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HVL-F20S for insect macro?

Started May 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: HVL-F20S for insect macro?
In reply to dawson31, May 13, 2014

dawson31 wrote:

dawson31 wrote:

How was the flash working for your nex-5??
Read it fail in less than a year. Anyone has any feedback?
Intending to use it for insect shooting so most likely to use the diffuser included.. Anyone has any feedback on the diffuser or still best to DIY own diffuser?


My flash f20s is working just fine (with regards to fail/broke). However, it constantly gives me very overexposed images. I remember reading a thread long time ago on this matter. No solution was found. It may be faulty contacts that make TTL fail or something else. I'm not sure, so even if i dial exposure compensation (that is for flash) down to -2 it still gives me overexposed images. So basically this is the reason it is just sitting on my shelf with no use.

Will test it on my A6000 and will know for sure if the problem was flash itself or my old 5N.

As for diffuser, IMHO it looks great, but is still not enough for such powerful flash (or maybe it is not working for me due to bad TTL contacts and general flash overexposure). i would imagine if flash was working as supposed with normal TTL - then flash would be 2-3 times softer and diffuser will work just fine in that case.

Did you tried with the original smaller flash that comes with the camera?? To check if it the flash or the camera itself?


Yes I did. The results were same - overexposure. So initially I thought it was 5N to blame. However, later I took my 20s to a bestbuy store and put it on 5R - and still got overexposed images. So I'm lost. Of course it could be that both my 5N and 20s flash had bad contacts, but seems kinda strange. I will test it with my A6k and see if I can find out any progress on that.

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