Sony HVL-F42AM High Power Digital Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR Cameras
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- High-power illumination (guide number: 42)
- Longer effective range of over 30 ft. (10.5m)
- Versatile bounce angles: 90° up, 90° left, 180° right
- Auto white balance (signals color temp. to camera)
- Retractable wide-angle panel (16mm angle)
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|Item Dimensions||4.84 x 2.95 x 3.94 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
On some of these reviews when they say this is a weak flash are uninformed and unaware of their equipments potential.If you buy any flash and use only the bare flash firing forward it will not fill a room it will fire straight forward the way it was intended to do.You will see some idiots fire a bare flash at peoples faces and wonder why it doesn't work .
Try bouncing it off the ceiling preferably a white one a green ceiling will turn everyone into green people aliens.
And also invest in a diffuser or umbrella for it a stoofen or gary fong or a 1 dollar frosted tupperware bowl and cut a hole in it . . Or get a 24x24 softbox and soften it up a bit.
In WL mode it does have to be in line sight with the camera and it is very reliable .(Hint for newbies put the flash on the camera power on camera. Turn on flash head .Select menu on camera go to flash select wireless. Remove flash head from camera then flip camera flash up you are now in wireless mode) ( you can also just push the WL button on the back of the flash and select wireless flash in the camera menu , then flip up the camera flash and you are in wireless mode.
I use two of these and they do everthing that I need them to do and then some .I use only one with a 60" soft white umbrella and get everything I need from that. I will use two on large groups of people 8 or more ... well worth the money I would buy again if needed .
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Great match for my Sony A350
I always shoot using off-camera flash (for my studio work). And I always shoot with ttl (through the lense metering). My biggest issue when I bought the 42AM was whether it would recognize the existence of the 58AM and the two speedlights would ttl meter appropriately. (Remember you cannot set flash ratios or groups on an a300. You need at least an a700 for that.)The answer is that they do! In other words, I can put my two Sony flash units anywhere around a subject and the ttl metering gets it perfect and adjusts the flash for BOTH units accordingly. And I can do that with just an a300! (an a200 can also do that.)
ttl flash metering is essential to dslr photography. You don't have to mess around with manual flash adjustments and do photography by trial and error. ttl flash metering will give you near perfect exposures with very little effort. And it doesn't matter if you're bouncing the flash into an umbrella, soft box, the ceiling or firing directly at you subject. The ttl system knows what you're doing and takes the "big picture" into account when determining the flash exposure. The 42AM is a very sophisticated flash that can ttl and has high speed sync for quick shutter shots. (Of course you always have the choice of using manual flash mode and setting the flash yourself. So you can be as creative as you like with the 42AM.)
One word of caution. The 42AM cannot act as a "controller" (Sony speak)for other off-camera flashes. In other words, you can't attach the 42AM to your camera and fire another off-camera flash. Only the 58AM can do that.
The 42AM is a great speedlight and it's improved my photography a lot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since this flash is an AM(alpha camera) and not M(mirror less camera) I had to buy an adaptor. The adaptor was $20. Compare spending over $300 for the Sony 43m. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Enhance M.
Works excellent with my Sony a500. The wireless works as advertised. Item looked new and all items were in the case!!Published 15 months ago by CosmicRay
This flash has really improved my indoor photos. Am not a pro but this does the job I got it for.Published on March 21, 2014 by Mauricio DF
This is a great flash for being my first one. Works great in dull lighting when you do not have that flash directly on the subject. Tends to eat batteries fairly quickly though.Published on October 9, 2013 by Kayla Palmer
I got this many years back from amazon, and I sold it after using it for about a year after I got the 43! Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Kipling Peh
Very pleased with this item it has met all my expectations. Photography is a hobby that I am getting back into and I needed a flash that was stronger than the built in flash.Published on January 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This flash performs exactly as advertised. The wireless mode is very convenient. No cords to get in the way. Also battery life is real good. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by canon guy