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Sony HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series

B&H # SOHVLF58AM Mfr # HVL-F58AM
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Product Highlights
  • Guide No. 190'/58 m at 105mm
  • Wireless Ratio Control

The Sony HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash is Sony's flagship flash unit, and provides Sony Alpha camera users with a host of powerful and professional features. It features an effective range of more than 45' (14.5 m) and a guide number of 190'/58 m (at 105mm), and a fast, five-second recharge time.

The HVL-F58AM can also wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes, and Wireless Ratio Control allows you to assign ratios for each group separately. The Quick Shift Bounce system allows the flash to orbit 90° left and right, allowing you to maintain horizontal light distribution even when shooting vertically. Other useful features are: ADI metering, auto white balance, auto zoom and high-speed sync.

It is the perfect flash for formal portraits, weddings and special events, still-life photography, hobby shots and more.

Auto WB Adjustment
The Auto WB adjusts the white balance automatically, with color temperature information signaled to the Alpha camera before WB is adjusted.
High-Speed Sync
The HVL-F58AM flash unit provides High-Speed Synchronization (HSS) mode that enables flash sync with shutter speeds from 1/500 to 1/4000 of a second to catch fast-moving subjects.
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.
Wireless Ratio Control
Wireless Ratio Control allows the user to wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes, and to specify the power ratio for each group, to allow for multiple-flash lighting techniques without the need for special equipment or tedious exposure settings.
Fast Recharge
This flash recharges approximately 55% faster than the previous Sony high-end accessory flash (HVL-F56AM). And because it features a quiet recycle charge, there's no whine to distract them from their subject.
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 190' (57.91 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Angle of Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
Vari-Power Not Specified By Manufacturer
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, -10° to +90°
Swivel Head Yes, 180°
Coverage 24 mm - 105 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Recycle Time Approximately 5 - 6 seconds
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.0 x 5.8 x 4.2" / 7.6 x 14.7 x 10.7 cm
Weight 15.6 oz / 442 g
Sony HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series
  • Case
  • Mini Stand
  • 1-Year Sony U.S.A. Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series
     
    4.9

    (based on 44 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (40)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (36)
    • Easy to use (24)
    • Consistent output (20)
    • Fast recycling (17)
    • Durable (12)

    Cons

    • Heavy (9)
    • Heavy / bulky (8)

    Best Uses

    • Fill flash (18)
    • Portraits (16)
    • General purpose (14)
    • Night photography (12)
    • Outdoor events / games (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (29)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (10), Film professional (6), Tech savvy (4), Pro photographer (3)

    Reviewed by 44 customers

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    5.0

    Dynamite Comes in Small Packages

    By Roger

    from Lebanon, IN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Recycling
    • Powerful Output
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Photojournalism

      Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

      This flash is very compact. The flash zoom is internal which adds to the compactness. It has good recycle time and plenty of punch.

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      4.0

      Nice and big !

      By Kolia

      from Columbus, Ohio

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Powerful Output

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

      This is my first "real" flash.

      Just learning all of its features, I'm so far very happy with it.

      Very powerfull, I used it to take some portraits indoor using my 105mm lens and it easily fills the room.

      The wireless function is very easy to use. Pretty much every thing is straight forward.

      I use it with an a65

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      5.0

      The best flash for my Sony A77

      By Photography.Kinare

      from New York

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful Output

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • Portraits

        Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

        I bought this flash for my Sony A77 and it worked great. It is bright enough to light up a wide angle shot in a small hall with some ambient light. I was pleased with the fast recharge, and good color balance. I love this flash!

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        5.0

        Makes a great camera greater

        By Miami Jay

        from Miami Beach, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast Recycling
        • Powerful Output

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

        The HVL-F58AM does for flash photography what the NEX-7 has done for photography: makes a great photograph-taking experience even greater. It extends the range of the camera's flash significantly and, using its bounce features, virtually eliminates distracting shadows from the rear of your subject. Very well made, too. The only caveat: it is really big and will add quite a bit of heft to the system. But given the results you can get used to it.

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        5.0

        Perfect Alpha Flash

        By Zajac Images

        from Bloomingdale NJ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful Output
        • Rotating flash
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

          Great for all flash needs - portraits to events.

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          • No

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          5.0

          It's so easy to use

          By Clints Dreamography

          from Cedar City, UT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

          I am an outdoor photographer and never use a flash but this year I have expanded my buisness to do family and individual portraits. This flash is amazing. I have an A900 and it communicates perfectly, you can bounce it off of anything indoors and fills in shadows even when its bright outside. I was very stand offish to buy this because I dont know how to use a flash, but this is very easy to use. Well worth the money.

