Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender

Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender

Visual Echoes FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender

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  • Fits Nikon SB-5000, SB-910, SB-900, Canon 600EX II-RT

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Visual Echoes FX6 overview

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The Visual Echos FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender will help to 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. 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 2.5 oz.

The FX6 version is designed to fit the Nikon SB-5000 AF, SB-910 AF, SB-900 AF Speedlights and the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT, without any need for use of additional "shims."

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 FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Visual Echoes FX6 specs

    Modifier Type Flash Extender
    Attachment Method Strap
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 4.0 x 2.0"

    Visual Echoes FX6 reviews

    FX6 Better Beamer Flash Extender is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 57.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perhaps mine has a defect 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.
    Date published: 2014-08-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from More than expected 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.
    Date published: 2013-06-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from good idea...lousy performance First of all, it is a very delicate product. You usually would need this kind of a product for outdoor use. I used mine during an African Safari. It is too delicate to clamp it to the jeep bar. It falls off when the vibration of the bad roads kicks in. The more important dissatisfaction I experienced was the quality and shape of the modified light through this beamer. You see a rectangular light patch on the subject. Imagine you're shooting an animal at night in its natural habitat. And imagine you end up with a rectangular harsh light around it. My bare SB-900 would have done the job better.
    Date published: 2010-08-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from love it indispensable for bird photography. Takes some getting used to. Definitely google recommendations on how to use it. For example, don't zoom the flash all the way in - about 50mm is recommended.
    Date published: 2009-08-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Bought these to add to my SB-900 - I have a set for the SB-800 as well. Both work as designed - this new design is a little easier to attach than the basic that I bought 4 years ago. Still requires care not to bend pieces - it's light and packable. It's not a robust stand alone take any environment type of product - but with suitable care takes the abuse of working photographers well. You have to be careful not to leave it in the sun - it will burn whatever is in the light path.
    Date published: 2010-07-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bought it on a whim 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
    Date published: 2014-06-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from When far isn't far enough. Every wildlife photographer who shots in difficult lighting conditions, like Warbler Birds in the forest, needs a flash extender and this Better Beamer is just such a tool. I couldn't go into the wild without one.
    Date published: 2009-04-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Could be a Better Beamer Great idea, good results, very cheesy construction. Have found many beamer lenses lying around that fall off. They should design a better way to attach. Recommend users use extra tape for securing the lens.
    Date published: 2011-09-20
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