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Use and setup a wireless flash

    IMPORTANT: This article applies only to specific products and/or operating systems. Check Applicable Products and Categories for details.

    Before you start

    • There are two methods for wireless flash shooting: radio wireless and optical wireless.
    • The HVL-F60RM and F45RM are compatible with both radio wireless flash shooting and optical wireless flash shooting. Other flash units are only compatible with the optical wireless flash shooting.
    • Visit radio wireless flash photography and optical wireless flash photography for complete compatibility information.
    • Information is available on the compatible flash models for your camera.

    Flash with radio wireless communication

    The combination of the commander and the receiver controls the firing for this method. Follow the steps on our website to setup a radio-controlled lighting system.

    Note: You will need the FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander and FA-WRR1 Wireless Radio Receiver if you want to perform radio wireless flash shooting with a flash that does not support the radio wireless function. For details check Flash Accessories Compatibility Information website.

    Flash with optical wireless communication

    The combination of the controller and the remote flash controls the firing for this method. Follow the steps below to set up an optical communication controlled wireless external flash. Check your product manual for model-specific information. Manuals are posted on your model support page.

    1. Attach the external flash to the flash accessory shoe of the camera.
    2. Turn on the camera.
    3. Set the camera to one of the following modes:
      • Program Shift (P)
      • Aperture Priority (A)
      • Shutter Priority (S)
      • Manual (M)
    4. Turn on the external flash.
    5. Set the camera to the wireless flash mode.
      • The external flash is set to wireless mode automatically and WL displays in the flash data panel.
      • The camera's flash switches from being a light source to a controller.
      • The light output of the camera's flash is reduced to the point that it doesn't affect the exposure.
    6. Set up the remote flash.
      • If the camera’s built-in flash is compatible with the optical wireless mode, set the external flash to the remote mode.
      • If the camera’s built-in flash is not compatible with the optical wireless mode, or the flash is not built in to the camera, prepare two or more flashes and set the off-camera flash to the remote mode.
    7. Remove the external flash from the camera.
      • To add an external flash, manually match each additional flash to the configuration of the first flash.
      • Set each additional flash in remote (RMT) mode.
      • Additional flashes need to be set to use the same channel, like CH1, CH2, CH3, or CH4.
    8. Set up the control flash:
      • For an A-mount α (Alpha) camera with a built-in flash, raise the built-in flash.

      • For other compatible cameras, attach an external flash to the flash accessory shoe.

        • The built-in flash of the NEX-6, NEX-7, ILCE-6000 Series, and Cyber-shot® cameras can't be used as a control flash.
        • Information is available on the compatible flash models for your camera.
    9. Set the appropriate exposure settings on the camera.
    10. Take a picture.

    Note:

    • The flash on the camera triggers the external flash when the picture is taken.
    • ADI metering is canceled and the P-TTL flash metering is used automatically in wireless flash mode.
    • If you need to mount the flash, use the 1/4" tripod mount of the supplied mini-stand. Don't use an ADP-MAA shoe adapter which may prevent the flash from firing wirelessly.
    • Check this support website for more details on wireless flash setup.
    • Check your device manual for model-specific information. Manuals are posted on your model support page.