I am the happy owner of a new F828. Although not a main part of what I shoot, I would like to know if anyone has used the camera's pop-up flash to trigger other slave units, such as a set of studio units or just a second flash unit.
I have made an initial try: Camera set to "M," flash enabled, slave unit positioned & powered up. Popped a frame to get a flash meter reading, & used that as the basis for my exposure. I kept the shutter speed at 1/30 sec based on observing that the ss stays there when I activate the flash in aperture mode. I do not get a proper exposure & it seems that the CCD doesn't even see the slave flash fire (it does).
Sony has not really been helpful. They say "in theory" this could be done, but recommend staying with another Sony flash or risk damaging the camera's circuitry ("slave" = no direct connection!)
Is there something I'm missing or is this beyond the capability of the F828? As I mentioned, this is not the prime use I had in mind for this camera, but it would be nice to do.