Today Olympus unveiled what they claim to be the world’s first weatherproof macro flash, the Olympus Twin Flash SFT-8.

It has been designed to go alongside the weather-sealed OM-D EM1 Mark II, which was also announced earlier this week. The SFT-8 is not on weather-sealed, but it is also both dust and splash proof, with the ability to handle extreme temperatures down to 13 degrees Fahrenheit.

And because it is a macro flash, it can provide you with that specialised lighting for close-up photography.

It has dual heads that sit on both sides of the lens and each flash can be controlled individually, allowing you to control highlights and shadows in your images. Flash heads can also be removed from the system so that they can be individually triggered off-camera, and then can be tilted up to 60 degrees up or up to 40 degrees down.

It also has automatic TTL shooting with manual flash adjustments from 1/1 to 1/128, with a twin flash system and compatibility with the Focus Stacking mode that is included on some Olympus cameras. And all of this works uses the hot-shoe slot connection, with two cords, two lights, and a lens ring.

The Olympus SPT-8 is expected to go on sale in January 2017 for $480 in the US.

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