Multi-Interface Shoe Adapter
poor piece of equipment.
very very poor piece of equipment. The screw locking system is obviously not strong enough to hold a regular flash (I use the F56-AM).
whenever the flash is in place and everything tight, any movement of the camera will make the shoe adapter to release itself (you can hear the "click" noise of the screw holding the adatper to the body failing). The flash not only looses connection to the camera, but falls from it! So far I've been fast enough to not let it fall on the ground. This is a major fail from Sony to sell such a part that looks (and actually IS) so cheap. Not impressed one more time by the accessories available for the cameras.
November 21, 2013
Back to all the original iso problems.
Used this item with a 1yo Sony F43, the flash and adapter came loose constantly causing the flash to fall on the floor get and banged up once, the rest of the times it caused improper connections where the flash wouldn't fire correctly. What a waste, now Sony is right back to all the problems that existed with the traditional ISO shoe. People were finally starting to make things compatible with the iISO shoe but they go and mess it all up by changing it again. Sony will never get any outside support because they can't keep things standardized.
October 17, 2013
Works loose. Falls off. Poor design.
With a large flash like HVLF58 the adapter wheel works loose and can slide out of the camera shoe. Part way out loses electrical contact and function. All the way out, flash drops to ground.
When first tightened the wheel seems tight and the adapter seems firm in the shoe. But there is nothing to lock the wheel in place, so it can work loose in use with a heavy flash. And there are no locking pins from adapter to the camera shoe so the clamping force from tightening the adapter wheel against the shoe rim is the only thing holding the adapter on.
Also no positive indication, like a click, that the adapter is fully inserted into the shoe or that the wheel is tightened sufficiently.
To be completely clear. The problem is with attaching the adapter to the camera shoe, not with attaching flash unit to top of the adapter. Quick lock shoe accessories attach positively to the top, with a click, as they always have.
My adapter came with came with A99.
June 18, 2013
Works But Poor Design
This adapter lacks locking pins in the shoe mount, having instead a tightening screw as the method to "lock" the adapter into the flash shoe. Unfortunately, this friction based locking method is not strong enough to prevent the adapter from slight movement within the shoe causing it to lose electrical contact, at least when used with a larger flash unit such as the F58. Because the contacts are at the front of the shoe, any slippage means the adapter will lose electrical contact with the TTL circuits that control flash exposure. Thus, with only slight slippage of the adapter, the flash will still trigger due to the "hot shoe" trigger (the big round circle in the flash shoe) but lose all the TTL operations usually resulting in bad exposures (how bad depends on the other variable affecting flash exposure such as ISO, aperture, distance to the subject, and flash power setting). Too much slippage will cause the adapter to lose all contact and it won't even fire. The adapter should have used the same locking pins for the flash shoe as do the new flashes. For whatever reason Sony did not design it that way, and because the adapter cannot be securely locked into position (at least when used with a larger flash), it ultimately is a poorly designed product that will fail in normal usage. Unfortunately, at this time there is no alternative I know of for using an older Sony/Minolta (or independent) flash with the brand new flash shoe on the A99 and later cameras. This is the only reason I recommend it, because if you have an older flash and get one of the new cameras, you can't otherwise use your flash on the camera.
June 11, 2013