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 Post subject: Good flash for Sony A700
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:14 pm 
Good day everyone! Have not posted on here for quite a while, recently upgraded to Sony A700 bought from Ebay and now am thinking of buying a flash. From the previous posts I heard many people suggested Sony HVLF36AM as a bargain for money but I was wondering if there are some other third party flashes which would also be a good choice? Would old Minolta flashes work fine on Sony DLSR bodies?

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Here's a compatibility table for Minolta flashguns:

Sony Support page

I'm not much of a flash photographer anymore. Use it maybe once every three months for some quick studio set-up, mostly for a selfportrait. I'm happy with what my HVL-F40AM can do though.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:18 am 
Some old flashes will work, but not all

See here and check the column that says "Digital Ready".

Please not that the flashes should work, you just won't have TTL and would have to work on full manual. Full manual is cool in a controlled setting, like a studio or small get together, but can be a handful in situations where you are constantly moving (changing flash to subject distance) and the ambient light keeps changing (assuming you wanted to match the ambient).

If you do plan on getting a newer flash, I'd probably skip the 36 since it is fully automatic and doesn't have manual controls, and if possible, test the flash on the camera body before you buy since some Sony flashes have an issue with the shoe mount being wobbly.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:15 pm 
Thanks guys, the links are very useful. Primitive, do you mean Minolta flashes that have column "digital ready" checked will have automatic metering and the ones that don't will not? Obviously TTL is very important so I should stick to those flashes that have it. Given the difficulty of finding good old Minolta flashes for a decent price my choice is probably restricted to Sony brand. Anyway, why do you think lack of manual control on 36 is a downside? Are there many situations where I might use manual flash settings?
Testing the shoe mount before buying a flash is certainly a good idea.

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