Sony to introduce their own wireless radio flash trigger system

Mar 8, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Sony to introduce their own wireless radio flash trigger system

Mar 8, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sony has announced plans at the WPPI2016 trade fair in Last Vegas to release a “wireless lighting control system to meet the growing demands of professional Sony photographers”.

The FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander and the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver will be the pair of units that make up this new system.

In a press release, Sony have stated that photographers will be able to control a maximum of 15 separate flash units in up to 5 different groups at a range of up to 30m (~98 feet).

The flash units would be able to work in either manual or automatic modes, with remote control from the unit on your hotshoe, and will support High Speed Sync (HSS).

With pricing and detailed specifications to be released at a later date, the new Wireless Lighting Control system is expected to be available in the summer through authorized retailers in the US and Canadian markets.  No word yet on a European release.

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One thing of note is that Sony have actually taken backwards compatibility with its older flashes into account; Something which Nikon and Canon tend not to do.

I’m in two minds about this.

On the one hand, it’s great, it means all those old flashes are no longer useless.  I had a bunch of SB-50DX and SB-80DX flashes when Nikon made the switch to its AWL/CLS system with iTTL, and it made all my older D-TTL system flashes pretty much redundant.  They ended up getting sold for far less than I paid for them, and were replaced with newer and more expensive Nikon flashes (there weren’t really many other options at the time).

On the other hand, it does have the potential to stifle innovation.  If they’re always going to support all the flashes they’ve ever made, then either they’re not going to be introducing any fancy new features that their older flashes can’t support, or they will add new features to new flashes and your older units may not be able to keep up, making backward compatibility a moot point.

Only time will tell, but at least Sony are finally jumping onto the whole wireless radio trigger system thing and and looking to compete.

What do you think, Sony shooters?

Have you been waiting for Sony to support wireless radio flash themselves?  Have you already invested in Phottix Odins?  Or are you holding off to see how the Godox X1 triggers for Sony turn out?

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18 responses to “Sony to introduce their own wireless radio flash trigger system”

  1. John Aldred Avatar
    John Aldred

    Here you go Jay.

    1. Jay Clapp Avatar
      Jay Clapp

      yeh ive just been looking at that

    2. Jay Clapp Avatar
      Jay Clapp

      like litterally just haha

    3. Jay Clapp Avatar
      Jay Clapp

      to me it comes down to price

    4. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Seems to be the way these days, and they’ll have to have a good one to compete with Phottix and Godox.

    5. Jay Clapp Avatar
      Jay Clapp

      yeh i agree

    6. Jay Clapp Avatar
      Jay Clapp

      i have been toying with the idea of godox

    7. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Oh, you too? :)

    8. Jay Clapp Avatar
      Jay Clapp

      yeh the cells ii in particular

    9. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Why Cells II? The newer X1 series triggers are a great improvement over those.

    10. Jay Clapp Avatar
      Jay Clapp

      ive seen the ttl ones but im not a ttl shooter and to be honest i like the look of them lol

    11. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      I’m not a TTL shooter either, but the X1 series also support HSS, and Godox’s latest round of flashes all have receivers built in.

    12. Jay Clapp Avatar
      Jay Clapp

      i have 6 flashes so speedlight additions wouldnt be needed any time soon the cellsii also supports high speed sync (which i dont use)

    13. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      I’m going to be selling up all my speedlights to buy Godox.

    14. Jay Clapp Avatar
      Jay Clapp

      interesting

    15. Jay Clapp Avatar
      Jay Clapp

      my studio lighting is godox also

  2. Riccardo Maria Mantero Avatar
    Riccardo Maria Mantero

    fantastic!

  3. JOhn C Avatar
    JOhn C

    I love my Sony gear, but I expect this to be quite pricey.