NEX big thing: Sony-fit radio triggers and hotshoe adapters announced

Fottga has announced a new 2.4GHz flash trigger and an ISO hotshoe adapter for entry-level Sony Alpha NEX cameras.

Allacax NEXT II for Sony Alpha NEX

Fottga has announced a new 2.4GHz flash trigger, the NEXT II, and an ISO hotshoe adapter, the SMOR, for entry-level Sony Alpha NEX cameras.

Normally it wouldn’t be possible to use radio triggers or third-party flash units with the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 series, thanks to Sony’s non-standard Smart Accessory Terminal, which encourages customers to buy proprietary Sony accessories such as microphones and electronic viewfinders for their cameras.

However, using a bit of reverse-engineering, Fottga has managed to make the SMOR, an adapter for the Smart Accessory Terminal that provides a universal ISO hotshoe instead, allowing any brand of flashes, triggers and shoe-mount accessories to be fitted.

Allacax SMOR hotshoe adapter for Sony Alpha NEX

The company’s dedicated NEXT flash trigger has also been updated. The Allacax NEXT II adds a PC sync port, locking wheel and a mode switch. The latter can switch the camera’s rear LCD off, which will save battery and apparently improve sync speed to 1/320 second (with certain cameras).

The manufacturer says it is possible to attain sync speeds up to 1/320 second with the NEX-5 and NEX-C3 and 1/250 second with other NEX cameras. The NEXT II is specified to work with the NEX-F3, NEX-5N, NEX-C3, NEX-5 and NEX-3.

Allacax NEXT II for Sony Alpha NEX

An LCD power toggle is also present on the SMOR adapter — handy for disabling the screen when using a shoe-mount optical viewfinder. With the LCD screen still illuminated, the maximum flash synchronisation speed with the SMOR and NEXT II is limited to 1/160 second, according to product manual.

The NEXT II transmitter and SMOR require no batteries of their own, drawing all signals and power from the cameras on which they are mounted. The NEXT II receiver — able to trigger both speedlights and studio heads — takes two AAAs.

Alacax NEXT II

Though the Allacax NEXT II is fairly obscure as a brand of radio trigger, it does have a decent set of features (16 channels, 100-metre range) and sits more elegantly on the camera than a SMOR + third-party trigger combo. Nonetheless, if you prefer to rely on triggers you already own, such as Yongnuos or PocketWizards, you can get the SMOR instead.

Allacax SMOR for Sony Alpha NEX, with third-party radio trigger

The SMOR will support manual triggering of speedlights, such as the Nikon SB-600 shown below, mounted directly on the camera. Fottga does not specify a weight limit, but it’s probably not advisable to use this adapter with heavier flash units such as an SB-910 or Quantum Qflash.

Nikon SB-600 with Allacax SMOR and Sony NEX camera

Available now, the Allacax NEXT II ($45; £30) and Smor ($16; £11) are on sale on Amazon.com, eBay.com and eBay.co.uk. Buying through these links helps support this site.

Contact Fottga Tech Ltd for more information. We will be testing these gadgets in the near future.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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