in Birmingham. I'll try a Panasonic one on their stand.

    Tony

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    This Metz might be worth checking out too.....

    Metz mecablitz 24AF-1 Digital Flash for Olympus / MZ 24312OPL

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonygamble View Post
    V.

    Sorry to have asked twice. So far the Nissin Di466 seems to be the best from this, my second, investigation.

    "I am not sure if this is the case with Pansonic flash "

    I'll be going to Focus at the end of the month in Birmingham. I'll try a Panasonic one on their stand.

    Tony
    No worries, Tony.

    Please report back on how the Panasonic flash works.

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    Bensonga,

    Thanks for the pointer to the Metz.

    I felt the Nissin offered a bit more control at the gun itself.

    But the test is first to see what a Panasonic does delaywise.

    Both the Metz and the Nissin would never be stocked in a London shop and returning one to an internet seller as the 'delay was too long' would be a bit fraught.

    Tony

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    Re: Small flash for GH2

    After reading about this subject (again) on dpreview, I decided to try the Nissin Di466. It arrives tomorrow. I will report how it works out for me.

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