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Panasonic DMW-FL500 Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 164'/50 m at 85mm)

B&H # PADMWFL500 Mfr # DMW-FL500
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Product Highlights
  • For DMC-L1, DMC-L10, DMC-LC1, DMC-LC5, DMC-FZ50, DMC-FZ30, DMC-FZ20 & DMC-FZ10 Cameras

The Panasonic DMW-FL500 Shoe Mount Flash is an external flash that is fully compatible with Panasonic cameras that feature a flash shoe mount (DMC-L1, DMC-L10, DMC-LC1, DMC-LC5, DMC-FZ50, DMC-FZ30, DMC-FZ20 & DMC-FZ10 etc.). This flash offers full bounce and swivel flexibility, and its auto-zoom head will automatically adjust to match the angle of the lens within this range. It also features an additional wide-angle panel for extreme wide-angle situations.

Its available flash modes are: TLL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto and FP Manual.
Built-in AF Assist lamp helps the camera focus at low-brightness levels.
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 164' (49.99 m) ISO100 at 85 mm position
Angle of Coverage 61° - 21°
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Coverage 24 mm - 85 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 85 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 5 - 7 seconds
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.1 x 5.5 x 4.2" / 7.9 x 14.0 x 10.7 cm
Weight 1 lb / 454 g
Panasonic DMW-FL500 Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 164'/50 m at 85mm)
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    PanasonicDMW-FL500 Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 164'/50 m at 85mm)
     
    3.7

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (3)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Fill flash (3)
    • General purpose (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    2.0

    need to be improved

    By Omid bp

    from vancouver, bc

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Powerful Output

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Panasonic DMW-FL500 Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 164'/50 m at 85mm):

      The manual is not as helpful as it should be.
      The flash as far as I tried cannot be sync with GH1 to take +/- in one shot, bracket. It should be adjusted each time. Also you cannot take burst photos. You have to wait to recharge again. its not wireless yet. the dials are not very easy to work with.

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      5.0

      Valued Purchase

      By Gene.Gingrich

      from Hamilton Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Intuitive controls

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

      Comments about Panasonic DMW-FL500 Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 164'/50 m at 85mm):

      Easy to learn even without the guidebook (i.e. settings and controls self-explanatory).
      A little heavy on my DMC-G10 but easily carried.
      The flip out Wide Panel is ingenious.

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      3.0

      Auto ISO Fuction Does Not Work

      By Paul

      from WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Has no auto ISO function
        • Panasonic Tech Sup wrong

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic DMW-FL500 Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 164'/50 m at 85mm):

          I called Panasonic to find out if the auto ISO function on the DMC GH2 camera would vary the ISO settings in the flash. It took them awhile to get back to me which reduced my confidence. They finally got back to me and said it did. Not convinced, I contacted a well know company in Germany that makes excellent flashes for all camera models as well as a a comparable flash for this panasonic flash (also for sale on the website). They went to work with thier flash model the panasonic and my camera model. The Panasonic flash does NOT respond to auto iso settings in the camera, but niether does the other manufacture's. This is more of a criticism of Panasonic's technical staff more than the flash. I did not buy the Panasonic flash because of this..got the other, more powerful, faster recharge and I can't tell you about the price difference. Just trying to follow the posting rules and get the correct info out.

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          4.0

          Impressed!

          By Kerry

          from Maine

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Panasonic DMW-FL500 Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 164'/50 m at 85mm):

          This flash has won my heart! The results of indoor photography using the DMW-FL500 compared to the on camera flash are amazing! I am not a master at flash photography yet, but I am having a grand time learning to use the various modes and flash output levels - impressive! It was a hard decision to choose between the Panasonic FL500 and the less expensive, lighter and less powerful FL360. In the end, the output capabilities trumped. It is one powerful flash!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Flash with Good Controls

          By Tom

          from Washington State

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Lacks diffuser

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use

          Comments about Panasonic DMW-FL500 Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 164'/50 m at 85mm):

          Shoots wide angle with good, sophisticated contols and build quality. The unit is lacking a built-in diffuser.

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          4.0

          Seems fine

          By Hillary

          from Olympia WA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic DMW-FL500 Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 164'/50 m at 85mm):

            For TTL and max sync speed this flash works great with my GF1. I also have a LumoPro manual flash, which is more powerful but also larger and heavier, and is more suitable for off camera. So far this flash has worked perfectly on auto and TTL modes, but I haven't tried it in manual mode yet. It's a better buy than the other, lower powered Panasonic flashes because it's the only one that can bounce.

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