I have been asked by a friend/singer to photograph his last stage performance since he's retiring in 2 weeks. This will involve stage shooting in a famous night club, and snapshots with friends and fans. Since I know the place is quite dark and the lighting might not be very flattering, I bought today this small flash to light the snapshots, stage photos would be naturally shot with available light.
I spent several hours playing with it on the A900 and have reached the following frustrating conclusions:
1. Slow synchronization is only possible when the AE lock button is pushed in Aperture priority mode (or in manual evidently). This means one has to keep on pushing this button for every different change in framing. If not, the flash will automatically set a speed of 1/60 or higher.
2. When on auto-iso, 1600 will always be selected.
3. On P mode, the camera will select a fixed aperture that does not vary with the luminosity of the scene.
Anyhow this is a tiny inexpensive flash and the above bugs seem to be related to the camera design more than the flash itself. Any similar bugs with other Sony flashes?