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Sony Alpha HVL-F58AM flash unit
Mark Peters : June 21th 2008 - 00:45 CET
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SonySony Alpha F58AM flash unit : Sony is expanding its a (alpha) system of accessories to include the new Sony HVL-F58AM flash unit with exceptional features for versatile and flexible external lighting control. This new flash features a new and innovative Quick Shift Bounce system. It offers more creative ways to achieve lighting, flash and bounce angles you may not have been able to experience before. The flash head can pivot 90 degrees left and right on a horizontal axis in addition to the conventional up and down vertical adjustment. With this system, the camera and flash unit can keep the same orientation regardless of portrait or landscape shooting. This gives a higher degree of flexibility when arranging the direction of light.
Sony Alpha flash unit

Sony Alpha flash unit
A powerful performer, the Sony HVL-F58AM flash unit features a maximum guide number of 58 at 105mm and ISO 100. It recycles (or recharges) in as little as five seconds, approximately 55% faster than the predecessor Sony HVL-F56AM model, so you are ready to capture the next shot. And because it features a quiet recycle charge, there’s no whine to distract you from your subject. It also has a large, easy-to-read LCD screen that is about 13% larger than its predecessors. Its intuitive control layout makes it easy to control flash functions and configure the settings based on your shooting needs.

Alpha Flash Unit

Wireless Auto Flash Control
This new Sony Alpha flash unit has wireless auto flash control so you can remove the flash unit from the camera and easily light subjects from different angles. Photographers can create soft shadows to add depth to their images and avoid the strong shadows and hot spots that can occur with front lighting. The Sony HVL-F58AM flash unit can also control the ratio of lighting from several off-camera flash units.

Modeling flash

Modeling flash function
Up to three groups of flashes can be set up for optimal, complete control of lighting via a wireless connection. Flash output ratios can be adjusted automatically without having to do tedious exposure calculations. Additionally, you can fire a modeling flash to preview flash effects before taking the picture. Even with multiple units, the modeling flash fires according to the flash ratio you have set.

Alpha Flash

Advanced Flash Features
One of the flashes most advanced features is its sophisticated zoom control that automatically optimizes illumination angles that are suitable for either APS-C size or 35mm full frame sensors. This control reduces light all-off at the periphery of images. It also has an advanced white balance compensation system that gathers color temperature information, complimenting the white balance information reading of the camera. This achieves more accurate results when the main unit is in auto white balance mode. Other features include: high-speed synchronization at shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 of a second, ADI flash metering, manual flash and zoom (six levels), multiple-flash, and a supplied mini-stand for greater wireless freedom.

Sony Flash unit

Sony Alpha Flash Price & Availability
The Sony Alpha F58AM flash unit will ship in September for about $500 at the Sony Style website and other internet retail stores. Pre-orders begin online on June 20.

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