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Sony HVLF20M, MI Shoe External Flash for Alpha SLT/NEX (Black)
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- Extends flash range beyond camera's built-in flash
- New Multi Interface shoe for expanded compatibility
- Bounce flash enables shadow less indirect lighting
- In-the-box: Carrying Pouch; Connector Protect Cap
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Illuminate your subjects with this external flash. It extends the range of your Alpha SLT or NEX camera's included flash and offers bounce flash for shadow less indirect lighting.
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It's no pro flash, but it's leaps and bounds better than any built in flash and it's still quite compact.
I can see why some people don't like the fact that flipping it down is the only way to turn it off, but I found it super convenient when it was mounted on my camera. When I store it, I just take out the batteries so I can fold it flat.
Quick recycling when paired with NiMH batteries.
I found a small leather case to put the flash into and I store it in the flat "on" position with the batteries removed. When taking pictures with it I have found that is has plenty of power even in totally dark rooms of relatively large size (25x25) with the flash set at the standard setting, the exposure was balanced with no hot spots and the white balance was dead on. The flash integrates well with the NEX-6 (and the Sony cameras referenced below) and according to Sony uses TTL/ADI (through the lens)/(Advanced Distance Integration) flash metering when used with Sony lenses that send distance information back to the camera. The camera calculates a specific guide number for each photo based on the distance from the subject using ADI, along with ambient light and pre-flash reflectivity of the subject and the background using TTL metering, this insured proper white balance and even exposure.
This is way stronger than the internal flash by far and extends the camera's capabilities even though the NEX-6 does well in low light, more light when properly applied, is usually better. I have found that using the bounce setting with an index card extending above the flash to reflect some of the light forward produced nice balanced portraits without shadows. Note: It cannot be used off-camera and has no independent light sensing capabilities.
Overall the flash is very small and light weight so it adds little bulk to the camera and is easy to attach to the camera once you remove the 'hot shoe protector' from the camera and 'base protector' from the flash. There are small, gold plated contacts at the front of the camera's hot shoe and at the base of the flash (see my customer photos) which communicate with them and they are delicate and need to be protected. Ordinarily, I would not keep replacing the hot shoe protector on a camera or a protector on the base of a flash but if these are bent or damaged in any way, the camera and flash will not cooperate with each other and that would not be a good thing so I replace the protectors after I use the flash and suggest that you do this as well.
According to Sony, you should get about 90 flashes with AAA alkaline batteries and up to 150 with Ni-MH with quicker recycling time with the Ni-MH. I shot about 50 exposures with the "Ready to use" Imedion-Powerex batteries right out of the package with no significant loss in recycling time. Overall this is a good flash, certainly better than the built in one but not as flexible nor as powerful as you might expect for it's $150 price.
Addendum: This flash is also compatible with the following other Sony cameras according to their website:
Cyber-shot Digital RX100 II
Alpha NEX-7 Camera
Sony a58 DSLR
Sony a65 DSLR
Sony a77 DSLR
Sony a99 Full-Frame DSLR
As well as the discontinued Alpha 37 and 57 DSLR cameras
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I recommend this one to all action camera guys. You have to travel light and this is light with big performance.