Shadow NEX hot shoe adapter for NEX-5, NEX-5N

Tadaaaaah! Now you can fire external flashes with the Sony Alpha NEX-5 and NEX-5N!

NEX Shadow adapter

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.

Shadow NEX hot shoe adapter

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).

NEXProShop Shadow

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.

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  • I got this a few weeks ago and have been playing with it. It’s great to at last be able to properly trigger flashes with the NEX-5/5N. But it’s got certain flaws.

    First of all (and it’s not the fault of the adapter), it’s useless on the NEX-5, because the body does not have the capability to ignore the settings on the screen.

    So if you are trying to do studio shooting and you have 1/160, f/8 or whatever you use normally for strobes, your screen is entirely dark. Luckily, the NEX-5N has a setting which ignores the settings, allowing the use of the screen purely for composition purposes.

    Secondly, the adapter is a pain to get off, because the thumb screw is recessed somewhat into the unit. I’ve used a Dremel to make a slot on the screw so I can use a small coin to undo it.

    Thirdly, if you are using certain lens adapters, note that the front of the adapter does not allow enough clearance for a number of them (especially if it’s one of the tilt adapters, but any adapters that have a mount which sticks up over the body will also have a problem). A possible solution is to use the flash extender unit.

    • Marcus

      Hi Icie. I only just saw this post now and am quite interested in buying an NEX 5N to play around with as my “happy snapper”. Your feedback is the first useful bit of information I have found regarding using the camera with a pocketwizard / external flash and I was wondering if you could help me with one more thing. Is there a setting on the camera that actually allows you to use an external flash without pushing for TTL or Auto as I know this won’t work? I guess I am just trying to find out if I will be able to run this with FULL manual options. Also, what sync speed have you been able to shoot with (using strobes) successfully. Thank you SO much for your time and input. I’m excited to play.

      • Nex 5n does not support TTL. The way I did is just to set my 5n on manual mode. and turn off the live view in the settings. and it works without any problem as long as the speed is under 1/200. 🙂

  • GG

    Will the weight of the external flash be a problem for the small adapter?

    • nop. you can set your big flash off camera.

  • Karin Robison

    It’d be even better if they actually shipped it after confirming receipt of your order! 7 weeks and nothing including no response to email inquiries.