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External Flash

MereGradle 9:25pm, 26 October 2009
Hello everyone. I'm looking to purchase an external flash and I'm not sure where to start. I have a Sony a100; I'm not able to purchase a high end flash - but would like to go somewhere in the middle (don't want to get a cheap one either).

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
moostang78 9 years ago
I would say go to this group and search the stream. I wouldn't ask a question right off the bat because they get a little snippy if you duplicate a question that has been answered before. If you just search for flash in this group you will come up with your answer. Tons of knowledge and specific to Sony users.

Warning though - NOTHING with Sony is cheap if you want it to work right with your camera for the long haul!! I wouldn't purchase a flash right off the bat unless you intend on doing flash photography. I have learned that most work you need a flash for - you need more than one.
moostang78 9 years ago
Ugh...why didn't my Sony group post? www.flickr.com/groups/sony_alpha/
brash recess [deleted] 9 years ago
Moostang i can't get over how crisp and sharp Sony pictures are. I was origianally going to get a sony but instead i got the hybrid sony
( Nikon). They use the same sensors on there high end dslr's
GillianSpring 9 years ago
Moost: Have you ever heard of the OneLight Workshop by Zach?
I have just briefly looked into it and quickly turned away with the price, but though it was inspiring to know you can get beautiful images "simply" (ya right) with one flash unit.
Though I would love to also purchase another flash...is the list ever going to end???
Mere: good luck, you might want to rent one to test out first. I use lensrentals.com and I love the info they add to each item for rent. Plus you don't need a deposit!
moostang78 9 years ago
Mere - didn't think of this before, but I can bring my flash to the next social shoot and I'll let you play around with it.

Gillian - never heard of the one light workshop. I'll have to look into it sounds interesting. I would love to purchase a lot of stuff for my camera...oh wait - I would like to get my camera fixed first. he he
RGEEBLUES 9 years ago
Zack Arias is definitely inspiring. I've been following his blog for a year now. The OneLight Workshop and his DVDs are expensive, but there are videos on his blog that are very informative. www.zarias.com/

As far as flashes go, I bought two used Sunpak 383 flashes (for off camera lighting) for around $50-60 each. They're all manual, but it is a good start for learning flash. I'm not sure of the compatibility with the Sony DSLRs though. I would definitely get comfortable with one flash before moving onto multiple flashes.

My current strobist gear consists of:

2 used Sunpak 383 flashes
Cactus V2 trigger and 2 receivers
PC cords and hotshoe adapters from FlashZebra.com
Sanyo Eneloop batteries for the flashes
Lightstand with Shoot Through Umbrella
DIY Beauty Dish

My list is growing and I actually got to use some of my gear this past Sunday for my first senior shoot. It was a learning experience using the off camera flash. I will be posting some of the photos very soon.
MereGradle 9 years ago
Moostang - Definitely let me know if you are attending next social shoot. that'd be great!
I'm still going to run to Roberts this weekend and check some out - I have my first portrait shoots next weekend (for friends - and for free)! So I'm eager to see what's available and what I may be able to get before then.
moostang78 9 years ago
Mere - Roberts doesn't have rental equipment for Sonys. Just FYI. :o)
generationD3/D810 9 years ago
didn't know Sony made anything but TV's.....LOL
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