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Which flash for Sony A7II ?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by asterinex, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. asterinex

    asterinex TalkEmount Regular

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    Hello Everyone,

    I have a Sony A7II and I need a small capable flash with bounce possibilities.
    I never shot with flash before. I always use natural light. But my main goal is to shoot weddings from next year on.
    Can someone recommend me a powerfull , yet small flash, which can bounce ?

    thx,
    Gert
     
  2. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Disclaimer: I'm not a flash expert at all. So far I've used older Minolta flashes 3600 and 5600 for the rare occasions I want to use flash. I prefer the 5600 despite its larger size, it still handles OK and puts out 1.3 stops more light. You'll need an ADP-MAA adapter to mount them on any of the A7 series cameras. These flashes cooperate fully with the camera and the 5600 even offers HSS (high-speed sync) and are an easy and cheap entrance to get you practicing with flash. IMHO you'd better forget about them if you aim for multiple flash and/or off-camera use setups right from the start.

    Main advantage: these older flashes can (only) be bought used and are fairly cheap. I paid € 50 for the 3600 and € 100 for the 5600 (via Marktplaats, Netherlands). There are people here who are very knowledgeable on wedding photography and flash, they'll probably chime in to advise you on more serious setups.
     
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  3. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    I don't know of any flash that will bounce. Most will break when they hit the floor :D
    Sorry couldn't resist

    What is your idea of small?
    Not exactly small but cheap and capable is the Godox TT685s or better yet the V860II and X1 trigger
     
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  4. asterinex

    asterinex TalkEmount Regular

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    thx both , do I need a TTL-Flash ? I need it as simple it can be. :)

    @soeren@soeren : good joke !:)
     
  5. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    People have done without TTL for decades but when moving around and shooting I like using it. Previously i used my SB26 all manual setting power on flash running back and forth alot, not so practical. It can be done though.
     
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  6. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

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    Then TTL is a very good idea.
     
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  7. asterinex

    asterinex TalkEmount Regular

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    @addieleman@addieleman : are the Minolta's 3600 and 5600 TTL ? I like the idea of a cheap second hand flash.
     
  8. soeren

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    And how firmly/stable does they sit on the camera with the adapter?
     
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  9. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

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    Yes, and with good results IMHO.
    Firmly enough, I'd say. If I'd run with this setup I'd hold camera and flash in the hand or I'd just take the flash off, very easy with the old Minolta iISO foot. The connection between flash and adapter looks much more sturdy than the multi-interface foot connection.
     
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  10. asterinex

    asterinex TalkEmount Regular

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    Do you have a picture of your setup (camera/flash/adapter) ?
     
  11. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

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    Now I do :).
    i-vmS6b55.
     
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  12. asterinex

    asterinex TalkEmount Regular

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    thx alot !
    Are these flashes capable of shooting weddings ?
    Is that small piece with 'Sony' on it , the adapter ?
     
  13. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Yep. $22 at Amazon and B&H
     
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  14. asterinex

    asterinex TalkEmount Regular

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    ok thx, so these Minolta flashes are actually for the Sony A-Mount series ?
     
  15. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

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  16. asterinex

    asterinex TalkEmount Regular

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    that flash looks good and cheap :)

    is there a name for this adapter or can anyone provide a link to such adapter.
     
  17. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

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    Sony ADP-MAA
     
  18. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    You can also check out the Nissin i60A if small/compact is a requirement ;)
     
  19. DYNOBOB

    DYNOBOB TalkEmount Regular

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    I have the Nissin i40 and it is very nice. Has a high quality, precision made feel to it. Works good in auto mode. Size and scale suit the A7 perfectly IMO. (Disclaimer...I'm not a sophisticated user, maybe it can't do something real pros need. I just put it on auto and shoot.)

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  20. asterinex

    asterinex TalkEmount Regular

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    small and easy, yet powerfull is just what I need.
    Could you should weddings with this one ?
    The price is quit high though :(