Thick as a Brick wrote:Hi,
I upgraded my a700 to the a900 and now cant use my F42AM flash off camera.I also purchased a second hand flash stand kit, two stands, umbrellas, reflectors etc but can't use the flashes on them because they are standard flash mounts. I thought the easy way round this would be to buy a adaptor, standard to minolta flash mount, this adaptor has a flash lead plug, but I found the camera won't fire the flash via the lead. To get this set up working using Sony adaptors would cost a few pence short of £100. For that money, I could get a Sony HVL-F36AM and use that as a wireless slave - but would also need to mount onto the tripod stand to fire "through / at" the umbrellas.
Is there an easy way to do this? It all seems very confusing just for a simple setup. I'd like to have the flexability to use the flashes off camera using standard tripods. I also have the Elinchrome Brxi 500 lights but want the camera flash's for portability and conveince.
PS....loving the a900.
KevinBarrett wrote:To trigger your other flash guns off camera wirelessly, and preserve all the automatic functionality of the Alpha flash system, you'll need one of the newer flash guns on the camera itself to operate as a commander, that's the HVL-F20AM, HVL-F43AM, or HVL-F58AM.
Thick as a Brick wrote:hi, thanks for the replies.
I have 1 F42 and a Minolta 3500xi - but I've found out just recently that the 3500 won't work with the Sony flash system so that was a red herring. Just purchased from ebay another F42 and I think that will solve most of my problems although I would like to be able to control those wirelessly off camera but it would seem I'd need to get another flash. (I was thinking about using 1 flash through a Snoot, with 1 flash as a main light / fill in light).
Thick as a Brick wrote:Have to admit, I'm new to lighting and trying to get my head round all the various options. Am part way through a P.I course and would like to build a portable flash kit for location shots, without the hassle of a studio light rig requiring 240v mains access and wires everywhere, just a big bag for battery's!!!
Thick as a Brick wrote:Thanks Pako,
just been looking around at the options available. I get the impression that Sony don't cater too well for its customers in this area, either stand mount adaptors are too flimsy, not deep enough, copies and as much use as a chocolate fireguard, adaptors have to be bought to work triggers and so on. Surely if Sony want to get into the proff market and compete with the big names they would make it easy for the photographer.....would'nt they? The A900 was the camera to do just that and yet the only way to run with flash lighting is either to take a risk and buy an import adaptor or have a skyport dangle from its cable on the body of the camera. It would be nice to be able to look at an online photography shop and make a purchase without worrying if it will work, connect, fit or get in the way. Oh well, this is what comes from buying a Minolta camera all those years ago
thanks again - still looking.....
Well, the Canon 450 is also not a proff camera but everything fits and here am I fiddeling round with adaptors while my friend is ready and as quick as a flash...so to speakIn other hand, Sony stated that the A900 was not a professional camera.
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