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Old Aug 2, 2004, 4:24 PM   #1
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Having just bought a used Sony DSC-D770 SLR off e-Bay, what external flash should I select to work with this camera? The Sony doesn't seem to have a "dedicated" flash shoe like most other brands, so I assume that an auto-thyristor flash with self-metering would be appropriate? What brands will work with a "dumb" shoe like the Sony's? Also, what settings should I use on the flash to ensure proper exposure over a variety of indoor lighting conditions? Thanks!
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Old Aug 2, 2004, 4:48 PM   #2
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"what external flash should I select to work with this camera?"

No restriction really, aslong as it's safe (low triggering voltage), your choice : shoemount, bracket mount ... , the power you need


"The Sony doesn't seem to have a "dedicated" flash shoe like most other brands, so I assume that an auto-thyristor flash with self-metering would be appropriate? "

Yes, you are right


"What brands will work with a "dumb" shoe like the Sony's? Also, what settings should I use on the flash to ensure proper exposure over a variety of indoor lighting conditions? Thanks!"

Every brands should work ( with some rare exception)
Some model seems popular like Vivitar 285HV or Sunpak 383 , seems to be good value (but I don't own any of these).
Metz products are among top in reliability and quality, but cost a bit more
For how to use , take a look in other threads here, there are indications and recommendation to tutotrials also.
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Old Aug 2, 2004, 4:55 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback. Most "third party" flashes (Vivitar, Metz, Sunpak) come with dedicated mounts for specific camera makes (Nikon, Canon, Minolta, etc.). How do I get a non-dedicated flash, or will any of the dedicated models work fine but without camera-body control?
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Old Aug 2, 2004, 8:42 PM   #4
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Boomzilla,
Most of each series of third party flashes exist in the non dedicated version, for example:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...;Q=&ci=646
(just for selection example, I never bought anything there yet, so it's not a website recommendation)

The interesting features you have to check are basic functions like:
- GN number, means the max power ( always compare the GN at the same angle coverage, or at the same focal length);
- Bounce, Swivel, Zoom head ;
- Different F stops available for auto mode (f/2, 4, 8, 11, etc …);
- Different partial power level available (1/2, ¼, 1/16 , etc …) ;
- Of course, you have choice of shoe mount or handle (bracket) mount;
- The color , hehe , unfortunately there are no flash that match your camera body color I think:? ;
- Also, check at this website to see if the flash have a safe trigger voltage:
http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html
(you will see that old and cheap flash are often unsafe for digicam)

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You may want to get a dedicated flash if you have another camera as in this case for example:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...amp;forum_id=9

So with your other camera, you can have TTL , auto, and manual modes, and with your Sony (or any other camera in general) , auto and manual modes.

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Just be weary of flash trigger voltages...many digicams will be damaged with high trigger voltages (higher than 6volts, some flashes can be 150volts or more).
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Old Aug 5, 2004, 8:06 AM   #6
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i have a d700 - the earlier model

I have used an external flash in a couple of ways - both with early 1980's vintage flashes.

My Vivitar 283 works fine on the hot shoe.

For the hot shoe, i bought a hot-shoe to PC cord adapter. Using the PC cord hooked to the old Bowens Monolight (don't ask me about the voltage cause i don't know) and it works fine.

The ability to use external flashes like these is one of the wonderful things about the d700 and D770.

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