Sony S85 Overexposure

Discussion in 'Sony' started by Steve, Oct 18, 2003.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I have a Sony S85 and a Sony HVL-F1000 flash.

    Whenever I use this flash the pictures are overexposed.

    Any ideas on how to adjust for this? Is there a problem with the camera or
    flash unit?

    Thanks.
     
    Steve, Oct 18, 2003
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  2. Have you tried manual mode? Set the shutter speed to 1/125 or so and try all
    apertures from wide open to f/8 to see what you get. Also try 1/60 (and
    1/250) and all apertures.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
     
    David J. Littleboy, Oct 18, 2003
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  3. Steve

    Stewy Guest

    Check the flash setting. It may be set to High. If it's on Normal, move it
    to Low.
     
    Stewy, Oct 18, 2003
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  4. Steve

    Steve Guest

    In manual mode, I can adjust exposure. But I want it to work automatically!
     
    Steve, Oct 18, 2003
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  5. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I'll try that.

     
    Steve, Oct 18, 2003
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  6. automatically!

    Most flashes have automatic control of flash exposure of some sort, so what
    one _normally_ does is set the camera to a fixed shutter speed and fixed
    aperture and let the flash system automatically adjust the exposure.

    I'm not familiar with the flash you are using (although I used to own an
    S85), but basic principles say that you ought to be able to use manual mode.
    The Sony cameras of that generation (S85/F707) have problems with color
    balance with flash in manual mode that vary with the shutter speed, so you
    need to try different shutter speeds.

    Both other suggestions were good too, but, in principle, the flash ought to
    work in manual mode. (At which point you should also be able to use it for
    _fill flash_, but you should get normal flash shots working first.)

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
     
    David J. Littleboy, Oct 19, 2003
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  7. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Thanks Seymore.

    However, I don't accept this as a solution. With ceiling bounce flash there
    are sometines unsightly shadows and other untoward results that cannot be
    predicted.

    My original question still stands: Why doesn't the camera adjust exposure
    properly when the flash is pointed at the subject? Is this a malfunction of
    the flash or the camera?
     
    Steve, Oct 19, 2003
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