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Help a77ii owners....
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:12:01 AM »
I am thinking of purchasing the new a77 ii.  I currently have an a580.  One piece of information I can't seem to find is regarding wireless flash triggering.  On the a580, to fire the flash wirelessly, I have to put the flash on the on camera hotshoe, turn it all on, then remove it and put it on the stand.  This has to happen whether I shoot the flash in slave mode triggered by the on camera flash, or with wireless triggers.  It is infuriating to do this, as it adds multiple steps, and if the flash times out, then you have to start all over again. 

On the other hand, if I use a Canon, all I have to do is put the trigger on the hotshoe, put the flash/transceiver on the stand and voila, all is well. 

Is this a Sony issue in general?  Would the a77ii require that as well?  Or is it a problem with the flash (sony 42) design?  Any info anybody has would be most helpful.

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Re: Help a77ii owners....
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2014, 08:55:32 AM »
I think it may be an issue with the 42 - I have a 56 (and an older Minolta 3600, which uses the same system), both of which 'just work' in the pop up flash wireless mode (or did, when I used the A700, since getting the A900 I've had to invest in radio triggers, as the A900 doesn't have a pop up flash).
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Re: Help a77ii owners....
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 11:49:50 PM »
I agree with Faldrax.  An if he reads this, have just purchased an F20M to go atop the A99 to trigger the F58AM...john
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Re: Help a77ii owners....
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014, 09:55:34 AM »
I agree with Faldrax.  An if he reads this, have just purchased an F20M to go atop the A99 to trigger the F58AM...john

I considered the 20 for triggering, but since I could get a set of Pixel Kings for a similar price to a 20, it seemed a better option to have the flexibility of full radio wireless (which also trigger flashes like my Yongnuo YN-560-II, which would not be triggered properly from a 20)
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