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Sony HVL-F58AM High-Power Digital Camera Flash with Wireless Ratio Control and Quick Shift Bounce for Sony Alpha Digital SLR

by Sony
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  • High-power Guide Number 58 external flash
  • Effective range greater than 45 feet (14.5m)
  • "Quick Shift Bounce" for lighting freedom
  • Wireless operation featuring Wireless Ratio Control
  • Fast 5-second recharging time w/ quiet recycle charge
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 3.1 x 4.9 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001BRP0UG
  • Item model number: HVLF58AM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

The Sony HVL-F58AM Flash Unit delivers flexible lighting control for α (alpha) DSLR photographers. The innovative new “Quick Shift Bounce” system allows the flash to pivot 90 degrees left and right to maintain a proper lighting position, even when shooting vertically. The HVL-F58AM can also wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes, and Wireless Ratio Control allows users to specify luminosity ratios for each group. Additionally, the HVL-F58AM features an effective range of more than 45 feet (14.5m) and a fast, 5 second recharge time. A built-in wide panel and bounce sheet provide an even greater degree of creative control.

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Customer Reviews

This flash is very powerful.
snowman
The Sony HVL-F58AM is the best flash for your Alpha camera, be it DSLR or DSLT.
Diego Raigoza Nuñez
I use it with a battery pack & it's fast!
V. I. Mason

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

124 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Diego Raigoza Nuñez on March 21, 2011
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The Sony HVL-F58AM is the best flash for your Alpha camera, be it DSLR or DSLT. Period. There is no contest about it.

In this review, I will state my experience using this flash and list down all the bells and whistles this flash offers plus any notes of use you need to know. It will be long, but hopefully I will answer all your questions about this flash.

Here we go:

The first question of anyone considering this flash is: "Is it worth 400-500 bucks?" Yes, it is. This flash will give you much more flexibility than any other flash you can mount on your Alpha camera for several reasons.

This flash has a Guidance Number of 58 at 105mm at ISO 100. This provides a wide range of power to cover different distances, although it can vary depending on your settings (shutter speed, aperture, ISO). This is a VERY powerful flash, compare it against the built in flashes in DSLRs and they range between 10 and 12 GN, which is good and better than nothing when you need more light, but you won't be able to reach very far with it. Now you see why everyone else is raving about this flash in their reviews here. Using a GN 58 flash against a GN 10-12 one, which one would you pick?

The major selling point Sony uses for this flash is the Quick Shift Bounce technology, which allows you to move the flash's head left and right from 0 to 90 degrees quickly. Have you ever shot vertically with a normal flash that will just tilt upwards maybe to 90 degrees or 120? Some of them let you swivel the head on its own axis, but you can't move the head and set it like if you were shooting horizontally. This flash let's you do that. Why is this important? Because it allows you to have even light horizontally or vertically.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By K. Dresang on November 23, 2008
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I bought this flash mainly to use on my A-700. I had been looking at the HVL-F42AM, but decided to spend more for the extra power. This flash is big, easy to use, has more features than I've had time to explore yet, is very quiet, has fast recycling time & best of all, it's cool how the head pivots. I bought this just in time to celebrate Halloween with my 1 yr. old grandson. The high-speed sych. worked great outdoors. I used it mostly for fill flash. Using indoors, the built in flash card works great when bouncing it off ceiling & walls which makes for a more natural looking picture with a little catch-light in the eyes. The wireless function works great also. I've used it off-camera (wireless)with another flash I own for even more fun. After having finally getting my hands on this flash & using it, I am well satisfied with my decision.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Clewley on February 22, 2009
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This unit works well. It is bright enough to light up a wide angle shot in a small hall with some ambient light, without blowing out close up shots. It has a fast recharge, and good color balance. I prefer the results obtained when using an aftermarket opaque white diffuser, reducing mirror/glass glare or "stars", and providing a more uniform exposure.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Adams on October 18, 2009
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This is a fantastic flash. It does well with battery power and the only negative thing I can say is that in all the times I've used it (and that's been ALOT) I've had it overheat twice. Once at an outdoor summer wedding and once at an indoor baby shower. I turned it off and could resume using it again in about 5 minutes. This is not a defect of the flash, just hot environments with heavy use. I would NOT let this stop me from buying it or buying a second one to have in case this happens. I would HIGHLY recommend this flash!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Valenzuela on January 9, 2010
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I've used the HVL-F42am for quiet some time now and I am starting to play with off-camera lighting with small flash unit. Decided to get this flash for it's capability of acting as a master control unit to utilize my F42 as a slave. I also do on-camera lighting for family events which I love bouncing light all over the place... All I have to say is WOW!! I think this is the most flexible flash out there. The quick bounce helps you direct light in almost any direction you want withough nuking your subject with direct flash. I have to tell you, I am like a kid with a new bike. I can't put this puppy down. Now I just need to order myself light stand and umbrella and of course extra batteries to start playing with off camera lighting for close potraits... Comparing it to the F42, I would have to say that I find this flash to be much smatter with compensating exposure. My F42 is at times off which I constantly have to chimp off the LCD to adjust for less/additional flash exposure... with this puppy, seems like it's more on-point than the F42. If you are debating between F58 vs F42, Trust me... You wanna go with F58. If you want to expand your off-camera, you can then even get the cheaper flashes for off-camera and do some cool stuff.... Happy shooting my friends!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Macondray J. Steiger on October 29, 2010
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As other reviewers have said, BUY THIS FLASH if you own a Sony Alpha camera! I didn't realize it had a built-in servo motor which automatically zooms the flash as you adjust your camera lens, an excellent feature! This flash is so sophisticated it's EASY to use. Everything is fully-automatic, unless you choose otherwise (which I haven't.) Well made, lightweight, quick recycle times, very good battery life, and fully automatic. I love this flash!
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