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Sony HVL-F58AM

Flash for Sony digital SLR cameras

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    Flash head pivoted at 90° for vertical shooting

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Our take on the Sony HVL-F58AM

by Dave Bar
Sony

Sony's flagship HVL-F58AM flash delivers the power, speed, and performance that demanding photographers need. You'll get advanced lighting flexibility and long-range shooting options that go well beyond the capabilities of your camera's built-in flash. Use it with compatible Sony digital SLR cameras like the Alpha A700 and A900 for even, precisely controlled lighting no matter how complex the shooting gets.

Fully automatic and manual operation
This easy-to-use flash offers advanced automatic exposure control — it works together with your Sony SLR to provide the right illumination for your photos every time. All of the necessary connections are made by simply mounting the flash to your camera's accessory shoe. The informative backlit display panel lets you quickly confirm your flash settings for accurate shooting. And you get a manual flash mode for maximum creative control over your exposures.

Advanced features for better shots
The HVL-F58AM's flash head can be tilted upward and back to create indirect lighting effects. Sony's unique Quick Shift Bounce system allows the entire flash head to pivot up to 90 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise — perfect for bounce flash photography when shooting with your camera in the vertical position. Wireless control even lets you operate one or more of these flashes off-camera to create dramatic lighting effects for your photos. And the built-in autofocus assist lamp allows you to shoot accurate, in-focus images even in the faintest light.

Highlights:

  • compatible with Sony digital SLR cameras
  • Quick Shift Bounce system allows flash head to pivot up to 90° clockwise or counter-clockwise for bounce flash when shooting vertically
  • tilt and swivel flash head for bounce flash (head tilts up to 150° up and back or 10° down)
  • approximate guide number at ISO 100: 58 (at 105mm lens focal setting)
  • flash head zooms automatically to match the shooting angle for optimum flash coverage with Sony Alpha-series cameras (except DSLR-A100)
  • built-in diffuser panel for wide-angle coverage to a focal length of 16mm
  • manual mode
  • wireless operation for creative off-camera lighting
  • high-speed sync for more versatile exposure control with high shutter speeds
  • built-in autofocus illuminator
  • uses 4 "AA" batteries (not included)
  • weight: 15.6 oz. (without batteries)
  • 3-1/16"W x 5-15/16"H x 3-3/4"D
  • soft carry case included
  • stand included for off-camera wireless use
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • Sony alpha series external electronic flash
  • Mini stand
  • Carrying case
  • Operating Instructions (English) Operating Instructions (French)
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  • "Note on use" sheet

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Features

Overview: The Sony HVL-F58AM is equipped with an advanced accessory shoe, which allows communication with your compatible Sony alpha-series digital SLR still camera without a cable. The HVL-F58AM flash unit delivers flexible lighting control for α (alpha) DSLR photographers. The innovative new Quick Shift Bounce system allows the flash to pivot 90 degrees left and right to maintain a proper lighting position, even when shooting vertically. The HVL-F58AM can also wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes, and Wireless Ratio Control allows you to specify luminosity ratios for each group. Additionally, the HVL-F58AM features an effective range of more than 45 feet (14.5m) and a fast, five-second recharge time. A built-in wide panel and bounce sheet provide an even greater degree of creative control.

Compatibility: The Sony HVL-F58AM electronic flash is exclusively for use with the following Sony alpha-series digital SLR still cameras equipped with an advanced accessory shoe.

  • DSLR-A100, DSLR-A100H, DSLR-A100K
  • DSLR-A200K, DSR-A200W
  • DSLR-A300K, DSLR-A300X
  • DLR-A350, DSLR-A350K, DSLR-A350X
  • DSLR-A700, DSLR-A700K, DSLR-A700P, DSLRA-700H

Mounting: The unit fits into the Intelligent Accessory Shoe found on compatible Sony alpha-series digital SLR still cameras. It has a push-mounting-foot to secure it in the shoe and prevent it from sliding out. The 4 connection points on the base of the flash provides operation from a Sony DSLR camera that is equipped with the advance accessory shoe.

