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HVL-F58AM Digital Camera Flash for Sony Alpha Series
 
4.9

(based on 44 reviews)

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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)

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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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    • No

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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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        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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                        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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