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Sony External Flash/Video Light - HVLF60M

Abt Model: HVLF60M | UPC Code: 027242858251
Sony - HVLF60M - Video Lights
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$548.00  
High-Illumination Output/ Built-In LED Video Light/ Quick Shift Bounce/ Quick Navi And Large Dot Matrix LCD/ Wireless Ratio Control/ Auto White Balance Compensation/ Modeling Light Capability/ Stroboscopic Lighting Control/ Advanced Distance Integration (ADI)/ High-Speed Synchronization/ Automatic Focal-Length Adjustments/ Flash Compensation Operation/ Color Conversion Filter For LED Light, Built-In Diffuser For LED Light/ Large Dot Matrix LCD/ Black Finish
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Sony External Flash/Video Light - HVLF60M

Features:

  • High-illumination output
    Delivers high-illumination output in a compact, lightweight body, with an effective range of more than 197 feet (60m) and guide number 60. (Guide number measures the illumination capability of the flash; the higher the number, the higher the light output. Tested at ISO100, 105mm)
  • New LED video light
    With the new built-in LED video light it has never been easier to switch between stills and movie shooting even in low-light conditions. LED enables checking and setting the light and shadow conditions before shooting still image or movie with live view function of EVF equipped camera. Maximum luminance of 1200 lux/(0.5m), with illuminating distance of approximately 6-1/2 feet (2m) at ISO3200/F5.6
  • Quick Shift Bounce
    Sony’s patented “Quick Shift Bounce” system allows the HVL-F60M to quickly 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 10 degrees or back 150 degrees, ensuring customers the lighting freedom they need to capture that perfect shot
  • Quick Navi and Large Dot Matrix LCD
    Quick Navi control is the intuitive User Interface from Sony Alpha camera bodies that make it a snap to locate and change settings. A large dot matrix LCD display is easy-to see and intuitive button layout makes it easy to configure the HVL-F60M for a variety of shooting needs
  • Wireless Ratio Control
    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
  • Auto White Balance compensation
    Auto White Balance compensation allows for more accurate white balance in flash photography sending color temperature information from the HVL-F60M to the camera, where it is incorporated into the camera’s white balance settings
  • Modeling light capability
    Modeling light capability allows the HVL-F60M to pulse, helping photographers determine where shadows will fall before taking the picture, so they can alter lighting or subject positioning as necessary
  • Stroboscopic lighting control
    Stroboscopic lighting control lets the HVL-F60M fire multiple times during a single exposure, allowing customers to capture stroboscopic images where moving subjects are frozen several times in the frame
  • Advanced Distance Integration (ADI)
    ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) metering enables the HVL-F60M to work more effectively with lenses equipped with distance encoders -- combining TTL (through-the-lens) flash metering with guide number control are calculated automatically according to the distance to the subject, the ambient light and the pre-flash reflectivity of the subject
  • High-Speed Synchronization
    Other flashes only work well at shutter speeds synchronized from the camera (example: from 1/125 to 1/250 of a second). The Sony® HVL-F60M Flash Unit provides a High Speed Synchronization mode (HSS) that enables the flash to sync with shutter speeds from 1/500 to 1/4000 of a second to catch fast-moving subjects
  • Automatic focal-length adjustments
    The HVL-F60M automatically adjusts flash for focal-length settings from 24mm to 105mm, and a built-in, slide-out wide-angle panel increases wide-angle coverage to 15mm
  • Flash compensation operation
    As a new feature, the flash compensation settings can be operated with flash in addition to the settings made with camera body ( note: only with SLT-A99V and NEX-6 camera bodies)
  • Color Conversion Filter for LED Light, Built-in Diffuser for LED Light
    Using a built-in diffuser reduces glare and softens light. It can also lessen unnatural multiple shadows. Using a color conversion filter lets you change the color temperature to about 3,200K (at maximum brightness)
  • Slide-out bounce sheet
    The HVL-F60M features a slide-out bounce sheet built into the flash head, and can be used in portraits and other bounced light shots to direct light at a subject’s pupils to deliver more lively expression
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD
    The large, easy-to-see LCD display and intuitive button layout make it easy to configure the HVL-F60M for a variety of shooting needs
  • Mini-stand
    The HVL-F60M comes with a mini-stand that can stand on its own or be mounted to a tripod or lighting stand for increased wireless freedom. Folds up for easy storage
  • 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 the flash unit
  • Supplied Accessories
    Bounce Adaptor for Flash, Color Conversion Filter for LED Light, Built-in Diffuser for LED Light, Shoe Adaptor (ADP-AMA), Mini Stand, Carrying Case

