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    Posted: 09 June 2020 at 21:23
I am looking for a recommendation for a new general purpose flash for my A99 ii. I'd like it to support both high speed and slow sync. I looked at the Sony HVL-F60RM, but that's too expensive, and the Godox V860II-S, but I don't think that it supports slow sync. I may be wrong about the Godox, as Sony refers to it as slow sync, but Godox has second curtain sync. Maybe those are the same thing?

Are there any other recommended flash manufacturers for the multi interface shoe?
 



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Welcome on Dyxum Rick!
Do you need the '60' guidenumber?
The (used) Sony HVLF43 is much more affordable.
I have no experience with 3rd party flashes.
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Fred, thanks for the welcome!

I'm not sure if I need the 60 guide number. I plan to mostly use a flash as a fill for outdoors, for both portrait and sports. However, I will also be using it indoors and outdoors at night. My previous flash was a Promaster 7500DX with a GN of 42. There were some occasions where it was under powered for what I was trying to do.
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Welcome to DYXUM!

There is quite a number of instructions on the net that illustrate slow sync by the use of the rear curtain - like this one.

I see no obstacle why one wouldn't achieve a slow sync with the first curtain as well - the results will be different, of course.

For a long time I used Metz flashes, but recently I have changed to Godox - they are less expensivee and have the advantage of an inbuilt radio trigger which makes using them off-camera very easy with a controller module in the hotshoe. They come with a spectrum of guide numbers.

A good way to familiarize oneself with them is a look at their instruction manuals which are available for download.
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Thanks for the info Waldo! After reading the article that you linked, I think that the V860II-S will meet my needs.

Edited by rickkaz - 09 June 2020 at 23:09
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Also look into the Godox V1 round head flash, equal to the 860 but with a much better light pattern and there's the AK-R1 accessory kit to go with it.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1466057-REG/godox_v1_s_v1_round_ad200pro_ttl.html
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Hi Rick and welcome.

I currently have a Godox TT685S (as well as a Sony 43) and so far I am very happy with the inexpensive 685, both on and off camera. The advantage of the 860 is obviously the battery, but the battery use is not really an issue for me.

However, (also suggested by stiuskr) I had the chance to try out the V1 Round head a few months ago and was extremely impressed with this flash. It is powerful and a great all round flash. More expensive than the 685 and 860 but well worth the difference, and way less expensive than the Sony 60. It's my next purchase.

The Godox V1 would be my choice if it is within your budget, and the inexpensive Godox TT685S if you just want a flash for the odd occassion. My 685 works pretty hard sometimes and I have zero issues with it.
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Originally posted by ABDurbs ABDurbs wrote:

Hi Rick and welcome.

I currently have a Godox TT685S (as well as a Sony 43) and so far I am very happy with the inexpensive 685, both on and off camera. The advantage of the 860 is obviously the battery, but the battery use is not really an issue for me.

I'm not a great flash user, mainly using it indoors for parties and so on, or outdoors for fill-in. I hate big flashes on the camera, so generally stick with something small like the Godox for outdoors or the Meike 320 for indoors. Indoors I tend to prefer fill-in unless the room is very dark, and again this suits a small flash.
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I actually ended up ordering the Godox V1-S with the AK-R1 accessory kit and XPro-S Wireless Flash Trigger.
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I have a V1 and it's a good flash, and the AK-R1 kit works well with it. The only drawback for me is that the AF assist lamp doesn't work, while the one on the V860ii-s does.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ABDurbs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2020 at 10:49
Originally posted by rickkaz rickkaz wrote:

Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I actually ended up ordering the Godox V1-S with the AK-R1 accessory kit and XPro-S Wireless Flash Trigger.

Think that is a good choice. Well done and enjoy.
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I have a Godox V860 II S, a Godox TT350 S and a Neewer NW880 S (same as Godox TT685S but cheaper). All work like a charm in all A77 II modes, also as masters or slaves; except the TT350 in TTL at close range : "ADI Flash" greatly underexposes (mode entering lens focus distance in the exposure calculation) Works fine if switched to "Pre-Flash TTL" All highly recommended.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote glefebvre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 June 2020 at 19:34
What about the Sony HVL-58AM or HVL-56AM? How about the Minolta 5600HS(D) OR 5400HS? The Minolta flashes can be had for pretty cheap. You'd need the Sony ADP-MAA adapter. I use the Sony HVL-58AM and Minolta 5600HS(D) with the adapter and they work just fine.
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The 5400HS won't have full functionality with the a99 (I or ii) - it'll work as a basic flash gun on my a99i but that's about it I'm afraid. Shame as otherwise it's a fine unit.
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