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How to set up and use a wireless flash.

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NOTE:

  1. Attach the external flash you will be using wirelessly to the flash accessory shoe on 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.

    NOTE: When the camera is set to the wireless flash mode, the external flash is set to wireless mode automatically and WL displays in the flash data panel. The built-in flash switches from being a light source to a controller. The light output is reduced to the point that it does not affect the exposure.

  6. Remove the external flash from the camera.

    NOTE:  It is possible to use more than one wireless flash, but each additional flash needs to be set manually to match the configuration of the first flash. Additional flashes need to be set to use the same channel, like CH1, CH2, CH3, or CH4. Also, make sure additional flashes are set to be used as a remote (RMT) flash, not a control flash.

  7. Place the external flash in the desired position to illuminate your subject.
  8. Raise the built-in flash of the camera.

    IMPORTANT: If your camera does not have a built-in flash, it will be necessary to attach an external flash to the flash accessory shoe to be used as a control trigger. Using the HVL-F58AM, HVL-F43AM, or HVL-F20AM is recommended for cameras with an Auto-Lock accessory shoe. Using the HVL-F60M, HVL-F43M or HVL-F20M is recommended for cameras with a Multi-Interface accessory shoe. 

  9. Set the camera to the appropriate settings to create your desired exposure.
  10. Take a picture.

    NOTES:

    • 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.