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Thank you for your great support!!!! More Alpha users out there…..

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi Everyone,

A year ago at the turn of 2012, Alphastrobist had around 39,000 page views.  In 2012 at the turn of 2013, here is some great numbers to share on how much the community activity has grown :

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“…19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 75,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it….”

With 75,000 views in 2012 means that we have doubled our viewer-ship in 2012. Thanks to all your support and keen interest in sharing your queries on-line and build up a good database of solutions, work-around and tips.  Our goal is to document as much user experiences – good OR bad – and hope that these useful learnings can be leveraged for al fellow alpha users and benefit the whole photography community.

We at Alphastrobist, hope that the community can grow and provide a great learning platform for all Alpha Users – and the NEX users alike.  For those of you who are keen in sharing your Alpha or NEX experiences around the usage of the flash/strobe system, you are welcome to send in your article or write-up and we can create a apges or pages for your article to be included in the Alphastrobist library of information.

Thank you and have a great 2013 ahead!!!



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Welcoming 2013 – A great New eaciting year ahead to all fellow Alpha users!!!

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Gone 2012 - Welcome 2013

To all fellow Alpha users and Alphastrobist supporters + fans +  subscribers,

It has been a great and busy 2012 for Alphastrobist with our shoots and photography & video productions over at Mobistudios. We hope to put aside more Alphastrobist time to share our setup over at Mobistudios and all our day to day experience and tips in using the Sony Alpha flash system.

We are working on getting in a couple of the new cameras like the Sony A99 and the Nex-6 to have a test ride and share our great experiences with these new devices and tools.  Not forgetting also the newly released Sony HVL-F60AM with the new flash mount and video lights.

Till then, stay cool and happy shooting for the whole of this year and do share your thoughts, feedback and tips for all to learn.
Have  a great New Year Holiday and a great week ahead!!!!

Best regards,

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Wireless USB solution Beats Eye-Fi 16GB Pro X2

November 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Its been a long day today with food photography shoot followed by a “searching for the” wireless solution to go forward for another mass portrait shoot-to-print session that we’re having tomorrow. Yep…tomorrow!!!!Sunday 04, Nov 2012.

Apart from the wired remote control tethered solution that we have with the A900/A550s that we have, we’re looking at getting a wireless setup ready to send photos from the camera to the print station for tomorrows event. Not really a “remote” setup but over a short distance of 2m from the shooting point to the print-station. So today, we had a go in testing the two solution that we now have in hand:

1) The wireless USB solution – more details here.
2) The New Eye-Fi 16GB Pro X2 – wireless SD card solution.

As the Sony A900 is unsupported by the Eye-Fi – due to the CF-card and Memory Stick only support, we had a go with the Eye-Fi 16GB on the Sony A550 and the Sony A33.

Summarising our observations

The Eye-Fi 16GB card solution did not meet our requirement of being able to quickly transfer the images from the camera – swiftly without major delays or hiccups. We were very gentle with the trials with the Eye-Fi by using the lowest resolution settings and quality settings, but, I guess, our experience to date have been similar to those who’ve complained about slow transfer speed and drop-outs, especially in the Direct Mode.

The Wireless USB solution proved to be a better choice for our intended use due to the following:
Faster transfer – taking less then half the time the Eye-Fi took to transfer the lowest resolution file
Low Drop Out – The Wireless USB DIY solution surprisingly was more robust with less drop outs or communication error with the host computer.

So for those of you who might be searching for a wireless “real-time” image file transfer solution, you might want to “try” out the Eye-Fi card from demo shops or camera accessories centres before purchasing. This will help you calibrate your expectations – in cases where you might be imagining lightning fast data transfer “real-time”. I guess, there might be physical hardware limitations of existing cameras where structurally might not be friendly to the Eye-Fi cards. Most card slots are made with shield caged design – acting as EMC/RFI/EMI shielding etc. So I can imagine the level of attenuation if the Wi-Fi antennas are in-inbuilt in the card.

Will share more observation soon…

Till then, to all, have a great weekend!!!

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Sony NEX-7 – A User Review

Hi to Everyone here on Alphastrobist,

I would like to share a link to a user review that I have written about the Sony NEX-7 camera.

Sony NEX-7

The review contained some useful information on the use of the Sony Alpha flashes on the NEX-7. Do check out the review today.  There are some useful information on use of the NEX-7 with the Sony Alpha wireless flash in the review.


Venus crossing between Earth & the Sun – Nothing to strobe….

Just thought it would be something informative to share with my fellow photographers our there.  Here’s a couple of photos taken this morning from my location – of the Venus passing by between the Earth and the Sun.  Shot using a stack of ND filters, using the good’ol 75-300mm f4.5 5.6 Minolta lens.


Thanks for viewing…

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What is ADI flash metering?

February 18, 2012 1 comment

Hi fellow Alphastrobist users,

I’ve written a short article on the above topic of “What is ADI Flash metering?“.  This short article will give you an overview of the ADI functionality.  Hoepfully the newer Alpha camera system users could learn some stuff form this short article.
Have a nice day!!!

Do write to us if you do have any questions on the ADI functionality.


2011 in review – For all of us at

January 1, 2012 Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 39,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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