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Visual Echoes FX5 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses - for Canon 430EX & Pentax AF500FTZ

Visual Echoes
Visual Echoes FX5 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses - for Canon 430EX & Pentax AF500FTZ
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Visual Echoes FX5 Overview

The Visual Echos FX5 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 FX5 version is designed to costum fit the Canon 430EX and Pentax AF500FTZ flashes.

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: 852648006711

Visual Echoes FX5 Specs

Modifier TypeFlash Extender
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.21 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.8 x 7.05 x 1.95"

Visual Echoes FX5 Reviews

Great Flash Extender

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-13

I bought this to use to extend my flash while taking pictures on the Delaware River of wintering Bald Eagles. It came with two cases to carry it in my camera bag which is a extra bonus!

What an improvement

By tom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-02-06

What an improvement! Works great in the mid size 430 flash. I like the fact it breaks down for packing!

Great purchase

By Sherman
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-08

I have not used my FX5 yet but I did fit it on my speedlite (Canon 430EX-II). I've not the opportunity to shoot with it for wildlife and a long lens but will post another review when I do. Happy I purchased this product. S. Wright

It really works!

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-27

I had seen this sort of attachment on a TV show but thought it was an entire flash gun. I later discovered it was an attachment and very inexpensive. I was surprised by how flimsy it seems to be (thus, my 4 rather than 5 stars). As I get used to it, this opinion could change. I took it out into my back yard today to test it on my song birds. Conditions were cloudy. Feeders are about 20 feet or so from my position. Doves were on a dogwood around 120 feet away-- and the flash effect was still noticeable! The flash does add a bit of a vignette as it focuses the light. All settings here were manual exposure (1/125, 1/80, 1/60 second @ f/8, ISO 100, Canon 7D) with 430 ex flash set to default settings. The flash may bother some birds. It seemed to upset the squirrels a little. I'm pretty pleased at these results and think it will improve my bird and wildlife photography.

Works as advertised.

By Terrance
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-04-13

The Better Beamer is a very useful tool for low light photography and the Beamer work just as advertised. It also comes with a very good instruction booklet. The price of this unit isn't to bad either.

Excellent for long lens

By charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-12-26

I use this shooting wildlife with either my 28-300mm or my 100-400mm lens. It gives just enough light to brighten eye sockets and fur/feathers or a beek. Great tool added to my tool box

Does its job cheap

By Jon
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-22

$35 is cheap in photography dollars. I had to photograph a red-shouldered hawk in a nest a good 50 feet up in a shady location. Flashing the bird with the bb gave better result than flash without it, or no flash with overexposure. Not the sturdiest of construction, so unsure how it will survive in the field over time.

Could be better made.

By James
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-16

For what you pay for this item you would think it would be a little less flimsy, will get the job done once you can get it aimed properly though.

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Does this extender come with a lens or do I need to also buy the $9.95 Fresnel lens featured in the accessories column?
Asked by: Anonymous
The visual Echoes FX5 Better Beamer does come with the Fresnel lens. The Fresnel lens you see in the accessories section would be a replacement part.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Will this work with a Canon 580 Flash?

Will this work with a Canon 580 Flash?
Asked by: Morris
You need the FX3 Beamer, click the link below to view;
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-02-19


Hi :-) Will this fit my Metz 52 AF-1?
Asked by: Anonymous
No, it does not fit on the Metz 52 AF-1 flash.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Will this fit my Nissin 866 II?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Visual Echoes FX5 Better Beamer is designed for the Canon 430EX and Pentax AF500FTZ flashes and is not recommended for use with other models. The Harbor Digital Design XT Flash Extender Kit will be the best fit for the Nissin 866 II:
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Will this also fit on a Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT?
Asked by: William E S.
Yes it will, it's designed for the 430 EX II and the 430 EX III-RT is just about the same size...It works like a charm!ShermN
Answered by: Sherman W.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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