Sony Users Finally Get Some Remote Trigger Love

I don't do a lot of reviews or gear announcements on this site, but I think the Sony version of the Strato II is notable just for the frustrating gap it fills for Sony users.

Sony's deciding to go with perpetuate Minolta's nonstandard hot shoe after purchasing the company has always left me scratching my head a little. As a result, there has been precious little third party gear support for plug-and-play off-camera lighting.

That just changed with the release of the Sony-specific version of the Phottix Strato II Multi remotes. By all accounts the standard hot shoe version of the remote is a decent performer, which bodes well for these units.

If you are a Sony user, hit the jump for specs and links.

Specs, as provided by the Phottix website, are:

• 4 groups: A,B,C,D
• 4 Channels
• 150+ m range
• 1/250 sec. sync speed
• Flash wake-up functions*
• Hot shoe / PC Flash triggering
• Studio strobe triggering
• Wired and wireless shutter release functions
• Pass-through hot shoe on transmitter allows on camera flash to use TTL functions
• 2.4 GHz. frequency
• Uses AAA batteries
• Compatible with Phottix Strato 4-in-1 Wireless Triggers

Flash compatibility:
Sony A100/A200/A300/A350/A700, Minolta 5D/7D

They appear to be identical (except for the mount) to the standard hot shoe Strato II models. So if you have questions about usage and/or reliability, check this discussion thread in the Strobist group on Flickr.


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