Best 3rd party flash for nex-7?

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Robert Snow Contributing Member • Posts: 848
Best 3rd party flash for nex-7?

Hi!

Just ordered a nex-7 and am wondering if anyone has had a good experience with a 3rd party flash on it??

I'm looking for something about equivalent to the Sony HVL-F43AM ($350) but hopefully less expensive. I have to have both tilt and swivel!

Thanks!

bob snow

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Lng0004 Senior Member • Posts: 2,602
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sfoskett Forum Member • Posts: 68
Re: Best 3rd party flash for nex-7?

I just ordered this Bower cheapie from B&H for my NEX-7. I wanted something but have never been much of a flash person. I figure you can't go wrong for $39!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/675283-REG/Bower_SFD296S_SFD296S_Digital_Auto_Zoom.html

It's got good reviews, considering its price...

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Lng0004 Senior Member • Posts: 2,602
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It's a fully manual flash. I know it's cheap but I'd rather pay $60 more and get something with TTL metering.

And I'm not a flash person either ;P

Robert Snow OP Contributing Member • Posts: 848
Re: Best 3rd party flash for nex-7?

Thanks for the suggestions...

len004, the Vivitar sounds pretty close to what I want. Thanks!

sfoskett, I think the Bower is a little shy of features. Can't complain too much though at that price! I mostly use a flash in some sort of bounce mode, and I don't think this one has enough power to fill the bill. Thanks, and good luck with it.

Has anyone had success with any of the YongNuo flashes?

bob snow

Knallberto Veteran Member • Posts: 5,478
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I've two Yongnuos (460II-M/S1/S2, 467-TTL/M/S1/S2), they work well with NEX - but without TTL (467 TTL for Canon), I do not need, they have 7 steps of power, also work 1A as slaves. Triggered by flash or wireless. Price $46 and $75

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=yongnuo+yn460-ii+speedlite&_sacat=0&_odkw=yongnuo+yn460-ii+speedlite&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

Robert Snow OP Contributing Member • Posts: 848
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Knallberto wrote:

I've two Yongnuos (460II-M/S1/S2, 467-TTL/M/S1/S2), they work well with NEX - but without TTL (467 TTL for Canon), I do not need, they have 7 steps of power, also work 1A as slaves. Triggered by flash or wireless. Price $46 and $75

Thanks! I'll check them out.

bob snow

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SparkleHedgehog Senior Member • Posts: 2,067
Re: Best 3rd party flash for nex-7?

i have the sony 43am and love it

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Robert Snow OP Contributing Member • Posts: 848
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SparkleHedgehog wrote:

i have the sony 43am and love it

Well, that is what I am trying to avoid paying for! Surely there is a 3rd party unit that is less than $350.

Thanks, though.

bob snow

blue_skies
blue_skies Veteran Member • Posts: 9,744
Re: Best 3rd party flash for nex-7?

If you only want a (smallish) bounce flash, there is the HVL-F20AM. Less than $150, have seen it already below $100, briefly.

Unlike the Nex-5 version, it has its own batteries.

Robert Snow wrote:

SparkleHedgehog wrote:

i have the sony 43am and love it

Well, that is what I am trying to avoid paying for! Surely there is a 3rd party unit that is less than $350.

Thanks, though.

bob snow

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Robert Snow OP Contributing Member • Posts: 848
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blue_skies wrote:

If you only want a (smallish) bounce flash, there is the HVL-F20AM. Less than $150, have seen it already below $100, briefly.

Hi, Henry:

First, it doesn't swivel but does rotate upward. Second, it is a little weak for my normal usage. The way I shoot with flash, this little unit won't fill the bill I'm afraid. I wish it would for that price!! 8(

Thanks so much though.

bob snow

tbyork2010 Forum Member • Posts: 63
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Why not the Nissin Di622 which is definitely quite keenly priced and has TTL? I had used this with my previous system - Canon - and found it to work well. But personally I have the HVL-F43AM, which is excellent because of its superior swivelling mechanism; one of the reasons I sold up on my Canon, and bought into Sony.

BT

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SparkleHedgehog Senior Member • Posts: 2,067
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2 - Nil

tbyork2010 wrote:

Why not the Nissin Di622 which is definitely quite keenly priced and has TTL? I had used this with my previous system - Canon - and found it to work well. But personally I have the HVL-F43AM, which is excellent because of its superior swivelling mechanism; one of the reasons I sold up on my Canon, and bought into Sony.

BT

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Robert Snow OP Contributing Member • Posts: 848
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Ok, how does the swivel thingie work on the f43AM? I read about it, but cannot imagine how it works. I know it will swing up and from side to side, just like my 580EX II's but beyond that I can't figure it out...

thanks,

bob snow

Lng0004 Senior Member • Posts: 2,602
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Darn, Canon version $140, Sony version $220+shipping/tax. Might as well buy the F43AM.

tbyork2010 wrote:

Why not the Nissin Di622 which is definitely quite keenly priced and has TTL? I had used this with my previous system - Canon - and found it to work well. But personally I have the HVL-F43AM, which is excellent because of its superior swivelling mechanism; one of the reasons I sold up on my Canon, and bought into Sony.

BT

Lng0004 Senior Member • Posts: 2,602
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"Bounce flash: 90° right, 90° left, 150° up, 8° down"

That's the swivel~

Robert Snow OP Contributing Member • Posts: 848
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Another thread on this forum answered my question about the head adjusting for both horizontal and vertical shots. The second image shows it well.

I must say, I have never seen a flash like that!

bob snow

Lng0004 Senior Member • Posts: 2,602
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I should've bought the F43AM when it was $280 sold directly by Amazon. Now it's $350 everywhere. D'oh.

Kdoc Contributing Member • Posts: 913
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Will the Canon TTL flashes work with TTL in the Nex 7?

kdoc

tbyork2010 Forum Member • Posts: 63
Re: Best 3rd party flash for nex-7?

That is quite expensive, considering it costs £112 in the UK for the Mk 2 version of Di622 (on eBay), which is significantly less than the HVL-F43AM; but I personally would prefer the HVL-F43AM even factoring its cost as it is so much more versatile - its swivel mechanism, its ability to be wireless controller of other Sony flashes with ratio control.
BT

Lng0004 wrote:

Darn, Canon version $140, Sony version $220+shipping/tax. Might as well buy the F43AM.

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