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Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses - for Select Mid-Size Flashes

You Pay: $38.95

The Visual Echos FX1 Better Beamer Flash Extender will help increase the reach of the flash and increases the flash output by about 2 to 3 f/stops. It focuses and concentrates the output of the flash into a narrow beam via the fresnel screen that gets positioned in front of the flash. This allows shooting at greater distances and shooting with smaller apertures.

The Better Beamer is designed to be used with lenses 300mm and longer, and its rugged, injection-molded plastic side supports are attached to the flash head by a sturdy elastic "hook-and-loop" band. The rigid supports hold the Fresnel screen in place in both horizontal and vertical formats. Just weighs 2 1/2 oz.

The FX1 version will fit many mid-size flash heads, e.g. Canon 430EZ, 199d, Nikon SB-24 and SB-28, Minolta 2500 and 5400, and Pentax 5000AF. The measurement between the two attachment flaps is 1 9/16".

Excellent for wildlife and birding photography, where long-distance fill-flash is often required, especially with a bright sunlight background. The use of fill flash opens up the shadows without the appearance that a flash was used.
When used with TTL flash metering, exposure is automatically set by the camera and flash, and no special compensation is required.
Reduces the drain on battery power by two-thirds.
Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses - for Select Mid-Size Flashes
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    Visual EchoesFX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes
     
    4.4

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (9)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Packs small / compresses (7)
    • Reliable (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife photos (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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      4.0

      Works great, would like it to fit better

      By Frank

      from Kent Island, Maryland

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Pack
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes:

        It's a good product. I use it to photograph birds
        and other small critters. The problem I have is it does not fit my Olympus FL-50 properly. I even checked with tech support and they told me this would be the best fit.

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        4.0

        FX1 Better Beamer, mighty fine!

        By Wild Wings Nature Photographer

        from Brigham City, Utah

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes:

          I use the beamer mostly on my 400mm for photographing birds in low light and in shadows. It does extend the range of your flash and is easy to use. I had actually built one before but it was hard to transport on trips as it did not come apart. This one comes apart very easily and can be slipped into a camera bag or backpack which is very nice for transporting it on trips.
          They do take some adjusting to get them placed just right on the external flash to get the light to strike your subject properly. One item I think could be built better is the Velcro strips on the front that hold the magnifying lenses. It does not stay fastened real well and comes undone at times, but all in all it is a great product and would recommend it to any one.

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          5.0

          What a difference light makes!

          By photomermaid

          from Florida

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes:

          Small, compact, easily assembled, reasonably priced, and I can now see my Birds eyes when I take their photo. The beamer has made a big difference .
          Carol

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          5.0

          Better Beamer

          By Mike

          from Albuquerque,NM

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes:

            Works like a charm... nice to be able to use fill flash on long lenses. I use it on a sunpack flash when using a Sigma 18-250 on a Canon 60D at long focal lenths (APS-C (.6 full frame sensor)).

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            4.0

            alot better than I expected

            By Bundy

            from Northwest Alabama

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • Packing and unpacking

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes:

            A good fill lite for shooting with a telephoto lens
            But does tend to hang up on things

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            5.0

            Works as Advertised

            By Gary

            from Connecticut

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • None at this time

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes:

            Focuses flash as described and helps eliminate harsh shadows. Had to research on the web to find the one for my flash, which took a while (it's an older flash). The sides are sturdy and mounted easily to my flash. The lens seems a bit flimsy, but it works like it said. It packs away quickly and is easy to carry. Maybe a bit overpriced. A word of caution, it burned two lines an inch long in my neoprene lens cover in less than a minute, so watch where the sun is if you use your camera on a tripod, or are stationary for a while. The concentrated beam from the sun can easily damage your equipment. It could use some type of top piece to keep the sun from hitting the fresnel lens.

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            4.0

            Better Beamer needs better price

            By mitzis

            from Ohio

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Nighttime
              • Tote Along
              • Travel

              Comments about Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes:

              I had to do some searching on the Web to find which model was correct for my camera. Fortunately, the size I ordered was the right one. It is a welcome addition for adding distance to my external flash during outdoor, zoom photography -- especially when photographing birds in the woods.
              It appears to be made of good material. My only reservation is the it seems to be overpriced. But since it is one of only a few practical solutions to a need, I am glad I have it.

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              4.0

              I would recommend it.

              By Greg the birder

              from New Jersey

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Weak Construction

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photography

              Comments about Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes:

              I do a lot of bird photography & this is fast becoming one of my favorite accessories. Really great for opening up the shadows on distant subjects. Only complaint is the materials seem a little flimsy although I haven't had any problems because of it

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              5.0

              Can't be beat!

              By JG5150

              from NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Close -ups
                • Nighttime

                Comments about Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes:

                This is a great product. You can add fill flash to subjects like never before.

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