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My off camera flash setup

ErickSaint

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So I had a few questions via PM about my off camera setup with my 5N. Here is a quick rundown. Some pics were taken with a phone, so forgive quality. I got most everything from Amazon, so I will provide links where I can. If you have any other questions let me know, I'll answer them if I can. But this is all new to me.

I started out with this adapter. I was skeptical as to if it would actually work or not. It came in and I mounted it, it works perfectly. Though it may be a bit flimsy to use a newer flash directly on the camera. The flash is so heavy and the adapter is just mounted with a small screw, but it does work. And it works great with the wireless triggers.

Amazon.com: JJC Hot Shoe Flash Adapter MSA-10 for Sony NEX 3 NEX5 MSA10: Camera & Photo

Here it is on my camera.

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SPH-D710    ---    4mm    f/2.7    1/15s    ISO 400


I also got the Cowboy Studio wireless triggers.
Amazon.com: CowboyStudio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Trigger for External Speelights with 1 Trigger and 2 Receivers (NPT-04+extra receiver): Camera & Photo

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SPH-D710    ---    4mm    f/2.7    1/15s    ISO 400


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SPH-D710    ---    4mm    f/2.7    1/15s    ISO 400


And Yongnuo YN-560 II flash
Amazon.com: Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash for Canon and Nikon. GN58.: Camera & Photo

And as you can tell the wireless units trigger the flash just fine.

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NEX-5N       55mm    f/14.0    1/5s    ISO 3200


I was playing around with some smoke pictures using this setup. Here's a quick snap of my "smoke studio" at the dining room table. It's kind of a bad pic, but the flash is on the stand on the right. I use a desk lamp to light the smoke so I can lock focus.

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NEX-5N       24mm    f/18.0    1/60s    ISO 2500


Finally, here are some shots I took with this setup. No post on any of these, just jpegs straight from the camera resized. This is the first time I have ever tried anything like this. Still need to play around with the background and keeping the flash directed on the smoke and not the background. I have some card stock cut and attached to the flash to direct the light, but where the background is bunched up its shining off the flash, which can be seen on the left side of some pics. The blue hue was caused by the AWB, when I played with that a bit I got it to the proper balance.

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NEX-5N    E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS    43mm    f/11.0    1/160s    ISO 100


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NEX-5N    E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS    55mm    f/11.0    1/160s    ISO 100


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NEX-5N    E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS    55mm    f/11.0    1/160s    ISO 100


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NEX-5N    E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS    55mm    f/11.0    1/60s    ISO 100


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NEX-5N    E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS    45mm    f/11.0    1/20s    ISO 100


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NEX-5N    E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS    53mm    f/13.0    1/15s    ISO 100
 

dsiglin

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forgive me for necroing this, but I'm interested in knowing two things:
1) what was the maximum shutter speed you could sync at?
2) I read that you have to have a wireless trigger that can compensate to flash after the Nex's "preflash" something or other. Any comment on this? Thanks!
 

xXx1

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I am not Eric but for me maximum shutter speed is 1/250 with dumb flash adapter or Allacax Next II flash transmitter. Nex don't send the pre flash to dumb flashes. It is for TTL only.
 

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I like a lot the Allacax Next II flash remote (it is only for 3's and 5's). First model don't work, beware of it.
I got it from here:
Allacax

It puts my C3 to flash mode when I put it on (shutter to 1/160 s). It has blid mode too where it doesn't signal Nex that there is a flash and I can use the 1/250 setting (occasionally ok in bright light).

I hope that I can find a suitable small thyristor flash (Metz 20 c2 is bit pricey for what it is) too.
 

ErickSaint

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Yes, exactly what xXx said. No pre-flash and 1/250 is the maximum with this setup.

Thanks for picking up my slack while I was at work. :D

My setup will not put the camera in flash mode, so it's best to not use live view with it, when I tried this the display was very dark. But as a trade off it was a very cost effective way to get an off camera setup. Though admittedly I haven't had much chance to perfect this yet, maybe once winter comes back.
 

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