Portability ... a battery nightmare
With SONY HVL flashes ... you have to be a bit more creative in triggering.
The HVLs offer a number of options, as they are "wireless" ... but still, when you add the FS1200 to them ... or that SLAVE foot ... then they really get interesting.
I have reduced the number of elex flashes I use to just two, for the most part. I also have the older (earlier) 2800 and two 4000s that use the "standard" hot shoe, so that's where the FS1100 can come into play.
I also have a pair of standard SLAVE triggers to offer some synchronization to the set.
This image equals 26 "AA" batteries. That's a box full ... plus. There are 10 alone between the CG-1000 "hand grip" + 4000AF flash.
Multiple-FLASH shots do require some serious planning ... and I haven't done that for quite a while. Might be fun to return to doing a couple this winter.
Wireless flash ... old and new HVLs
One of the things I do love to do is experiment and now that I have three of the four external SONY flashes (HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM & HVL-F36AM) in my “collection”, I figure I need to get them all to operate wirelessly, together. The manual says it can be done … but, I have yet to make it happen.
Basically, I am not impressed by whoever wrote the HVL-F58AM manual and instructions for how to do this (it seems a lot more terse than the HVL-56AM and HVL-36AM manuals are) . I feel that it really needs to be one of the most understandable portions of the book, as far as I am concerned, because there are at least a couple dozen people who also have “mixed” flashes and need to understand how to make them work together, without having to drop additional coin buying a series of “SLAVE” HVL-42AMs to match up.
So, as I discover this … I will try to provide a new, easier step-by-step explanation of how to make this happen … when it does! It should save a lot of time ... and once you understand it ... it's a snap, right? ;)
As far as using the built-in (or pop-up) flash to trigger the HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM & HVL-F36AM together, that's really no big deal ... you simply tell the A700 to use WIRELESS ... and set the flashes as WIRELESS REMOTES on their back panel ... and viola, they work. No, the more insidious issue is when you have the HVL-F58AM as the controller on your DSLR's hot shoe (built-in flash not used). That's the tough one ... as when you depress the shutter release, the '58 flash keeps toggling back to "RMT" ... and not "CTRL" ... and will not trigger the "SLAVE" flash. :mad: