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Sony HVL-F60M External Flash

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Product Highlights
  • Dedicated Flash and Video Light
  • 90' Effective Range and Guide Number 60
  • High Speed Synchronization Mode
  • Quick Navi and Large Dot Matrix LCD
  • Stroboscopic Lighting Control
  • Wireless Ratio Control
  • Automatic Focal Length Adjustments
  • Auto White Balance Compensation
  • Flash Compensation Operation
  • Advanced Distance Integration

The Sony HVL-F60M External Flash is designed for both photographers and videographers, with dedicated flash and a continuous LED video light. HVL-F60M delivers high-illumination output with an effective range of more than 90' (28 m) and guide number 60. High Speed Synchronization mode enables the flash to sync with shutter speeds from 1/500 to 1/4000 of a second to catch fast-moving subjects.

The built-in LED video light allows users to check and adjust the light and shadow conditions before shooting still images or movies. Other advanced features include automatic focal length adjustments, auto white balance compensation, flash compensation and advanced distance integration.

High-Illumination Output
HVL-F60M has an effective range of more than 90' (28 m) and guide number 60. Guide number measures the illumination capability of the flash; the higher the number, the higher the light output. Tested at ISO 100, 105mm.
LED Video Light
The LED video light has a maximum luminance of 1200 lux (0.5m), with a max illuminating distance of approximately 6.5' (2m) at ISO 3200, f/5.6.
High-Speed Synchronization
Many flashes only work well at shutter speeds synced by the camera – for example – from 1/125 to 1/250 of a second. HVL-F60M features a High Speed Synchronization mode that enables the flash to sync with shutter speeds from 1/500 to 1/4000 of a second to catch fast-moving subjects.
Quick Navi and Large Dot Matrix LCD
Quick Navi control is the intuitive user interface from Sony Alpha camera bodies. 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.
Stroboscopic Lighting Control
Stroboscopic lighting fires multiple times during a single exposure, allowing customers to capture stroboscopic images, where moving subjects are frozen several times.
Wireless Ratio Control
Wireless Ratio Control enables control of up to three groups of flashes and allows users to specify the luminosity ratio for each group.
Automatic Focal Length Adjustments
HVL-F60M automatically adjusts flash relative to focal length settings, from 24mm to 105mm. A built-in, slide-out wide-angle panel increases wide-angle coverage to 15mm.
Auto White Balance Compensation
Auto White Balance compensation allows for more accurate white balance in flash photography. Color temperature information is sent from the HVL-F60M to the camera, where it is incorporated into the camera's white balance settings.
Flash Compensation Operation
When used with the SLT-A99V and NEX-6 camera bodies, the flash compensation settings can be operated by the flash unit, in addition to the settings made with camera body.
Advanced Distance Integration
Advanced Distance Integration metering enables HVL-F60M to work more effectively with lenses equipped with distance encoders, combining TTL flash metering with guide number control.
Modeling Light Capability
Modeling light capability allows 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.
Built-in Diffuser
Using a built-in diffuser reduces glare and softens light. It can also lessen unnatural multiple shadows.
Color Conversion Filter
The color conversion filter changes the color temperature to about 3,200K at maximum brightness.
Slide-Out Bounce Sheet
HVL-F60M features a slide-out bounce sheet built into the flash head, which can be used in portraits and other bounced light shots to direct light toward the subject.
Dust and Moisture Resistant Design
The body, LCD panel, the mounting foot and key joints in the unit's exterior are weather sealed.
Mini-Stand
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. The stand folds up for easy storage.
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 91' (27.74 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, +90° to -10°
Swivel Head Yes, 180°
Recycle Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Flash-ready Indicator Not Specified By Manufacturer
Wireless Communication Channels Not Specified By Manufacturer
Wireless Groups Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Source 4x AA Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
Sony HVL-F60M External Flash
  • Bounce Adaptor
  • Color Conversion Filter
  • Built-in Diffuser
  • Shoe Adaptor (ADP-AMA)
  • Mini Stand
  • Carrying Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyHVL-F60M External Flash
     
    4.1

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    82%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (13)
    • Fast recycling (11)
    • Versatile (11)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Consistent output (8)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (7)
    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Fill flash (12)
    • General purpose (12)
    • Portraits (10)
    • Night photography (9)
    • Photojournalism (5)
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    Versatile flash with many fuctions

    SONY HVL-F60M is a huge flash. It looks slightly comical and feels a bit unruly on the A7. With this said, the flash functions very well. The color is true and shot to...Read complete review

    SONY HVL-F60M is a huge flash. It looks slightly comical and feels a bit unruly on the A7. With this said, the flash functions very well. The color is true and shot to shot recycling rate is respectable. It has an very useful cobra head design allowing the flash to bent 90 degree sideways for portraits. It has a build in bounce card and includes a large diff-user. The bounce mode works well and produces pleasing diffused light for portraits. The build quality top notch and is the same quality as the very best of the other OEMs (Cannon, Nikon came to mind). It has an integrated video light which I didn't test. The flash has multiple operational modes including HSS (high speed sync). I found the menu layout to be intuitive and user friendly. I was able to start using it without reading the manual.

    I have read a large number of reviews regarding overheating issue with this flash. I have not experienced this problem on my unit. I tried a number of times to duplicate this issue but wasn't able to. I have set the flash on manual mode in maximum setting and fired away in a dark room. I have put in as much as 50-60 shots back to back without the dreaded overheating icon. Not sure if SONY has changed the design in later batch of this flash. I used Eneloop rechargable cells if that makes difference.

    In general, this is a nice flash with a wealth of options. I am not sure if this is a perfect match for A7 since it is so large. That however, is not a fault of the flash.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Worser than the older HVLF58AM

    Sony did a poor job of changing the hot shoe. The added connections are a plus, but the physical mount is weak. This flash does not even have a metal foot, it is...Read complete review

    Sony did a poor job of changing the hot shoe. The added connections are a plus, but the physical mount is weak. This flash does not even have a metal foot, it is made of hardened plastic. Canon, Nikon, Metz flashes have metal foots. After a month of using my A99 and this HVLF60M flash, the foot (on the flash unit itself), that attaches to the hot shoe had cracked. I had to call Sony parts & service and the replacement foot costs $[$]+ shipping. The weight of this large flash unit is too heavy for the new hot shoe mount. My older HVLF58AM flashes never had this problem and they were put through the same wear, except for 3 years long.The Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 TTL is half the price of this HVLF60M, but has a real metal foot.My older HVLF58AM also overheated much less than this newer unit. I regularly shoot both flashes at the maximum power or half power, because I always use the bounce flash off of ceilings. This new flash will overheat in about 10 minutes and you will have to wait 5-10 minutes for it to cool down and re-enable. The newer flash overheats 2x or more quicker than the older flash at the same max settings and frequencies, and the new flash takes longer to turn back on.There is a LED video light on this, but I much prefer LED lite panels over this.This new HVLF60M also has a snap on diffuser, and on it are metal pins with a magnetic sensor on the flash. I expect that it is for future colored gels and different tyes of diffusers. Hoping for the third parties to figure out the magnetic coding, and make flash accessories for this flash.Ony 1 star because I bought this flash to use at weddings, expected it to perform at a wedding reception dinner indoors, but it kept overheating on me. It's fustrating.

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    4.0

    Works well

    By Dave

    from Atlanta

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

      Works well for off camera flash

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      3.0

      Good Flash BUT.....

      By John C

      from New Jersey

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

            I use this SONY flash for my SONY A99 since I do not want to deal with third-party compatibility issues.

            The only problem I have encountered with this flash is that the shoe mounting lever is flimsy. The locking button on the lever broke within a few days of use and so the flash would slip out of the shoe. Although B&H made good on a replacement (new flash returned in short time), I now use a velcro-type tie wrap around the mounting for "safety".

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            4.0

            Decent flash

            By atKC

            from new york, ny

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

              If purchased with the bundle, it is definitely worth buying. It helps illuminate subjects and diffuse light with the tilting flash head since the a7/r lacks an in-camera flash.

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              5.0

              Great feature set

              By PVC

              from Mesa, AZ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

              This flash has tremendous range and intelligence. Leave HSS on and shoot at whatever aperture you want. It gets it right nearly every time. It knows when you have the diffuser on and adjusts for it. I've never had a TTL flash with this precision before. The built in LED light is such a nice bonus and the luminosity of it is adjustable. Sony provides an orange filter for daylight look as well as an adapter for older Minolta style shoe.

              I tried to get it to overheat because of the bad reviews I had seen. Yes it will but it took 50 full power flashes to do it every ten seconds. That sounds reasonable to me.

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              4.0

              The flagship flash for Sony A7

              By mcsquared

              from Palo Alto, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful Output
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Design Considerations
              • Design Flaws

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use

              Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

              I ordered this as part of a kit with the A7. It has a very clever design, and decent customizability. Here are the things I didn't expect:

              1) It doesn't include tungsten and florescent diffusers, as Nikons do.
              2) It can't pivot perpendicular to the focal plane. This limits your options to bounce.
              3) The diffuser doesn't fit in the main case, even if you left it on the flash, instead it comes with its own add-on case that can get a little awkward.

              Otherwise, it's effective on all fronts. I'm quite happy to no longer have to manually meter flash shots on my Sony.

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              5.0

              Sony Hvl-F60m external Flash

              By WRN

              from New Jersey

              Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

              Excellent flash for use with Sony iIce7r. Looking forward to giving it a long work out during 2014.

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              5.0

              Versatile flash with many fuctions

              By DR. JS

              from Princeton, NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

              SONY HVL-F60M is a huge flash. It looks slightly comical and feels a bit unruly on the A7. With this said, the flash functions very well. The color is true and shot to shot recycling rate is respectable. It has an very useful cobra head design allowing the flash to bent 90 degree sideways for portraits. It has a build in bounce card and includes a large diff-user. The bounce mode works well and produces pleasing diffused light for portraits. The build quality top notch and is the same quality as the very best of the other OEMs (Cannon, Nikon came to mind). It has an integrated video light which I didn't test. The flash has multiple operational modes including HSS (high speed sync). I found the menu layout to be intuitive and user friendly. I was able to start using it without reading the manual.

              I have read a large number of reviews regarding overheating issue with this flash. I have not experienced this problem on my unit. I tried a number of times to duplicate this issue but wasn't able to. I have set the flash on manual mode in maximum setting and fired away in a dark room. I have put in as much as 50-60 shots back to back without the dreaded overheating icon. Not sure if SONY has changed the design in later batch of this flash. I used Eneloop rechargable cells if that makes difference.

              In general, this is a nice flash with a wealth of options. I am not sure if this is a perfect match for A7 since it is so large. That however, is not a fault of the flash.

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              5.0

              Great flash

              By Doboy

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Casual Photographer

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              Pros

              • Powerful Output

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • General Use

              Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

              While there are many negative reviews on this Sony flash due to overheating problems, I have not experienced this on the A7R. Ran a simple test of approx 75 flash shots in a darken room within 4 min span and did not experience overheating. Batteries were generic dollar store varieties. It's a bit large for the A7R, but only one offered with current stack promotion.
              LED video light is a nice added feature.

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              2.0

              Too hot to handle

              By Doublehamm

              from Shakopee MN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Heavy
              • Overheats
              • Slow Recycling

