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Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender

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  • Compatible with Nikon SB-900 and SB-910
  • For Use with Telephoto Lenses

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The Visual Echos FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender will help to 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. 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 2.5 oz.

The FX6 version is designed to custom fit the Nikon SB-900 and SB-910 flashes, without any need for use of additional "shims."

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 FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender
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    Visual EchoesFX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender
     
    4.1

    (based on 42 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (29)
    • Easy to use (27)
    • Consistent output (17)
    • Good power output (14)
    • Durable (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill flash (20)
      • Night photography (8)
      • General purpose (6)
      • Wildlife (4)
      • Birding (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (25)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (16), Photo enthusiast (12), Pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3), Semi-professional (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good product -- Specs misleading

      First let's consider what this is intended for:

      Increasing the "reach" of a common shoe mounted flash for special situations.

      It is NOT some sort of...Read complete review

      First let's consider what this is intended for:

      Increasing the "reach" of a common shoe mounted flash for special situations.

      It is NOT some sort of "Bolt-On" accessory for a Land Cruiser. It isn't marketed as such nor will it work well (or even survive long) in such an application.

      This unit is sold with a few claims that are a bit "off" or somewhat misleading. Most notable of these is the 2 stops of increase in flash guide number.

      This is only true when referenced to the flash's head in the 50mm position where, for example a Canon 580 EX has a measured guide number of about 100 in feet (at 105mm this unit is CLAIMED by Canon to have a Guide number of 190 feet!). It is true that the Better Beamer here will boost that MEASURED 100 foot guide number (for the flash at 50mm) up to a MEASURED value of 200 in feet.

      What is misleading is that the same flash unit without the Better Beamer will achieve a MEASURED guide number of about 140 in feet with the flash head out at the 105mm position. Putting the Better Beamer on the flash brings the Guide number up to just ONE stop more than the flash itself was capable of. NOTE that this is merely what the Flash Manufacturer CLAIMED for the flash unit in the FIRST place!!!

      Now this is important: When you are packing for a trip or, backpacking in to a site, the Better Beamer packs flat, weighs next to nothing and gets you 40% more REAL reach with your flash. That can be a real plus!!!

      I have made my own flash extenders -- the first one predates the Better Beamer by about a decade. My largest such device gave a measured 1.5 stop increase (calculated to be 2 stops but the scattered light from the Fresnel was enough to cut that back by 1/2 an F stop). It was BIG; about 18" square and HEAVY; about 1.5 lbs..

      I usually use the Better Beamer now; it is in my bag and ready to go in a matter of about 30 seconds....

      A downside is that the unit is FLASH MODEL SPECIFIC -- buy the proper one for your flash!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great idea

      This item is based on a great idea but less than stellar execution. It is open on top and bottom and I would prefer that it was fully enclosed. Also the fresnel lens mounts...Read complete review

      This item is based on a great idea but less than stellar execution. It is open on top and bottom and I would prefer that it was fully enclosed. Also the fresnel lens mounts to the side pieces with Velcro. Slots on the front of the arms that the lens would drop and lock into would have been more solid IMO. I will be modifying it to increase it's sturdiness.

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      5.0

      Better Beamer Flash Extender

      By detcord

      from Mississippi

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use

        Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

        I received this piece of equipment with some skepticism, as I'd only heard in the past of the performance capabilities of enhanced flash distance rumored to be expected when using a fresnel lens; however, after conducting a routine test with the product on the day it was received I can report the claims of increased flash distance are if anything slightly understated. This piece of equipment lives up to its claims without fear of any "fudge factor".

        Moreover, the product it sturdy, easily brought into operation as intended, and adequate to all claims of convenience, portability, ease of use, and quickness of dispatch. I could not be happier and look forward to the many years of service its exceptional construction clearly indicate it will provide.

        Keith Benoist

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        4.0

        Absolutely meets expectations...

        By Zonian64

        from West Palm Beach, Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Night Photography
          • Photojournalism

          Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

          I use this item on a Nikon SB-910. I helps light and define photo subjects at greater distances. I use this primarily for wildlife photography, I will also use it for sports as well.My main concern, is the durability as it seems a bit frail and flimsy. I worry that it won't standup to more rugged enough, w/o problems under some circumstances especially when doing wildlife.

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          5.0

          Great product, yet simple

          By Jim

          from Elmhurst, IL

          Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

          So far I'm loving Better Beamer, I plan to use it with a Nikon D3 body, 300mm lens with the Nikon SB900 flash for flying birds. I experimented with the Beamer on parked cars a half block away and the light carried providing great fill light. This is made for a 300mm lens or longer, setting the zoom on the strobe to 50mm. I also made shots of a squirrel at some 200 yards, the results were very good.

