Sony HVL-F20M External Flash

Sony HVL-F20M External Flash

Sony HVL-F20M External Flash

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Sony ADI / P-TTL
  • Guide Number: 66' at ISO 100 and 50mm
  • Coverage: 27mm & 50mm (Full Frame)
  • Tilts Upwards 75°
  • Wireless TTL Controller
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-5 Seconds
  • Slow, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 2 AAA Batteries
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Sony HVL-F20M overview

  • 1Description

With a notably slim, compact design and ADI / P-TTL support, the HVL-F20M External Flash from Sony is ideal for those looking to add a little fill light to their images or for use as a wireless TTL controller for off-camera flash units without adding too much weight to their gear bag. It offers a modest guide number of 66' at ISO 100 and 50mm along with two coverage settings for 27mm or 50mm with full-frame sensors. Also, the unit can tilt the flashtube upward 75° for achieving softer, more diffuse bounce lighting.

For remote triggering of additional off-camera flash units, the HVL-F20M is able to work as a TTL controller. Also, it has slow, first and second curtain sync settings and will recycle in 0.1 to 5 seconds. Additionally, it runs on 2 AAA batteries and comes with a terminal protector cap and a carrying case.

This unit is compatible with Sony's Multi Interface Shoe and is not natively compatible with the older Sony/Minolta Auto-Lock Accessory Shoe. Though, with the use of ADP-AMA Shoe Adapter, Sony cameras with the Auto-Lock Accessory Shoe can be adapted to use Multi Interface Shoe external flashes with full compatibility.

Advance Distance Integration (ADI) flash metering works with cameras and lenses with distance encoders to more accurately balance flash output with ambient light and subject reflectivity by taking camera-to-subject distance into account
Effective range of 3.3 to 16.4' when used at ISO 100 and f/2.8
Battery life of approximately 90-150 flashes
White balance information is automatically transferred to the camera
Turn the flash on or off by simply raising or lowering the flash unit
Locking foot
Flash-ready indicator light
UPC: 027242866737
In the Box
Sony HVL-F20M External Flash
  • Terminal Protector Cap
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony HVL-F20M specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 65.62'  / 20 m ISO 100 at 50 mm Position
    Exposure Control TTL
    Angle of Coverage Wide-Angle Adapter: 74.3°
    46°
    Bounce Head +0 to +75°
    Swivel Head None
    Coverage 27 - 50 mm (Full Frame)
    Distance Range 3.28 to 16.40' (1 to 5 m) at f/2.8
    Off-Camera Terminal None
    Recycle Time Approximately 0.1 - 5 Seconds
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps) In-camera control
    Wireless Operation Method: Optical pulse
    Distance: Up to 16.40' / 5 m
    Power Source 2x AAA Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.4 x 4.5 x 0.9" / 61.0 x 114.3 x 22.9 mm
    Weight 3.70 oz / 105 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 4.6 x 2.3"

    Sony HVL-F20M reviews

    HVL-F20M External Flash is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 82.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Little Flash A very nice adjunct to the compact Sony A7 series -- if you got an A7 to go light and compact, this is a light and compact flash. It really does a very nice job -- surprisingly good given the size -- with bounce flash and as a fill flash. It works very nicely with eneloop rechargeable AAs. Biggest negative feature -- the on/off switch requires the flash be bent to be in the off position which makes little sense space-wise for the vast bulk of time the flash is off, i.e. stored. In part, because of this, for long terms I store the flash with the batteries removed. But this is a very small price for a flash that in some sense fits the minimal footprint/maximal feature philosophy of the A7 series.
    Date published: 2015-06-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Travel and Master Flash The construction quality is on par with the cost of this flash. Care must be taken to properly store the flash, preventing potential damage. However, the simplicity of operation and light quality generated from this flash is outstanding. The on/off switch is the orientation of the flash. Lay it flat and the flash is turned off. Stand it up and the flash is turned on. This is super simple, but does require the flash to be vertical to operate. The flash head does rotate, internally to allow direct or bounce flash and includes an internal optional diffuser. This flash also works as a great master for remote flashes, but with some lag between flashes. The lag will not affect architectural photos, but could affect animals and people. Most will blink their eyes on the first flash and second flash will capture the image with eyes closed. Get a radio trigger if photographing animals or people.
    Date published: 2015-01-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great pair with Sony A7 Great flash paired with my A7. The size is small and I can easily slip it in the compartment in my bag. The only lack of this flash is that I can use it only when taking picture horizontally, but while the A7 in vertical, I can't tilt the flash to bouce upwards to the ceiling.
    Date published: 2015-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent product! I bought this flash because I have the Sony 18-200 lens with a NEX-6 and the lens is so big that the flash incorporated with the camera makes a shadow. I only use it for personal photograph. So after some time with this flash I can say that has exceptional power, the height is ideal for any lens. No way can you make a shadow even with full zoom. It has two modes, direct and bounce. And it also has a removable filter. Only two thing I'm not totally satisfied: 1- It uses two AAA batteries. The flash I had with the NEX-5 used the battery from the camera so I didn't have to carry any additional chargers. 2- Size is pretty big compared with the flash I used in the NEX-5.
    Date published: 2014-02-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much more useful than expected I bought this flash thinking I would use it to control a bigger flash for wireless TTL. However, this little flash has proven far more useful by itself than I imagined. I really like the small size, but I was skeptical of the capacity of a flash powered by two AAA batteries. So far, the number of flashes has been more than acceptable, and carrying a couple of extra rechargeable AAA batts is no problem. The biggest surprise was the bounce capability. I've had small flashes with nominal guide number ratings similar to this, and the bounce was of very little use. This one does quite well in a home with 8' to 10' ceilings. The only thing which keeps this from 5 stars is the price. Granted, the dedication features and the design are great, but it is a little steep for a flash of this power
    Date published: 2015-01-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great for fill flash Small, compact and adds just right touch of light in the shadows. Uses easy to find AAA batteries. Cons: Awkward 'off' position; sometimes gets in the on position when in the bag if moved around. No flash test button a flash costing this much should have one. Difficult to tell when in the 'tele or WA position. Not that here's a lot of difference between the two positions that I could tell. But all in all worth the money.
    Date published: 2015-07-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from a simple flash that works a simple flash that works! i had low expectation from this device however i had surprised from the good results. goon money value. don't like the on/off switch feels fragile. my gear: a6000 + Sony T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
    Date published: 2015-11-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Acceptable performance but not great The pros: -Light and well-balanced for small cameras. -Takes AAA batteries -Reasonably priced. -works well as an add-on to the camera's internal flash for fill flash. The cons: -It's fairly limited/weak power. -the on/off switch being the folding hot-shoe is akward. Prefered an on/off switch. -Hot-shoe filmsy connection. -Difficult to attach diffusers.
    Date published: 2015-09-14
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