A welcome addition to this popular line
Answering the prayers of Fuji X series users the world over, comes this multi-function high-end flash, the Fuji EF-X500. This much anticipated release from Fuji fills one of few remaining voids within this popular compact system range and pairs nicely with other recent Fuji releases, like the X-Pro 2 and X-T2.
Build quality typical of the X series
Much like the previously mentioned X-T2, this flash is dust and weather-resistant, allowing for carefree and confident usage in a variety of shooting conditions. This flash is well-suited to a life in the studio, but also a life on the road and in the elements. Along with most of the items within the Fuji X range, the EF-X500 manages to achieve its sturdy build-quality without sacrificing its compact and lightweight form factor. Designed with a low center of gravity, this flash will feel right at home on your Fuji body and will not do anything to ruin the enjoyment you get out of shooting with such a portable camera.
The Fuji EF-X500 in use
As expected from a modern top-of-the-range flash, the EF-X500 is multi-functional allowing for limitless creative shooting. Firstly it has a strong output, with a guide number of 50 (ISO 100 - M) and a zoom range of 24-105mm. It features a bounce head that can be tilted to each angle at various degrees, to help you control the direction of the flash output and considerably alter the effect and final result. The EF-X500 also has an LED light which can be used as an AF assist beam or a Video light, perfect for when shooting the high quality video footage available on recent Fuji cameras.
Delving further into the advanced functionality of the flash, the EF-X500 is high-speed flash sync compatible, which means you can shoot at any shutter speed and still utilise the effects of the flash - ideal for capturing fast moving objects. Wireless multi-flash TTL is possible, allowing you to control multiple flashes in various set-ups and control the output of each unit in different ways - this is the ultimate in creativity, in terms of artificial lighting.