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                When this flash works, it works great, but don't expect to get a lot of photos from it. I first purchased the HVL-F60M a few weeks back. I only did one "shoot" with it, which was for my newborn nephew. In 3.5 hours, trying as hard as I could I only was able to capture 73 photos with the flash (about 1 photo every 3 minutes average) because I spent the majority of the time waiting for the darn thing to not be overheated. It never felt warm to me (batteries or flash) but kept displaying the error. So I returned that flash out of frustration.I decided to give the HVL-F43M a try, as it still had sufficient power for anything I needed photo wise. I was also interested in getting it to work as an off camera flash. Well this ended up pretty much being a no brainer! Let's see. 2 Flashes for the same price of the overheating HVL-F60M. Now I came home, popped in fresh batteries and gave it the best stress test I could do. In 35 minutes, I snapped 362 photos with the HVL-F20M on the camera, and the HVL-F43M sitting elsewhere in the room. FINALLY after my finger was getting sore did the HVL-F43M give me the overheated warning (HVL-F20M still seemed to want to keep trucking). Batteries still seem to be sufficient in both flashes after letting sit to cool, so that is another plus. Let's see - 1 photo every 3 minutes, or about 10 photos a minute? I will take this super combo, thank you! I am not sure why their "flagship" monster flash (HVL-F60M) cannot stay cool. Actually I think it stays cool but I feel maybe the sensor is bad and it seems to be a common issue with this flash. When I put my hand on the top of the flash it is perfectly cool and if I take out the batteries they are not even warm. But alas, I cannot use the flash with the giant thermometer telling me to slow down. About 10 minutes into the HVL-F43M stress test the bulb and batteries were very warm to the touch but the warning never came on until much MUCH later. I hope Sony fixes this issue soon as I still have high hopes for this flash if and ONLY if you could use it as a professional workhorse! The video light is alright on this flash, at least from an all-in-one standpoint if you need something quick. I have some nice LED panels so I won't miss that too much, just the convenience if you really needed it. One final note - as I was really mainly stress testing HVL-F43M, the only "ready" light I paid attention to was the HVL-F43M. Quite often I never let the HVL-F20M CHG light light up (meaning I was firing it at reduced strength) and EVERY time it was still strong enough to set off my HVL-F43M. I understand this seems to be a review of 3 different flashes, and really it is, but I hope this helps you decide the best choice for you!

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                3.0

                Not a Fan

                By Blackriver

                from Sacramento, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Bulky
                • Heavy
                • Overheats Too Quickly

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                I'm a big fan of what Sony has been doing the past few years since enterin the DLSR market. This flash would be another star in their cap if it only worked. I understand flashguns by their nature have a tendancy to overheat but this is just silly. IMO they should one, either do what Nikon did with the SB900/910 and allow the flash to fire at lower power when it starts to heat up rather than just shut down or two, allow you to set a power limit. ie. tell the flash to not go above a certain power.

                As it stands anytime you shoot TTL and the flash fires at full power it will overheat in litterally mintues and even faster depending on the ambient temperature. I've had it overheat on me in about a dozen shots before.

                Aside from the overheating issues the flash is a gem but that one flaw is a deal breaker.

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                5.0

                Good

                By W

                from Sf

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                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 Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                  Pretty good

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                  5.0

                  HVL-F60M External Flash by Sony

                  By speedy

                  from detroit michigan

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                    indoor still photography
                    powerful flash and led video
                    everything is great

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                    3.0

                    Overheats quickly!

                    By Arafet

                    from Tunisia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Fast Recycling
                    • Powerful Output

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                      I am using this flash with my A77 via the shoe adapter supplied, mainly for indoor shooting.
                      I love the bouncer included and how automatically the flash will change settings when you mount the bouncer on it. Also the LED lighting is cool feature for DSLR video shooting, which also comes with 3200k converter.
                      The main problem with this flash, is overheating! sadly, it overheats if you are using the flash continuously for 20 shots or so, then you will have to wait 10 minutes to cool down which is also not welcome!
                      The new hot shoe mount is made of plastic, although it seems hard plastic, a metal shoe will be much more appreciated.

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                      5.0

                      WOW

                      By Greg O

                      from NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      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 Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                        This flash dose it all.

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                        5.0

                        Great Flash

                        By Nate

                        from North Carolina

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Powerful Output
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                            This flash mounted onto the a99 is great. There is a very slight wobble but i don't foresee it to cause too many issues. The bottom foot is plastic with the pins might have been better build if it was medal. Not sure how they would have incorporated the pins with a metal foot though. Forget about what you hear about other reviews mentioning that it does not have a pc sync cord. Either it was overlooked because it is hidden or they do not own this unit. The PC Sync is located on the bottom left side, next to the IR light. It is not labeled but there is a tab that comes off. The LED light is excellent and bright! Use this more often than i would have thought. includes a diffuser and a converter for the hotshot. I would recommend this flash unit. ** I have not experienced overheating but I have not put it under strenuous conditions.

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                            5.0

                            Amazing

                            By Jakub

                            from Clarks Summit, PA

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Interchange W Adapter

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                            I have only had F60M for two weeks so I cannot speak on all options. The different way the head swivels is wonderful, easy to operate and reduces side shadow. The included diffusion/bounce dome is fantastic. I photographed orchids at the NY Botanical Garden and the light was so soft, with little effort I was able to make the flash light unnoticeable. Menus are easy to navigate, manual overrides easy to find and understand. That's a huge step forward from the older Sony units. The new hotshoe that requires an (included) adapter for older Alpha models is something to complain about. The A99 has it's own adapter for older flashes - it's a mess, at least it feels that way at first. To me it's the price of progress and I got over it. Over all I am very impressed.

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                            1.0

                            Worser than the older HVLF58AM

                            By Q3photo

                            from Huntington Beach, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Pros

                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                                  Sony did a poor job of changing the hot shoe. The added connections are a plus, but the physical mount is weak. This flash does not even have a metal foot, it is made of hardened plastic. Canon, Nikon, Metz flashes have metal foots. After a month of using my A99 and this HVLF60M flash, the foot (on the flash unit itself), that attaches to the hot shoe had cracked. I had to call Sony parts & service and the replacement foot costs $[$]+ shipping. The weight of this large flash unit is too heavy for the new hot shoe mount. My older HVLF58AM flashes never had this problem and they were put through the same wear, except for 3 years long.The Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 TTL is half the price of this HVLF60M, but has a real metal foot.My older HVLF58AM also overheated much less than this newer unit. I regularly shoot both flashes at the maximum power or half power, because I always use the bounce flash off of ceilings. This new flash will overheat in about 10 minutes and you will have to wait 5-10 minutes for it to cool down and re-enable. The newer flash overheats 2x or more quicker than the older flash at the same max settings and frequencies, and the new flash takes longer to turn back on.There is a LED video light on this, but I much prefer LED lite panels over this.This new HVLF60M also has a snap on diffuser, and on it are metal pins with a magnetic sensor on the flash. I expect that it is for future colored gels and different tyes of diffusers. Hoping for the third parties to figure out the magnetic coding, and make flash accessories for this flash.Ony 1 star because I bought this flash to use at weddings, expected it to perform at a wedding reception dinner indoors, but it kept overheating on me. It's fustrating.

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                                  5.0

                                  Love it.

                                  By Adam

                                  from San Antonio, TX

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                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Fast Recycling
                                  • Powerful Output

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                                      replaced the 58 for this one to take advantage of the "new" hot shoe. No regrets.

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                                      4.0

                                      Great Flash , but...

                                      By fei

                                      from ma

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                                      Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                                      but sometime easy to overheat

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                                      4.0

                                      Pricey but versatile

                                      By MHM

                                      from NYC

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                          Comments about Sony HVL-F60M External Flash:

                                          It does just about everything, I'm just starting to explore with some different lighting effects and this has it all. Was iffy about getting an "all in one" type of flash/light but both seem to perform great. The one thing it lacks is a pc port which is needed for my wireless fire setup.

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                                          Batteries & Power

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                                          Required item: Batteries are not included, and are required to power your flash.

                                          Varta -  High-Energy 1.5 V AA E91 Alkaline Battery - 4 Pk
                                          • You Pay: $1.23
                                           
                                          Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                                          • You Pay: $14.50
                                           

                                          Flash Diffusers

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                                          Vello -  Universal Bounce Diffuser
                                          • You Pay: $9.95
                                           

                                          Softboxes

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                                          Vello -  Fabric Softbox for Portable Flash (Medium)
                                          • You Pay: $29.95
                                           

                                          Bouncers

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                                          Vello -  Light Bouncer Kit for Portable Flashes
                                          • You Pay: $14.95
                                           

                                          Reflectors

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                                          Vello -  5" Snoot/Reflector for Portable Flash
                                          • You Pay: $22.50
                                           

                                          Flash Mounting

                                          Vello -  Compact Shoe Stand for Universal Shoe Mount Accessories
                                          • You Pay: $7.95
                                           

                                          Sync Cords & Flash Remotes

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                                          Sony -  FA-MC1AM Off-Camera Flash Cable
                                          • You Pay: $44.95
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