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Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses

You Pay: $36.95
Product Highlights
  • For Canon 580EX, 580 EX II, 600EX-RT, Nikon SB-700 & Metz 54MZ-4

The Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender will help increase the reach of Canon 580EX, 580 EX II, 600EX-RT, Nikon SB-700 and Metz 54MZ-4 flash units, 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.

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 FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Visual EchoesFX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses
     
    4.5

    (based on 127 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (77)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (113)
    • Easy to use (92)
    • Packs small / compresses (88)
    • Reliable (61)
    • Strong construction (21)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (30)
    • Unreliable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (82)
    • Sports/action (27)
    • Fill flash (13)
    • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Travel (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (53), Semi-pro photographer (47), Enthusiast (11), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (73)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This gadget really works!

    I was taking bird shots recently, and was talking to a fellow birder/photographer. We dicussed how early morning sunlight often back-lights birds so that you only get silhouettes and loose color details....Read complete review

    I was taking bird shots recently, and was talking to a fellow birder/photographer. We dicussed how early morning sunlight often back-lights birds so that you only get silhouettes and loose color details. He mentioned the Better Beamer. The premise is that a magnifier extends the reach of your flash for birding shots, eliminating shadows when photographing birds at distances where they are in dark shadows. It seemed too good to be true, but at $ , I figured I had nothing to lose.It looks like a flimsy affair when it arrives, but it does hold up to moderate abuse when mounted on your flash, which takes no time to do.I could not get over how well this thing works; it beams your flash's light magnificent distances. I'm including a picture of two loons I took from my boat recently; they were at approximately 70 feet, and were back lit by the sun. Normally, they would be two black silhouettes, but here you can see color detail very well. Also, a male hummingbird at my feeder, which would normally be a underexposed now looks like he's wearing sequins. Amazing.A great little gadget; affordable, and it really does work.A word of caution! MAKE SURE YOU PUT THE MAGNIFIER IN ITS POUCH WHEN NOT IN USE! If the magnifier is exposed to sunlight, it could potentially start a fire the same way any magnifying glass can do using sunlight.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Simple and effective

    Focuses the light from the flash for long-distance. Works really well. More sturdy than I expected, but still not great - it's made of a fairly thin plastic. Also, I really don't...Read complete review

    Focuses the light from the flash for long-distance. Works really well. More sturdy than I expected, but still not great - it's made of a fairly thin plastic. Also, I really don't want to stick velcro onto my flash head as recommended. (There are so many other accessories I need to attach to my flash.)

    But, for the price, does exactly what it says it will.

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    5.0

    It does what it says it's supose to do

    By Léophoto

    from québec, Canada

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

      This is my second... for diferent flashes.... it works well... great help in low light

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Operative word, "Telephoto" Lens Use

      By Hezikiah

      from British Virgin Islands

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

        The Flash extender does exactly that. It is great for isolating a subject from a distance using your telephoto lens--not a group but an individual in a group. It is extremely lightweight and easy to add to your existing bag of photo accessories.
        It would have been nice for it to be able to my micro-adjustable. The flash has preset angles that don't give you that micro-adjustment you might need to get the flash exactly lined up with your telephoto lens.

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        5.0

        A must for wildlife photography

        By Endoman

        from New Jersey

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

          better and more efficient lighting

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          • No

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          5.0

          great accessory

          By j-p

          from NE CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Installs Easily

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

            I bought this for bird photography and night photography of wildlife. Extends the range of flash considerably.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Good product

            By Mishell

            from West Palm Beach, Fl

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

            Tanks B&H for the delivery. Goods results with this Better Beamer.

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            4.0

            Got very good results for song birds.

            By Dan

            from NJ

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

            I bought this specifically for bird photography with my 300 mm lens and 1.4 converter. Allowed me to capture more detail in the birds. The addition of a small catch light was an added bonus. Would recommend. Fits my Nissin 866 ii flash well.

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            4.0

            Needs a fix for cold weather use

            By Canadian Chris

            from Ontario, Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

            I've been using the BB on my Canon 580 flash for birding for almost a year. It's an indispensible tool for successful bird photography. However, when using it in cold weather (photographing an irruption of Snowy Owls here in southern Ontario where temps are routinely below -10C/14F), the Velcro on both the Fresnel lens and the frame will constantly come right off, leaving your Beamer system useless.

            I have tried all manner of high quality, permanent epoxy glues as a fix, with no success. And when you're in the field, once the Velcro strip has come off in cold, attempts to re-attach it will just not hold, no matter what. Gaffer tape adhesive fails in extreme cold and trying to use gaffer tape is like trying to press Play-Dough onto the Beamer; it just falls off. The Velcro strip on the frame of the Beamer, however, will re-attach once the unit comes back to room temperatures. But this does not help when you're in the field in the cold, sans Beamer and a gorgrous Snowy Owl is peering at you half in the shade, at the top of a telephone pole....

            My fix(s):

            1. Used industrial staples on the Fresnel lens to physically bond the Velcro strip to the Fresnel. However, trying to do that to the body would crack the ridgid plastic.

            2. Best option: cylindrial shaped rare earth magnets from Lee Valley Tools. Once it gets cold enough for the adhesives on the Beamer to fail, I have found that gaffer tape no longer holds either. Certain adhesives are made useless in cold weather, unfortunately, Better Beamer uses those adhesives.

