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  • Sony a850
  • Sony a580
  • Fuji X100
  • Sony Zeiss 16-35 ZA T* SSM
  • Sony 35mm
  • Minolta 50mm 1.7
  • Sigma 85mm 1.4
  • i7 4Ghz, 6Gb RAM, 80Gb SSD

Wireless Flash for Sony Cameras - The EASIEST way.

Published July 31st, 2011

As I mentioned last time - you have three options for Sony off-camera flash:

1) Use the build-in optical triggering

2) Adapt your hotshoe

3) Use 3rd party accessories

This post is about (1) - the optical triggering

This system works GREAT, but with some limitations, and it is supported by every Sony camera with a popup flash. For the a850 and a900 you can buy the HVL20-am (or any other flash) and use that to trigger flashes.

The Sony system is actually very advanced - it uses a short pre-burst of flash to communicate the correct timing and flash power to the flash before the shutter opens. This is obviously so fast that it is undetectable to the naked eye, but it makes the system far more flexible than a simple "flash trigger" optical system. It also means that flashes are paired to cameras, so your off-camera flash can't be triggered by any other flash which goes off in the vicinity - it's not a simple optical slave.

The optical system is TTL and ADI flash compatible, and suppor ...

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Wireless Flash for Sony Cameras - The EASIEST way.

Published July 31st, 2011

As I mentioned last time - you have three options for Sony off-camera flash:

1) Use the build-in optical triggering

2) Adapt your hotshoe

3) Use 3rd party accessories

This post is about (1) - the optical triggering

This system works GREAT, but with some limitations, and it is supported by every Sony camera with a popup flash. For the a850 and a900 you can buy the HVL20-am (or any other flash) and use that to trigger flashes.

The Sony system is actually very advanced - it uses a short pre-burst of flash to communicate the correct timing and flash power to the flash before the shutter opens. This is obviously so fast that it is undetectable to the naked eye, but it makes the system far more flexible than a simple "flash trigger" optical system. It also means that flashes are paired to cameras, so your off-camera flash can't be triggered by any other flash which goes off in the vicinity - it's not a simple optical slave.

The optical system is TTL and ADI flash compatible, and suppor ...

Read More →

Wireless Flash for Sony Cameras - The BEST way.

Published July 31st, 2011

It can't be only me on 500px who shoots Sony. So let's be honest - this is an annoying weakness with our alpha cameras. The non-standard hotshoe means that most third-party wireless flash systems (pocketwizards, cybersyncs, skyports etc) are unavailable to us without adapters.

Basically, you have three options for wireless flash:

1) Get an adapter to convert the Sony hotshoe into a "normal" one

2) Use the Sony system. Using the popup flash to trigger the 42, 43 or 58am flashes

3) Use a third party system

This post is about adapting the Sony hotshoe.

Honestly, this is the best solution until Pocketwizard start making Sony fit transceivers. If you need a 100% reliable solution that works over a long range, get some official Sony hotshoe adapters, some pocketwizards and some decent flashes. However, pocketwizards are expensive for most hobbyists for casual off-camera flash. And those adapters are £100 each.

Using adapters also means that you need to buy non-Sony flashes, OR you need t ...

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