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a77 and High Speed Sync

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Initial post: May 6, 2012 5:50:35 PM PDT
A. Media says:
I just purchased an a77 Sony and I can't figure out how to get High Speed Sync to work. I have the F58 flash and when mounted it won't go above 1/250th of a second.

I have the flash's custom settings to HSS "on" and have thoroughly read the manual and searched the web. Can't find anything on it. It says that I can do HSS, but in practice I haven't figured it out yet.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 9:05:50 AM PDT
You do have the camera in shutter priority mode? And then selected a speed faster than 1/250s?

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 9:09:51 AM PDT
A. Media says:
Thank you so much. I tried that too. I did end up finding out the answer. The Sony flashes are set so that if you flash head is pointing anywhere except directly at the subject, then HSS won't come on. I simply turned the flash head down and voila, it was there. It is different from the other brands I have used in the past.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 1:42:59 PM PDT
Somewhat understandable...

Since so-called high-speed sync relies upon a lot of overlapping "micro" flashes, the effective working distance becomes quite short -- 7-15 feet (about the range of the built-in flash). Bouncing with any moderately high ceiling can easily consume the effective range before even getting to the subject. {Heck, I just tried with my old Canon 420EX: my apartment at 1630hrs is too dim to use HSS mode; f3.5 is too slow}

What's the guide number of the Sony flash (normalize: ISO 100 @ 105mm, unless it's a non-zoom flash head... feet or meters).
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