Sony has given full details of the wireless flash system it has developed primarily for Alpha 7 users

Sony’s new radio wireless flash system is based on FA-WCR1M commander and FA-WRR1 receiver units, which are designed to work with the firm’s existing flashes. Radio frequency control promises a 30-metre range, and up to 15 flash units can be used, in five groups. In addition, the system enables syncrhonised remote-release shooting with multiple cameras, and a PC sync terminal means it can trigger studio flash heads.

Sony claims the system allows easy pairing between controller and receiver units, simply by powering them up within 1m of each other. A red/green LED light system gives quick visual confirmation of successful pairing. Sony says that all settings on all the flash units can be set from the commander module. Both units are also dust and water-resistant, for shooting in inclement conditions.

The remote commander and receiver units will be available from September for £350 and £200 respectively.

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FA-WRC1M_rear_top.webPress Release
11th July, 2016
Sony today announced the availability of a new radio-controlled lighting system to meet the growing demands of professional and advanced amateur Sony photographers. Designed for compatibility with Sony’s α interchangeable-lens cameras (i) and external flash units (ii), the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver.

The flexibility of the system means that it can be a totally portable solution, benefiting people like wedding photographers who are often working at locations where it is cumbersome to transport studio lighting but the results need to be perfect first time.

With a maximum range of 30m (approx 98.4 feet), the new radio-controlled system will allow for an extremely adaptable wireless flash shooting experience with exceptional performance in all types of shooting conditions using TTL, Manual or Group modes. In total, the system can control a maximum of 15 separate flash units (iii) in up to five groups of flashes, which gives the photographer a huge amount of creative freedom to experiment with different settings to accurately capture their vision for the project.

Whilst using the system, shooting mode, flash ratio and exposure compensation on remotely located flashes can be controlled via the local commander, which is equipped with a large, easy-to-see control panel on which the communication status with each receiver can be confirmed, thus making it convenient for one-man or small-crew shooting. The system also offers the added benefit of enabling remote release of multiple cameras (iv), which is particularly useful for sports and wildlife photographers as the system can work at up to 30 metres, enabling them to capture a wide range of views at the crucial moment.

The new lighting control system will be capable of flash sync speeds of up to 1/250th (v) of a second with high-speed sync (HSS) available as well. Flash level can be controlled over 25 steps (1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128, 1/256) in 1/3 EV step increments. (vi)

The new system is designed for photographers who are creating specific set-ups necessitating multiple light sources, controllable at each flash station for dynamic lighting effects. By delivering a fully radio controlled system, the user does not have to worry about the limitations of IR triggering where strong sunlight or physical barriers may cause problems.

It is dust and moisture resistant for use in a variety of conditions. (vii)

The new system will start to ship in September 2016 with the Remote Commander priced at approximately €420 and the Remote Receiver priced at approximately €240.

(i) α7 II / α7R II / α7S II via planned software update. Software updates currently scheduled to start in August 2016, as of press release timing

(ii) Multi Interface Shoe Flashes: HVL-F60M/F43M/F32M. Auto-lock Accessory Shoe Flashes HVL-F58AM / HVL-F43AM / HVL-F42AM in Manual mode only. Optional shoe adaptor ADP-MAA is required.
(iii) Max 5 groups in GROUP mode, 3 groups in TTL or MANUAL mode
(iv) Multi Terminal Connecting Cable is required. Sold separately
(v) Depending on camera specification
(vi) When using HVL-F32M, up to 1/128 flash level is selectable. When shooting in High Speed Sync., flash level of a group including HVL-F32M must be set to 1/16 or higher
(vii) Although the design is dust and moisture resistant, absolute protection is not guaranteed in adverse weather conditions