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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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Product Description

Powerful Flash for More Creative Freedom. The HVL-F42AM Flash Unit gives Sony ¿ system photographers more illumination power for every shooting opportunity, with effective range greater than 30 feet (10.5m), versatile bounce angles (90° up, 90° left, 180° right) and high-speed sync to catch fast action. It also provides intelligent features like auto zoom optimized for image sensor size, auto WB with color temperature signal to camera, and accurate ADI metering capability -- plus wide zoom angle (16mm) with retractable wide panel, simple controls, flash test button and fast recharging time to help you shoot more quickly (guide number: 42).

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.9 x 3 x 4.8 inches
Item Weight 12 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0013IL8GI
Item model number HVLF42AM
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3.9 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #590 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Flashes > Shoe Mount Flashes
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com April 18, 2005

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This is well worth the money .This flash is a huge improvement over the HVL-F36AM it recycles really fast no wait. I can light up a 15 foot room with one of these.Try putting a gary fong or Stoffen diffuser on this it will even your light out and spread it around the room. A Bare bulb only fires straight forward only filling the forward portion of the room .

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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I've owned the F42AM flash for about 3 months now and am very pleased. I think it is the most powerful flash out there for the Sony mount for under $300. It 'zooms' the flash focus in conjunction with your camera lens zoom, has a click out wide angle dispersion filter so it works with wide angle lenses, does bounce/angle/rotate orientation, and its wireless capability is not equaled at this price. In auto mode snapshots are consistently right on. Manual or custom control settings are simple and easy. When in off-camera wireless mode using bounce mode with a diffuser it is almost like having a room full of studio lights. I know its big brother has even more power and features that the pros need, but for advanced amateurs or beginner pros this flash can't be beat.
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I wanted to change my rating to a five, but am not sure how. Now that I have finally found out how to use it as a slave flash, I love it even more. This light does what I expected. It Does not light up an arena but it does light up a room. It has features that I need and it came at one third the cost of most other retailer.
Great match for my Sony A350
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I have an Alpha 300 and a 58AM speedlight that I've been using for over a year. I needed a second speedlight but didn't want to spend the $350-$400 that another 58AM costs. So I purchased the 42AM. It's a very capable speedlight, especially for off-camera work.

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.
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I use this on my Sony a300 DSLR, and it's just amazing to behold how this thing communicates with the camera. It even seems to work great in TTL metering mode when bouncing the flash off the ceiling. The wireless mode is awesome, I sometimes hold the flash off to the side with my left hand and take the photo with my right hand. A great improvement over the built in flash, it eliminates the shadow that was occasionally cast by my workhorse zoom lens when it was extended. I doubt if it would be powerful enough for professional use, but at my level it's just great, and as the title says, I think it's smarter than me.
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