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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:03 pm 
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great shots -- love the lion.

How'd you hook the flashes up to the a6000?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:26 pm 
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alexan wrote:
great shots -- love the lion.

How'd you hook the flashes up to the a6000?


I used a Pixel Rook (now out of production), the Nikon version to better connect to the flash. Then to wake the flash up for the first shutter activation I added a wire from the 3.5mm plug on the SB-28 to one of the empty ports on the GameWatcher sensor board. One of the very first things that happens when the board sensor is triggered is the flash is commanded awake through this cable. At the same time the camera is also commanded awake.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:47 pm 
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Nice.

How are you liking the A6000 for trapping?



Here are my thoughts on the A6000. Some good, some not so.

Picture quality is outstanding. The camera does really well even when shooting at low light levels. I never set the flashes above 1/8 power, shoot at 1200 + ISO and still the colors look good. In continues shooting the camera is way faster than the flash so I have had to switch to single frame shooting. Doing this I can still shoot at 2.5 frames per second and not have any dark photos. And the camera is small enough that with the 18-55 Sony zoom you can put it in a 1150 pelican case. And you do not have to hack the camera. It has a plug for a wired remote that works well once you find the correct cord. It looks like a micro USB plug, but is not. I buy either a $5 remote and cut the wire off, or you can buy a plug with a mini jack on the end, several companies manufacture them.

The not so good points. Battery hungry. It will only take about 300 photos on the internal 1100mAh Sony battery. So I Switch over to 7.4v drone batteries that are from 2000 -5000 mAh. And even the largest are much less costly than the Sony. I like the 2400mAh battery best. When shooting manual focus, when the battery is removed and replaced you must always refocus. The camera/lens do not remember where the focus was set when power comes back on. This can be overcome by using old non auto focus lens from 35mm film cameras with a cheep adapter. I have done this. Some of this old glass can be outstanding and can be found for nearly nothing on ebay.

So, I'm moving away from any more Sony NEX-5N cameras and moving to the A6000.


Thanks for the info....will look into the A6000....great that there is no hack...that simplifies everything...what drone batteries are you using..?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:22 pm 
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Thanks for the info....will look into the A6000....great that there is no hack...that simplifies everything...what drone batteries are you using..?

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This is the Drone Battery I like. The reasons are, 1) it's small and provides 2X the power of the Sony Battery, and 2) it is designed for low amperage operations of electronics not motors. You can find batteries with more power available but they are much larger and have heavy gauge wires for driving motors. Use of any of these batteries means you need a External DC battery adapter which you will need to change the plug to match the battery.

For reference, the A6000 is rated at 340 photos per charge of the Sony 1050mAh battery. This battery should put you at somewhere near 700 photos.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027 ... UTF8&psc=1


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