Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes

Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses - for Select Mid-Size Flashes

Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses - for Select Mid-Size Flashes

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Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes

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The Visual Echos FX1 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 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, 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. Just weighs 2 1/2 oz.

The FX1 version will fit many mid-size flash heads, e.g. Canon 430EZ, 199d, Nikon SB-24 and SB-28, Minolta 2500 and 5400, and Pentax 5000AF. The measurement between the two attachment flaps is 1 9/16".

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.
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Visual Echoes FX1 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses - for Select Mid-Size Flashes
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    Visual Echoes FX1 specs

    Modifier Type Flash Extender
    Attachment Method Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 4.5 x 1.0"

    Visual Echoes FX1 reviews

    FX1 Better Beamer for Select Mid-Size Flashes is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as Advertised Focuses flash as described and helps eliminate harsh shadows. Had to research on the web to find the one for my flash, which took a while (it's an older flash). The sides are sturdy and mounted easily to my flash. The lens seems a bit flimsy, but it works like it said. It packs away quickly and is easy to carry. Maybe a bit overpriced. A word of caution, it burned two lines an inch long in my neoprene lens cover in less than a minute, so watch where the sun is if you use your camera on a tripod, or are stationary for a while. The concentrated beam from the sun can easily damage your equipment. It could use some type of top piece to keep the sun from hitting the fresnel lens.
    Date published: 2010-09-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheap but effective I've seen many diy versions of this product, but thought the plastic version would be more rigid. It's not, it feels very cheaply made out of the box, so if you like diy projects you could make this for less than the cost. However, as a product it works great. It fits my Canon 420ex speedlight and gives my flash more range (50 feet at full power with 600mm at 1/200 f7) . Anything beyond that and you can't notice flash fired. As others have mentioned, the weak link is the velcro that holds the lens to the front of the extender. It would be better if it had a channel to slide into. But the lens is what holds the shape of the extender when mounted. Great for portability, but very chinsy without reinforcements.
    Date published: 2016-03-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great, would like it to fit better It's a good product. I use it to photograph birds and other small critters. The problem I have is it does not fit my Olympus FL-50 properly. I even checked with tech support and they told me this would be the best fit.
    Date published: 2012-12-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from FX1 Better Beamer, mighty fine! I use the beamer mostly on my 400mm for photographing birds in low light and in shadows. It does extend the range of your flash and is easy to use. I had actually built one before but it was hard to transport on trips as it did not come apart. This one comes apart very easily and can be slipped into a camera bag or backpack which is very nice for transporting it on trips. They do take some adjusting to get them placed just right on the external flash to get the light to strike your subject properly. One item I think could be built better is the Velcro strips on the front that hold the magnifying lenses. It does not stay fastened real well and comes undone at times, but all in all it is a great product and would recommend it to any one.
    Date published: 2012-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Beamer Works like a charm... nice to be able to use fill flash on long lenses. I use it on a sunpack flash when using a Sigma 18-250 on a Canon 60D at long focal lenths (APS-C (.6 full frame sensor)).
    Date published: 2012-01-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Beamer needs better price I had to do some searching on the Web to find which model was correct for my camera. Fortunately, the size I ordered was the right one. It is a welcome addition for adding distance to my external flash during outdoor, zoom photography -- especially when photographing birds in the woods. It appears to be made of good material. My only reservation is the it seems to be overpriced. But since it is one of only a few practical solutions to a need, I am glad I have it.
    Date published: 2009-10-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't be beat! This is a great product. You can add fill flash to subjects like never before.
    Date published: 2008-12-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would recommend it. I do a lot of bird photography & this is fast becoming one of my favorite accessories. Really great for opening up the shadows on distant subjects. Only complaint is the materials seem a little flimsy although I haven't had any problems because of it
    Date published: 2009-09-28
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