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    Posted: 17 October 2020 at 20:25
Advice on what ring flash to select for my Sony a99...
Lots of inexpensive once on eBay...

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Ring flash can mean three or four different things, and prices vary according to the requirements:

A large flash for fashion and portraiture.
A small flash for close-up and macro.
An LED ring light that's not really a flash at all - it's just a ring-shaped light source.
An actual flash can offer fully automatic exposure or be fully manual.

What do you want?

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The Metz 15 MS-1 is a good option as it can be used with different camera systems. It can be triggered wirelessly but you need onboard flash for that. Can be used with a cable plugged to the sync port of your a99.
It's full TTL/manual and it works really well. Can also be used as a optical slave and it has a leaning function to avoid preflash.
A bit expensive if new but I got mine used for £100.
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Originally posted by rastapartaman rastapartaman wrote:

The Metz 15 MS-1 is a good option as it can be used with different camera systems. It can be triggered wirelessly but you need onboard flash for that.
Actually, it does not have to be a built-in flash, although of course, bigger the external flash is the less usable it is for this purpose. I have used HVL-F20AM successfully for this task and it is almost perfect for this use. This is the older model for iISO hotshoe, so α99 and other newer Sony cameras need the flashshoe adapter for this model, but there is now also nearly identical HVL-F20M model, which is intended for the current multi-interface hotshoe.
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The Metz really requires a control flash like mentioned above if you want TTL to work.

Any Sony control flash will make it work in TTL, like HVL-F20M, F32M, F43M or F60M. Or adapted flashes that will also work would be HVL-F20AM, F43AM or 58AM through the proper Sony ADP-MAA adapter.

The newer flashes HVL-F45RM and F60RM may not work since their optical WL protocol only seems to work with the later Sony WL protocol introduced (Control+ or CTRL2). My HVL-F45RM can not control any of the older Sony/Minolta flashes that used to work and this includes Minolta 3600HS(D), 5600HS(D), Sony HVL-F36AM, F58AM, F42AM or the other AM flashes mentioned above when they are in CTRL2 (Control +) mode

The best working flash would be the Minolta ring flash 1200AF (or T2400 twin flash) coupled to the rare MFC-1000 controller using a Sony ADP-MAA adapter like in this picture

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I've tried the T2400 and it's a great flash, but it works better in a controlled environment. If you do lots of field work it's not practical as it gets tangled everywhere.
Nowadays it more likely to win the lottery than finding th mfc1000. Only the Minolta version can accommodate the ring flash and the twin flash. Sony removed the ring flash plug when they rebadged the mfc1000.

Regarding the Metz, the controller flash will always contribute with some light. It comes with a special clip for the pop up flash that keeps coming off. I made a cover with 35mm film that it's a tighter fit and does the same job.
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