High Illumination Output: The HVL-F58AM incorporates High illumination output in a small lightweight body, with effective range greater than 45 feet (14.5m) and guide number 58. (Guide number measures the illumination capability of the flash; the higher the number, the more light the unit can provide. Tested at ISO100, 105mm).

Flash Modes: The Sony HVL-F58AM features the following Flash modes - Fill Flash, Auto Flash, Wireless Flash, and No Flash.

Wide-Angle Coverage: The HVL-F58AM 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 16mm.

Auto Zoom Control: The auto zoom coverage of the HVL-F58AM is automatically optimized for the APS-C size or 35mm full-frame size of the image sensor found in Sony alpha-series cameras (except DSLR-A100).

High-Speed Sync: Conventional flash only works well at shutter speeds from 1/125 to 1/250 of a second. The Sony HVL-F58AM Flash Unit provides High-Speed Synchronization mode that enables flash sync with shutter speeds from 1/500 to 1/4000 of a second to catch fast-moving subjects. The High-Speed Sync feature eliminates the restrictions of flash sync speed and enables the flash to be used through the entire shutter speed range of the camera. The increased selectable aperture range allows flash photography with a wide aperture, leaving the background out of focus and accenting the front subject. The  HVL-F58AM can fire 40 flashes at 5 flasher per second.

Quick Shift Bounce: The innovative "Quick Shift Bounce" system allows the HVL-F58AM 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 10 degrees or back 150 degrees, ensuring customers the lighting freedom they need to capture that perfect shot. The HVL-F58AM even 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.

Modeling Light Capability: Modeling light capability allows the HVL-F58AM to pulse, helping photographers determine where shadows will fall before taking the picture, so they can alter lighting or subject positioning as necessary.

AF Illuminator: In low-light or when subject contrast is low, when the shutter button is pressed partway down for Auto Focus, the red lamp on the front of the flash unit will light. This is the AF illuminator used as an aid during Auto Focus. The AF Illuminator will operate up to 300mm.

Auto WB Control: Auto White Balance compensation allows for more accurate white balance in flash photography sending color temperature information from the HVL-F58AM to the camera, where it is incorporated into the camera's white balance settings

ADI Flash Metering: ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) metering capability enables the HVL-F58AM to work more effectively with lenses equipped with distance encoders, combining TTL (through-the-lens) flash metering with guide number control calculated automatically according to the distance to the subject, the ambient light and the pre-flash reflectivity of the subject.

Multiple Flash: In this mode, the flash is triggered a number of times while the shutter is open. Multiple Flash allows motion of the subject to be captured in a photograph for later analysis.

LCD Display: The large, easy-to-see LCD display and intuitive button layout make it easy to configure the HVL-F58AM for a variety of shooting needs. The LCD display features and illuminator which illuminates the data panel at low-light levels.

Wireless Operation: 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. The HVL-F58AM comes supplied with a removable mini-stand to help position the flash when using it as a wireless flash. The min-stand has a tripod socket on the bottom so you can attach the flash assembly to a tri-pod.

Note: If another wireless flash is being used nearby, such as a at a photo session, this flash may be set off by the light signal from the built-in flash of another camera. To prevent this from happening, you can change the infrared channel of the HVL-58AM from Channel 1 to Channel 2.

Fast Recharging Time: The HVL-F58AM Flash Unit recharges approximately 55% faster than the previous Sony high-end accessory flash (HVL-F56AM), so you will be ready to catch the next great moment. And because it features a quiet recycle charge, there's no whine to distract you from your subject. The unit operates off of four Alkaline or Ni-MH "AA" batteries (not supplied).

Power Save: When your camera or this flash unit is not used for 3 minutes, the power switches off and display panel indicators go out automatically to save battery power. During wireless flash photography, the flash unit changes to power save mode after 60 minutes.

Overheat Indicator: When the temperature of this unit rises at the time of continuous flash use or use in a high temperature environment, the flash suspends operation automatically. The Overheat Indicator blinks when overheating is detected. The flash operation is suspended until the temperature of the unit falls back to normal. You should stop use of the flash unit approximately 10 minutes to allow the temperature of the unit to cool down.

 
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