Flash - Again and Again

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Gary Eickmeier
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Flash - Again and Again
Feb 22, 2013

Sony a37, FVL-42 flash, two of them.  If I just slap the flash onto the camera and start shooting, no flash. Not in wireless mode, all settings correct.

Whereupon I go back to the studio and spray some contact cleaner onto all contacts, and then it seems to be orking again.

I think the contacts in the camera and flash are pretty tiny and unreliable.  In a standard hotshoe, there are 3 very large contacts and they almost never fail. Same problem occurs with extension cable when using a flash bracket.

SOLUTION: Sony needs to design an interface for their hotshoe that makes tight contact on both sides. Might even want to make an adapter/interface that can change their 6 point contact to the normal 3 point.

Did you guys say that the Metz flashes work a lot better than the Sonys? Why, because the contacts are better?

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