Summary: Considering the automatic functions of this flash with the E-3, the price was well worth it, purchased used at KEH. When shooting weddings, this flash produced good lighting along with ambient light. I added a LumiQuest bounce adapter. The flash is placed on a professionally designed bracket including the off-camera adapter. I'm very well pleased with the results. The flash integrates with the E-3; one does not have to make any adjustments.
Pros: Reliable, quick recharge (faster than most flash units I've used), ease of use, and integration with the E-series cameras.
Cons: The NiMH batteries have a tendency to drain faster and I have to be several battery sets for any major assignment such as a wedding shoot., A direct battery pack, allowing for extended usage and not have to rely upon the Olympus battery pack/bracket. I prefer to use over the lens brackets, even adjustable for both portrait and landscape.
Summary: I bought this flash originally just for more consistent output for night photography at parties and events, but I've found that I'm using it now even during the day for shooting sports and as filler light. The amount of control it has on hand makes this such a versatile flash. The interface between my E-510 makes it even more user friendly. It does, however, weigh the camera down a little.
Summary: I've had this flash for a year now, it has exceeded all my expectations. I was considering a metz with my E500 but choose the fl-50 for ease of use. I get great shoots across and down the football field with the olympus 300m. Great at the Drag strip or shooting birds too. I do suggest lithium batteries cycles fast and a lot more flashes. great buy easy to use.
Summary: Decent flash, but overpriced compared to Nikon's SB-800. Since the FL-50 is the only flash that will give you high speed shutter sync with an E-1, you really don't have much of a choice. That said, it performs quite well. Plenty of power for bounce and outdoor fill. With the 14-54f2.8-3.5, it zooms automatically at 14, 18, 25 and 35, but only when the flash is locked in the standard forward facing mode. Once you tilt it, it zooms all the way for max power.
Pros: More power and faster refresh times than your only alternative, the FL-36
Cons: Expensive relative to N and C, Build quality lacking for price
Excerpt: "...like me, you have an Olympus DSLR and are enjoying its flexibility and quality, you may well be considering a flash unit. At first glance, the cost of the two available Olympus units is a little off putting. In particular, I asked myself "how will this improve my photography?" Well, I ended up choosing the FL50, and I'm glad I did. This is a seriously powerful flash gun, but its controllability and flexibility mean that you can use it in any situation. ...