Specifications:

Flash

  • Flash Modes Control: Bounce angles: Upward - 90 degrees; Downward - minus 10 degrees;; Left/ Right (Front/Back) - 180 degrees;Automatic Light Control
  • Guide Number: GN60
  • Flash Coverage: GN60 = up to 60 meters (196.85 ft) at ISO100 with 105mm lens
  • Power Source: 4 x AA Batteries; Alkaline, NiMH

General

  • Material: Poly-carbonate plastic

Power

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

Approximate Weight:

  • Shipping: 1 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details
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2.7

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1.0

Sony HVL F60 Overheats Useless for Professional

By FineArtPhotographer

from Denver, CO

Comments about Sony External Flash/Video Light:

I am a professional Photographer, using the Sony A77 Camera. I just sent in a HVL F58 into Sony for repairs, and was informed that Sony did not repair the Flash, and I was offered an exchange price on the HVL F60 flash. when I received it I Googled HVL F60 to see if their were any advanced Ideas about the use of the flash. I was totally surprised by the numerous comments about the flash over heating and shutting down after as few as 20 full power flashes in a normal time period. I tested my flash and had the same problem with less then 25 exposures with the flash shutting down, (As a professional I would shoot as many as 400 images in a 2 hour period) trying to get the problem resolved I spent many hours and numerous useless transfers and disconnects trying to return the flash and getting a refund From Sony. This is the worst service that I have ever received in my 20 years as a professional photographer. This is very sad as the HVL F58 did not have that problem, and the Sony A77 is a spectacular camera. I resolved my refund problem with Sony and was able to find two new HVL F58 flash's at a Denver camera store. These were the last two they still had in stock. I hope that Sony will take these problem seriously before professional's quit buying their camera's due to the flash problem.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good Flash With A Significant Design Flaw

By EventShooter

from Northern Virginia

Comments about Sony External Flash/Video Light:

The F60 flash is the successor to the F58, using Sony's new version of the "standard" ISO flash shoe (a questionable change that I won't go into other than to note that the shoe seems a bit delicate in design). It carries over the very flexible and unique flash head movements from the F58, and improves on the previous flash's menu system with a new system that is easier to access and understand. It adds a video light that is useless for me. The big problem with the flash is that it overheats far too quickly. This problem did not exist with the F58 flash. It does not take much to overheat the flash, which can occur in normal shooting situations that would not tax the F58. The flash isn't even warm when the overheat symbol gives the bad news. You can sometimes clear the thermal warning by turning the flash off and on. If that fails, try opening the door to the battery compartment, let the batteries slide partway out, then put them back in and close the door. This usually works, but it does interrupt your photo shoot. Also, the thermal protection circuit may re-engage fairly quickly depending on your situation. I saw Katie's June 14, 2013 reply, from Sony Electronics, to an earlier criticism of the overheating problem, and it is laughable. As another reviewer noted, there is no information about this on Sony's support website. It's a problem that should not exist in the first place. Whatever workaround may be possible means you have to take time away from photographing. This is not acceptable if you are shooting a wedding, Bar Mitzvah, portrait session or other event. The problem is a clear design flaw in the flash and Sony should be far more responsive to what is a frequent and common complaint. Just read all the reviews.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A High Powered Guide Number Creates Opportunities

By Oldmanriver

from Mid-South, USA

Comments about Sony External Flash/Video Light:

This flash unit has become a good and reliable friend to my A99. I have become a big fan of the high speed shutter synchronization for daytime fill flash, especially with portraiture. The guide number 60 flash has enough "oomph" to fill a dimly lit college basketball court. The HVL-F60M is a pleasant addition to my existing collection of three HVL-43AM's (guide number 43). I plan to continue my experimentation with wireless ratio flash techniques with the added fire power as the controller on top of the A99. I would recommend a second back-up unit for anyone that typically experience fast paced, intensive shoots, such as weddings. Personally as a non-professional photographer, I like the fact that the SONY flash units appear to be proactively "wired" to avoid premature unit failure due to overly aggressive usage.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Overheats quickly

By Arafet

from Tunisia

Comments about Sony External Flash/Video Light:

I purchased recently the HVL-F60m flash for my A77. I already have the F43 flash, but I was attracted to buy the F60 because of its higher range and video light. Like most of the reviews, this flash heats quickly and even though I checked on Sony support website, there is no tips on how to prevent this issue. 10mins to wait for cooling down, is probably a bit slow, so not convenient for event shooting

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Expect more than 20 shots over 5 minutes? Don't!

