Review – HVL-F58AM

The announcement and the release of the HVL-F58AM surely did attract lots of attention. Sony have decided to break away from the norm on this new flash that was meant to match the soon to be released flagship camera. Moving away from the usual vertical tilt and horizontal turn head, this new flash utilizes a new side ways turning head.

This review will be based on the same layout of the HVL-F42AM flash review previously published in alphastrobist. Thanks for the positive support & feedback alpha users!! The content of this review are divided into 5 sections. The HVL-F56AM & the HVL-F42AM will be used for comparison where applicable. Follow the Links below to the specific topics:

1) Physical & Handling – How the flash felt in the hands.

2) User interface – User Controls on the HVL-F58AM How it compared to the HVL-F42AM & HVL-F56AM.
Includes User Display and feedback for function and features.

3) Lighting & White Balance – Its performance together with the Camera. We will be exclusively using the Alpha 700 for the tests.

4) Wireless Ratio Tests on the Alpha A700 .

Next: HVL-F58AM Physical

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  1. November 30, 2009 at 7:29 am

    hi, i just want to ask if this HVL-F58AM flash compatible with alpha 300 cause im planning to buy one.. and its doesnt need any pocket wizard to make a wireless flash right? thanks for your time and hope to see you more alpha tutorials in your youtube.

    • alphastrobist
      November 30, 2009 at 9:12 pm

      Hi Peter,

      For the wireless to work on the A300 with the HVL-F58AM, you can just use the Pop-up flash without any pocket wizard. Just set the flash into remote.

      rgds,
      Sulhan

  2. November 30, 2009 at 7:30 am

    hi, i just want to ask if this HVL-F58AM flash compatible with alpha 300 cause im planning to buy one.. and its doesnt need any pocket wizard to make a wireless flash right? thanks for your time and hope to see you more alpha tutorials in your youtube. 🙂

  3. December 1, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    thanks Sulhan.. i really like your website.. ive learn a lot from the flash..
    hhmm there are some reviews that HVL-F58AM flash is heavy for the Sony camera and tends to crack the mounting,, is it true?

    • alphastrobist
      December 8, 2009 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Peter,

      I’m not sure if jumping to conclusion based on one or two data points would be wise. I do not rule any possible of flash mount breakage in any of the cameras if the camera or flash were to be mishandled unintentionally or in an accident. I personally have encountered breakage of the flash mount on my previous flashes HVL-F56AM and HVL-F36AM. All due to external unavoidable incidences like kids running right straight into my equipment during a shoot. Its great that they designed the flash to break on the flash instead of the body. I have a couple HVL-F58AM and so far none of them have had damage mounts.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Sulhan

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