AndyMelbourne Posted November 26, 2013 Share Posted November 26, 2013 It just doesn't work. It took me some experimenting before I could actually see the preflash. In Manual set a long shutter speed; select rear curtain for the flash; point at self and it's immediately clear though. As I said before, in normal operation it is very hard to see. Before that I did get the Bowens out. Of course nothing came of it. Theoretically one could use a device to delay the strobe setting off, assuming the delay is the same for regular flash in one given mode (A or M). Ah, looking around the interwebs, that's totally unnecessary: the trick is to count the pulses. That's much more simple and works regardless of the delay: http://dptnt.com/2010/03/smart-optical-slave-flash-trigger/ Sunpak used to have a slave that probably operated like that: the SYK-5 it's still available on Amazon. If you would have an Elinchrom D-Lite, you could set the strobe to ignore the preflash. Or you could go the David Hobby/Joe McNally route and use speedlites. Yongnuo and Metz have a setting to ignore preflash. I have looked into the disabling of the preflash for the RX100 as well and have found nothing so far. It is a simple camera after all. Some have suggested that it's customary for Sony to offer a basic version first and later trick it out so you will buy the upgrade. What I miss most in the #1 is some way of tethering or remote. And I must say the mk2 does this with a vengeance: with wifi and NFC. Before the RX100 I have experimented with a NEX-3, which was even cheaper at Euro 200 including a 16mm and it could take the dozens of lenses I have with a handful of adapters. (I used it mainly with that 16mm.) There are two hotshoes by Fotasy now to allow coupling a regular remote or flash to a NEX. The old NEX-3 is only 14 megapixel, but the firmware got an upgrade at some point which even allowed peaking. So if size and weight is not as critical, then a Nex could fit your brief as well. (A 16 Mp Nex 5 with a 16-50mm would of course be even better, and still a small package.) wim Thanks for that Wim, pretty much as I have read on a few forums but it's nice that you can actually confirm it. After much deliberation I think it is going to have to be the MK2 after all for this very reason. Even if I never use the hotshoe, I just hope I get a good one. I don't fancy the idea of going down the flash delay gadget route. As for the Nex, the whole point is to have a small, sealed dust free camera that I can take an image, do a quick contrast/brightness on PS etc and upload without dust spotting. The other options have been the G1X which is a bit too bulky for what I want, or, if I can live with the smaller sensor, the LX7 which is considerably cheaper and ticks a lot of boxes. With those in mind I think it is going to have to be the RX100 MK2 If all goes quiet it's because I have just told the wife how much. Thanks again for your valued input. Andy P.S. Sorry Liam for Hi-jacking your thread. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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