What am I doing wrong? A77 w/ Flash via PC Sync Cable

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What am I doing wrong? A77 w/ Flash via PC Sync Cable
Mar 16, 2012

f8, 1/250th shutter and the flash (HVLF36AM) using a PC sync shoe and a Cheetah Qbox 24 softbox. This is exposing correctly, but I can't see a dang thing in my viewfinder and its registering the flash as being off even though it fires. This is making it extremely difficult to compose and focus on a subject. Can someone help me?

To get around it, I've popped the on camera flash up and set it to wireless mode, which seems to be still firing the off camera unit in the softbox, but its going to waste my battery.

Am I doing something wrong here or is this one of the EVF drawbacks?

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