How to set flash 43 to manual with A77

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Condor
Condor Senior Member • Posts: 1,768
How to set flash 43 to manual with A77

Trying to use my flash x-tender (better beamer) device, I need to set my Sony 43 flash unit to manual. I do it in the flash, but as soon as I halfpress the shutter it changes to TTL. And with the unit attached, A77's menu does not offer manual mode as with its built-in flash.

Thanks in advance,

Ed

sybersitizen
sybersitizen Veteran Member • Posts: 5,625
What exposure mode are you using?

Sounds like you have some restrictive Auto setting enabled in the camera. Put the top dial in M mode and try it.

The camera menu's 'Manual' flash setting has no influence over external flashes at all - it only affects the pop-up flash.

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Condor
Condor OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,768
Re: What exposure mode are you using?

sybersitizen wrote:

Sounds like you have some restrictive Auto setting enabled in the camera. Put the top dial in M mode and try it.

The camera menu's 'Manual' flash setting has no influence over external flashes at all - it only affects the pop-up flash.

Thanks,

M dial mode solved the problem of TTL overwriting Manual Flash control.

But I lost all auto settings, specially ISO Auto.

is there a way to keep flash in manual and let the camera to auto set all other parameters?

Ed

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sybersitizen
sybersitizen Veteran Member • Posts: 5,625
Re: What exposure mode are you using?

Condor wrote:

M dial mode solved the problem of TTL overwriting Manual Flash control.

But I lost all auto settings, specially ISO Auto.

That's right. Most models including the A77 don't support Auto ISO in M mode.

is there a way to keep flash in manual and let the camera to auto set all other parameters?

You should be free to use manual flash in all normal PASM modes. Just avoid any 'Auto' labeled mode, which you have apparently been using. I recommend gradually weaning yourself away from them. They're very limiting.

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Condor
Condor OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,768
Found flash Fn that allowds Manual in all PASM camerad modes

Looking for a better solution to my problem, Ifound that flash's  "Fn" 04 option allows you to set the flash unit to Manual even in P, A or S camera's mode (M included), default Fn 04 setting just allows it in M mode.

For what it could be worth it (like using the BETTER BEAMER "flash x-tender").

Ed

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headfirst
headfirst Contributing Member • Posts: 670
Re: Found flash Fn that allowds Manual in all PASM camerad modes

ah, yes - when all else fails read the manual 

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ChunWookie
ChunWookie Junior Member • Posts: 44
Re: How to set flash 43 to manual with A77

What manual!!

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