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Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes

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Product Highlights
  • With 1/4"-20 Socket

The Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe is used to add an off-camera cable socket to Sony Alpha system flash units (or Minolta Maxxum type models), which do not have this socket built into it. You can then use the FA-CC1AM Off-Camera Cable to operate the flash away from the camera. This allows for more flexible flash positioning and more precise light balance control with Sony Alpha SLR camera series.

Also compatible with Minolta Maxxum xi and i-series flashes.
Features a 1/4"-20 threaded socket at its base, which allows it to be used in combination with a flash bracket, stand, etc.
Weight 0.9 oz (24 g)
Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyFA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes
     
    4.2

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (13)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Reliable (9)
    • Durable (3)
    • Excellent interface (3)

    Cons

    • Not durable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Studio (8)
    • Portraits (7)
    • Travel (4)
    • Everyday (3)
    • Home (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    great product(s)

    no worries about messing up my flashes by using the sony specific shoes. work well with the umbrella stand adapters I bought. I am off camera flashing!

    no worries about messing up my flashes by using the sony specific shoes. work well with the umbrella stand adapters I bought. I am off camera flashing!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    WAKE UP SONY!

    I have bought several of these things. I wish they would make it out of metal so the things will not keep breaking. It works fine, it gets the job done. But I...Read complete review

    I have bought several of these things. I wish they would make it out of metal so the things will not keep breaking. It works fine, it gets the job done. But I hope Sony or a generic company will look out for the customer and not so much how many times can we rip off clients by continuing to manufacture this "VERY POOR" plastic design. That or sell them for [$]each that way I can buy 10 at time. Again it works but I highly recommend you buy 2, you will need to keep one as a back up!

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    5.0

    Works on NEX-7

    By Karen

    from Pasadena, CA

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

      This along with the cable will get your Sony external flash off your camera...even that smallest flash. Not yet sure how durable if is.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      It's an adapter

      By Robbym

      from Toronto, Canada

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Durable

        Best Uses

        • Off-camera flash
        • Studio

        Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

        Not much to say, it's an adapter. Works as advertised, but made of flimsy plastic.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Small , but important piece saved me mon

        By Navyphotog

        from NYC

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

            Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

            My original shoe snapped off, and I would have had to purchase the entire cord. With this end piece I simply replaced the broken end,...Thanks.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Good Product to have

            By PhotoGirl

            from Berkeley Springs, WV

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

              This is a good product for off camera flexible flash positioning and it gives me the ability to move the flash around for the precise lighting.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great, must have, for all Photographers

              By Jim

              from Woodland Park, CO

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                This is used with OFF-CAMERA CABLE, and is a must have for both hobbiest and Pro's. It gives you more lighting options by allowing you to move your flash away from the camers. It helps in reducing red eye, and changes shadowing. It is high quality, and easy to use.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                Does what it's supposed to

                By Roy

                from Corpus Christi, Tx

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Not Durable
                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                Need this for off camera wired flash. I use it when flash is mounted to a bracket, also need the corresponding cable, etc. Gets a bit expensive.
                And the bracket mount has plastic threads; c'mon
                Sony, metal ain't that expensive! I'm buying this one to replace the one I just stripped out.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                simple fix

                By nickname

                from Kansas USA

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                  Allows me to take photos with flash unit inside of a soft box and really creating a pleasant light cast.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  great product(s)

                  By pamdoinghair

                  from cary,nc

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                    no worries about messing up my flashes by using the sony specific shoes. work well with the umbrella stand adapters I bought. I am off camera flashing!

                    Share this review

                     
                    3.0

                    WAKE UP SONY!

                    By Bigtime

                    from Florida

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Not Durable
                    • Poor Design
                    • Prone to break easliy

                    Best Uses

                    • Parties
                    • Weddings

                    Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                    I have bought several of these things. I wish they would make it out of metal so the things will not keep breaking. It works fine, it gets the job done. But I hope Sony or a generic company will look out for the customer and not so much how many times can we rip off clients by continuing to manufacture this "VERY POOR" plastic design. That or sell them for [$]each that way I can buy 10 at time. Again it works but I highly recommend you buy 2, you will need to keep one as a back up!

                    Share this review

                     
                    4.0

                    Allows me to use my Flashes remotely

                    By Medivad

                    from Toronto Canada

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Indispensable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable
                    • Usefull

                    Cons

                    • Costly

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                    With this product I can use up to 3 Minolta/Sony Flashes to get the Photo I want

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                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By Philmont Phred

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                      Offers the ability to use these flashes off camera.

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                      5.0

                      Wonderful Product

                      By Dronet

                      from Erath, LA

                      About Me Getting Started

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                        A wonderful tech person answered all my questions on the online chat and found this item. Very helpful service and wonderful product.

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                        5.0

                        Very convenient tool!!!

                        By HV photo

                        from Puerto Rico

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Convenient Interface
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • Photography

                          Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                          This is a great tool for positioning the flash in a bracket over the camera.

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                          4.0

                          Works as is should, expensive

                          By Tom

                          from Ann Arbor, MI

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Convenient Interface
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • expensive

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • Lighting
                          • Photography

                          Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                          I use this with a minolta 3600HS and impact lighting grip
                          It works but is pricey for what it does

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                          2.0

                          Cheap plastic, needs to be tougher

                          By Terry

                          from Campbellsville KY

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                          This item is used so you can put you strobe off camera, usually on a stroboframe which gets flipped form horzontial to vertical often. I have went through three of these things at 50+dollars a pop and I treat them very gentle when I flip . The unit needs to be a toughter plastic or metal. Also on another subject, why do video cameras have and evtra stud on the bottom so the camera doesnt swivel, when one ever/seldom tilts a video camera. But a film/digital camera that gets flipped all the time only has one stud and no matter how tight you get it it still sags when using a long lens??????? Why don't the camera companys please put a second stud on them so I don't have to constantly keep straighting my lens that keeps sagging when I shoot in the vertical position. Go figure. Terry Gardner- Gardner's Photography

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                          5.0

                          Handy

                          By Sonny

                          from Falmouth,Maine

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Convenient Interface
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography

                            Comments about Sony FA-CS1AM Off-Camera Shoe for Alpha Series & Minolta Maxxum Type Flashes:

                            Use with off camera bracket or other device
                            with standard hot shoe.
                            Sony or Minolta flash with "I" shoe only.

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