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    Talking Flash for Sony

    First off I'd like to say hi since i'm new to this forum. Next I have a Alpha 100 but I would like to upgrade to a 350 this year. What I am looking for is a smaller more compact flash for the Sony DSLR than the full size Sonys. Does any one know if any one makes such a unit

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    F36 is the smallest, but discontinued. It's also pretty cheap and does the job.

    I would probably recommend the HVL-F42AM as it has a lot more functions and is reasonably sized.

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    yeah the HVL-F42AM is your best bet. i think buy.com has it currently for around $200.
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    Talking

    I have the HVL-F36AM and am looking for something more compact.
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    Oh, maybe a sigma? I really don't know then!
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    The angle of flash can play a big roll in "red eye" issues. Having the hot shoe mount, even three-to-four inches above the lens can be a challenge. Have you tried upping the "flash compensation" for the built-in flash to the +2 setting?
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    It's too bad that Sony doesn't have a cheap, small flash unit like this Nikon.

    It certainly provides a stronger flash, and perhaps more importantly, the ability to bounce off the ceiling, over the built in pop-up flash.

    Basically there just isn't an option like this. I have the 36, and it is huge. It doesn't even have the ability to swivel... but the Minolta wireless system is so good I haven't felt much need for it.

    Also, I don't think the A350 would be much of a step up for you... especially considering the price. The A100, A200, A300, and A350 are all basically entry level DSLRs. The 300 and 350 offer live view, and the 350 offers 4 more megapixels. That 4 MP difference over the A200 and A350 won't make a difference unless you have very nice glass on the front, and even then at the cost of (arguably) higher noise and slower fps.

    The A700 however would be a very good upgrade... Don can elaborate more on that because he has both.

    There will probably be a slew of new bodies from Sony this year, and some, if not all, will probably be announced at PMA in March. You might want to wait till then. There might be a better upgrade for you then, or at least it might bring about some good clearance deals on the current models.
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    I wonder if there will be any new flash units out this year, the 58 is really new so I kind of doubt it though, As of now it appears THE flash to have is the 58 it looks like a beast LOL and isn't light on the wallet
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    they may introduce newer mid-range ones!
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    They might, since they only have 2 right now, F58 and F42.
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