            Overall: If you do bird photography, you need this tool. It's as necessary a piece of bird photography equipment as I can think of. However, if you shoot in cold temperatures, I would strongly consider getting the 1/4" rare earth rod shaped magnet from Lee Valley Tools. Using two magnets on the top and two on the bottom on both sides ensures that when the adhesive holding the Velcro strips fails, your Fresnel lens will still stay on the wide-Y shaped plastic frame, and your day of shooting is not for naught.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Just what you need for bird photography

            By akajjames

            from Dallas, Ga

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Overpriced

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

            This is just what the doctor ordered when I go to Florida this spring to photograph the birds.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Better Birding

            By Kingfish

            from Hammond, Louisiana

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fun
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

            I purchased the Better Beamer to extend the range on my flash so I can photograph timid birds and other critters. Although I will really use the beamer during spring migration, I did have the opportunity to bring it out to a local swamp. Although flimsy to the feel, it did a great job of reaching out and touching the birds. I am very pleased with this handy device.

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            5.0

            Makes life a lot easier ...

            By JRod

            from Saratoga Springs, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

              Very easy to use to add fill light for birding. Wish I had bought one earlier!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Works Just as Advertised!

              By Sandy P

              from San Jose, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

                The BB helps the external flash unit work with a telephoto lens. Still experimenting with it, but so far I have had good results!

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                • No

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                3.0

                Not perfect, but it does work

                By H2o Px

                from Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Weak Construction

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

                It is useful, but take some "target" practice to align. And there is enough play in the mounting that you need to take special care if you are repositioning not to jar the lens.

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                5.0

                Excellent Value

                By wopbv4

                from Perth, West Australia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Pack
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

                  For bird photography in lowlight, this piece of kit is a gift from heaven.
                  It is light, easy to assemble, and "increases" flash reach by factor of three easy

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                  5.0

                  A Great Accessory

                  By Richard

                  from Seaview, WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Photos
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

                    This is my second Beamer, the other one being the FX2. They both work equally well, extending the range of their respective flash guns considerably.

                    There really isn't much else to say; it works as advertised, is compact, and reasonably priced. If you are into wild life or bird photography, the Beamer should be in your bag, or on your flash gun.

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                    5.0

                    Good for wildlife photography

                    By A bird photographer during migration

                    from Chicago, IL

                    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 FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

                      Heard about the Better Beamer from bird photographers. I see many using them. It's a terrific product. Easy to use. Sometimes dial back the flash a bit to account for the brightness. It's amazing how far it can throw the flash. Just keep an eye on it because it is a fresnel lens. Don't leave it on the flash when not in use, even in a tinted back seat. 20 minutes of that and the light coming through the fresnel lens melted part of my flash's front plastic. Also, if you're standing in one place and strong sunlight goes through that lens to the dry grass, you could start a fire. So . . .keep the cover on this when not in use or stay in shade.

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                      3.0

                      Nothing earth shaking

                      By edrx7

                      from Phoenix, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Pack
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Weak Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

                      I had hoped this product would provide a substantial boost in quality with my bird and wildlife photography during low light situations, but that has not been my experience. Although it has added a bit of fill light to offset back-lit subjects, more often than not it causes a unnatural white glare in the eyes which ruins the shot. Some can be removed in post edit, but many times not.I rarely complain about the cost of a product if it does what you need it to do, but this is pretty expensive for what you get and the low cost to manufacture. $[$] would be more appropriate.The velcro is much stronger than the adhesive that hold the strips to the plastic, so expect to have them keep peeling off until they no longer stick.

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                      5.0

                      Great accessory

                      By G-Force1

                      from Lyle, Washington

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

                        The Better Beamer is an awesome accessory if you are shooting wildlife. The unit is light and quick to setup on your flash. It extends the range of the flash dramatically. I have captured images of birds forty feet away and had perfect exposure due to the Better Beamer.

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                        5.0

                        Great Poduct

                        By DTT67

                        from baltimore, Md

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

                          This extender does exactly what it says it does. Its easy to set up on flash and fits perfectly. Definitely extends the flash a great distance without getting that "Flashy" look as long as you balance the ambient light. I think the construction is great - solid enough to serve its purpose and light weight for carrying in camera bag.

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                          5.0

                          This gadget really works!

                          By Canadian Chris

                          from Ottawa, Ontario

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

                            I was taking bird shots recently, and was talking to a fellow birder/photographer. We dicussed how early morning sunlight often back-lights birds so that you only get silhouettes and loose color details. He mentioned the Better Beamer. The premise is that a magnifier extends the reach of your flash for birding shots, eliminating shadows when photographing birds at distances where they are in dark shadows. It seemed too good to be true, but at $ , I figured I had nothing to lose.It looks like a flimsy affair when it arrives, but it does hold up to moderate abuse when mounted on your flash, which takes no time to do.I could not get over how well this thing works; it beams your flash's light magnificent distances. I'm including a picture of two loons I took from my boat recently; they were at approximately 70 feet, and were back lit by the sun. Normally, they would be two black silhouettes, but here you can see color detail very well. Also, a male hummingbird at my feeder, which would normally be a underexposed now looks like he's wearing sequins. Amazing.A great little gadget; affordable, and it really does work.A word of caution! MAKE SURE YOU PUT THE MAGNIFIER IN ITS POUCH WHEN NOT IN USE! If the magnifier is exposed to sunlight, it could potentially start a fire the same way any magnifying glass can do using sunlight.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Birding Flash Accessory

                            By Bill

                            from Houston, TX

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Pack
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Birding Photos
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses:

                              This product is easy to pack (fits into flat case) and east to attach to any speedlite. Works great for making feathers pop when taking birding photographs with a telephoto lens. Very affordable and useful attachment.

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