HVLF20S Flash or Separate Flash/Speedlight with Hotshoe Adapter or Remote Trigger?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by mkstewartesq, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. mkstewartesq

    mkstewartesq New to TalkEmount

    Jan 11, 2013
    Hi, all:

    I purchased a Nex-5R in November and quickly decided I needed more flash options (e.g., bounce) than just the kit flash. Thinking my only other option was the HVLF20S Flash, I purchased this item from Amazon and have until the end of January to return it if necessary, pending any input from you all.

    Because of budget and other reasons, i purchased the Nex-5R over the Nex-6 or NEX-7, but am starting to get a little tense that I may have unduly limited myself by buying a camera without a standard hotshoe. I don't love using a flash in my photography but recognize I will have need of it in various scenarios. However, purchasing the proprietary HVLF20S Flash has me worried that I have bought an expensive toy limited to the NEX line when I should have been looking at more "standard" equipment that may provide better results and flexibility, with the added benefit of being portable to other cameras should I upgrade to a non-NEX camera in the future.

    After reviewing the threads here, I've become aware of various hotshoe adapters and remote strobe/flash triggers available for the Smart accessory port. Any of these, when purchased with a small budget standard strobe flash, will be equivalent or less in total cost than the $120 or so I paid for the HVLF20S Flash. My question is - should I return the HVLF20S and go instead with an adapter/trigger and a more "standard" strobe flash?

    As far as types of photos I take(as I know that's always an important consideration for advice) - I'm just a beginner, and most of my shots are landscapes, architecture, street photography and beginners' attempts at "artsy" stuff (LOL). But I'd like to eventually expand into other areas as I get better.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Hi Mike, welcome to the forum. :)

    I also seldom use flash so don't miss the standard flash shoe. If I were to feel the need, I would get the MSA-10 NEX flash adapter rather than the HVLF20S because:

    1) the HVLF20S is proprietary to the 5 series NEX bodies

    2) the HVLF20S is fairly expensive considering #1

    3) with the MSA-10 you can use a wide variety of flashes, including

    4) wireless triggers for off-camera flash (great for studio work)

    ymmv of course ;)
  3. mkstewartesq

    mkstewartesq New to TalkEmount

    Jan 11, 2013

    Thanks for the reply and advice.