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Sony HVL-F43AM Sony Alpha System HVL-F43AM Flash Unit for Alpha DSLR
- Quick Shift Bounce; for lighting freedom
- Bounce flash: 90° right, 90° left, 150° up, 8° down
- High power (guide no. 43)
- Auto WB adjustment w/ Color Temperature Info
- Effective over 30 ft. (10.5m)
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|Item Dimensions||4.33 x 4.37 x 7.76 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.35 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
It also comes with a built-in wide angle screen (sort of diffuser), apparently for super wide lenses, and a bounce sheet. I have not had the chance to use a 3rd-party diffuser on this flash yet since I can't be sure what product works with it right now. For wireless shooting, it comes with a foldable mini-stand, which also serves as the tripod mount. It also came with a good quality protective case for the flash unit with the alpha logo (though I don't use it because I stow the flash in a Crumpler bag).
Because of all the new tech that the A55 camera has, I was expecting this flash to be some clunky and dated photography tool by comparison. Instead I'm amazed at how this flash operates and how it integrates with the camera. It manages to take crisp and properly-exposed photos at the right white balance with minimal tweaking.
Setting up wireless flash was surprisingly easy.Read more ›
Syncs up perfectly with Sony a65 and a230
Long reaching light path
Built in flash card
The Auto Zoom is a great feature
Built in diffuser doesn't work very well
Sucks batteries dry in very short amount of time (only use lithiums, this flash will drain 4 AA's in 2hrs of busy shooting).
+ At $348, It's not inexpensive.
+ When loaded with the required four AA batteries, this flash is heavy.
Other than that, I can't think of ANY "cons!"
+ It comes in a nice, very high quality, thick zippered carrying case.
+ It recycles almost instantly... VERY fast recycle time... fastest of any flash I've ever used.
+ It has the most "bounce" capabilities of any flash I've ever seen. The entire body of the flash rotates, not just the head, which enables one to shoot with the camera in portrait (vertical) mode AND THE FLASH HEAD STILL IN HORIZONTAL MODE! This provides much better light than typical flash units where when you shoot in portrait mode the flash head also must be in vertical mode.
+ The flash head even allows for "backward" bounce off the wall behind you, perfect functionality where you are shooting in a room with very high ceilings, but you want the soft light provided by bouncing the flash output. What an ingenious feature!
+ The little plastic pull-out white bounce card helps direct light toward the subject when in bounce mode.
+ The built-in diffuser provides very wide coverage.
+ The flash output is very consistent,
BOTTOM LINE: I'm sure after I've used it more I could add further accolades, but for now I'll just restate that this is the best flash I've ever owned or used.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I LOVE this flash. Put in Four batteries and have taken a lot of pictures without needing any recharging. I have a Sony a580 camera that I've had for two years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathy
This is a great camera. I (frustratingly) use this with my NEX 7. However, I had to buy a hot shoe adapter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BurgundyRam
I use this flash with my Sony A65 and it integrates very well. I really like the design of the flash unit... Read morePublished 3 months ago by P. Greco
There's a company called nisson who sells a much smaller lighter and just as powerful flash that is just as feature rich. Read morePublished 5 months ago by G. Brown
Great flash. I thought this flash would make me a great indoor photographer. Flash is still a science unto itself. When I'm ready, this flash will help me get there quicker.Published 9 months ago by P. Cox
I bought this, thinking it would fit my new Sony A7. IT WILL NOT.
Read carefully: this is for a DSLR.
I returned it today, and I had to pay $9 for my mistake.
Very versatile flash. Allows rotation for Portrait OR Landscape photos and has additional filters and directional adjustment for creating just the right lighting for the Sony... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Wibbs