dewarp wrote:I use a Minolta 5800 flash, and it works OK. However, not once but twice (can you believe ! ! !) I have been unable to set it to wireless, searching endlessly through the menus. Wireless can only be set through the Fn button!
regards - Peter
Having learned that there is unlikely to be a damaging mismatch between the 5600 HSD flash and the A77 I have given things a go.
I have tried switching between ADI and Pre-Flash TTL, some more trials to do there.
I often use Stofen diffusers on my guns and so Flash compensation is a must. OK so I have found how to set that easily enough but oh for such a simple switch for exposure comp' too.
Using one of the control wheels for this far from my favourite option. I like the way the Fn button on the A700 enables one to move around pertinent settings using the Multi-selector and then a control wheel to adjust whichever is highlighted. This way too I find it very easy to quickly scan across the backplate and check all other settings are as required.
I always find that when chasing aircraft across the sky one needs a degree of exposure compensation to avoid a silhouette effect, i.e. make underside detail visible. Of course at such time I would probably be set to shutter priority.
In working through the Menus of the A77 under Gear 2 there are Disp Button (Monitor) and Disp Button (Finder) options wherein one can chose Graphic Display where a Graphic Display can be set on for either Monitor or EVF or both. If the former is set and when using the monitor one can now get that A700 like back panel display (but on LCD screen only) but there is no way to put on Exposure Compensation using that. On occasion I have found it useful to be able to adjust both flash and exposure compensation simultaneously, now with this A77 I'll have to think differently.
The Stofen tends to warm the colours a little and so the ability to quickly adjust the white balance for this is useful. I was foxed at first because the Flash symbol under WB did not have an arrowhead pointing to the right. However if one moves the Multiselector to the right one gets up the colour square as with some other WB main settings. This is not as quick as the A700 (or A100, Dynax 7D) way of doing things where one could quickly cycle + or - for about 3 other settings according to requirements. I guess that colour square is more flexible but to have the option to move all round the colour space is a bit OTT and rather cumbersome in operation.
The other thing I have discovered is that with a 5600 HSD flash attached as the camera is switched on the flash powers up automatically - this is good. It does not however switch OFF when the camera is switched OFF. Maybe more recent Sony models do switch off with camera switch off.
I have just about flattened one battery pack just playing with settings and testing out some lenses and flash. I am about to find out how well it switches between battery packs in the grip.
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