I like a good, cheap ring flash, personally. Mine cost me $150. Same as this little bugger.
Except that using a top-down only flash is completely useless for close-up macro work.
No person in their right mind uses strobes for studio product work. You use lamps so you don't spend your life in post-processing.
Where did i say this was intended for studio work?????
Heres the answer nowhere!!!!!
BUT WHATEVER..I'M DONE
The prime reason for an A900 user to purchase this flash is to use it as a trigger for off camera flashes.
I like that you think outside the box and find another use for it.
And for goodness sake, do not bother buying the HVL-RLAM. It is about as useless a lamp as I have ever used. It costs a heck of a lot more than it is worth.
There is also a newer item, the ExpoImaging RAC170 (<- click here), that can redirect your electronic HVL-F56AM flash into a ring flash. I figure this really worthwhile, as it eliminates the need for another flash unit and batteries needed to support it.
Worthwhile to Whom?
$199.95 and and only for the obsolete Sony HVL-56AM?
Do you have ANY idea how many of these "obsolete" flashes are out there? I'll wager there are more of them than the HVL-F58AM. Heck, I still have 2 working 4000AFs and a 2800AF. You think I am going to toss them because Minolta was destroyed and left SONY to pick up the pieces? "HA!" I say.
You know, Peter, with tongue-firmly-implanted-in-cheek, you, my friend, are a gem. :rolleyes:
Did you know there are those who still use older Minolta-glass on their cameras ... even though some of them might be considered ... past their ... PRIME? LOL ;) My goodness, that is a rib-tickler, ain't it?
Don, I'm just questioning the wisdom of spending $200 on an item that only fits an obsolete flash.
Unless I missed something, it won't work with the 4000AF or the 2800AF only with the HVL-56AM.