HVL-F58AM Wireless II

1- Wireless Triggering the HVL-F58AM with In-Built Flash

The HVL-F58AM performs well when used as a off-camera wireless flash unit. The metering and exposure of the flash is very consistent. The newer turning head design requires different handling and positioning compared to the standard swivel heads found in the earlier flashes (e.g HVL-F42AM, HVL-F56AM etc). The positioning of the flash head to get specific direction of light and yet maintaining frontal face of communication window requires a little trial and errors at the initial phase.

This optimal line of sight helps in daytime outdoor wireless triggering. Here are some images comparing the positioning of flash heads for optimal wireless line of sight communication of the flash to the controller (in this case the in build flash on the camera). (NOTE: Red Arrow = Flash Direction , Yellow Arrow = Camera Flash Direction)

Fig. 14 – Examples of flash head positioning

Finally we’ll look at the Wireless Lighting Ratio Flash examples using the HVL-F58AM as the controller and a HVL-F42AM as the off camera flash.

Next:HVL-F58AM Wireless III Demo

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  1. rick
    March 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Where is the rest of this review? lol. If you would like to gain a good following on here(which is definitely possible) The key thing you need to concentrate on is being consistent, this is not..

    • alphastrobist
      March 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Rick,

      Lol, I guess it somehow fell through the cracks. Thanks for pointing it out. I have put the fix in and alternatively you could look at the panel on the right labeled – HVL-F58AM Wireless III Demo to go to the next page of the review.

  2. Shon
    December 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I have 3 hvl-f58am flash units and I have A900 camera. Must I have one of the flash units mounted on camera in order to use all 3. Can I put all 3 flash units off-camera? I like to shot with a Main, Fill, and Background lighting set-up and I don’t really want one of the units on-camera. I usually place one flash camera right, one flash camera left, and one for background like a studio set-up. Is this possible?

    • alphastrobist
      December 24, 2010 at 8:00 pm

      Hi Shon,

      Looks like you have a studio ready setup. Yes you can have all three flashes setup for wireless but you probbaaly need the HVL-F20AM to be the commander. Otherwise you will need one of the HVL-F58AM to be the commander. Like some shooters who thinks spending the HVL-F58AM as a commander is a waste – having the HVL-F20AM as commander would be better if you have access to it.

      However is you have the flash cables and off shoe cord handy, you can just setup the HVL-F58AM as one of the ratio light sourse and then wired it off camera – say mounted on a tripod stand (connected with cables) , utilising it as one of the “fill” flash. In this setting you might need to fool the camera by putting a tape on the flash shoe socket of the off-shoe cable to make the flash “believe” that its as if its on camera.

      Try it out.

      Regards,
      Sulhan

  3. Shon
    December 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Sulhan, thank you for the reply. I love your site! I think I will go buy radio transmitter, receivers so I can have my “studio setup” and not need a light at my camera. Do you recommend any brand that will keep all my functions with the 58am/TTL, ADI metering, etc.

    Thanks,
    Shon

  4. Andor Rosenberg
    April 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Can you tell me if the standard Sony NEX5 flash will trigger the Sony HVL-F58AM.

    Thanks,
    Andor.

    • alphastrobist
      June 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Andor,

      It would be ideal if the NEX flash could trigger the Sony Alpha flashes – maybe in the future. Unfortunately for now, that wouldn’t be possible.

      Regards,
      Sulhan

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