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    New Sony flash is great news.

    According to alphamountworld.com, the new little $130 Sony flash being released can be used as a trigger for other off camera flashes. Perfect for A900, since it doesn't have an onboard flash trigger like other sony DSLRs.

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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    Fully agreed. It's so inexpensive and lightweight that throwing one permanently in the bag would be a no brainer. I haven't used on-camera flash for almost a decade, but this small unit might change the way I work especially if it can also be remotely triggered, not only act as a trigger.
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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    Hooray! - just what is needed - I have old Minolta 3600HS flashes that I can trigger.
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    Very interesting! This will work in TTL-mode on the a900?

    I guess I could use it as a small fill-in flash outside. And also use it to trigger my Metz mz 54-i's

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    Sony alpha DSLR-A330 with the HVL-F20AM flash unit in the down (left) and up positions.

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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    Slick...about time. But it looks like in the down-position, it'll stick out farther than the lens?

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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    Quote Originally Posted by gsking View Post
    Slick...about time. But it looks like in the down-position, it'll stick out farther than the lens?
    Not sure, but I understood from the introduction on Sony Europe that you have to put it in the vertical position to turn it on.
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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    pricing is good.
    Curiously, Sony wants $120 for just a hot shoe adapter from the existing Minolta style shoe to the more common variety

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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    Not sure, but I understood from the introduction on Sony Europe that you have to put it in the vertical position to turn it on.
    Correct. The flash folds down for compactness when not in use. When in use, you flip the flash up. For using bounce mode, there is a switch on the side, which apparently aims the flash lens itself upwards. Pretty cool.

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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    Correct. The flash folds down for compactness when not in use. When in use, you flip the flash up. For using bounce mode, there is a switch on the side, which apparently aims the flash lens itself upwards. Pretty cool.
    Compactness? Hmm, I need a side view. It still looks like it'd be cumbersome and fragile...just in another direction. Maybe I'm not getting it.

    I suppose it works as a remote trigger in the vertical direction too? That would be quite beneficial, I would think. You could put flashes behind and beside you without much concern.

    Reminds me of one of those old P&S cameras where the flash folded down on a long stalk and lodged near the FRONT of the lens. Popped up, it was quite the giraffe. Optura or something...I can't recall the name.

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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    I guess I should say compactness relative to the other Sony flashes. I never bring my flashes anywhere because of their size, but this is shirt pocket-able. IMO this is the perfect A900 solution. By leaving off the built-in flash, but offering a small flash that allows bounce and has nearly twice the GN of the A700's built in flash, it's the best of both worlds...Sony should have had this flash available last September.

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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    Here is the text from the product release...

    Flash HVL-F20AM
    Weighing less than 100g, the smartly-styled HVL‑F20AM folds down to keep a low profile when itís not being used. Just pull the flash head up Ė itís powered up and ready for use whenever itís needed.

    Thereís also a handy switch to select Bounce flash operation. This gives indirect lighting for more natural results with portraits and other subjects that can get bleached out by direct light from an inbuilt flash.

    The HVL-F20AM doubles as an ideal wireless flash controller for the full-frame α900. While Sonyís flagship DSLR does not have its own integrated flash, the HVL-F20AM can be used as an inexpensive trigger for wireless remote flash heads.

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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    Have to say this is pretty trick. All those M8 shooters would kill for a unit like this
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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    I guess I should say compactness relative to the other Sony flashes. I never bring my flashes anywhere because of their size, but this is shirt pocket-able. IMO this is the perfect A900 solution. By leaving off the built-in flash, but offering a small flash that allows bounce and has nearly twice the GN of the A700's built in flash, it's the best of both worlds...Sony should have had this flash available last September.
    Aha, I agree completely. Perfectly compact OFF the camera. And I suppose on the camera, but not in use, it's a bit more handy to have it folded down....but then I'd just take it off.

    But then, I always use flash.

    2x the GN of A700...even better.

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    Re: New Sony flash is great news.

    Nice idea, but it's a shame it doesn't have full wireless function.
    According to Sony style Canada... "When teamed with the α900, the HVLF20AM can also be used to trigger wireless flash setups. Please note, however, that this functionality is only available with DSLRA900, and does not include luminosity ratio control."

    So no ratio setups on the fly. Perhaps manual power settings on the remotes and trigger with the 20AM?.
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