The S85 has a cold shoe (and not "standard" dimensions IIRC), and the sync socket is only compatible with the Sony proprietary flash unit. You might be able to slave them but you would need to use a trigger that can account for the pre-flash (it's not clear from the Review if preflash can be turned off). There have been a number of threads addressing synching/slave flashes because this isn't the only camera with less than optimal flash provisions. You might want to search on slave flash or something similar. or you can go for a flash unit that is set up to deal with preflashes, etc. (like linked ablove)...
I'd be interested to know of any other providers than the one I linked in my previous email. Please list them here!! Paul..
Paul: Interesting flashing idea for many COMPACT cameras, but I have my doubt since it is not actually wired to the camera. Late flashing? There are bit and pieces about slave flash every where on the net e.g. http://www.steves-digicams.com/digi_accessories.html.
Http://www.ginnphoto.on.ca/ginnphoto/accessories-flashes.html But paul have the best website. Selling products that specifically designed for digital camera. I remember on one site that a person literally stuck the slave sensor directly to the camera's flash unit with some sticky tape and not always work. The thing is AVIOD non-battery powered sensors, because they are weak and may not pick up the flash signal act as a trigger unit. Thats my theory anyway, share some more light about slave?..
Is thee a good external flash unit that will work with my Sony DSC S85 and my Canon Rebel 2000 (35mm)? Thanks..
I called Camera World and they said the Canon 420EX Speedlite Flash or 550EX would work with my Sony S85 and my 35mm Canon Rebel 2000. Anyone know if these flash units will actually work with my Sony S85? TIA..
I don't own a sony S85, so I must assume you use additional flash for outdoor use. Your S85 have red-eye reduction features (small pre-flash before the the main flash). From what I know, the slave unit inside "Canon 420EX Speedlite Flash" CAN NOT accommodate pre-flash. That means if you use S85 and 420EX for taking pictures of people at night and while activate the pre-flash (red-eye), the 420EX will activate it flash after the first pre-flashes from S85. That is the S85 shutter were still closed AFTER 420EX flashes. I only know one brand of flashes that designed not to flash triggered by the camera's pre-flash, but by the MAIN-FLASH (where shutter opens). Go to: http://www.srelectronics.com/ BUT you can try and buy 420EX or 550EX, because read-below from others opinion about 420EX (your S85 may not need to use red-eye reduction) __ No more redeye.
The "red eye" phenomenon is actually disappearing not because of synchronisation, pre-flash or anything the like. The simple fact that the flash is now no longer close to the optical axis of the camera is the trick. If you move the flash close to the lens (and no bouncing, of course) you should see eyes worthy of dracula on the picture taken given the 420's power. A pre-flash only gives the eyes of the subject time to react and "adjust aperture". This reduces red eye effect, but does not elemintate it. __ Value for money.
I purchased this flash simply because I couldn't afford the 550ex, and this unit has a greater range than the 330ex with similar features. I own an EOS 50e (ELAN) which uses the E-TTL logic. I found that using direct flash indoors, seems to overexpose the subject if the ambient light is too low. Bounce flash great, the head has enough movement to accomodate most bounce requirements (well at least mine). Another great feature is the flash/exposure lock you can do with the camera, not sure if it's the camera or flash technology that does it however I have had some good results here as well. Even when using direct flash, I have <NEVER> had red-eyes in my subjects, unlike the onboard flash with the camera.
Would love to hear what others have to say. Correct batteries are VERY important (maybe for all flashes). I once used brand new 'heavy duty' batteries and found the cycle time to be extremly slow, and they expired quite quickly. One dissapointed is the flash does NOT come with a diffuser. The shop had a non-genuine piece of plastic which I thought he was joking when he said $45.
The unit is fully compatible as a slave unit for the 550ex, so when I can actually afford one, this flash wont find itself in the classifieds. As stated in the header, value for money. __..