Here’s a roundup of TTL/HSS Wireless Flash Trigger Systems from Sony, Phottix, Godox & Nissin for Sony cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe.
PLEASE NOTE: Flash remote systems are NOT MIX-N-MATCH!!! In other words, a Phottix Commander is NOT compatible with a Sony Receiver. So pick one system and stick with it. The compatible flashes listed in each section offer TTL+HSS and flash control from the commander. The receivers may be able to trigger other flashes – but without all those bells and whistles.
Sony FA-WRC1M wireless flash commander and FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver featuring a maximum range of 100 feet (30 meters). Designed for compatibility with Sony Alpha interchangeable cameras and external flash units, the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander and FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver.
Sony’s new radio controlled system will allow for an extremely flexible wireless flash shooting experience with exceptional performance in all types of shooting conditions. The system can control a maximum of 15 separate flash units in up to 5 groups of flashes. While using the system, photographers have the ability to control the exposure of connected flash units either manually or automatically depending on preference. Additionally, the new lighting control system will be capable of flash sync speeds of up to 1/250th of a second, along with High Speed Sync (HSS) at higher sync speeds.
Commander: Sony FA-WRC1M wireless flash commander – $348
Receiver: FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver – $198
PC Terminal in Receiver: Yes
Compatible Flash: Sony HVL-F20M, HVL-F32M, HVL-F43M, HVL-F60M
Range: 98′ (30 meters)
The Skinny: Finally…an OEM Wireless Flash Transmitter/Receiver for Sony.
Sony FA-WRC1M wireless flash commander
FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver includes 1/4″ x 20 threaded in standard hotshoe base
PC Socket is included in the side of the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver
Phottix has announced their much anticipated Odin II TTL Flash Triggers which add cutting edge functionality and features to their flagship trigger will be available for Sony multi-interface shoe in late spring 2016. The Odin II offers access to each of the 5 Groups has its own quick-access button. Changes are made by turning a large, perfectly-placed, control dial. Pick the light. Make the change. Lock it in. Shoot. A large, illuminated LCD panel shows all settings at a glance. Control five lights in TTL Auto or Manual. Switch the Group OFF and its display line disappears from the screen. Displaying only active groups assures an easier and simpler viewing experience.
Commander: Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Trigger – Price: $210
Compatible Flash: Phottix Mitros+ speedlights, Indra360 and Indra500 TTL
Range: 2.4 GHz Frequency, 328′ Range
Channels: 32 Channels with Digital ID / 5 Groups
The Skinny: Longest Range of any of the Wireless Flash Trigger systems. No receiver – only compatible with Phottix flash listed above
Godox Sony-compatible X1S TTL 2.4Ghz flash triggers allow full remote control, including TTL and High Speed Sync with upcoming Sony-compatible Godox flashes.
Commander: Godox X1S TTL Sony Flash Triggers – Price: $46
Compatible Flash: Upcoming Sony-compatible Godox Flash – Price TBA
Channels: 32 Channels with Digital ID / 5 Groups
The Skinny: Longest Range of any of the Wireless Flash Trigger systems listed here. No receiver – only compatible with Godox flash for Sony
It uses 2.4 GHz radio communication to trigger other units from up to 328″² away. Cactus V6 IIs Flash Transceiver offer two high-speed sync modes. The normal setting uses a protocol depending on the camera system involved whereas the Power Sync can boost the flash for moments when Normal HSS is not powerful enough.
Users will be able to set up flashes in one of sixteen channels or three groups. Also, it has a Multi-Master setting that allows multiple shooters to trigger the same flashes, useful for demonstrations or events with a second shooter. By using flash profiles to register specific speedlights, the V6 IIs gains a few capabilities, such as an Absolute Power Mode, which calculates the equivalent power settings between multiple flashes. Additionally, it has a TTL pass-through hot shoe on the top and offers a 3.5mm sync terminal for plugging into strobes and other lights.
I have not had a chance to try this one out, but it looks interesting. Please note that while Cactus’ press release mentions Focus Assist – external focus assist lights are normally NOT compatible with mirrorless cameras, so don’t hold your breath on that one. Please Note: this is a transceiver which means you need one unit for the camera and one additional transceiver for each flash you wish to fire.
Nissin Air 1 Commander ($79), featuring the Nissin Air System with 2.4 GHz radio transmission for wireless master TTL control over NAS-compatible flash units. This unit is compatible with Sony cameras with Multi Interface Shoe that utilize ADI / P-TTL metering and offers a triggering range of up to 98′. Also, it features eight channels and three groups for setting up numerous flashes with different settings and modes all from the commander unit.
High-speed sync is supported with a maximum sync speed of 1/8000 second along with compatibility for slow, 1st & 2nd curtain sync modes. The zoom setting of the flash can also be manually adjusted from 24-200mm along with the power from 1/1 to 1/128. The Air 1 features a color LED control panel to view settings and make adjustments as well as an AF assist beam for focusing in low light conditions. This radio commander unit features the newer Sony Multi Interface Shoe and is not directly compatible with the older Sony/Minolta-style Auto-lock Accessory Shoe.
Nissin Air R Receiver for Sony Multi Interface Shoe Flash ($69.99) can be triggered using their previously released Nissin Air 1 Commander for Sony Multi Interface Shoe to control multiple off-camera flashes at distances up to 98′. Nissin Air R receivers add wireless slave TTL functionality with support for high-speed sync up to 1/8000 second, manual power control, and manual zoom, with the ability to select between 8 channels and organize 3 groups.
Commander: Nissin Air 1 Commander for Sony Multi Interface Shoe ($79.99 Here)
Receiver: Nissin Air R Receiver for Sony Multi Interface Shoe Flash ($69.99 Here)
PC Terminal in Receiver: No
Compatible Flash: Nissin Air System-capable Di700A Flash
Range: 98′ Range
Channels: 8 Channels / 3 Groups
The Skinny: Least expensive of all the options but Nissin’s set-up is also the most frustrating. Click here to read how convoluted their set-up is
For strobes and manual flashes, Nissin Air R includes a PC sync terminal for basic connections. Mounting the receiver is simple as well with a cold foot on the bottom with a 1/4″-20 thread for stands.
Nissin Air R features the newer Sony Multi Interface Shoe and is not directly compatible with the older flashes featuring the Sony/Minolta-style Auto-lock Accessory Shoe without the use of an optional adapter.