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

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

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

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  • For Canon 580EX, 580 EX II, 600EX-RT, Nikon SB-700 & Metz 54MZ-4
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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.
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Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Modifier Type Flash Extender
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.2 lb
    FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 168.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for wildlife photography Heard about the Better Beamer from bird photographers. I see many using them. It's a terrific product. Easy to use. Sometimes dial back the flash a bit to account for the brightness. It's amazing how far it can throw the flash. Just keep an eye on it because it is a fresnel lens. Don't leave it on the flash when not in use, even in a tinted back seat. 20 minutes of that and the light coming through the fresnel lens melted part of my flash's front plastic. Also, if you're standing in one place and strong sunlight goes through that lens to the dry grass, you could start a fire. So . . .keep the cover on this when not in use or stay in shade.
    Date published: 2013-08-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This gadget really works! I was taking bird shots recently, and was talking to a fellow birder/photographer. We dicussed how early morning sunlight often back-lights birds so that you only get silhouettes and loose color details. He mentioned the Better Beamer. The premise is that a magnifier extends the reach of your flash for birding shots, eliminating shadows when photographing birds at distances where they are in dark shadows. It seemed too good to be true, but at $ , I figured I had nothing to lose.It looks like a flimsy affair when it arrives, but it does hold up to moderate abuse when mounted on your flash, which takes no time to do.I could not get over how well this thing works; it beams your flash's light magnificent distances. I'm including a picture of two loons I took from my boat recently; they were at approximately 70 feet, and were back lit by the sun. Normally, they would be two black silhouettes, but here you can see color detail very well. Also, a male hummingbird at my feeder, which would normally be a underexposed now looks like he's wearing sequins. Amazing.A great little gadget; affordable, and it really does work.A word of caution! MAKE SURE YOU PUT THE MAGNIFIER IN ITS POUCH WHEN NOT IN USE! If the magnifier is exposed to sunlight, it could potentially start a fire the same way any magnifying glass can do using sunlight.
    Date published: 2013-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Flash for Distant Targets I have been shooting birds with a Better Beamer for years. It simply converts your wide flash output into a powerful narrow beam. I currently have an FX3 Better Beamer attached to a Metz 64 flash unit -- fantastic results. Normally you have to disassemble (un-velcro) the Better Beamer to put it away -- takes 30 seconds or so. I finally bought a bigger camera bag so I can leave it attached to the flash. Much more convenient.
    Date published: 2016-04-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit flimsy, but does the job This works as advertised under very carefully controlled conditions. If you don't set it up correctly, it's useless. The variables that need to be carefully managed are: how far it's Fresnel lens is from the flash lens, and what manual zoom setting you set the flash at. The instructions clearly say to set the flash at a zoom of 50mm, and less clearly that the Fresnel lens must be exactly 6 from the flash lens. It would be easy to put this Better Beamer on with its lens too close to the flash, which really distorts the spread of the flash when projected out as far as you want it. I strongly suggest you experiment with it so you see for yourself how sensitive it is. Bottom line, it can really project light where you want it, but you have to set it up carefully.
    Date published: 2016-01-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Operative word, Telephoto Lens Use The Flash extender does exactly that. It is great for isolating a subject from a distance using your telephoto lens--not a group but an individual in a group. It is extremely lightweight and easy to add to your existing bag of photo accessories. It would have been nice for it to be able to my micro-adjustable. The flash has preset angles that don't give you that micro-adjustment you might need to get the flash exactly lined up with your telephoto lens.
    Date published: 2014-06-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing earth shaking I had hoped this product would provide a substantial boost in quality with my bird and wildlife photography during low light situations, but that has not been my experience. Although it has added a bit of fill light to offset back-lit subjects, more often than not it causes a unnatural white glare in the eyes which ruins the shot. Some can be removed in post edit, but many times not.I rarely complain about the cost of a product if it does what you need it to do, but this is pretty expensive for what you get and the low cost to manufacture. $$ would be more appropriate.The velcro is much stronger than the adhesive that hold the strips to the plastic, so expect to have them keep peeling off until they no longer stick.
    Date published: 2013-07-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works fine This gadget focuses the flash beam much narrower than usual, so that it can be used for fill flash with long lenses at significant distance. I have not yet discovered the maximum distance at which it is useful, but it will be at least 20 metres. Needs to be used with lenses of at least 300mm focal length (200mm on a crop camera) for uniform illumination. It is light in weight and easy to assemble. It is reasonably robust but needs to be treated with care - don't go banging it into things or it'll go out of alignment and you'll need to remove it and reassemble. Nevertheless, it will probably survive unscathed.
    Date published: 2010-08-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great! I tried my FX3 Better Beamer out last weekend for shooting birds at a wildlife area. It was easy to mount and performed flawlessly. It was a dark overcast day and I was able to keep my ISO much lower with better quality images by using the Better Beamer.
    Date published: 2016-04-27
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