HVL-F43AM User Interface
User interface – Controls on the HVL-F43AM
We’ll now take a look at the back face of the HVL-F43AM and compare against the HVL-F58AM.
The Sony HVL-F43AM user interface panel looks very similar to the panel found on the HVL-F58AM. It has the same number of buttons and adopts the same menu driven interface through the four way rocker button with a central function (Fn) selection button. The user interface panel still have the following dedicated buttons :
- Mode – Selection of flash modes
- TTL/M – Selection of TTL (Through the lens) or Manual flash metering Mode
- Zoom – Selection button for motorised zoom head position
- Back Light – On and off button for EL back light
- 4-way button – Menu selection buttons
- Fn – Dedicated function selection button
- ON/OFF Lever – new improved one-thumb flick lever switch.
Fig. 9 – Key differences as noted by A – LCD User interface and B – Flick switch
The implementation of the lever type flick-switch for the ON/OFF switch is a welcoming design – Fig. 9 above. This allows quick flick to power up or down the flash unit instead of having to “dig” into the slider switch. to do a sliding let/right motion. The flick-switch uses an up/down motion to toggle the switch position.
2. LCD Panel Layout
Sony has significantly re-arranged the position of the LCD display symbols and notations from the HVL-F58AM layout.
Fig. 10 – Rearranged LCD Panel layout
As we can see from Fig. 10 above, the ratio display has been moved to the top right hand corner as denoted by “1” (green box). In this green box region is also where the distance indicator will appear when the flash is mounted on the camera in full TTL mode. Changing the Flash Power level on the camera body (for cameras like the Alpha A900) will change the corresponding distance information on the flash. The ratio flash power indicator position is now taken place by the overall flash power indicator. Looking a the power level indication section “2”, the power level arrowhead scrolling arrow is now changed to up/down arrowheads – compared to the previous left/right arrowheads used in the HVL-F58AM. The up/down arrow seem to be more intuitive, corresponding to the up and down flash power level selection.
A new welcoming feature for the Alpha flash is the power level steps indicator. The HVL-F43AM includes intermediate power level steps change as indicated by “3” in Fig. 9 above . This give the use a better control to subtle light power changes. Users can now have a choice of setting the flash up for a +/-0.3 or +/-0.5 step EV change – Please refer to user manual for instruction on changing the increment value. The HVL-F43AM supports 22 steps of power level changes form 1/1 (Full) to /128 (Smallest).