Here’s my quick & painless set-up guide for Nissin Di700A Flash Kit + Air 1 Commander for Sony cameras with a multi interface shoe including Sony a7, a7R, a7S, a7II, a7RII, a6000, a5100, a5000 and NEX-6.
Connecting Air 1 Commander with Di700A flash
1. Turn off both the flash and commander
2. Bind Settings between Di700A flash and Air 1 Commander
3. Select Channel Settings
Using Air 1 Commander to Trigger Off Camera Flash
When using Air 1 Commander to trigger Di700A flash, the camera’s Flash Mode must be set to Wireless:
Menu > Camera Settings > Flash Mode > Wireless
Using Air 1 Commander in High Speed Sync (HSS) Mode
To activate High Speed Sync (HSS) when using Air 1 Commander, Press and hold “Pilot” button (the test button with flash symbol) on Air 1 Commander for 3 secs to enable HSS. The Pilot button in Air 1 will start blinking twice which indicates the Air 1 Commander is in HSS mode.
I’ve tested HSS using Air 1 Commander to trigger Di700A on both a7R and a7II and it works just fine all the way up to the max shutter speed of 1/8000 sec:
PLEASE NOTE: Electronic Front Curtain Shutter (EFS) is not compatible with extremely high shutter speeds, so at speeds faster than 1/2000 sec, I suggest you turn off EFS.
If any part of this isn’t working, redoing the first two steps to sync the air commander and flash (which Nissin calls “binding”) seems to do the trick.
Using Di700A Flash on-camera in High Speed Sync (HSS) Mode
To activate High Speed Sync (HSS) on Di700A Flash on-camera, Press and hold “Pilot” button (the test button with flash symbol) on flash for 3 secs to enable HSS. The Pilot button will start blinking twice which indicates it’s in HSS mode. With on Camera Flash change the flash setting to fill-flash:
Menu > Camera Settings > Flash Mode > Fill-flash
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