Sony HVL-F42AM

19 customer reviews
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This external flash unit is a good all rounder.

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Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I have a tendancy not to read the instructions - probably why I get it wrong a lot of the time. On that note:
Fully compatible with my Sont 350 DSlr camera, easy to use, can be used off the camera with the wireless command mode (even I can use it and set it up so it must be easy)
nice and powerful, good range will light a large hall up, automatically varies the power depending on the distance to subject
Bad points:
quite expensive, has a tendancy to wash out anything too close
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Nov 2010

alan, Burnley Happily retired at last

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Compatibility
Bad points:
Somewhat complicated on manual settings
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 May 2012

Michael, Preston

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I have just purchased this flashgun it is early days yet to make coments. The flash gun works well and the photos I have taken I have been very pleased with.
The HSS works very well and is an important consideration when buing a flashgun also the wireless part which I have not tried yet. This is a good upgrade from my Minolta 3600HS my new flashgun as a bit more power.
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Mar 2011

Purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
ease of use
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Review date: 11 Jun 2010

David, redditch

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Ease of use and wifi conection
Bad points:
Can't find any bad points
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Review date: 10 Jul 2010

Zemafe, Estoril

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Everything is working fine according what I was expecting.
This unit replaces the old one HVL-F36AM wich does not has lateral boucing which was the more important factor of this new one HVL-F42AM.
Lateral boucing is a must to indirect lightning in a lot of situations of interior photografy.
Dimensions and weight are good for such a flash unit.
Bad points:
A flash unit must have an interruptor in a way to cut completly the draining of batteries. With the HVL-F36AM I forgot batteries inside and one of them had a rupture in its liquid; with some carefully work I cleaned the parts afected and it is working normally. With this new flah HVL-F42AM I do not risk to forget batteries inside when not in use.
The guide number of 42 ISO100 shall be a little more (45 or so) to face more dificult situations; the existing unit with more power is very expensive and does not fit my pocket money.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 Nov 2010

Frank, Frome Enthusiastic/serious student/hobby photographer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Should be more versatile when I get better aquainted with it...
Adjustable flash head that also swivels left or right.+
Quite light in weight compared to it's bigger brother.
Stille plenty to learn about it to get the best from it.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Jun 2012

We searched for this product high and low,
from House of Fraser to Tesco,
no one is selling it, we're sorry to say,
not 419 retailers nor anyone on eBay,
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