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          3.0

          Perhaps mine has a defect

          By JR

          from New City , NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

              This products functions as it's supposed to. It really does extend your flash. I like to photograph birds and the FX6 really enhances my SB-910 flash. Then why only 3 stars?
              This product consists of 3 simple parts, 2 sides and a lens. Velcro is used to keep it together. The Velcro that secures it to my flash is solid, No issues there. However the Velcro strips that secure the lens to the sides barely sticks. Defective Velcro?? I don't see how this product will hold up in the long run. I fear that one strong wind and the Beamers lens is history. I will be exchanging this and hope that this problem is not inherent with the Beamers.

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              5.0

              FX6 Better Beam

              By Grumpy

              from Long Island , New York

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Photographing Animals

                Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                extends the range of your flash

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                4.0

                Bought it on a whim

                By jmlam

                from Lubbock, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                    I bought this out of curiosity - I couldn't understand how or if it would work. However, THIS THING WORKS!! First shot was from about 40 feet from a bright patio into a dark garage with a 300mm lens at f5.6. Continued playing with it and it never disappointed. This is a tool I will use much more than I expected.

                    I bought the unit specified for a SB900 but found it was usable on the smaller SB600 as well. All that is required is to add two small shims to the underside of the mount to compensate for the smaller flash head

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                    5.0

                    It works.

                    By JohnBoy

                    from Albuquerque, New Mexido

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use

                      Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                      Fill flash on birds shot with a 500 mm lens. The flash gets out there of highlight the subject

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                      5.0

                      FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender by Visu

                      By RichardinJax

                      from Jax Florida

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                        This thing does what it says..lives up to its claims and does so eaily. It is exactly wht it says it is.

                        If you shoot wildlife in the forest or other less than optimal light conditions this will let that 100 foot away shot be all that you want it to be.

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                        1.0

                        In the Dark

                        By Snapper

                        from South Florida

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                            I've used the BB for the SB-800 for years with OK results. I find I must put some additional support under the Velcro strap to adjust the BB up a bit to get enough light on my subject. However, I can't find a sweet spot with this BB on my SB-910. I'm getting much better results from that other flash extender offered on B&H.

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                            2.0

                            I would hope for a little more bang.

                            By Tom

                            from Pierre, SD

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy

                            Best Uses

                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                            It's really flimsy and in a little wind, it's hard to control.

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                            5.0

                            Get the

                            By KO

                            from Knoxville, TN

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash

                              Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                              This works well for getting that "catch" in the eye of wildlife in low light conditions. Without it, I wouldn't have gotten the speck of light in the elk's eye in the attached photo. Recommended for wildlife photographers using long telephoto lenses.

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                              4.0

                              More than expected

                              By akaflash

                              from Canaan Valley, West Virginia

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash

                                Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                                Better-than-expected results!
                                The whole thing feels a little flimsy, and perhaps tedious to put on... but still very simple. The key is that it excels in extending your flash range with plenty of power should you need it.

                                Recommendations:
                                Make it 4-sided instead of two
                                Place a thin strip of velcro on the top and glue it
                                Place two dots of velcro on the bottom and glue them
                                Place a thin cloth atop to cover the lens (when not shooting
                                * This will prevent accidental melt-downs

                                Still, I would highly recommend this for anyone needing to add more light in the distance - but not just for birds

                                Fits my nikon 910 and 900 perfectly - without a doubt.

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                                3.0

                                Telephoto help

                                By Jay

                                from Harrisburg, PA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash

                                  Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                                  Flash concentrator for long telephoto lens

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                                  5.0

                                  Does what it's supposed to do.

                                  By Mel

                                  from Atlantic Beach, FL

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Powerful Output

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash

                                    Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                                    Excellent at extending the speedlight range.

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                                    5.0

                                    Extends the capability of the flash

                                    By Patrick

                                    from Westland, MI

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fill Flash

                                      Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                                      I am using this with a Nikon SB-900 to photograph birds and critters in my backyard. It is easy to assemble and works as advertised .

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                                      4.0

                                      good

                                      By WildWill

                                      from San Luis Obispo, CA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Powerful Output

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Fill Flash

                                        Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                                        cheap and flimsy but does what it is suppose to. I use it for bird photography. has helped a lot.

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                                        4.0

                                        Works well.

                                        By George

                                        from Long Island

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Powerful Output

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Fill Flash

                                          Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                                          I actually used it on Metz 48 and it fit fine. I have been using it for birding. It definitley gives more reach and adds some sparkle to the eyes when the sun is not c0operating. Construction simple but for the price I think it is fine.

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                                          5.0

                                          Better beamer gets job done

                                          By Jim Borden

                                          from Springville PA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Fill Flash

                                            Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                                            The better beamer system works great to fill shadows on birds and animals without causing a picture to look like a flash picture.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great product to use

                                            By Quisty

                                            from nz

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                                                I like the better beamer, I use it a lot. It is great to use, easy to set up

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                                                5.0

                                                Really focuses light far away

                                                By Just Bob

                                                from Edinboro, PA

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Consistent Output
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Fill Flash
                                                  • Night Photography

                                                  Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

                                                  I use this with birding and it throws light quite a distance. I also can turn down the flash for less output and that makes the flash cooler and less annoying while shooting. You must get the correct unit to fit on the flash.

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