Compatibility: The Sony HVL-F43M
electronic flash is designed for use with newer Sony α-series digital still
cameras, select Cyber-Shot point-and-shoot cameras, and Sony camcorders equipped with the
Multi Interface Shoe. With the optional
ADP-AMA Auto-lock Shoe Adapter, you can use the HVL-F43M on Sony cameras with the Auto-lock Accessory Shoe.
LCD Control Panel: The flash unit has a backlit 1-7/8"
(diagonal) LCD control panel that indicates the status and settings of the flash
unit. The panel shows the Flash Mode, Wireless Flash (channels, controller,
remote), TTL/Manual/Multi, Wide-panel, Bounce, Battery status, Power Level,
Zoom, and Flash Range.
Flash Modes: The HVL-F43M offers four Flash Modes: Fill
Flash (unit always fires), Auto Flash (fires automatically when the camera
determines flash is needed), Wireless Flash, and No Flash (does not fire).
TTL/M Button: The flash unit can be set for TTL (through the
lens) operation, Manual operation, or Multi Flash.
Bounce Flash: The HVL-F43M's flash head can be tilted from
0° (straight forward) to 150° to illuminate your subject with reflected light
instead of direct light. Reflected light reduces the intensity of the shadows,
and produces a softer light on the subject. There are stop positions at 30°,
45°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, and 150°. You should consider the flash range, focal
length of the lens, and distance to the reflective surface, when determining the
bounce angle. When photographing objects from a close distance (2.3' to 3.28'),
you should tilt the flash slightly downward (8°) for accurate illumination.
Quick Shift Bounce: When
shooting the portrait position, you can rotate the flash left or right between
0° and 90° to set
the same bounce flash as when shooting in the landscape position, and use the
control panel at the proper direction. There are stop positions at 30°, 45°,
60°, and 90°. If you have the bounce angle set to 90° sideways and 0° upwards
while shooting in the portrait position, you may need to use the built-in wide
panel to prevent dark areas at the top and bottom of the photo.
Flash Zoom: The flash unit can automatically switch the
flash coverage to cover a range of focal lengths from 24mm to 105mm. If desired,
you can manually set the flash coverage regardless of the focal length of the
lens you're using. The coverage can be manually set to 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm,
70mm, or 105mm. The flash coverage is determined according to the image sensor
size (APS-C/35mm format) of the camera.
Wide Panel: The HVL-F43M has a built-in wide panel that can
be pulled out when needed to cover focal lengths from 24mm to 15mm. This
prevents having darker areas on the periphery of the photos because of the
difference in light intensity. The wide panel is stored in the area above the
flash tube when not in use.
Bounce Sheet: When shooting portraits, the built-in bounce
sheet creates a highlight in the subject's eyes, making the subject look more
vibrant. The bounce sheet pulls out when you pull out the wide panel. You can
then push back the wide panel to use the bounce sheet. The bounce angle should
be set to 90° upwards.
Flash Compensation: When using a flash mode that supports
TTL (through-the-lens) metering, the flash intensity is automatically adjusted.
You can correct the automatically adjusted flash using Flash Compensation. You
can set the Flash Compensation values between -3.0 and +3.0 in steps of 0.5 or
Multiple Flash: In Manual mode, you can set the unit to
flash multiple times while the shutter is open. Multiple flash allows motion of
the subject to be captured in a single photograph for later analysis. You will
need to set the flash frequency (1 to 100 Hz), the number of flashes (2 to 100),
and power level (1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, or 1/128).
High-speed Sync: High-speed Sync (HSS) eliminates the
restrictions of flash sync speed and enables the flash to be used throughout the
entire shutter speed range of the camera. This allows you to shoot with a wide
aperture, leaving the background out of focus, and accentuating the front
subject. The HSS feature can be turned on or off in the Custom Settings.
Wireless Operation: The HVL-F43M can be used for wireless
flash photography in three possible ways:
- Off Camera Flash: The HVL-F43M is used as an off-camera
flash unit, controlled by the camera's built-in flash. The included
mini-stand can be used to hold the flash, allowing you to place it on a
table top or tripod.
- Controller: The F43M is used as the controller, and
another flash is the off-camera flash.
- Multiple Wireless Flash: Using the HVL-F43M as the
controller and a camera that supports lighting ratio control, you can control a
group of off-camera flash units, while controlling the lighting ratio between a
maximum of 3 groups.
Test Flash: The Test button illuminates amber when the flash
is charged and ready to fire. When the proper exposure is reached, it will
illuminate green. You can try a test-flash before shooting to check the light
level or check shadows.
Built-in LED Light: In addition to the flash, the F43M has a
built-in LED light for shooting video. The front-mounted white LED creates natural light and shadows,
letting you shoot movies indoors or in poorly-lighted
areas. The LED has a maximum intensity of approximately 400 lx at 1/2 meters (1'
7-3/4") or 100 lx at 1 meter (3' 3-3/8"). You can adjust the
brightness to one of ten levels.
AF Illuminator: The HVL-F43M has a built-in AF Illuminator
that will illuminate when the camera's shutter button is pressed halfway down
for auto focus, and the light on the subject is low. The AF Illuminator will
even operate when the flash is set to No Flash mode. The camera's AF Illuminator
will not operate when the flash's AF Illuminator is on. The AF Illuminator's
range is 1.64' to 19.68'.
Custom Settings: There are nine custom flash settings that
can be easily recalled when needed. These include HSS Setting (C01), Wireless
Channel Setting (C02), Wireless Controller Mode (C03), Recording Mode for
Manual/Multiple flash (C04), Test Flash setting (C05), Power Save setting (C06),
Wireless Flash Power Save settings (C07), Flash Range units (C08), and Power
Level Interval (C09).
Power Requirements: The HVL-F43M is powered by four Alkaline or Ni-MH "AA"
(not supplied). Fresh alkaline batteries provide enough power for more than 200
flashes. Fully-charged Ni-MH batteries (2100mAh) can power approximately 250
flashes or more. The batteries will also support continuous lighting of the LED
light for approximately 4 hours. A battery indicator on the data panel lets you
know the status of the battery charge.
Overheat Protection: The flash has Overheat Protection that
suspends operation until
the temperature of the unit falls back to normal. When overheating is detected,
the Power lamp flashes red at one-second intervals. You can also manually turn off
the flash unit for approximately 10 minutes to allow the unit to cool down.
- Flash at 0° (direct--no bounce): Width=2.941",
- Flash at 180° (bounce straight up): Width=2.941",
- Weight: 12.5 ounces (excluding batteries)