NEX-5 with a nice flash upgrade

Discussion in 'Sony E-Mount (incl. NEX, A7, A7R, A3000) Forum' started by teshi, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. teshi

    teshi SC Rookie

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    Sep 1, 2011
    So since I do not see myself moving over to a NEX-5n and holding out later in 2012 for a NEX-7, I thought enough is enough of the supplied flash since I am missing more and more power for additional lighting so I decided to go down the route of a dedicated flash instead.

    I dug up a 580EX II I had lying about so decided to get myself an optical trigger from Jacobs. I also found a flash frame lying about so put that to good use and came up with this bit of "art".

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    Since a max sync speed of 1/160, it is not that far off what I am used to at 1/200 so all is not lost. Sadly it is all manual so no ETTL or TTL modes suitable for use but once again, not that much of a big deal when working in most environments.

    After a few shots, it was like I was shooting with a normal DSLR again! Here is what I ended up with. Taken with a SAL35F18 using the older LA-EA1 so opted for MF instead.

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    I suppose the arguement I could make here is with all the faffing around, a DSLR would be a better option since this was cumbersome to hold and difficult to focus (till I taped the trigger to the flash) but the fact still remains that this can be still thrown into a smaller bag and still really portable and the IQ is not all that bad as I feared.

    Some people may have already done this but I thought I would share also. :)
     
  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
    Another case of how adaptable the mirror-less bodies are.