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Sony HVLF60M Flash for Alpha Cameras (Black)

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  • Flash with built-in LED light for creative applications
  • Guide number of 60 (105mm lens at ISO 100)
  • 1200 lux /19 in. (0.5m) for the LED light
  • Flash effective range of 90 feet (28m 105mm lens @ ISO100)
  • LED light effective range 6 feet (2m)
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Sony HVLF60M Flash for Alpha Cameras (Black) + Sony VGC99AM Grip for Alpha SLTA199V (Black) + Sony Alpha SLT-A99V Full-Frame SLR Digital Camera with 3-Inch LED - Body Only (Black)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.3 x 8.6 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0096W1O30
  • Item model number: HVLF60M
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 11, 2012

Product Description

The HVL-F60M is a superior lighting solution for working photographers and videographers alike. Special attention was paid to its subtle design and faster operation that now includes the Quick Navi interface found in Sony Alpha camera bodies so flash and lighting settings can be quickly and easily adjusted and optimized. The patented Quick Shift Bounce design found in this unit makes shifting between horizontal and vertical shooting a snap without compromising on light output. With the new built-in LED video light, the HVL-F60M can also be utilized under various movies shooting situations. Dust and moisture resistant design as well as ample flash attachments make this the perfect accessory in the camera bag.

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Customer Reviews

I'm an avid sony user and full-time professional photographer with studio.
Sue Owens
In 4 years of using the Canon 580exII flash, I never once experienced an overheating shutdown (not after dozens of weddings, studio shoots, events and more).
C G
I called Sony support, they opened a ticket, said they would have to escalate my issue and they would call me back within 24 hours.
Doug Oines

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Doug Oines on January 28, 2014
I purchased two of these flashes when I was switching from a Canon system to a Sony system (I fell in love with the Sony A7 camera). While I was shooting with the Canon system, with Canon flashes, I never had a problem. However the same can not be said for the HVL-F60M flashes. I purchased them in Dec. and used them for some light family photography over the holidays. This past weekend, I shot my first event with them. I was shooting the event guests in front of a backdrop, averaging about one shot per minute. After about 35 minutes of shooting, the flash shut down and reported it was overheating. The flash unit was cool to the touch. I stopped shooting, changed flashes and put the second HVL-F60M on the camera. I resumed shooting and after about 20 minutes, the same overheating shutdown issue occurred on the second flash. As a professional photographer this is totally unacceptable. In doing research since, there are quite a few reports of this problem since the flash was released.

I called Sony support, they opened a ticket, said they would have to escalate my issue and they would call me back within 24 hours. It has now been 2 days and I am still waiting for that return call.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael C McInerney on August 24, 2013
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How dumb was I for buying this flash unit without reading user reviews first--NEVER AGAIN! Bought one unit through Amazon and first time I used the flash on a real estate assignment, I had fired the flash 40 times over a 10 minute period and the unit shut down due to overheating. (There is a warning about not firing the flash for 20 times in rapid succession because of possible overheating.--Not sure how that fits with a $500+ strobe that bills itself as a professional multiple-fire-high-speed-stroboscopic unit) but 40 TTL flashes in 10 minutes is hardly rapid fire.
Anyway, I sent it back to Sony and they sent me a new unit... SAME PROBLEM ONLY WORSE. Overheated much sooner, except the unit doesn't even feel warm to the touch.
DESIGN FLAW-NOT a Professional TOOL...just priced like one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ammy_Evaluator TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 25, 2013
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This is one solid flash - it is built well, is very powerful, and has all the bells and whistles of a top line flash.

However, coming from the fabulous Canon EX580 II, I rely heavily on bounced light, often at full power.

Unfortunately, the F60M didn't care for that style of shooting. At a recent event, it shutdown at the single most inopportune moment, causing me to scramble to try to manage without its help.

Rather than trying to change my style to conform to my tool, I chose to find a tool that could adjust to my style.

Since then, I've discovered the Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-2, which handles my demands quite well. (See my review of that product for details.)

To be fair to the HVLF60M - a number of users find they can live comfortably within these constraints, and some even consider this to be a key design/safety feature.

As this is not a cheap unit, I'd strongly recommend that you try this out for yourself to determine whether this flash is a good fit for you.

Happy Photography!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C G on June 1, 2013
I own a pair of these. I attempted to use them at a wedding reception. While the bounce feature using the supplied diffuser is nice (metal contacts on the diffuser communicate with the flash so it is aware that the light is being bounced) and the results are good it all means nothing if the flash cannot be used. The flash overheats after a ridiculously low number of shots.

In 4 years of using the Canon 580exII flash, I never once experienced an overheating shutdown (not after dozens of weddings, studio shoots, events and more). In the three times I used this flashes, I've experienced a shutdown over 20 times. I couldn't make it through the vows of a wedding without swapping flashes and missing important shots. I couldn't cover a cake cutting. I took out the batteries - they were not even warm.

Unless you are buying this flash for occasional portraits (and don't intend to take many shots), this flash cannot be relied upon or trusted. Sometimes I wonder if Sony tests their gear.

The plastic foot is also worrisome, I do not understand why it's not metal.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on March 10, 2014
Shame on sony... they are offering the bundle deal for the A7 or A7R if you buy this flash with a lens. Be aware that the auto focus assist light is not compatible. It simply does not work and Sony acknowledges this if you ask them. They say that this flash is designed for their DSLR line. So shame on them for featuring it in a bundle for the mirrorless systems (A7 / A7R). How could you effectively shoot in a difficult lighting situation indoors at night -- like at a party, reception, etc??? By the way, the AF assist from the camera body will still work with the external flash hooked up on the hot shoe, but it is very poor and limited in its capability.
I was duped and now it's too late since I sold my Canon gear to afford the switch.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Duque on May 26, 2013
when i first used this flash i was very impressed how quickly it cycled, about 1 sec. i kept on for about 30 shots and it shut itself flashing the overheating icon.
i'm keeping this review at 3 stars, until i find out more about this problem. possibly get a new unit at the store and see if it does the same thing.
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