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Sony DLSR Camera Flash - HVLF43AM

Abt Model: HVLF43AM | UPC Code: 027242819597
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High Power Illumination/ Versatile Bounce Angles: 90 Up, 90 Left/ Auto Zoom Optimized For Camera Sensor Size/ Retractable Wide-Angle Panel (15mm Angle)/ TTL Metering Capability, High-Speed Sync/ Quick Shift Bounce/ Auto White Balance/ Modeling Light Capability/ Simple Controls, Test Button, Power Saving Mode/ Longer Effective Range Of Over 30 Ft/ Black Finish
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Sony DLSR Camera Flash - HVLF43AM

Fill the frame with the perfect amount of light with this high-powered flash. Designed specifically for your Sony a DSLR camera, this flash features wireless functions and a wide illumination range.

Get flexible lighting control with your a DSLR camera courtesy of this HVL-F43AM flash unit. Innovative Quick Shift Bounce feature allows the flash to pivot 90 degrees to the left and right to maintain a proper lighting position—even while shooting vertically. This unit can wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes, and you can specify luminosity ratios for each group. Effective at over 30 feet (10.5m), it's perfect for sports, weddings, special events, still-life photography and more. A built-in wide panel and bounce sheet provide an even greater degree of creative control.

Features:

  • High-power illumination (guide number: 43)
  • Versatile bounce angles: 90° up, 90° left. This allows the flash head to be rotated while maintaining the set bounce angle, so you can quickly switch between horizontal and vertical format without changing the light angle.
  • Auto zoom optimized for camera sensor size
  • Retractable wide-angle panel (15mm angle)
  • TTL metering capability, high-speed sync
  • “Quick Shift Bounce” The innovative “Quick Shift Bounce” system allows the HVL-F43AM to orbit 90 degrees left and right, allowing you to maintain horizontal light distribution even when shooting vertically. In addition to pivoting side-to-side, the flash unit can also tilt down 8 degrees or back 150 degrees, ensuring customers the lighting freedom they need to capture that perfect shot.
  • Auto white balance (signals color temp. to camera)
  • Modeling light capability Modeling light capability allows the HVL-F43AM to pulse, helping photographers determine where shadows will fall before taking the picture, so they can alter lighting or subject positioning as necessary.
  • Simple controls, test button, power saving mode
  • Longer effective range of over 30 ft. (10.5m)
  • Built-In Bounce sheet The built-in bounce sheet can be used even when shooting in a vertical position without changing the angle of reflected light.
  • Dust and Moisture resistant design Sealing materials are set at joints of outer materials (body, LCD panel, Mounting Foot etc.) and around movement/operating parts thereby increasing the life of your flash unit.
  • Wireless Ratio Control allows customers to wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes, as well as specify the luminosity ratio for each group, so they can enjoy multiple-flash lighting techniques without the need for special equipment or tedious exposure settings.

Specifications:

Flash

  • Flash Type : Auto electronic flash (clip-on type)
  • Flash Modes : Automatic Light Control (TTL), Continuous (10 flashes/second, up to 40), pre-flash control, manual control
  • Flash Coverage : Bounce angles: Upward - 150 degrees; Left - 90 degrees; Right - 90 degrees; Down - 8 degrees
  • Flash Metering System : Direct TTL
  • Guide Number : 43
  • Modes : Wireless, Bounce, Modeling, Multi-burst
  • Number of Flashes : 10/sec. up to 40 total
  • Power Source : Four AA-size batteries, Alkaline of Ni-MH
  • Recycling Time : 2.9sec

General

  • Material : Poly-carbonate plastic

Power

  • Battery Type : AA Alkaline /AA Ni-MH - requires 4

What's In The Box:

  • Case
  • Mini Stand

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1 lbs
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Depth: 3"
  • Height: 5.13"
  • Width: 3.50"

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts And Labor
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Sony DLSR Camera Flash
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

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1.0

Junk

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from Casa Grande, AZ

Comments about Sony DLSR Camera Flash:

Ive had this flash for over a year and when your taking pictures and its dark enough to need to use the flash on every shot the flash over heats especially here in Arizona where its hot anyways. Junk!!!!!!!

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5.0

Unlocking another clever dimension of the A77..

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from Mid-South, USA

Comments about Sony DLSR Camera Flash:

I liked this unit so much upon arrival that I subsequently ordered a second identical HVL-43AM flash unit in order to better explore wireless ratio control portrait flash photography with multiple light sources with my A77. Google the available "SONY Alpha Lighting Brochure" and then let your imagination run free! All of my preconceived experiential biases against artificial lighting based upon the unflattering limitations of "old school" strobes have been blown away by the HVL-43AM. This may be the "sweet spot" in the current SONY Alpha flash line-up.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent flash!

