Flash recommendations for a6500
Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:55 PM
Can someone tell me the type of flash mount style the Sony uses so I can look at third party ones.
Also, I understand Sony makes some wireless flashes but they do not sync directly with the a6500. Do you think that Sony will enable that feature in future via a firmware update? I guess I'm wondering if I should buy a Sony flash like the HVL-F20M or HVL-F32M to have that functionality in the future.
Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:17 PM
A couple of things...
Up until their recent release of their (expensive IMHO) wireless (radio) transmitter and receivers, Sony did not offer a true "wireless/ radio" solution.
Just did a quick check and B&H says the trigger (transmitter) is compatible with the A6500.
To be honest, If you're looking for a third party solution for on camera and off camera control of one or more flashes, I'd recommend the Flashpoint Zoom-Mini TTL R2 Flash With Integrated R2 Radio Transceiver (re-branded Godox TT350).
For the price of one set of Sony radio transmitter and receiver PLUS the price of an HVL-F32M you could buy seven Flashpoint flashes with the transmitter and receiver built in and an R2 trigger in case you wanted to control all seven flashes off camera
Prior to the radio solution mentioned above, Sony managed controlling / syncing remote flashes via pulses of light from a commander flash on camera. Sort of an optical / wireless hybrid solution. You need direct line of sight between flashes for this to work.
You mentioned the HVL-F20M and HVL-F32M. You should be aware that the HVL-F20M is only capable of being hot shoe mounted "intelligent" flash. It will do TTL and can act as an optical commander for other Sony flashes above it.
So; the HVL-F20M on camera can remotely control the HVL-F32M when it off camera BUT the HVL-F32M on camera can not control the HVL-F20M off camera.
Posted 14 April 2017 - 07:48 PM
For an on-camera flash, the priority should be portability, power and battery capacity.
Sony's optical TTL works well for exposure, but it's somewhat impractical. First, there's a delay tripping the shutter while the flashes communicate. Second, the pulses can be quite disruptive, if you are photographing people. I've used the F58 as a controller and it's pretty loud and startling when the pulses go off.
So, basically, get the best on-camera flash and think about off-camera flashes separately.
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