Sony HVL-F43M External Flash

Sony HVL-F43M External Flash

Sony HVL-F43M External Flash

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Sony ADI / P-TTL
  • Guide Number: 141' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (15mm with Panel)
  • Quick Shift Bounce for 90° L/R Pivot
  • Tilts from -8 to 150°
  • Wireless TTL Ratio Controller/Remote
  • LED Light with 400 lux Output at 1.6'
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-5 Seconds
  • Slow, High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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Sony HVL-F43M overview

  • 1Description

Expand your shooting possibilities with the advanced HVL-F43M External Flash from Sony which offers complete ADI / P-TTL support, Quick Shift Bounce technology, and wireless TTL ratio control. The flash offers a powerful guide number of 141' at ISO 100 and 105mm as well as a zoom head with a range of 24-105mm on full-frame cameras. This coverage can be extended to 15mm with use of the built-in wide-angle diffusion panel. Also, the Quick Shift Bounce system is implemented in this model which enables 90° pivot both left and right for keeping the flash head and LCD panel properly oriented, even when shooting vertically. Tilt is possible as well with an excellent range from -8 to +150°.

Wireless TTL is possible as both a controller or as a remote flash and the HVL-F43M has the option for ratio control, allowing users to control the output levels of 3 different flash groups (A, B, C) in relation to one another. This unit also features an LED light with an output of 1200 lux at 1.6', which makes this flash extremely useful to shooters constantly switching between stills and video. General shooting settings include slow, high-speed, first and second curtain sync as well as a recycle time of 0.1 to 5 seconds, depending on the power setting. Additionally, it runs on 4 AA batteries and comes with a terminal protector cap, mini-stand, and 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
Multiple flash setting with frequency of 1-100 Hz with bursts of 2-100 flashes
LED light has 10 levels of output intensity
Wireless flash ratio control has settings of 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and off
Wireless control over three groups
Four wireless channels available
Dust and moisture resistant design
LCD panel with control dial
Auto zoom function will recognize and adjust for sensor size
Modeling flash settings at either 2 Hz three times or 40 Hz for 4 seconds
Color temperature of approximately 5500K
AF assist light
Power saving mode
Flash-ready indicator light
Manual flash control from 1/1 to 1/128 power in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Battery life of about 200-250 flashes
Locking hot shoe
UPC: 027242866744
In the Box
Sony HVL-F43M External Flash
  • Terminal Protector Cap
  • Mini-Stand
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sony HVL-F43M specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 141.08'  / 43 m ISO 100 at 105 mm Position
    Angle of Coverage 84° - 23.3°
    Wide-Angle Adapter: 110°
    Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/128
    Bounce Head -8 to +150°
    Swivel Head 180°
    Coverage 15 - 105 mm (Full Frame)
    Distance Range 3.28 to 34.45' (1 to 10.5 m)
    Zoom Head Full Frame: 24 - 105 mm
    Off-Camera Terminal None
    Recycle Time Approximately 0.1 - 5 Seconds
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
    Wireless Operation Method: Optical pulse
    Distance: Up to 16.40' / 5 m
    Wireless Communication Channels 4 Channels
    Wireless Groups 3 Groups
    Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.0 x 5.5 x 3.4" / 75.0 x 140.0 x 87.0 mm
    Weight 12.52 oz / 355 g without batteries
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.2 x 5.8 x 4.5"

    Sony HVL-F43M reviews

    HVL-F43M External Flash is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 55.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works but NOT with Sony A65 I bought this flash to work with my Sony A65. The A65 has an older style connector. I am able to use the remote trigger/wireless feature but the on camera integration does not work. I called B&H and the rep said it would work with an adapter which I bought but while the flash does attach with the adapter it does not communicate with the camera or let me use this flash in place of the built in flash. I like the flash and did extensive research before buying. However there is little to no information about compatibility. I plan to keep the flash but regret buying it and then spending money on an adapter that did not solve my problem.
    Date published: 2014-07-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flexible, simple. Although I primarily shoot in natural light and have very little experience with flash photography, I will say that I am very pleased with this purchase. It makes an a7 extremely top heavy, but that's to be expected with such a small camera. The settings, though I'm sure basic, were very easy to get the hang of, and the bounce sheet was an absolute lifesaver when used for an outdoor wedding reception. After shooting for several hours, it barely even started to get warm--don't worry about it overheating. My only complaint is that the lock mechanism does not work at all. It could just be an issue with mine in particular, but I learned very quickly to beware of tilt, as it will slide off without hesitation.
    Date published: 2014-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works for Me This flash unit works great on my Sony a7. The locking mechanism feels solid and there is no wobble when it's on the camera. It is quite bright and has no trouble lighting up most of my scenes. The built-in bounce card is very useful. The one thing I wish it had is radio wireless triggering. Since my a7 doesn't have a built-in flash, I'd have to buy another one of these to trigger it optically, and that's a lot of cash to drop. Also, you can't use the video light and the flash at the same time...which would be nice for manual focusing in low light.
    Date published: 2014-01-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of features Almost as large as the A6000. Quite impressive when mounted on the camera. Disappointed that A6000 in P mode selects same exposure settings when using low power popup flash as when using much more powerful HVL-F43M. I was hoping the A6000 was smart enough to adjust exposure based on GN of flash.
    Date published: 2015-05-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice medium flash for sony Very happy with this purchase flash works well. I like having the flexibility of having the video light if you need one although I have not needed it yet. The flash is not huge so it does not completely weigh down the camera which would defeat the purpose of purchasing this lighter weigh camera.
    Date published: 2016-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Workhorse! Very tough to get this flash to overheat! Very consistent performance! 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 okay 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 use this 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!
    Date published: 2013-11-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from flash has good and bad points. Good: very versatile. Bad: pull out diffuser broke the third time I used it.
    Date published: 2016-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Upgrade from the HVL-F43AM I use this mainly as an on-camera flash with my Sony A7 camera, and it works wonderfully. It is a bit large on the A7's compact body, but it serves its purpose nicely. The LED light is also a nice touch that the HVL-F43AM lacked and comes in handy when shooting video. The articulating head works wonderfully and can accommodate for any angle I might need when utilizing flash bouncing.
    Date published: 2013-12-15
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