Looking for reasonably priced flash with HSS for off camera use with A7ii - Any suggestions?

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  1. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions TalkEmount Regular

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    Apr 7, 2016
    I have the Yongnuo 560iv with 2 slaves and one trigger. Looking to add HSS
     
  2. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    I'd suggest looking at the Godox lineup, specifically the Godox TT685s / Flashpoint Zoom TTL R2 (the Flashpoint being the same flash but rebranded in-house by Adorama) and the Godox V860ii / Flashpoint Zoom Li-on TTL R2. The first pair are AA-battery powered and thus much less expensive, under US$90, and the latter pair are, as the Flashpoint name hints, powered by an included rechargeable Lithium ion battery pack. For off camera use, you'd also need the Godox X1-Ts / Flashpoint R2 on-camera transmitter.

    I've been using the Flashpoint-branded AA-powered versions with generally good results so far. The AA versions do seem a little slow to recycle though, so no high speed burst shooting with them.
     
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  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
  4. Bill

    Bill TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 22, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Bill
    It's not super cheap, but I like the Cactus. They have a trigger specifically made for Sony, with flashes that have built-in receivers.
     
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  5. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Dec 12, 2014
    Næstved, Denmark
    Soeren
    +1 for the Godox, maybe have a look at the AD200 if it's for ocf only.
     
  6. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 3, 2015
    Mus
    +2 for the Godox
     
  7. tomrock

    tomrock TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 18, 2011
    Indianapolis, IN USA
    Godox is the way to go but buy them from Adorama. Adorama's are the EXACT same flashes for the same prices but you get good service and if you ever need it, repair. Many of the Godox sellers on Amazon won't even reply to an email if you ever need service. I'm sure there are some good sellers on Amazon but why take the risk?
     
  8. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    I had a boo boo IMG_20180506_162635.
     
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  9. mnhoj

    mnhoj TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    ^ That 860ii rocks!!
     
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  10. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Congrats! You’ll love that V860iis - you’ll forget when you last charged the battery :D 
     
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  11. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    so I knew I wanted the fast recycle.. but i had no idea it would be so instant... pretty much in love at first sight....

    the only sad story is the A1 unit only works with iOS at the moment (was released august last year, and their site said the android app would be released at the end of the month) (that was nearly a year ago.. still no android app.....) that said. i'm patient. And from what i've seen of their other products may be worth waiting a bit more.

    I'll hold onto the A1 until my 30 day return window is up if no android app by then.. i may return for in store credit. (yes.. i bought these at my local camera store b/c A) fuckin A they carry them and B) they are becoming a service center for godox products! sweeeet sauce
     
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  12. mnhoj

    mnhoj TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    Too bad about that A1. Looks like a blast.
     
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  13. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    This was an interesting video. Came across it today when I was having basically the same issue. Maybe someone else will run into this and find it helpful. Ambient light override when flash is connected

    Video
     
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