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Visual EchoesFX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender
 
4.1

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (34)
  • Easy to use (31)
  • Consistent output (21)
  • Good power output (17)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Fill flash (23)
  • Night photography (9)
  • General purpose (6)
  • Wildlife (4)
  • Birding (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (15), Pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (3), Semi-professional (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Walt Anderson's Better Beamer is excellent, but

Walt Anderson's Better Beamer (BB) does what is says on the tin. I extends the reach of your flash to subjects up to and beyond 15m. AND there seems to be almost no...Read complete review

Walt Anderson's Better Beamer (BB) does what is says on the tin. I extends the reach of your flash to subjects up to and beyond 15m. AND there seems to be almost no competition.

I will be using mine as a pair on 2 SB-910 flashes mounted to the side of my 400mm f/2.8 to provide a key or fill light subjects on safari in Kenya and Tanzania. I will be trying the set up with and without the BB and with and without its front lens for subjects in the 15-30 m range -- possibly beyond

It's exceptionally easy to assemble, lightweight and packable -- but this also makes it a little fragile. I treat my BB as a consumable - it can only be expected to have a certain life, before I wreck it and need another one.

It's very easy to attached - but if you mounting your flash(s) off camera you have to take great care to ensure they are 100% aligned with where you are shooting. Off camera mounts like RRS's build this alignment into their design.

It's not very efficient - The BB does not focus 100% of the light emitted from the flash -- my guess (others estimate) that only 50-60% of the light is refocussed by the lens and as a result I am concerned about light loss and scatter away from the subject. Where this is a concern I will be fixing silver / reflective material to the inside of the arms and putting a flash modifier/ snoot around the BB and flash head - extending 2-3" in front to ensure that there is as little stray light as possible.

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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

Headlight beam flash power

By Mooch dog

from Illinois

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Powerful Output

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

      I bought this to improve the concentration of my Nikon speed light in bird photography with a 600 mm lens. Does a perfect job although aiming is always a challenge. It usually takes a few test shots to make sure I am aimed exactly where the lens is pointed but after that as long as aI leave it in place the output is consistent.

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      4.0

      Walt Anderson's Better Beamer is excellent, but

      By ajm057

      from Wimbledon Village, London,United Kingdom

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use
      • It's Exceptionally Easy
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Light loss

      Best Uses

      • Flash Extension

      Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

      Walt Anderson's Better Beamer (BB) does what is says on the tin. I extends the reach of your flash to subjects up to and beyond 15m. AND there seems to be almost no competition.

      I will be using mine as a pair on 2 SB-910 flashes mounted to the side of my 400mm f/2.8 to provide a key or fill light subjects on safari in Kenya and Tanzania. I will be trying the set up with and without the BB and with and without its front lens for subjects in the 15-30 m range -- possibly beyond

      It's exceptionally easy to assemble, lightweight and packable -- but this also makes it a little fragile. I treat my BB as a consumable - it can only be expected to have a certain life, before I wreck it and need another one.

      It's very easy to attached - but if you mounting your flash(s) off camera you have to take great care to ensure they are 100% aligned with where you are shooting. Off camera mounts like RRS's build this alignment into their design.

      It's not very efficient - The BB does not focus 100% of the light emitted from the flash -- my guess (others estimate) that only 50-60% of the light is refocussed by the lens and as a result I am concerned about light loss and scatter away from the subject. Where this is a concern I will be fixing silver / reflective material to the inside of the arms and putting a flash modifier/ snoot around the BB and flash head - extending 2-3" in front to ensure that there is as little stray light as possible.

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      5.0

      Performs better than expected

      By ribyt

      from Carmel, Indiana

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

        I bought the beamer specifically to photo skittish wildlife from a distance. When received, I quickly put it to the test to freeze the motion of hummingbird wings from a distance that did not scare the bird away. Despite the hummingbird fast wing motions that require better than 1/10,000 of a second to totally freeze the motion-I was pleased with the result. The slight blur effect you get is from the ambient light in the scene. I can accept a small amount of blur and am happy with the results. To improve upon this level, I can only suggest a modestly dark colored screen placed about 5 ft behind the bird to reduce the ambient light source further. I think multiple flash units all synced together and placed closer to the bird - might also help bring out more iridescent colors.
        My equipment used was the nikon D800 with 200mm f 2.8 using a low ISO f 250-400 with the sb910 flash on 1/128th power for quick flash.
        I was getting shutter speeds of 1/400 and faster.
        Minimal post processing was used on the images.
        Can't wait to try it on owls in flight next.
        I plan on making a simple foamboard cover that I will line with foil to enhance the output and range. foamboard hinged with duct tape and secured to unit with rubber band or velcro wrap. Will use that for animals farther away, and with my more high powered zoom lenses.

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        1.0

        I don't get it?

        By Nicster

        from New England

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Weak Output

          Best Uses

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

            The Better Beamer doesn't do anything to improve the flash.

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            4.0

            Great addition

            By ardo

            from quebec, canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Construction Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash

            Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

            To add daylight colors to my shots.
            Great: lightweight, easy to install, long range
            bad: flimsy construction

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            5.0

            Better Beamer

            By andydean

            from queens, ny

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Catch Light In Birds Eyes
              • Fill Flash

              Comments about Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender:

              Product works well. Must remember to reset your zoom to 50mm on your flash, each time you attach to your camera. The sides are plastic so care should be taken not to break them.

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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

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                  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

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                            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

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                                    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

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                                      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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