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Synchronization problem hello,I have sony A100 and f36am flashproblem: when i try to take pictures with this flash the photos are very dark, although if flashes ok... seems there is some kind of a synchronization problem, because with anoter same kind of flash everything is ok.can it somehow be solved?is there any kind of "hard reset" for the flash?thankyou

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Set camera to Manual modes
Set Shutter to 60
Set Aperture to 5.6
Set ISO 400
Set lens at 10 feet
Subject at 10 feet

Turn on flash and wait until fully ready and do the following:
Set subject dead center, shoot with flash
Set subject to the right, " " "
Set subject to the left, " " "

Only the subject in center should have correct exposure.

Hope they are helpful.


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