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Old Jun 13, 2007, 3:56 AM   #1
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I just bought an a100 and I know that I need to get the flash off-camera but I am confused about the best way to do this. I'm looking for something similar to what I had a few years back with my Canon A2 and the Off-Camera Shoe Cord 2 where I just mount the flash on the cable and mount the other end on the camera and fire away. How does the wireless setup work with the a100? Can I just perch the external flash (Sony HVL-F56AM or Sigma EF-500 DG Super) on a bracket and fire them wirelessly or do I need to either pick up a pair to use as master (on-camera) and slave (off-camera) or would my best option be to just go the wired route? I'd go to a camera store and check it out there, but that's not really an option where I live. Thanks.
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Old Jun 13, 2007, 9:30 AM   #2
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I just bought an a100 and I know that I need to get the flash off-camera but I am confused about the best way to do this.* I'm looking for something similar to what I had a few years back with my Canon A2 and the Off-Camera Shoe Cord 2 where I just mount the flash on the cable and mount the other end on the camera and fire away.* How does the wireless setup work with the a100?* Can I just perch the external flash (Sony HVL-F56AM or Sigma EF-500 DG Super) on a bracket and fire them wirelessly or do I need to either pick up a pair to use as master (on-camera) and slave (off-camera) or would my best option be to just go the wired route?* I'd go to a camera store and check it out there, but that's not really an option where I live.* Thanks.
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Get a sony or minolta HVL-F56AM or HVL-F36AM. Or get K-Minolta 5600 or 3600. Both, I believe have wireless flash. Both will let you use off-camera + popup or off-camera flash. It's pretty neat.
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Old Jun 14, 2007, 8:17 AM   #3
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You may find this article of interest:

http://photoclubalpha.com/?p=73


You nay wish to do a little research if you are considering buying the Sigma flash unit. If you search around you will come across some user reviews where the owners were less than ecstatic with their purchases.

For off camera flash you have a choice of tethered or wireless. For wireless flash triggering you can use the pop-up flash as the wireless controller to trigger one or more compatible dedicated flash units such as the HVL-F56AM and/or HVL-F36AM. I use this scheme myself and find that it works quite well. There are a couple of points to note with this scheme however: 1) Even though the power of the pop-up flash is automatically reduced in wireless mode its light can still contribute to the picture e.g. if you are shooting portraits you can often get an extra catch light in the subjects eyes. 2) Because of the flash preamble prior to the main flash burst you can often provoke the "lazy eye" problem.

If you prefer to not use the pop-up flash you can get an off camera cable (Minolta OC-1100) and an off camera shoe (Minolta OS-1100) or the Sony equivalents (they are listed on the Sony site). If you want to use multiple flashes there is also a triple connecter and extension cables available. Each cable is 1m in length so this constrains how far off camera you can go.

Yet another option might be to use non-dedicated flash units (e.g. SunPak 333) with third party RF Tx/Rx units. I haven't tried this myself but it did occur to me that this could be a solution to the lazy eye problem noted above.


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