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    A300 shutter speed

    How can I adjust the shutter speed when the flash is activated? I tried it and it stays on 1/160 and I want to get 1/250. I tried it in the S and M mode. Can this be done?

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    Smile HSS ... flash at ANY speed

    Quote Originally Posted by S3000 View Post
    How can I adjust the shutter speed when the flash is activated? I tried it and it stays on 1/160 and I want to get 1/250. I tried it in the S and M mode. Can this be done?
    You have to have a HVL-F58AM or HVL-F56AM or HVL-F42AM or HVL-F36AM flash unit to make use of the HSS (High-Speed sync) feature for any shutter speed. It will not operate (or is restricted) when using the built-in flash or another attached flash. You might conclude that this is a part of the SONY/Minolta "proprietary hot shoe."

    You will see an "H" in the A300's viewfinder, when the HSS-flash is attached and set to provide the feature.

    One Page 148 (Specifications) of your A300/A350 manual, you will see the maximum flash sync speed for the camera as 1/160 second.

    This is from the HVL-F56AM flash manual (pg 35), to explain HSS:

    "High-speed sync eliminates the restrictions of flash sync speed and enables the flash to be used through the entire shutter speed range of the camera. The increased selectable aperture range allows flash photography with a wider aperture, leaving the background out of focus and accentuating the front subject. Even when photographing at a wide f-stop in the A-mode or M-Mode, when the background is very bright and the shot will normally be over-exposed, you can adjust the exposure by using the high-speed shutter."

    So, there is your reason to purchase one of these external flash units.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-18-2009 at 11:50 AM.
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    Thanks Don. I have learned something again.

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    It's not a very explained feature ... generally speaking ... and as you hunt through the capability of your camera, you tend to notice little things like the Shutter Speed won't move higher with the built-in flash deployed.

    I cannot answer for the "new" little flash that is coming out. They did not mention HSS as a feature that I recall.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-18-2009 at 11:51 AM.
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Yes, They don`t explain it very good in the manual. On the Sony site they say that the four flash units you mentioned is for high speed too.
    I will wait for the new little flash to come out and see if I can find more info
    Thanks for the good explanation. Now I now a bit more about these flashes.

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    And if you don't have or can't use a flash unit, or want to shoot at higher shutter speed, take anothe tip from Don and do some research and just develop a custom low light fast shutter action setting! It worked for me to a degree anyway LOL!
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