I have just done a test with HVL-F58 and A77 (indoors), subject distance about 1-2.5m, set camera to AUTO mode + fill flash and also P mode with manual ISO settings (100-800). As long as I did not get closer to the subject as the flash range indicated in the display of the flash I did not encounter severe flash overexposure, by contrast most of the exposures were spot on.
So it would be helpful if you could post a sample of flash overexposure you have experienced with this combination.
Thank you for your answers. Cmosse, I cannot take pictures using the same combination, as I have no HVL-F58AM flash, but the old Minolta 5600 HS D, and my question was precisely to determine whether it would solve my problem if I would buy the new Sony flash; apparently not!
I have the same problems as well, and I've been trying to see what I can do about it.
The helpdesk at Sony.de said that they could only evaluate the problem if i send the camera in for servicing - which I'm not sure it would help in any case.
This problem is rather disturbing as I photograph often during live events with 2 cameras (A850, A77). I need to remember that -1Ev on the 850 is a -2Ev on the A77, etc..
While its true that I could work around it by lowering the Ev, lets face it: this is a problem, and given the age of the A77, its not good to have to work-around it.
I've heard of people who do not have the problem - so I'm hoping that someone at Sony spotted and solved the issue at production. Now if i can get the reassurance that by sending my camera in for servicing/recaliberation, the problem can be resolved, I'll send it in immediately..
I had sent my A77 to the sony service (germany) two weeks ago. It came back last week with the comment that they count not find a failure. The exposure would be within specification.
I don't think that Sony has a real solution for the problem. Can someone make a direct comparison with different A77's under the same conditions and find out, if there are "A77's" without the problem out there?
Dear Simon, i had my A77 14 days at the Austrian Sony Repair Center. They couldnt see the problem and said the cam works within the specifications. Problem sometimes accurs and sometimes not. It depends very much the lightning situation.. So in the moment i am without any solution. I use compensation of about -1.0 - sometimes this works. Sometimes its to much and sometimes its not much enough... In the moment i plan to solute the problem with a Nikon D7000. But i really like my A77 because of all the good features...