Olympus has launched the STF-8 – price tag £449.99 – a new lightweight flashgun designed for use with OM-D cameras and lenses.

The Olympus STF-8 twin flash offers a guide number of 8.5 when both heads are fired, and 6 when firing one head.

Macro photographers can use two dials on the control panel to set the output ratio of the left and right flash head (A/B) from 1:8 to 8:1.

What’s more, in addition to high-precision TTL auto sync, Olympus says the output can be fine-tuned for manual flash firing within 1/1 to 1/128.

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The compact flashgun also features a retractable diffuser, which is included in the bundle, and has a body design that Olympus says is the world’s first splash—, freeze- and dust-proof macro twin flash.

The Olympus STF-8 body construction also allows users to tilt the flash heads in a range of 60°upward to 40°downward and slide along the ring adapter. The flash heads may also be detached from the ring adapter for more shooting at more unusual angles and distances.

Remote firing is also possible via Olympus’s infrared wireless RC flash system using a control section on the front of the STF-8. And Olympus’s FL-900R flash (sold separately) can be added for extra lighting.

The Olympus STF-8 is compatible with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro,M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro and M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12- 40mm 1:2.8 PRO Olympus lenses.

The new Olympus STF-8 price tag will be £449.99 with a release date in December 2016.

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