By Lucidx

from NY

Comments about Sony External Flash/Video Light:

Despite all the good aspects and features, it is all moot due to the significant thermal design flaw. Either this flash was not designed to disperse any amount of heat or the heat sensor is much too sensitive (perhaps both). I own two of these flashes and they both exhibit the same problem. After a low number of shots (approx 20), this flash shuts down and will not operate for another 5 to 10 minutes. When I say 20 shots, I don't mean 20 fires in under a minute, I've experienced this when the shots were spread out over 5 minutes of shooting! I've never experienced this with any flash from Canon. Unless Sony issues a fix (highly unlikely) or at least admits there is a problem worth looking into, stay away from this junk (unless you only need to take a couple of shots an hour).

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Over Heats

By RTMBOSSG

from Colorado

Comments about Sony External Flash/Video Light:

I am not to happy about this flash it has a major defect an over heats even when on 1/2 power shooting with higher ISO it can not keep up with my older HVL-43am flash Sony needs to do something quick about this problem! So frustrated with Sony...

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(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

no backwards compatibility

By deltadave44

from california

Comments about Sony External Flash/Video Light:

if you're stuck in sony/minolta hot shoe land, don't expect this to work with your radio triggers...why sony continues to antagonize their customers is beyond me...i had to send it back

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(29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good, but could be better.

By Danms66

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Sony External Flash/Video Light:

The two big differences between this, and the HVL-f58 are the new foot, and the led video light. The new foot isn't exactly the ISO standard. It has some material removed, making it an odd shape, and seems delicate when mounting to stands. Extreme caution should be used when using clamp type cold shoes. Also, the fit isn't quite right and subsequently it doesn't seem to work with some radio triggers. Of course, there are no TTL radio triggers that currently mount natively to the foot. The video light basically looks like an led flashlight on subjects, so you'd have to be pretty desperate (or want the Blair Witch look) to actually use it. It's placed on the underside of the flash head, and the flash is disabled when the light is turned on, which makes it useless as a modeling/focus assist light. The HSS is limited to when the flash is pointed forward, bounce flash is limited to 1/200. While I sort of understand this, why not let the photographer decide when the flash isn't powerful enough? The control and grouping is nice, but as noted elsewhere, it takes a solid 1/2 second for the flash to actually fire when using optical wireless, which can be a real problem when shooting things that move. Why this, and the camera aren't wifi is beyond me. The flash cost as much as a laptop, and it seems like such an obvious place to take advantage of that technology. Even bluetooth would work if the concern is power consumption. I'm probably just dreaming here, but that level of control would take this from an expensive, nice flash, to something more competitive for the end user.

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(28 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great flash with a bright LED light

By bunta

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Sony External Flash/Video Light:

The LED light built in is very intense and can be adjusted to as bright or dark as you need. Great for those who don't want to add more equipment to their camera and you can easily go from video to photos in the press of a button. The TTL function works perfect. Takes all the guess work out of trying to adjust the lighting. The best part is taking the flash off the camera and placing it on a tripod or table and shoot wireless without having to use a pocket wizard. This flash is a huge step up from the generic flash I bought several years ago and even more of a leap from the stock flash. There are so many features that I haven't even scratched the surface yet. I just set it to wireless and TTL. Place the flash where I want there to be light and then start shooting. It's so simple and fun to use. The only con I have is that the cheap plastic breaks easily. Right out of the box, my hot shoe locking lever was broke and I could hear little pieces of the plastic from the lever bouncing around in the flash. I haven't exchanged it for a new one, but the flash is heavy and tries to slide itself free once in a while, so this may be a big problem if that heavy flash comes falling off.

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