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OM T32 Electronic Flash Unit Part II

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Viewfinder ready light.

Most of OM SLRs like OM1n, OM2n, OM2SP, OM3Ti, OM4(Ti), OM10, OM20, OM30 and OM40 provide a viewfinder flash ready/exposure ok indication (Despite the superiority it presents, but NOT all OM models supports TTL flash while a few don't provide flash ready light yet such as the original M1 and others - mainly confined to those early batches of OM1 and OM2 bodies).

So even though the T32 may have all the muscle you need, it will still have to check if your camera model provides the capability to fully optimize what this remarkable flash can provide you. The issue of detachable accessory shoe of Shoe 1 to shoe 4 with OM1(n) /OM2(n) with Quick Auto 310/T-series flash models may not pose too much of a problem but still require you to pay a little attention to check before go for extensive use.

For those bodies that support viewfinder ready/Flash exposure OK indication, a bright LED will light up inside to indicate full flash charge and uniquely, flickers after the picture is taken to confirm correct flash exposure.

If the flash light was not sufficient for the subject, the LED goes out. This feature is paralleled by the "CHARGE" and "AUTO CHECK" lamps on the back of the T32 flash unit.

Automatic Sync -Setting

Other than older M1, early OM1 and OM2 models, virtually all subsequent OM camera bodies from OM1n and OM2n onwards are provided with an automatic X synchronization at the hot shoe. The OM10 automatically sets the shutter speed for X synchronization when the T32 or T20 is plugged in and switched on. The OM-2 will prevent the flash firing at shutter speeds above 1/60 sec. It also switches flash modes automatically between TTL OTF Auto when the camera selector lever is at "AUTO" or "OFF" and Manual when the lever is at "MANUAL". The auto sync speed setting to 1/60 sec when used with T32 or other T series flash models may also pose some problems for those who might want to absorb more ambient light in a flash dominant picture, but how can override flash exposures longer than 1/60th with a camera such as an OM-2N which may set the shutter speed automatically with an newer accessory shoe 4 ? Some users suggest to use a tape over the flash ready light contact. Relative: Instruction manual for Olympus T32 Flash

But generally, with a mechanical camera such as OM1n, you can still use any of the mechanical speed to delay the shutter timing slower than 1/60sec.

*NOTE: For OM1n and OM2n bodies, with any T series flash models attached with an Accessory Shoe 4, it will automatically X-sync, regardless of the position of the X/FP switcher is pointing at.

System Versatility

The T32 occupies an important slot within the OM System design concept, it is also the center of a unique, totally modular, highly functional and versatile flash system. System units include a special Power Bounce Grip 2 containing extra batteries for faster recycling and a greater number of flashes and featuring a release button for motor driven flash photography.

The bounce grip provides for horizontal, vertical and diagonal angling permitting automatic bounce flash for vertically framed photos. Other units are special extension cords, the world's first multiple flash adapter and an AC adapter.

But you can take a good look of just how versatile this flash can be either use it singularly or when couples it with many other innovative system accessories.

Straight Flash

<< --- Just fit the T32 into the camera's hot shoe and shoot. It has a Guide Number of 32 (ASA100, meters) or 104 (ASA100,i feet) (automatic distance range goes much further with the TTL "OTF" Auto mode with the OM-2 series and other OM bodies that support TTL flash), a super wide (24mm lens) flash angle and incredibly fast, simple settings (3 Auto, 2 Manual, and absolutely no setting at all on TTL "OTF" Auto).

Using a number of OM System units together, the most convenient use of the T32 and bounce grip is with motor drive or winder. The bounce grip will swing 180° so you can secure it either on the left or the right side of the camera. It provides a special release button for the camera shutter, flash and motor driven film advance, leaving your left hand entirely free.

Motor Driven Flash Retaining the extremely compact, lightweight format for which OM System motor drive are renowned, the original Winder 1 or the current Winder 2 boasts a speed of up to 2.5-frames-per-second, in "Sequence" or "Single" frame operation. The both the Olympus Motor Drive and Winder 1 or version 2 can be used together with the 250 Film Back 1 and other units of the OM System Motor Drive Group. It features a separate battery power source for use in extreme temperatures and provision for wired or wireless remote control operation. But it can also use with all the few high powered Olympus flash such as the Hammer Head T45 or T32.

With its guide number of 32 (ASA/ISO 100, meter), T32 features a minimum recycling time of 0.2 sec. which means it is adequately powerful enough When you are shooting close subjects at wide apertures, you may get complete flash cycles* even with the 5-frame-per-second motor drive. You can also use it together with the Winder 1 or 2 for 2.5-frame-per-second action.

* Although technically, it is possible to use the T32 with a five frames per second sequential action shooting; it is however depends on a number of other factors to enable it to achieve a high success rate with proper exposure.

Always use fresh power cells if you anticipate such application; it is NOT advisable to use it beyond 8 feet as theoretically it will reduce the power of each burst of light. The guide number may reduce to sub-10 (ASA/ISO 100, meter) and could pose under exposures if the flash to subject working range is too far.

Bounce Flash Slip the T32 in the Power Bounce Grip 2, link it to the OM-2 with the TTL Auto Cord T and you have a high powered, fully-automatic bounce system with free angulation horizontally, diagonally and vertically. The bounce grip turns 300° left to right, 90° up and 20° down and locks in any position with a single lever. You can also add the extra 90° up and 15° down angles of the T32's built-in bounce mechanism.--->>>

Macrophoto Flash

On TTL "OTF" Auto, the flash can get as close as 18cm (0.6 ft.) from the subject. Exposures with the OM-2 are fully automatic.

The enormously high speed of flash is ideal for arresting motion and increasing depth of field of macro subjects since you don't have to worry about exposures.

<<<-- Olympus has designed a twin flash bracket during the late eighties, you can, therefore can select an option for single or double flash heads configuration in macrophoto flash photography.

Multiple Flash Effects

With the TTL Auto Multi Connector you can shoot on TTL "OTF Auto simultaneously with several T32 or T20 flash units.

Normally the flash can be connecting up to three units of T series flash, but with more than one connector, as many as a total of nine multiple flash exposures for total control over lighting is possible and yet retaining full TTL flash auto. For the first time in the world, amateurs too can enjoy this exciting professional technique. ---->>>

Diffused Flash

You can put a screen in front of the flash unit to get a soft, shadow-free lighting effect. It will change the exposure factor of the flash but it doesn't affect the accuracy of TTL "OTF" Auto flash with the T32 and the OM-2 series bodies or other any other OM bodies that supports TTL auto flash.

A more accurate Telephoto flash Shots

Because you can use wide lens apertures you can shoot over 20 meters away on TTL "OTF" Auto. When you fit a telephoto lens the camera will read only the angle of coverage of your picture. That's because TTL "OTF" Auto always reads only the light that comes in through the taking lens.

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