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

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Visual Echoes
Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses
Key Features
  • 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.
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Visual Echoes Better Beamer Overview

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.
UPC: 852648006759

Visual Echoes Better Beamer Specs

Modifier TypeFlash Extender
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9 x 4.9 x 1.3"

Visual Echoes Better Beamer Reviews

It works.

By Leandro
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-14

Perfect for wildlife. It is lightweight and it does not weight down the flash head.

Useful But Over Stated Claims

By Grover
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-26

Generally speaking the Better Beamer functions. It does NOT increase the guide number of your flash by 2-3 stops over the flash manufacturer's claimed values. The increase is, more honestly, stated as it brings the flash output to the manufacturer's claimed GN. Over the years I have measured quite a number of better beamer units on various flashes. The best result thus far was a gain of a single f stop (GN 1.4 X as large as the claimed number for the flash at maximum zoom on the head). On the other hand almost all flash manufacturers GNs are over stated by about 1-2 f numbers (200 claimed, 150 delivered, 165 claimed and 90 delivered) when measured outdoors with no ceilings or reflectors. In that sense it IS useful. Full disclosure here, long, long before Walt began marketing his Better Beamer I made several such devices using up to 14 focal length and 16 diameter Fresnel lenses with 4 side reflection inside the Fresnel holder for my own use. The best optical gain in measured GN was 2.8X (3 f-stops). Generally the Fresnel lens itself scatters almost a full f stop of light from it.... The highest GN gain I have ever measured, as well as the highest GN for a hand held flash unit I have measured was in excess of 560 in feet with a 360 Joule Norman/Lumedyne head. This used the Norman 2H reflector. Is the Better Beamer useful? Yes. Are the marketing claims misleading? Yes. Are the flash unit manufacturers claims inflated? Yes. Bottom line: count on the Better Beamer getting you back up to the claimed specs for the manufacturers flash and you will be happy.

It work well but.

By EUGENE
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-22

It work on my Nikon SB-700 Speedlite but sometimes Velcro tape is too thick to block the red sensor of flash that do not flash. I will try with different type of tape that fit.

Awesome

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-26

I have always wanted to try a beamer for bird photos. I have done some test so far and this unit really trough's out the light. It easily mounts to my Nikon SB-700 flash head with very good fit. It breaks down well for packing in my camera back pack so its always with me.

GREAT PIECE OF KIT!

By ROB
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-10-23

WORKS GREAT!

Flash photo in the field

By Morris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-23

I use this item while shooting in the field. Works very well and happy I did purchase this item.

Some trouble aligning, but works well enough

By Dana
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-21

Title says it all.

Useful But Over Stated Claims

By Grover
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-26

Generally speaking the Better Beamer functions. It does NOT increase the guide number of your flash by 2-3 stops over the flash manufacturer's claimed values. The increase is, more honestly, stated as it brings the flash output to the manufacturer's claimed GN. Over the years I have measured quite a number of better beamer units on various flashes. The best result thus far was a gain of a single f stop (GN 1.4 X as large as the claimed number for the flash at maximum zoom on the head). On the other hand almost all flash manufacturers GNs are over stated by about 1-2 f numbers (200 claimed, 150 delivered, 165 claimed and 90 delivered) when measured outdoors with no ceilings or reflectors. In that sense it IS useful. Full disclosure here, long, long before Walt began marketing his Better Beamer I made several such devices using up to 14 focal length and 16 diameter Fresnel lenses with 4 side reflection inside the Fresnel holder for my own use. The best optical gain in measured GN was 2.8X (3 f-stops). Generally the Fresnel lens itself scatters almost a full f stop of light from it.... The highest GN gain I have ever measured, as well as the highest GN for a hand held flash unit I have measured was in excess of 560 in feet with a 360 Joule Norman/Lumedyne head. This used the Norman 2H reflector. Is the Better Beamer useful? Yes. Are the marketing claims misleading? Yes. Are the flash unit manufacturers claims inflated? Yes. Bottom line: count on the Better Beamer getting you back up to the claimed specs for the manufacturers flash and you will be happy.

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Will this flash extender work with my Metz 52 AF-1 flash?
Asked by: Anonymous
This flash extender is designed specifically for use with the Canon 580EX, 580 EX II, 600EX-RT, Nikon SB-700, and Metz 54MZ-4 flashes. Unfortunately, it will not be compatible with a Metz 52 AF-1 flash, and there are no Visual Echoes Better Beamer Flash Extenders that are designed for use with this unit.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Which model will match yongnuo yn685
Asked by: Heshara A.
The Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses (B&H # VIFX3) would be recommended for use with the Yongnuo YN685 Wireless TTL Speedlite Flash.https://bhpho.to/2bQco3h
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

I have a Godox V860II (N)flash. Can anybody recommend which model for this ?
Asked by: Reg G.
The FX3 would be best for a flash like the Godox V860 II-N.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-08-15

does this fit the Yongnuo 685 for Nikon?

does this fit the Yongnuo 685 for Nikon?
Asked by: Michael
The Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender, B&H # VIFX6 is more suitable for the Yongnuo YN685N.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-01-31

Which better Beamer fits the flashpoint zoom ...

Which better Beamer fits the flashpoint zoom li-on r2 n Ttl speed light? Thanks!
Asked by: Michele
The Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses would be the best option for the Godox VING V860IIN which is the same flash under the Godox Brand.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2022-04-03

Will this fit a Godox TT350?

Will this fit a Godox TT350?
Asked by: Mitchell
No, I would recommend the FX1B, click the link below to view; https://bhpho.to/32i2kd0
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-09-11

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Which model is better for Yongnuo 600exrt?
Asked by: Gustavo
I agree with Heather S.
Answered by: Kenneth E.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Do any work with Better Beamers work with sunpak PZ58X? thanks
Asked by: Daniel
The FX3 will work with a flash such as the Sunpak PZ58X.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-08-09
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