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    Posted: 31 August 2012 at 18:19
One of these (Marumi DFR14) has come up locally for sale, from what I can gather online it's made by Kenro.

Anyone here able to offer any opinion on whether it's worth looking at as a cheap stop-gap until I can get a decent one?

It'll be used with an A77, it is supposed to be compatible with Sony with I know that statement doesn't always cover all bodies!
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Originally posted by DaFoot DaFoot wrote:

It'll be used with an A77...

Better fuggedaboudit then. TTL autoflash with that Marumi/Bower/Delta product is known to not work with SLT models.
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Bugger. That's a shame. :(
Thanks for the info, saved me a few quids.
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This guys seems to be using it on an A65...
http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?p=3540522
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Originally posted by DaFoot DaFoot wrote:

This guys seems to be using it on an A65...
http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?p=3540522

It might fire at full power on an A65... but he didn't say he used TTL autoflash. He also didn't say he used it with an A65. According to EXIF the flower photo was taken with an A390, and the camera photo appears to show an A390.
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Want more testimony? According to these guys it won't even fire in sync.
 



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Went to have a look at it before buying, the flash appeared to fire ok but perhaps something wasn't quite right - all pics darker than expected with a flash however because I couldn't attach it to my lens I was hand holding it so that may explain that!

Didn't buy it as it is far too small and aperture to work with my fat 180mm macro!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob Maddison Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 September 2012 at 21:29
You are unlikely to find a macro ring flash that will fit around a big lens; unless you are really prepared to pay!

An alternative is a twin flash set up. Minolta / Sony do have a macro twin flash but it is expensive and it might be just as effective to buy two small wireless controlled flashes and make up your own mount.

If you don't need the short flash duration, a couple of inexpensive battery operated LED panel lights (~10 GBP each) with 20 or more LEDs can be used. Light output is low, but more than adequate for most macro photography at short range.

I have a Marumi and it works well when fitted to a lens with a front mount up to 62mm. I have only used it on an SLR and can't comment about its suitability for an SLT.

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Originally posted by DaFoot DaFoot wrote:

One of these (Marumi DFR14) has come up locally for sale, from what I can gather online it's made by Kenro.

Anyone here able to offer any opinion on whether it's worth looking at as a cheap stop-gap until I can get a decent one?

It'll be used with an A77, it is supposed to be compatible with Sony with I know that statement doesn't always cover all bodies!

I believe the Marumi/Delta ringflash is incompatible with the A77 as a friend of mine had one for his A700, but it didn't work on his new A77 so he sold it for £20.00! You can buy the Delta DRF-14 S (Marumi re-brand) from Foto-Tip via eBay. Best ask them regarding compatibility.

See Item: 110488892797

There's a list for Sony A77 compatibilty at: http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/SLT-A77/compatibility.

A handy review of the Delta DRF-14 S at: http://www.naturemagnified.com/2010/05/delta-drf-14-ring-flash-for-macro.html.

Incompatibilty issues reported back in Oct 2011 on DPR: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1037&message=37706783.

A heck of an upgrade when stuff that worked on proper DLSR bodies fail to do so on SLTs!

Edited by Pirate - 03 September 2012 at 23:17
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