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OM T32 Electronic Flash Unit Part III


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Zoom Heads, wide-adaptors and Filters The incomparable versatility of the Electronic Flash T32 is further increased by these accessories units. They almost double the flash intensity with telephoto subjects, greatly increase the maximum flash angle to give incredible coverage for even a 21mm super wide angle lens.

This permits many interesting and highly convenient special effects photography to be made possible like through the use of color filters. When used in TTL OTF Auto flash mode with Olympus SLR cameras that provide TTL OTF flash exposure control system, all flash exposures remain totally automatic in every type of flash, whatever combination of units is selected. Of particular interest is the use of these units in TTL OTF Auto multi-flash photography, where they can function to accentuate directional light intensity and create unusual color balances.

Power Bounce Grip 2 An auxiliary power unit used for converting the Electronic Flash T32 or T20 into a grip-type flash. The grip section contains four l.5V "C" batteries. It also permits universal angling to 90° up, 20° down and 300° horizontally as the bounce head can be angled in any direction, with a maximum movement of 90° up, 20° down, 240° to the left and 60° to the right. The separate bracket section can be used. to attach the grip to the left or right side of the camera. For TTL "OTF" Auto flash with the OM-2, the grip is linked electrically with the camera via the TTL Auto Cord T (0.3m) and the TTL Auto Connector Type 4.

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For TTL Auto mode the TTL Auto Cord (T0.3m) is needed to connect the grip with the hot shoe via the TTL Auto Connector Type 4. When motor drive or winder is attached, and the M. Grip Cord used to link up with the motor remote control connection, a special release button on the Power Bounce Grip 2 also provide as an alternative release of shutter, flash and motor drive together.

Power Bounce Grip 2 - Main Specifications
NOT usable with Olympus Quick AUTO 310 TTL auto flash)

Type: Bounce grip ("C" battery pack)/bracket unit exclusively for use with Olympus T-series electronic flash units T32 and T20.
Applicable battery: 1.5V "C" X 4 (incl. Ni-Cd) batteries
Number of Flashes: 200 - 1,000 (alkaline) on TTL AUTO and NORMAL AUTO (coupled with T32, varies depending on flash-to-subject distance).
Recycling Time: 0.2 - 9 sec. (alkaline) and 0.2 - 7 sec. (Ni-Cd) (coupled with T32 batteries, varies depending on flash -to -subject distance).
Bounce Angle Range: Up 90°, down 20°, right 60°, left 240°.
Battery compartment cover: Removable grip baseplate.
TTL Auto Cord Socket : Plug-in (automatic lock).
External Power Socket: Plug-in type.
Connection of Units: Flash + grip built-in hot shoe; grip + bracket...
instant slide-in connection, direct electrical contact;
bracket + camera ... screw clamping at 4 different positions, electrical contact via synch cord built in bracket (primarily with OM-3, and non-OM cameras) or TTL Auto Cord (OM3Ti/OM-4Ti).

Dimensions & Weights: Grip section -197 x 56 x 49mm, 320 gram. (7.8" x 2.2" x 1.9", 1 1 oz.). (less batteries); Bracket section -172 x 46 x 33mm, 210 gram (6.8" x 1.8" x 1.3", 7.4 oz.)

M. Grip Cord To connect the remote control shutter release on the Power Bounce Grip 2 with a motor drive or winder, for extra convenient motorized operation. Used for off-the-camera flash to connect the T32 or T20 to the OM-I or OM-2 electrically; it replaces hotshoe on the OM-2 and OM-2N, and permits connection between flash and camera via a TTL Auto Cord Type T. For TTL OTF Auto flash with the OM-2 without the "N" designation, the TTL Auto Connector Type 3 is available.



TTL Auto Connector Type 4


TTL Auto Multi Connector/T20 Auto Connector T20 For simultaneous multi unit flash photography with the T32 or T20. Each of the three sockets on the connector is linked with the socket on the flash unit via a TTL Auto Cord T.

For use with a greater number of flash units, more than one connector can be used simultaneously. The connector is linked to the camera via a TTL Auto Connector and TTL Auto Cord T.

Zoom Adapter T32 Exclusively for use with the Electronic Flash T32. Increases the T32 guide number with standard or telephoto lenses. Three positions are marked for lenses of 50mm focal length and longer. The maximum guide number is 42 (ISO 100, meters). The click stops provided is set at 50, 75, 100 and 135mm with a corresponding guide number of 36, 38, 40 and 42.

This ingenious unit serves to concentrate the light emission of the Electronic Flash T32 over a narrow field, thereby increasing its intensity within the desired angle. It is made in two sections, the inner of which is attached to the Electronic Flash T32 by a simple button secure slide-in connection; special grooves are provided on the edges of the T32 flash head.

