Something I just got, the Octopus DM-6, from Studio Zaloon, lets me do this pointless exercise in removing TTL.
Or, the off-camera wired flash for the A900.
I am just waiting for the HVL-F20AM.
Now, for a way to make this into a proper bracket… (I’ve always been able to use this setup before the Octopus DM-6.)
The Octopus DM-6 in action, attached to my Sony HVL-F58AM.
Top left: Octopus DM-6 bottom, ISO hotshoe
Top right: Seagull SC-5 top, ISO hotshoe
Bottom left: Octopus DM-6 top, iISO hotshoe
Bottom right: Seagull SC-5 bottom, iISO hotshoe
Note that both the Octopus DM-6 and Seagull SC-5 have PC Sync ports; as such, you can use the Seagull SC-5 on an Alpha, to trigger other flashes via PC Sync, and you can use the Octopus DM-6 on an Alpha flash, to be triggered via PC Sync.
A rare find, only at Studio Zaloon, Pudu Plaza; who’d have seen this in person? The Sony FA-HS1AM hotshoe adapter. Same thing as the Seagull SC-5, but with a battery, and an internal voltage protection circuit, for old flashes that were over 6 volts and tended to fry unsuspecting camera hotshoes!
This gadget makes it safe.
Also found there, an iISO flash extender! AMAZING! The right side also comes with a tripod mount and ISO hotshoe foot so you can put it on your classic Type A umbrella clamps.
I found this trio of Stofen imitation caps at DigitalsMania, Pudu Plaza. The white one is slightly warming; the orange one does 3600K; the green one is 4500K M9 (a bit more green, and not terribly consistent.)
I’d say the orange one is more commonly used in ballrooms, though I prefer the look of 2500-3200K myself. 3600K I’d guess is a half CTO (Color Temperature Orange). The full CTO flash gels I have are rated 3200K.