A5100 with flash use?

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by crashwins, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. crashwins

    crashwins TalkEmount Regular

    Jul 17, 2014
    Looking to grab my first Sony. Was going for the a6000 until I saw the new a5100 and the much-improved video codec, which is important since I want to use it for 50% video. My plan was to use one of these until the a7s comes down in price.

    But I also do studio work - is that out of the question with this as there's not hot shoe?

    If not, does anyone think the a6k will get a firmware update and the XVAC-s codec?

    Thanks a lot for reading!

    If anyone feels like chiming in, would love to hear recommendations for glass, especially for AF during video and portrait work.

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  2. HabsFan

    HabsFan TalkEmount Veteran

    Apr 10, 2013
    Ontario, CAN
    If you want to use an a5100 with a flash, you will need to trigger your off camera flashed optically. You can turn down Flash exposure compensation for the pop up flash all the way and hope it does not affect your exposure too much but is string enough to trigger your flashes. It goes without saying that everything would probably need to be set manually.
  3. crashwins

    crashwins TalkEmount Regular

    Jul 17, 2014
    Ah, you mean using an optical slave?

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