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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by SONYNUT View Post
    i use the HVL-F42AM on my 900..works fine for me..got it for 65 on ebay
    Howd you find one so cheap?
    Also how does the wireless work? I own an a300 and need a flash. My flash for my nikon just sits on top and i bounce it off the cieling lol. do you need anything else to use this wirelessly?
    sony A300
    tamron 17-50 2.8
    Sony SAL 11-18
    Sony 35 1.8

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoeytennis View Post
    Howd you find one so cheap?
    Also how does the wireless work? I own an a300 and need a flash. My flash for my nikon just sits on top and i bounce it off the cieling lol. do you need anything else to use this wirelessly?
    Set your camera to wireless.

    FN > flash > scroll down to wireless (last option).

    Pop up the flash

    Set the flash to WL (wireless) mode (lightning bolt + WL). Then put the flash anywhere in the room (preferrably facing your camera and just fire away!

    Like SO.

    flickr

    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  3. #13
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    ebay...havent useed the wireless yet...haven't needed it yet
    bought it for back up mainly...

    [QUOTE=shoeytennis;377132]Howd you find one so cheap?

    search ebay

  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr4gon View Post
    Set your camera to wireless.

    FN > flash > scroll down to wireless (last option).

    Pop up the flash

    Set the flash to WL (wireless) mode (lightning bolt + WL). Then put the flash anywhere in the room (preferrably facing your camera and just fire away!

    Like SO.

    Nice I will have to get one. I see them on ebay for like 230 not 65 bucks tho. If anyone knows where a 65 dollar one is let me know!
    sony A300
    tamron 17-50 2.8
    Sony SAL 11-18
    Sony 35 1.8

  5. #15
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    you just have to know how to find them

  6. #16
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    Darin, depending on what all you plan to do with your camera, and the options to continue to grow with it I would go with the 58, you have the A900 doesn't it deserve the best flash unit available from Sony on it? I keep telling myself I have to get a flash unit but I can't bring myself to pop for the 58......yet! I don't recall the model but there is a nice pretty intense flash unit from Metz in the Sony mount i was looking at it for outdoor sports.
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    I don't recall the model but there is a nice pretty intense flash unit from Metz in the Sony mount i was looking at it for outdoor sports.
    I've looked at Metz as well. There's the

    Metz 48 AF-1 TTL Flash MZ483175 ($225 at Adorama) - looks to have equivalent functionality as Sony's HVL-42, but with a higher Guide #.
    Attachment 46912

    Metz 58 AF-1 Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Alpha Digital SLR's with TTL, Wireless function & USB Upgradable, Guide Number 190, ISO 100 ft. ($399.90 at Adorama) - similar functionality as the Sony HVL-58 (but no swivel head). The interesting function is the USB cable which allows for downloading of firmware updates.
    Attachment 46913

    So everyone can visualize the difference, here's a picture of Sony's 58
    Attachment 46911
    Darin Wessel
    α 900
    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

  8. #18
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    I am pretty sure it was the Metz 58-AF-1, I thought the 100 foot range would be handy for football / soccer, and the download ability would keep the unit 'updated'
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  9. #19
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    Sigma EF-530 DG ST EO-ETTL II Flash for Sony. The claim is that it covers a focal length from 24mm to 105mm. And the Guide Number is 53/m(174/ft) ISO 100/m(with the zoom head at 105mm)?
    Inquiring minds want to know...
    Joe Holmes
    Sony α550
    Sony HVL-F42AM Flash
    Sony DT18-55 F3.5-5.6 (Kit Lens)
    Minolta Maxxum 50 1:1.7(22) Prime
    Minolta 35-70 F4 (Mini Beercan)
    Minolta 70-210 F4 (Beercan)
    Minolta 28-135 F4-4.5 (This beast is pretty heavy)
    Minolta Maxxum 100-200 F4.5
    Quantaray D28-90 1:3.5-5.6 Ver 5
    Tamron DiII 55-200 1:4.5-6

  10. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by joenmell View Post
    Sigma EF-530 DG ST EO-ETTL II Flash for Sony. The claim is that it covers a focal length from 24mm to 105mm. And the Guide Number is 53/m(174/ft) ISO 100/m(with the zoom head at 105mm)?
    Inquiring minds want to know...
    Are you asking if what the manufacturer says the flash is capable of actually meets what members of the forum actually experience in its use???
    Darin Wessel
    α 900
    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

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