Fujifilm announces development of HSS flashgun, EF-X500

Fuji's upcoming EF-X500 flashgun promises to bring HSS and wireless TTL to Fujifilm X-series cameras for the first time.

Besides the various camera announcements that Fujifilm has madeĀ this month, the company hasĀ also shed some light on anĀ upcoming speedlite, the EF-X500, for X-series cameras. At the timeĀ of writing, only a few flashes are available for the X-series, and none of them could be really consideredĀ a professional-grade flash. All of them haveĀ small form factors complement the small form factors of Fuji’s mirrorless and compact cameras.

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With the introduction of the EF-X500 speedlite, this should change. This new high-end, weather-sealed speedlite with a guide number of 50m at ISO 100 (105mm zoom) is rumoured to be developed by Metz and sold under the Fujifilm brand. It will feature high-speed sync (HSS) when paired with the new Fuji X-Pro2 and other Fujifilm X cameras.

Besides HSS, there is another feature new to Fuji flashes:Ā optical pulse communication, better known as wireless TTL. This feature can be compared to Nikon’s CLS or Canon’s wireless E-TTL and relies on line-of-light between the master flash and the slave flash. It is a pity that Fujifilm implemented an optical system instead of a 2.4 GHz system, since the optical system has many limitations.

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Although Fujifilm has announced the flash, you will have to wait until May this year before it becomes available. No information is available on how much the EF-X500 will cost when released, but it can be expected that it will be priced similar to other premium speedlite models.

Specifications

Type Hot-shoe mount flash
Guide Number 50/164 (ISO100ļ½„m/ft.) at 105 mm zoom head position, equivalent to 35mm format.
Zoom 24mm-105mm equivalent to 35mm format.
When the extendable wide panel is pulled out, the flash coverage is approx.. 20 mm.
Bounce capability Flash head tilts down to 10Ā° or up to 90Ā° and rotates horizontally 135Ā° to the left and 180Ā° to the right.
Color temperature Approx. 5600K
Flash modes TTL / Manual / Multi.(repeating flash)
Flash exposure compensation -5.0 – +5.0, 1/3 step
(The available range and step depend on camera models)
High-speed synchronisation (FP) Capable (supported camera only)
Manual 1/1 – 1/512, 1/3 step
Multi.(repeating flash) 1/4 – 1/512, 1/3 step, 1-500Hz, 2 ā€“ 100 flashes
Wireless communication type Optical pulse communication (in multiple flash-unit photography operation)
Wireless modes Master and Remote
Communicationcannels From 1 to 4.
Remote groups Up to three groups (A/B/C)
Power source Four LR6 (AA-size) alkaline batteries,
four FR6 (AA-size) lithium batteries, or
four HR6 (AA-size) rechargeable Ni-MH batteries
(optional).
External Power Source BATTERY PACK EF-BP1 (optional)
Dimensions W67.5 x H123.9 x D106 (mm)

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