Raising the Sony Flash overheating issue again

Started Dec 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
Chris Malcolm Senior Member • Posts: 1,918
Re: Raising the Sony Flash overheating issue again

There's a strict limit to how big and heavy a flash you can safely put on a camera hot shoe. The way studio strobes survive endless full power flashes which heat the flash tube very hot with the danger of burning anything too close it is to use a big enough tube to withstand the heat plus heat sinks or forced cooling. Not practical on a hot shoe flash. So the maker has two options when making a powerful hot shoe flash. Limit it's maximum power to that which it could shoot repeatedly all day without damage. Or give it a larger highest power which it could manage for a burst of shots, and then it would need cooling down.

What customer would want to but the safe limited flash? Everyone would want the version which could give a lot more power, but not for long. Much more useful. A big reserve for those emergencies.

But if you want to keep shooting at full power you simply need a more robustly made flashgun capable of taking the punishment. It won't fit on the on the camera's hot shoe however. It will have to be bracket mounted from the camera's tripod bolt, or remotely triggered on its own stand.

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