Tadaaaaah! Now you can fire external flashes with the Sony Alpha NEX-5 and NEX-5N!
NEX ProShop has made its hot shoe adapter for the NEX-5 and NEX-5N available to the public. The “Shadow” adapter fits into the NEX expansion port to provide a universal ISO hot shoe.
Communication with the company has been (very) slow but we have managed to glean the following facts for you. The Shadow price is $79.99 / €63.65 plus shipping. It will only work with the NEX-5 and NEX-5N. Other cameras in the range, such as the NEX-3 or NEX-C3, have a different body shape that is incompatible (which is a pity, truth be told).
We were advised that it is not a good idea to mount a system flash on the Shadow since the weight will exert a lot of strain on your NEX’s expansion port. Instead, TTL cords or radio triggers are recommended.
The video below (produced by NEX ProShop) demonstrates a PocketWizard Plus II (which looks massive on this camera) and Shadow adapter enabling a NEX-5 series to synchronise with an off-camera flash at shutter speeds up to 1/250 second.
As mentioned earlier, communication with the company has been veeeeeeery slow but we will update this article as more details come in. Click here to visit the NEX ProShop web site.