The outer section of the Zoom Adapter is then set at one of four extensions to provide greater flash intensity according to the focal length of the taking lens. The settings (in each case indicating the minimum suitable focal length) are calibrated along the side of the Zoom adapter as shown in the table. Naturally, in TTL OTF Auto mode with OM bodies that provide OTF flash exposure control system, all exposures are fully automatic regardless of the Zoom adapter setting, lens focal length, aperture and other factors. In simultaneous multi-flash photography, the Zoom adapter can also be used for differential or special lighting tool, where its effect can approximate that of a spotlight in studio merely just adjusting the zoom head to increase the intensity of the light with a wide angle lens.

Extension (focal length, mm)

T32 Guide Number: (ASA 100) :


36 (m)











For zoom flash the bounce mechanism built into the T32 can be turned as far as 90° upward. But downward tilting of 15° is not possible and should not be forced. If a lens is used with a focal length shorter than the value shown in the Focal-length Indicator Window, picture edges will darken.

Wideangle Adapter ND Filter Set T32 Exceptionally simple and compact, this filter-like adapter is attached by sliding it into the grooves of the T32 flash head. It then functions as a diffuser, increasing the flash coverage angle of the Electronic Flash T32 to provide full illumination of the picture area of a 21mm super wide angle lens (at view 92°) with softer and a more diffused light. In multi-flash applications, it will provide even and soft overall illumination.

Note: Exactly opposite with the effect of using a zoom adapter which would have affect eh intensity of the light. Use of the Wide Adapter actually reduces the guide number of the (ASA100, meters) or 72 (ASA I00, feet) while at the same time, cover a wider angle. I don't remember if the original set offered with a neutral density set but in later stages during the early eighties with OM3/OM4/OM2SP, it came with such an offering. The ND-4 and ND-8 filters cut T32 output to GN16 (52; ISO/ASA 100, feet) and GN11 (ISO 100, meters) (36; ISO/ASA 100, feet) respectively, for close-up work, etc.

Filters T32 The Filters T32 units are available in red, yellow, blue and light blue supplied in a padded plastic wallet case. They are the same shape and size as the Wide Adapter, and attach to the Electronic Flash T32 in exactly the same way.

In TTL OTF Auto Flash with the OM-2 or other equivalent bodies that provide OTF flash exposure control, the camera compensates automatically for filter exposure factors. without regard to the effect of the filters on light intensity. Applications of the filters extend to bounce flash, and the use of one or more colors for amazing creative versatility in rnulti-flash photography. The T32 accepts a variety of extra units, including these red, yellow, blue, green and orange filters. Tips: In any case, the use of color filter onto your lit subject of interest via a flash should be more dramatic than mounting a colored filter onto your lens. The differences is you can "paint" the subject in various colors rather than dominated evenly by a single tone with filter over lens. The use of these filters which has a filter fasctor more one and all of them will decrease the guide number of the flash.

Electronic Flash T20 Other than the T32, Olympus also provides a smaller and very compact but versatile flash unit with a guide number of 20 (ISO 100, meters). You can consider using it with your T32 for multiple flash as it is cheaper and the lesser power output can be take advantage to use it as an auxiliary flash for fill flash.

The Olympus T20 TTL AUTO flash offers Manual and two normal Auto settings as well as TTL Auto Flash. The flash angle gives full coverage for a weaker coverage of 35mm wide-angle lens. This flash can also be used with the Power Bounce Grip 2.

Electronic Flash Extender for T20 It is used for inserting into the camera's hot shoe and raise the height of T20 flash unit. May proved to be quite useful in dim light to avoid red eye effect or for multiple flash setup in combination with other flash such as T32. Its calculator panels calibrates in feet are also available. For normal Auto, there is a choice of F4, F5.6 or F8 lens apertures. For Manual, there is a selection of GN45, 32, 22,16,11 and 8 guide numbers (ISO/ASA 100, meters).

TTL Auto Connector T20 A special adapter to connect the Electronic Flash T20 to a TTL Auto Cord T for use off-the-camera. TTL Auto Cords T0.3m, T0.6m, T2m, T5m Used to link the Electronic Flash T32 and T20 units with the OM1 or OM-2 when used separated from the camera. When multiple flash units are used, each should be linked to the TTL Auto Multi Connector via one of these cords. Special link system prevents accidental detachment.

AC Adapter 2 A compact and economical adapter unit that allows the T32 or T20 to be powered by regular household current. This permits faster recycling time constant power supply and saving batteries in extended studio sessions or other indoor photographic can be plugged into the 3-prong power jack on the T32; usable on other Olympus Flash such as T20 or the high powered T45 handle flash

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