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Just got a HVL-F43AM for my NEX-6

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by SRHEdD, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 25, 2012
    Viera, Florida, USA
    Steve
    Just opened the box, and have to say this thing easily rivals any Nikon, Canon, or Metz flash I've ever had, build-wise. I'm at my office and FEDEX tells me the adapter for it to fit my NEX-6 is on my doorstep at home... might have to go home for lunch...

    ...more later, but REALLY nice feeling unit.
     
  2. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 7, 2012
    Ooh, that's the big boy isn't it? Didn't realise an adapter was needed. Be interested in your thoughts on it......not that I have a NEX at present!
     
  3. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 25, 2012
    Viera, Florida, USA
    Steve
    No, this is the smaller of the two BIG flashes. My NEX-6 has a standard hot shoe with Sony contacts lurking under the front edge. The ADP-MAA adapter converts the shoe to the standard Sony Multi-style. I think leaving the adapter on the camera is the way to go. The flash slides in and snaps very securely, releasing by push-button. The adapter also slides in easily, but has the typical knurled ring. I think using the flash sliding onto the adapter will save wear on the camera shoe. Sorry for the phone pics...

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  4. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    I didn't realize you can adapt that DSLR flash unit to a NEX6. I really like the 90° swivel capability and the built-in bounce card and diffuser.

    Please do tell us more about it. :)
     
  5. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    I've always used my DSLR dedicated flash units to smalle cameras, NEX, GX-1? and even the tiny ZX-1 !! A little unwieldy, but the results are there... My new flash should arrive tomorrow, I picked an Oly FL-36, which is, to my knowledge, the smallest tilt/swivel unit available with manual control.
     
  6. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 25, 2012
    Viera, Florida, USA
    Steve
    I really like the Metz 44AF-1, and used it on my Olys. I have to say for a GN of 43, this is a big flash, but really nice. Great swivel function. I just did a little product work at my table, and it worked flawlessly on my NEX-6 with the camera on M (to balance natural light in the room), and on A to pick DOF first. It looks like the zoom on the flash works perfectly, but doesn't display the numeric value on the LCD screen. I don't really care, just noting...

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  7. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 7, 2012
    Ok, now you've lost me. I'll be googling like crazy ;)
     
  8. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 25, 2012
    Viera, Florida, USA
    Steve
    One of the bigger changes with the NEX-6 and A99 was the move to a more standard hot shoe. It will take a standard flash like a Vivitar 283/285 as-is. My Metz works perfectly on it as a manual flash. I wanted some degree of automation for snapshots and bounce though, so bought the Sony flash. It has the Minolta-inherited shoe. The adapter mechanically makes the new style hot shoe of the NEX-6 look like the shoe on every other Sony NEX, NEX-7, 5n, 5R, etc., while keeping most of the functionality. Still experimenting on what it loses by using an adapter...

    Better?

    BTW, found the flash on ebay for $275 shipped. Used, but in perfect condition.
     
  9. ruko

    ruko New to TalkEmount

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    May 20, 2014
    Hello

    Does this flash have all the TTL functions with the NEX6? I just purchased an NEX6 and I'm confused as to what flash to get for it. I want all the automatic functions available from the camera to the flash.

    Thanks