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    Posted: 07 December 2011 at 13:19
This seems so simple. Why hasn't anyone made a flash hotshoe adapter for the nex-series? The nex-5n would be the perfect camera for me if it just had a way of doing bounce-flash!
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The lack of a hotshoe adapter is one of the things that is holding me back from buying a NEX-5n. I don't know if the reason is a design choice or what, but not having that option really bites.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PhotoTraveler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 December 2011 at 06:53
It's not really a hotshoe in the sense of a system plan. Those bodies just have a separable flash so you can have a smaller camera when you don't need a flash.

I doubt anyone will be making accessories for something that is on just a few models of camera and may change with every generation or 2 of compact NEX models.
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I'm not sure why the NEX-7 has a hot-shoe as any Sony flash except the Sony HVL-F20AM would be ridiculously big on such a tiny body (IMO), ie: HVL-F58AM + NEX-7 = !

The same would apply to the 5n where the Sony HVL-F20S gives you bounce flash and fits with the body size and flash coupling. I think Sony has made adequate provision for the 5n and people who want something a little better than the kit flash.

I can see a need (perhaps) for attaching a studio flash trigger to a NEX-7, but even then, it seems like the wrong tool for the job.

I'm planning to get the NEX-7, but I'm not sure the hot-shoe will get any use except with my tiny little HVL-F20AM. I suppose I may put a HVL-F58AM on just for a laugh !

   
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I fully understand that the combination of a large studio flash and the nex series isn't nowhere near perfect, but for someone like me who really dislikes flash and only use it for portrait-photography in bounce-mode it's essential to have the option when needed!

It may be that I haven't learned my a700 properly but I need better high-iso performance and I can't afford two bodies. The nex-5n could have been the perfect replacement. Unless someone has an a850 for sale? ;-)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote groovyone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 December 2011 at 13:21
There is the NEX version of the 20 available now with the same style rotating head. I don't think it is a whole lot smaller than the 20 though.

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Great shame that the built-in flash cannot be used as a wireless trigger - I assume the same is true for the add-on flash for the 3 and 5?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 December 2011 at 19:57
Originally posted by AlphaMan AlphaMan wrote:

I'm not sure why the NEX-7 has a hot-shoe as any Sony flash except the Sony HVL-F20AM would be ridiculously big on such a tiny body (IMO), ie: HVL-F58AM + NEX-7 = !


I assume that is required to allow it to be fitted to the camera in order to set the flash to wireless mode.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote groovyone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 December 2011 at 02:35
Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

Great shame that the built-in flash cannot be used as a wireless trigger - I assume the same is true for the add-on flash for the 3 and 5?


Correct, unless they somehow get it in a firmware update.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote karaatanasov Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 December 2011 at 20:49
For those of you stuck with NEX-3 or 5 here is my recipe for using remote flash with NEX. This should work with studio strobes and small flashes alike.

http://karaatanasov.info/index.php?entry=entry111229-221046

For me the flash control on the NEX series is needed to

1. Eliminate the need to carry around DSLR.

2. Allow NEX user to attend photography classes without the humiliation of instructor and classmates discussing the the most lame equipment found on face of earth that happens to be in your bag (same thing with Olympus DSLRs. If you want to be happy on such class buy D7000 or 60D, worst GH2. All else can be ridiculed)

For me Sony should either release radio trigger or at least iso adapter similar to Alpha. It is not serious buyng camera that costs as much as decent DSLR that has no hotshoe. Even some compact cameras like G12 feature flash hot shoe. Sony had hot shoes on their high end compacts unitl few years back check out the V3

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Post Options Post Options   Quote StormK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 December 2011 at 21:24
Thanks a million!   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 December 2011 at 10:47
I think you may be able to get the same result if you mask the camera flash with unexposed developed color film, and just use the SYK-5 with the remote flash.

Care to try?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote karaatanasov Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 December 2011 at 15:34
Originally posted by IanL IanL wrote:

I think you may be able to get the same result if you mask the camera flash with unexposed developed color film, and just use the SYK-5 with the remote flash.

Care to try?


Likely what you describe will work. I do not have film to mask the NEX-5 flash. I prefer the radio trigger as it is cheap and more reliable i.e. in daylight radios work just fine.
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