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from Maryland

Comments about Sony DLSR Camera Flash:

I couldn't have asked for more in a flash. Bounce the light here, bounce it there, bounce it anywhere! The rotating head was a great idea; I tip my hat to the Sony engineers. TTL mode is nearly flawless and the manual mode is a joy. Do yourself a favor. Buy this flash. Note: The photo attached to my review was taken with the HVL-F43AM flash, a77 body and 16-50mm 2.8 lens.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't wait any longer

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from Oregon

Comments about Sony DLSR Camera Flash:

I researched flashes until my brain couldn’t take it anymore. Anything I could find regarding the Sony 43 and the 58 flashes I read and re-read. I was torn because I wasn’t sure if I needed the extra power from the 58 for what I planned to do, which is mainly inside family pics. Plus many reviews commented on how bulky the 58 was, which didn’t sound appealing. The features between the two are pretty much the same so finally I went with the 43 and have had it for 2 months now and wish I would have gotten it the same time I got my a77 (6 months ago). Features: There are more abilities to this flash than I am sure I will ever find a situation for. It is easy to use, and the adaptability of the TTL flash mode is really nice. I can dial in basically any level of light I want. Now instead of shooting ISO 800-1600 inside, I shoot at 100 bouncing the light off the ceiling resulting with no shadows and awesome natural white balance with sick clarity (again, I wish I would have had this months ago…). Using it as a remote flash is super easy to set up as well, and I’m sure really easy to dial in (I have only played around with this setting, nothing too intense yet). The ability to angle the flash in a vertical position is really awesome too, I have used that many times and has worked nicely. Also, the recycle time between flashes is quick. I have been using plain old batteries and I don’t have any complaints. Performance: A few weeks ago I shot a wedding in Las Vegas in front of the Bellagio fountain at 9PM with the only light around being from the street lights. As you all know, this is brutal situation to be in when you are trying to get enough light from the background (casino behind the pond) to give the pics a setting while simultaneously lighting the subject properly. I set the a77 on 1600, dialed in the flash comp, and angled the head at about a 45 degree angle up. I was amazed at how well the pics were coming out. The pop up flash would have had no chance of getting anything close to the composition I was getting. The 43 was all I needed as far as power goes and the swivel head was awesome in capturing the vertical pics. The other awesome thing about having the flash working for you in the dark is the auto focus infra red sensor is much larger than the on camera one and was able to focus much faster than when I didn’t have my flash mounted. Negatives: The only negative I have is that as I am sure you have read, it does not fit snugly in the hot shoe. It doesn’t feel like it is going to fall off, but I don’t feel like it should be as wiggly as it is. Once I start shooting, I don’t even notice it. A message to Sony: SONY! The fact that a SONY brand flash does not fit properly on a SONY brand camera is inexcusable. There is no way a company trying to gain more of a foot hold in the camera market place should have a quality control issue like this. Not that this is a massive deal (it really isn’t) but how do you expect to recruit Canon and Nikon users when your accessories don’t fit? I would highly recommend you figure this out by the time your two new full frame cameras come out next year. In closing, I am obsessed with this flash and I really wish I would have gotten it sooner. I look back at all the pics I have taken that would have benefited from the flash and it ticks me off I waited so long. I am not missing any of the extra power that the 58 has, and it is light, compact, and totally blew away my expectations. So, don’t stress, save the extra $150 ($350 vs $500 for the 58), grab a couple of extra beers, and go get the 43 (TODAY!). Happy shooting!

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4.0

Performs great......

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from Paducah, KY

Comments about Sony DLSR Camera Flash:

I purchased this flash after trying out several other flashes. Needless to say I am impressed. This flash is so fast on recycle with rechargeable AA batteries. The functions of the flash work as stated in the info section. No worries. It is a solid feeling unit. The tilt positions on this flash are priceless! Love them. Wireless function, TTL, HSS, Strobe mode, modeling all work well, with no issues. I have not noticed any overexposures that I have not caused due to incorrect setting. The only thing I noticed is that the unit does not fit as securely as I thought it could. But since putting it to work I don't even notice it now. Sony did a great job on design, function, and PERFORMANCE with this unit. I am very happy with my decision. No regrets. I would have given 5 stars if the fit was just a little better.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Quality Flash

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from Omaha, NE

Comments about Sony DLSR Camera Flash:

I purchased this flash after doing a lot of research on it and it's big brother the 58. This model has almost everything the 58 does. And it is smaller and lighter. A lot of people were complaining about the 58 being to heavy and breaking the camera when shooting vertical. I will say that I have been careful when shooting vertical. I have an a65 and it seem to handle the weight just fine. I did purchase lithium batteries to reduce the weight. The customizable settings are great. I shoot mostly in A. So being able to adjust the settings to manually adjust the flash really helps. (TTL can sometimes overexpose) Overall great flash, and I would suggest spending the extra money over other companies flashes to know that you are getting quality. Couldn't upload images (only allows 5mb max) my images are all to large.

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Sony DLSR Camera Flash

Sony DLSR Camera Flash

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