I noticed in the specs for the new E-M10mkIII that Olympus removed the feature for controlling speedlights off-camera remotely and in groups. This got me thinking about how I work with my own lighting. I use a mix of speedlights and studio strobes from various brands all together. I use a mix of optical triggering as well as pocket wizards. It works. But is there a more streamlined way? I’ve wanted to give the in-camera system a try…it would be so much smoother. The FL-900R is $579 US for one. Yes its awesome, and has a video light, and is weather sealed… I know. But I need a half-dozen of them. It becomes instantly less appealing. So this got me thinking and looking around, especially for someone that wants to work with off camera light and is on a budget or just starting out. The E-M10 is a wonderful camera…so what does that photographer do now? Especially since the remote control of flashes has been removed?
Well…there are a bunch of third party flash manufacturers but Godox in particular has a very interesting system for Olympus. They have a unique product range…but their system fully supports TTL and all the features in the camera, and is cross-brand compatible. Hmm… Only catch is you have to use their trigger if you want to control TTL, power settings, etc… remotely. I have been testing this out and I am quite surprised at how well these work. Their range, and ease of operation has been surprising too. I’ve been using the TT685 flashes with the X1T trigger. I’ve considered doing a full review on using on and off camera flash with the Olympus system… but I know a lot of us here are natural light shooters. I want to ask you if this is something you would interested in. Would you want to see a review and walk through on using a lighting system with your camera? This includes using focus stacking and high res with lights.
Let me know if you this is something you would want to see.
And by the way… shooting in High Speed Sync mode to try and bypass the electronic shutter sync speed of 1/50th does work. You can bypass it and shoot at higher shutter speeds with a flash firing. You just don’t get a usable image. Half the image is unexposed sadly. Got excited there just for a moment… Oh well! Doesn’t hurt to try!