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Olympus' FL-36 flash. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Compact and lightweight Olympus FL-36 flash is designed for performance and portability

Latest Electronic Flash Rounds Out “Designed For Digital” Product Offerings and Provides Impressive and Cost-Effective Performance

Melville, New York, September 27, 2004 – Olympus America Inc. today introduced the FL-36 Electronic Flash, an external flash unit that joins the existing members of the Olympus electronic flash family. Designed specifically for use with digital cameras, the FL-36 rounds out the comprehensive lineup of “designed for digital” accessories for the E-System Digital SLR cameras and other prosumer models from Olympus. The FL-36 flash offers the robust and full-featured functionality of the larger FL-50 combined with cost effectiveness.

“The FL-36 provides photographers with an additional option from the existing suite of electronic flashes Olympus offers for our E-System Digital SLR cameras and prosumer models like the C-8080 Wide Zoom and C-5060,” said John Knaur, senior marketing manager, Olympus America. “As a result of its completely digital framework, the FL-36 achieves a higher level of exposure accuracy than flash units designed for film based cameras.”

The FL-36 Electronic Flash is specifically designed for digital with an accurate 1/8 step illumination control to provide the precision required by digital cameras, while minimizing illumination reduction. The built-in wide-angle diffuser panel will allow the flash to provide even illumination with wide angle lenses like the new Zuiko Digital 14mm-45mm zoom. The inclusion of a lockable bounce and swivel mechanism offers a variety of bounce photography options including left-right, as well as top-bottom in addition to a compact zoom head to accommodate lenses from wide angle to telephoto.

The FL-36 also features a newly designed energy circuit that improves recharge rates and enables the flash to operate on just two AA batteries or one CR-3 Volt lithium. In addition, the FL-36 incorporates an ultra-precision mounting technology communicating with the E-1 and new EVOLT E-300 for control. The FL-36 is compact, lightweight and extremely portable, and is approximately 25% shorter and 35% lighter than the larger FL-50 flash, a significant space and weight savings.

The FL-36 External Flash will be available in November 2004.

U.S. Pricing:
FL-36 External Flash MSRP: $249.99

FL-36 Specifications*
Olympus' FL-36 flash strobe. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

External electronic flash camera

Guide Number

GN / Focal Lengths at ISO 100 equivalent

39 ft / 12m at 8mm (Wide Panel)

45.5ft / 14m / 10mm (Wide Panel)

65ft / 20m at12mm

71.5ft / 22m at 14mm

84.5ft / 26m at 18mm

91ft / 28m at 25mm

104ft / 32m at 35mm

117ft / 36m at 42mm

Firing Angle

Up-down / Left-right / Focal lengths

61.9 / 78.2 / 12mm

54.6 / 69.9 / 14mm

45.4 / 58.8 / 18mm

33.5 / 43.9 / 25mm

25.2 / 33.1 / 35mm

21.4 / 28.1 / 42mm

Recharge Time

AA alkaline

CR-3V type lithium battery


AA Oxide

8 sec

7 sec

7 sec

6 sec

Flash Emission Period

Approx. 1 / 20000sec – 1 / 500sec

Flash Emission Count

AA alkaline

LB-01 type lithium battery packs


AA Oxide

120 flashes

200 flashes

150 flashes

150 flashes

Flash Modes

TTL Auto: Flashes after measuring appropriate illumination with a pre-flash

FP-TTL Auto: Flashes after measuring appropriate illumination with pre-flash. Shutter speeds of 1/30 sec. To 1/4000 sec.

Auto: Controls illumination to match lens aperture, using the FL-36's light receptor window

Manual: Flash Uses guide number setting

FP-Manual: FP flash at manually set illumination with shutter speeds of 1/30 sec to 1/4000 sec.

Illumination Correction

Correct flash illumination in a range of ± 3 EV, in fine-grained steps of ± 1/3 EV.

Bounce Angles





With lock button

90 ° , 75 ° , 60 ° 45 °


90 ° , 60 ° , 30 °

150 ° ,120 ° , 90 ° , 60 ° , 30 °

AF Illuminator

One illuminator with 3 points

Use together with camera built in Flash

Depends on camera type; Can use with E300 Built in Flash

Power Supply

AA NiCad

AA alkaline


AA Lithium

CR-V3 lithium battery pack (LB-01)

AA manganese

AA Oxide








External Power Supply


Auto Power Off

1) Synchronizes with auto power off operation of cameras

2) Power switch on flash body

Operating Environment

0 ° - 40 ° C, 0 ° - 80% humidity


65 x 105 x 95


9.45oz/270g (excluding batteries)


Built-in wind panel

Soft case, Manual

More Photos
Olympus' FL-36 flash strobe. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Olympus' FL-36 flash strobe. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

*Specifications subject to change without notice.

Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide.

Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents; and
  • Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.

In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.


(First posted on Monday, September 27, 2004 at 09:00 EDT)

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