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Flash Guns For Sony Alpha 350


mikeyjuggler 7 373 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2009 7:51PM
HELP!
has anyone bought a flash gun for a sony alpha ( i have the 350) their own one costs about the same as i paid for the camera, so not sure it's worth it. There are bound to be other makes that will work, anyone had any good or bad experiences or anything that they can recommend?
Cheers and beers
Mike

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vetcameraman 10 145 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2009 8:28PM
You could always go for the 'lesser' model - the F42AM, rather than the F58. I'm not sure how much light reduction you'll see. Rather cheaper though.
I have the previous (discontinued F56) for my K-M Dimage A2. No qualms in recommending it.
Cost options:
1) I've purchased from Here - you can email Paul at his address - He is always helpful, and is where K-M directed me when they sold to Sony.
2) Found this on G****e - don't know anything about them - phone first!!
3) Usually OK from what I hear
4) Support the Site - Go in Through 'STORE'
5) Support the Site and Break The Bank
6) Check Sony Flash Mount Compatibility on this one first - the Sigmas are supposed to be OK

Don't know if this helps at all, but from what I understand,it is worth going for a K-M/Sony brand flash.

Martin
cattyal e2
9 6.4k 6 England
10 Mar 2009 8:36PM
I've recently bought the Sigma EF-530 for my A350 and all seems hunky dory to me. Ok, I'm not used to using a flash and have a good bit of experimenting/learning to do but so far I'm perfectly happy with it.

Not being used to that extra weight on top I found the body seemed awfully small and light so had to treat myself to a battery grip to balance it all out Smile
mikeyjuggler 7 373 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2009 4:46PM
thanks for the help, have opted for a sigma. It arrives tomorrow, so here's waiting for the dark nights!
Mike
15 Mar 2009 9:56AM
I am thinking of buying the Sony DSLR -A200K.Does anyone know if my Canon Speedlite 430 EX11 flashgun is compatible?I Barnes
15 Mar 2009 1:03PM
Sorry Ivan your Canon flash will not work on the Sony as it has a different style hotshoe.

Ant.
15 Mar 2009 5:20PM
Thank you Ant.You`ve saved me a lot of trouble .I did suspect it was a Sony exclusive hot shoe but was not sure.Ivan Barnes
strokebloke 6 481 16 England
22 Mar 2009 11:01PM
You can, quite cheaply, purchase an adaptor for the Sony hot-shoe, which converts the Sony into a conventional shoe which will take any flash with sympathetic electronics. It also has a sync lead point built into it. I bought mine from HK & it took a week to arrive, but it is compact and works well.
luddite88 5 4 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2009 7:13PM
I can back strokebloke up on that one, I have an A300 and was really annoyed to find that the hotshoe was incompatible with practically any other shoe. I got an adapter after searching a certain site beginning with e, paid less than 15 including delivery and its great! Even works wireless sets in a studio. Having seen the price of Sony flashes, I'd risk a couple of quid and try the old one first.
Cowboy73 5 2 Northern Ireland
11 May 2009 11:10PM
I have a sony a350 and am using a jessops brand flash which i used on my minolta 5d works perfectly.

Martin


Quote:HELP!
has anyone bought a flash gun for a sony alpha ( i have the 350) their own one costs about the same as i paid for the camera, so not sure it's worth it. There are bound to be other makes that will work, anyone had any good or bad experiences or anything that they can recommend?
Cheers and beers
Mike

HJKeithW 6 59 New Zealand
4 Jul 2009 9:26AM
If you can find an old Minolta flashgun it will fit Sony. I have a Minolta 5400HS flash which is compatible. THere could be adapters from Minolta/Sony hotshoes to 'standard' Year ago I had a genereric flash which came with an adapter to fit the Minolta hotshoe
HJKeithW 6 59 New Zealand
27 Nov 2010 12:54AM
Further to my previous post of July 2009, the 5400HS flash is not fully compatible with the Sony A350. It will fit the Sony-Minolta design hotshoe but will fire only on 100%, you have no control over it. A damned nuisance as I can't afford to buy another flash!
vetcameraman 10 145 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2010 1:23AM
HJKeithW - try here - it requires a bit of electronic knowhow but is reported as very useful to convert older Minolta flashes to digital functionality. Sebastian is good for email advice as well.
HJKeithW 6 59 New Zealand
8 Jun 2011 7:47AM
I have ordered one of these adapters. I don't know how long it will take to get to New Zealand. When it arrives and been installed, I'll let you know what I think of it. It cost 34 Euros including shipping which is a lot less than a new flash and it will be good to have my old Minolta 5400HS back in service again
17 Sep 2013 1:56PM
the Minolta 2500D Minolta 3600HSD and Minolta 5600HSD all
work perfectly with the alpha's

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