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Old Aug 20, 2011, 4:37 PM   #1
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Will the Sony HVL-F43AM work off camera in the wireless mode if you attach it to bracket for macro use? Or do you have to use an off camera cable in order for it to work properly? I'm looking to get a better flash for macro usage which will probably be attached off center to a bracket. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old Aug 21, 2011, 4:59 PM   #2
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G'day Clint

You may have to give us a bit more info... I presume that the camera & flash are 'close together'
> if so maybe the PC cord [off-camera cable] will connect okay
> also, a wireless trigger will / should do the job [although it is meant for longer distances]

My gut-reaction would be to 'keep it simple' and thus have the flash on the bracket, positioned maybe 4" to 10" sideways, maybe a little higher, to the lens and connected via cable

Hope this helps somewhat
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G'day Clint

You may have to give us a bit more info... I presume that the camera & flash are 'close together'

My gut-reaction would be to 'keep it simple' and thus have the flash on the bracket, positioned maybe 4" to 10" sideways, maybe a little higher, to the lens and connected via cable

Hope this helps somewhat
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You're right - the flash would be on a bracket off to the side. I 'm wondering if it will work in the wireless mode that way.
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G'day Clint

okay - but seems a bit ov an overkill ... wireless is best over 'long' distances where optical triggers or cables may get in the way
For a trigger & receiver set, you'll be talking $150+ ... is this what you want to replace a simple $10 cable of 2ft to 4ft long??

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Not really but I was wondering if it worked like the Metz ring flash. It doesn't need a trigger or receiver.
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G'day again Clint

Getting to the stage where I 'm running out of answers
several suggestions for "where-to from here..."

try-
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ then Photography > System Accessories > Remote Controls
or
http://www.thefind.com/search?query=...+flash+trigger

Many of these $5-$10 triggers have a PC cable connection and thus are good for triggering a flash via a 4ft to 10ft cable

Dunno whether this will give you what you need ... here's hoping
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You can trigger the HVL-F43AM via the camera's built in flash. Basically, the camera's flash would signal the HVL-F43AM to perform a metering preflash. Then, based on the reflected light the camera saw, it would tell the remote flash how long the main flash burst needed to be and it would fire, the same way it would work if the flash were mounted in a hotshoe. You even get High Speed Sync via Wireless with the Sony Flash System.

The main difference is that there is no cable involved. As long as the remote flash can see the light pulses from the built in flash (which may be an issue in some conditions), that should work, with the same exposure you'd have using a proprietary hotshoe to flash cable with it (one that transmits the same thing the flash would see if mounted in the hotshoe).

BTW, I did noticed that cameta camera has a good price on a "knock off" flip bracket that includes a cable for $54.95. They also sell a cable by itself:

http://www.cameta.com/index.cfm?fa=d...20flash%20cord
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The only thing I will add is that the pop-up flash may cast a shadow since you're close. a little reflector in front of it will help.
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