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          5.0

          Great Flash!

          By MNC Productions

          from Connecticut

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Not Interchangeable

          Best Uses

          • Anything
          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

          Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

          Great flash. Accept nothing less.

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          5.0

          I would buy this again

          By Bamagirl

          from Raleigh, NC

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

            I really like this flash. It has a sturdy feel to it and fits nicely on the camera. This flash also has a nice feel to it without being to heavy . I was glad I went ahead and paid the extra dollars for a longer flash distance.

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            5.0

            dazzling flash

            By Snidely J

            from Florida

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Recycling
            • Powerful Output
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • Night Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

              very functional and easy to use. The results are very good, better than with any flash I have ever owned. The head is so flexible for bouncing and using eihter horizontally or vertically. Time will tell, but at this point I am thrilled with the flash.

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              5.0

              Amazing flash

              By cel

              from sydney

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Night Photography

                Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

                Use it at events, very consistent and perfect for portrait photos

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                5.0

                Best I ever had

                By Stan

                from Houston,TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Powerful Output

                Cons

                • Bulky
                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

                  I own an Alfa 700.Mostly I used Metz flashes.I admit Metz is very good but for Sony camera F58 is the best.After first shooting day I was stunned.Almost no shadow behind and perfect white balance. Camera and flash perfectly balance together.Is a bit on the heavy side.It doesn't take a lithium batteries I guess I will go with the rechargeable anyway.

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                  5.0

                  Sonys Super Flash

                  By AC

                  from San Mateo, CA.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                  • Commander
                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

                  Awesome by its self and extremely good as a commander to remote Flash's like my 38. It's the only way to get above 1/200th of second to a Remote flash and so now I am complete.

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                  5.0

                  Powerful and easy to use

                  By David

                  from Greenville, SC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

                      I bought this to use in conjuntion with my HVL 42's for manual wireless off camera setup's. Which it does really well thanks to the Minolta/Sony wireless system using the onboard camera flash as a trigger. When used by itself on camera the TTL works beautifully. I especially like the way it will twist and swivel for portrait shots, which allows it to work well with the Sony verical grip.

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                      5.0

                      Great Flash!

                      By Doug In KC

                      from Kansas City, MO

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Powerful Output

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

                        Well worth the money.

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                        5.0

                        best flash I ever owned.

                        By M.W.

                        from Van Nuys, ca.

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful Output
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

                          I've used many flashes in my career and since making my switch from Nikon equipment to Sony I continue to be shocked at the quality of Sony's pro line. This flash communicates with my a900 like nothing else out there. The swivel options blown any other brand out of the water. You will bouncing this thing off any place you like. I have purposely tried to trip it up and it just makes no mistakes. It's scary. Get the extension off camera cord too. Walk around with this in your hand and see what it will give you if you have a alpha camera. I am not a flash guy but sometimes I just need it. But this thing makes me want to use it when I normally would natural light it. Worth it, worth it, worth it.

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                          5.0

                          Good Product

                          By Muhammad Khan

                          from Woodbridge, NJ

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Powerful Output

                          Cons

                          • Bulky
                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

                          I am a beginner, and had absolutely no idea about what I was doing or why I was buying the flash. All I knew, that it was the best sony flash, so i bought it. I have learned many things along my everyday photography adventures and have discovered new ways of using the flash. The flash makes a huge difference in terms of the quality. I mean it really does make a HUGE DIFFERENCE. I would definitely recommend this flash for any type of user. its a bit pricey but hey its Sony. it was well worth it for me.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Flash

                          By JJN

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Powerful Output

                          Cons

                          • none

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

                          Very versatile, built in wireless.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Extremely Good buy

                          By deosat

                          from West Caldwell, NJ

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful Output
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

                          Sony has made a very good flash and its features are very good. The best part is the different angles that the flash truns sideways as well as backward.

                          More important is also the experience of buying it from B&H.

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                          5.0

                          Great Flash

                          By Ty Bookman

                          from San Bernardino, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Powerful Output

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

                            This is my second HVL-F58AM. My plan is to be mobile and light weight when photgraphing events. I love the ADI setting on these flash units; very difficult to take an overexposed photograph. Sony has produced a great product for the Alpha.

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                            5.0

                            As good as it gets.

                            By Foxy

                            from WV

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful Output
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • none

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • Group Photos
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series:

                            The way the head rotates allows me to use the bounce flash not only horizontally but vertically as well.

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