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4.0 out of 5 stars A requirement for the Sony Full Frame cameras., January 26, 2010
This review is from: Sony HVLF20AM TTL Digital Flash for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics)
Works well with my sony a850. Allows me to wirelessly control my other flashes. Aside from that, it is slim and idiot proof to use. Pull up to turn on, push down to turn off. Done.

Not recommended for cameras with a pop up flash.
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Initial post: Jan 9, 2011 4:15:04 AM PST
I see no reason this flash cannot be used with cameras with a pop up flash. If the flash is intelligent the camera will know it's there and not pop up the built in flash. If that is a problem turn of the automatic pop up feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2011 4:56:28 AM PST
You are absolutely correct, the body will intelligently use the 20am when it is attached, but that isn't the point. The problem here is that the strength of this flash is roughly the same as the built in flash. The only advantage gained would be... better battery life on the body (since the flash draws power from AAAs), prevention of shadows cast by long lenses (But neither built in or this flash really gives you enough light to take advantage of the length anyway), and the ability to bounce flash off the ceiling (again, the flash isn't quite powerful enough for that either... unless you have very low ceilings). I stand by my earlier recommendation that this flash be used only on bodies without one built in. Honestly, I think this was introduced because semi-pros on a budget didn't want to pony up for the expensive 58am flash to allow their a850/a900 to wirelessly trigger their externals, and to address the general lack of flash on the pro bodies.
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