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.