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    Posted: 12 February 2024 at 14:58
I just ordered a Sony ADP MAA flash adaptor. This should take care of my problem.
I have no problem running the Maxxum or Sony flashes wireless, it was mounting my Sigma ring flash that was my issue. I use it mostly for macro.
Thanks again for everyone's input.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 4paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2024 at 12:58
Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

Instead of changing lenses, just change camera.

ja yes!
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Yes thanks everyone, I just read a review about the SAL35F1.8 on Kurt Munger webpage, and this lens is recommended. Can be bought used for about 60 euro. Main purpose for the A68 is a platform for my zoom lenses (untill someone buys them for a fair price, if that will ever happen).

But I can see myself walking around with the A68 with just one ore two small primes. Or a setup with two cameras, my Nex-6 with a prime and the A68 with a prime in a small bag. Instead of changing lenses, just change camera.


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+1 for SAL35F1.8 A great little lens optically. The only real downside is it feels a little flimsy.
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Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

I also got an other A mount camera, A68.

This A mount setup could use a nice compact 35mm prime (to act like a 50mm), I will look around for something decent.

I didn't like the Sony a68 and sold mine on quickly. In particular the EVF which is a touch smaller and duller than the OVF of the a580. If you switch back and forth between the EVF of the a77ii and the a68, you will soon tire of the EVF of the a68.
If it's a light weight 35mm you're after, I will recommend the SAL35F18. A surprisingly good lens. It out performs my SAL35F14G at a fraction of the cost.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 February 2024 at 21:41
I feel the A68 gives a lot of bang for your buck.

I have and love the Sigma 35/1.4 DG HSM Art and it is wonderful but not small. I would probably go for the cheap and cheerful Sony DT 35/1.8. The Minolta/Sony 35/1.4G is nice and the Minolta 35/2 as well, but they are somewhat expensive.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Raabje Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 February 2024 at 19:06
I also got an other A mount camera, A68. It will be delivered in a few days. Price was probably good, 200 euro for the whole set with the 18-55 kitlens, extra batteries and memory cards.

I tried to sell my 70-300G and CZ16-80, Minolta 24mm and 135mm but there is no interest at all. The telelens needs anti-shake and the lens is pretty bulky anyway, so I thought the best thing to do is replace my broken A580 when there is a good deal. The A68 is not a A77mk2 but from my understanding it comes close.

This A mount setup could use a nice compact 35mm prime (to act like a 50mm), I will look around for something decent.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2024 at 12:31
Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

Originally posted by thomcher144 thomcher144 wrote:

OK I really like the A77II I purchased. Open box w/ < 1000 clicks.
My only issue is the hot shoe for the flash. Is there an adaptor so I can use my "A" Mount flashes on the A77II ?
Everything I have seen goes the wrong way, mount new style lens on "A" mount body.
I have 4 different flashes all A mount, 2 Maxxum, 1 Sony, & 1 Sigma ring flash.


Sony ADP-MAA

Third party ones are also available for less .

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I have Sony and Pixel (TF 335) adapters - both work well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 February 2024 at 21:21
I used the Sony ADP-MAA adapter for a while, and still do for my Sony macro twin-flash. It works fine.

However, I did find the adapter clunky to use with the larger flashes, and eventually replaced my other flashes with ones that use the modern Sony hot-shoe.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 February 2024 at 19:43
Depending on which flash units, how much you use them, how you use them, I wouldn't bother with the adapter. The built in flash will act as a trigger for the older flashes to go "off camera". Rare use for some straight up bounce, ok. Any tilt shift swivel, get a native flash like the Sony HVL-F43M. It comes down to the amout of tork or stress on the shoe. The Minolta 3600HS and Sony HVL-F58AM put different stresses on the mount; and the screw lock of the Sony ADP-MAA Hot Shoe Adaptor, that works adequately for the Sony HVL-F20M is inadequate for the Sony HVL-F58AM. "Will it work?" "Yes." with the caveat that I've had "breaks and losses". Heavy off camera work, I would suggest a remote trigger and something like the AD200PRO.
The one thing I really missed about the Minolta iISO flash shoe was the "auto lock".

Edited by LAbernethy - 10 February 2024 at 13:50
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 February 2024 at 18:44
Originally posted by thomcher144 thomcher144 wrote:

OK I really like the A77II I purchased. Open box w/ < 1000 clicks.
My only issue is the hot shoe for the flash. Is there an adaptor so I can use my "A" Mount flashes on the A77II ?
Everything I have seen goes the wrong way, mount new style lens on "A" mount body.
I have 4 different flashes all A mount, 2 Maxxum, 1 Sony, & 1 Sigma ring flash.


Sony ADP-MAA

Third party ones are also available for less .

Meike MK-SH21

Edited by neilt3 - 09 February 2024 at 18:47
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Post Options Post Options   Quote thomcher144 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 February 2024 at 18:08
OK I really like the A77II I purchased. Open box w/ < 1000 clicks.
My only issue is the hot shoe for the flash. Is there an adaptor so I can use my "A" Mount flashes on the A77II ?
Everything I have seen goes the wrong way, mount new style lens on "A" mount body.
I have 4 different flashes all A mount, 2 Maxxum, 1 Sony, & 1 Sigma ring flash.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2024 at 16:00
Originally posted by thomcher144 thomcher144 wrote:

I have found an open box A77II with lens
Good choice. The A77m2 is a likeable camera I think!

This is with my A77m2 and the Sony 70-400G:
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2024 at 15:40
Originally posted by thomcher144 thomcher144 wrote:

Thank you everyone for the remarks !
I have found an open box A77II with lens at a local dealer for $899.00
Hopefully they will take my A580 on trade.
I think this will be my best choice as I will not have to deal with any adaptors.
Thanks again, TOM


The a77ii a very good camera . Certainly a very capable one that you'll find much better in every aspect to your a580 .
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