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NEX 5N Studio strobe synch help

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by Ben Altman, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Ben Altman

    Ben Altman New to TalkEmount

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    Sep 27, 2011
    Hi,

    So I have my shiny new NEX 5N, first serious digital camera I've owned. Old commercial guy, so usually use large format... So I want to do a simple studio portrait and I tried synching the studio strobes by hanging the magic eye over the accessory flash on the 5N. Used to work fine with a pop-up flash on a 35mm Nikon...

    The strobes fire just fine, but the camera is not seeing the strobe light - only the accessory flash. I know this because the image is pretty dark at f/4 and my strobe meter gives me f/22...

    I've tried every setting for flash sych and different shutter speeds from 1 sec to 1/160 sec.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks, Ben
     
  2. chaser

    chaser New to TalkEmount

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    Sep 5, 2011
  3. Ben Altman

    Ben Altman New to TalkEmount

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    Sep 27, 2011
    Thanks - I figured it might be some kind of pre-flash but could not find a way to turn it off. Maybe I can find a position for the slave sensor eye where it only gets enough light when the main flash goes.
     
  4. Ben Altman

    Ben Altman New to TalkEmount

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    Sep 27, 2011
    Yup, that got it to work... I hung the slave eye below the tripod head and used a black foil baffle in front of the NEX flash. A bit tricky to adjust until it only sees the main flash and not the pre-flash, but it worked to get me out of a jam. Would need a better solution for any serious work, obviously.