Better Beamer

I consider the Better Beamer developed by Walt Anderson to be the best flash extender on the market. It allows you to shoot at greater distances and smaller apertures than the flashgun alone would. It simply focuses the light from the flashgun into a narrower beam so that it reaches further, increasing the flash output by about 2 2/3 stops.

For more information about how flash extenders work go to our flash extender page. It costs less than $40 and does its job extremely well. What I like most about it is that its very light and easy to carry. It weighs just 2.5 ounces and easily fits in your pocket when disassembled.

It consists of two brackets which are placed either side of the flashgun and held in place by a Velcro strap. A Fresnel lens is then attached to the brackets by Velcro. It takes less than a minute to assemble and put into position on the flashgun.

For me this gives it a considerable advantage over others. If I couldn’t easily pack it into my kit bag then I’d be unlikely to use it very much.

FX1 – For Canon 430EZ, 199d, Nikon SB-24, SB-28, Minolta 2500, 5400 & Pentax 5000AF.

FX1B – For the Nikon SB-80DX flash unit.

FX2 – For larger flash heads, e.g. Canon 540EZ, 550EX, Nikon SB-25 and SB-26, Sigma EF 500 series, Minolta 5600.

FX3 – For the Canon 580EX, 580 EX II, 600EX-RT, Nikon SB-700 and Metz 54MZ-4 flash units.

 

FX4 – For the Nikon SB-800 and SB-600 flash units.

FX5 – For the Canon 430EX and Pentax AF500FTZ flash units.

FX6 – For the Nikon SB-900 and SB-910 flash units.

Further Reading

Flash Extenders – Explains why this is an essential part of your wildlife photography kit bag.

Flash Photography Tips – Discover essential flash photography tips that you must know to get the most out of your Flash Extender.