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Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses - for Canon 540EZ & 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500 Series

You Pay: $38.95

The Visual Echos FX2 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 panel 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.

The FX2 version will fit larger flash heads, e.g. Canon 540EZ, 550EX, Nikon SB-25 and SB-26, Sigma EF 500 series, Minolta 5600. The measurement between the two attachment flaps is 1 3/4".

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 FX2 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses - for Canon 540EZ & 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500 Series
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Visual EchoesFX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500
     
    4.5

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (13)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Packs small / compresses (9)
    • Reliable (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife photos (8)
      • Fill flash (5)
      • Sports/action (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (4)

      Reviewed by 15 customers

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      5.0

      better beamer

      By camkid

      from Newberry, Mi

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

        I use this to increase my flesh range when I am photographing birds in low light

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Extends the reach of your flash

        By Gold Swan Consulting

        from Central Florida

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

          I use the Beamer for flash fill in wildlife photography. Getting close enough for normal flash is not an option. Using the Beamer brings out the eyes and lightens shadows resulting in a much more detailed image.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Good Flash Extender

          By RussT

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Difficult to Use
          • Weak Construction

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

          I purchased this flash extender for use with my Canon EF 100-400mm f4.0/5.6 L USM telephoto zoom lens. I use it primarily for wildlife/animal photography. This accessory does it's job and add a small amount of additional light for shooting animals in low light situations. The construction is flimsy but folds down nicely to carry in your bag/vest.

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          • No

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          5.0

          a useful accessory for your flash

          By Bitonicus

          from Boucherville, Quebec

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

            First use some days ago, really easy to mount on the flash and lightweight. It's a really nice and useful accessory for your flash, specially for birds photography.

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            • No

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            4.0

            The first Beamer

            By Sjpicturethat

            from San Jose, CA

            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 FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

              The Beamer works fine. The cost and results are what I wanted for my Canon 7D / Canon 100-400 lens. It makes very easy to take it out on my bag set up and tear down all in a minute or two. The Beamer, Canon 550EX and the lens reach into 30' into branches and difficult areas. Great for birds, foliage, etc.
              Buy one and enjoy it.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Best flash tool I've found for wildlife

              By Pennington

              from Northeast PA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Over-priced

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

              I made myself a DIY version of the Better Beamer, which I used for a couple of years before finally breaking down and buying this one. There really was no comparison - the actual Beamer is much better engineered. It does a very efficient job of channeling the flash output with long telephoto lenses and is invaluable for adding the extra flick of light. It seems well built, is easy to setup and use - my only gripe is that I feel it's somewhat over-priced for a few pieces of plastic. But it works, so it's worth it.

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              • No

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              5.0

              FX2 Better Beamer

              By Carol the Photog

              from San Francisco,CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

                This is simply put, a excellent product, especially given the price point. The Better Beamer increases the output of the external flash in a superb manner.

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                • No

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                4.0

                good flash extender

                By adam

                from mn

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Pack
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Weak Construction

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

                Great for wildlife and bird photography, yeah its a bit flimsy, but its inexpensive. Works well, as adverised. Fx2 fits my Sony hvl-f58 just fine.

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                • No

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                5.0

                A very cool accessory

                By Chief

                from Pacific Northwest

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

                  Hey a product that works, cool. Winters are dark here in the Northwest, the Better Beamer is a helpful solution to low light photography.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Better Beaammer

                  By Doug

                  from Connecticut and NYC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash

                      Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

                      All around a good product and a must have for the type of shooting I do ( Birds and most importantly Warblers) They only drawback is that being used in windy or other harsh conditions it doesn't last forever -this is my 3rd in as many years. The nature of the beast.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Can't believe I've lived so long w/out 1

                      By me

                      from west coast

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy easy easy to use
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful Output

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

                        It really makes a difference in your animal photography. Enables ok shots to be great shots. I got my wife & I both one for our anniversary. The first time I used it it made all the difference.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Performs as advertised

                        By Camzster

                        from Buda, Tx

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful Output

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash

                          Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

                          Fit my flash perfectly. It is a little over-priced but not so much that I feel the need to build one myself as others have done. More power to em. If your gonna shoot birds in all situations, you will need this. 4 stars cuz of the price only.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Works really well but kind of flimsy

                          By bpfotog

                          from Manistee, Michigan

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash

                            Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

                            I'm using this for fill flash, while photographing birds. It seems like the lens could be made our of stiffer plastic, but it is maybe made flexible and less likely to brake. It only takes about 30 second to assemble which is really nice. It is very light weight, and when you add the flash and a heavy lens it does not add a significant amount. I would recommend this to other photographers.

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                            4.0

                            Focused Light

                            By neilvan

                            from Coquitlam, BC, Canada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Birding
                              • Telephoto

                              Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

                              Works as advertised. I bought this one for use on my Sony f58am flash and the fit is just OK. I the included velcro mount as well as Gary Fong elastics to mount it firmly.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great product

                              By rcflyfsher

                              from Bethlehem PA

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Value

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • OutdoorNature

                                Comments about Visual Echoes FX2 Better Beamer for Canon 550EX, Nikon SB-25 & 26, Sigma EF500:

                                This is the solution of choice when using a long telephoto

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