{Ashley} @ Nine 23 1:35pm, 18 May 2009
Can you guys help me here. I'm looking into getting an external flash, but I really don't know what I'm looking at or for.

Any info, tips, or websites would be greatly appreciated. =D
moostang78 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by moostang78 (member) 9 years ago
I would say check the sony group. Great info there. If it helps I bought the HVL-F56AM off Amazon.
GillianSpring 9 years ago
I would suggest that no matter what you get...the head must tilt in lots of directions....so you can bounce your light....I bought one that did not and it is just the same as using the on camera.
If Canon anything that ends with an EX
Indy Photo Coach Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Indy Photo Coach (admin) 9 years ago
I think getting a Sony branded flash is probably worth it to be able to use it in wireless mode which I've found endlessly useful on my A200.

I have the HVL-F36AM flash which is not at all powerful but good enough for most indoor occasions. Unfortunately that model's no longer for sale and the only two on Sony's site are the HVL-42AM at $299 and the HVL-58AM at $499 (couldn't find the HVL-F56AM on Amazon but it was $399).

I rarely ever advise someone to go out and by the most expensive model of anything but if you think you'll be shooting an event, shooting outdoors at night or shooting at a distance greater than 30ft from the subject, I think the HVL-F58AM is worth the extra $200 over the HVL-42AM.

It mostly depends on what you plan to use it for though and if you don't have a specific subject in mind then I personally tend to start with something middle of the road and keep my boxes so I can sell them for a better price on Ebay when I want to upgrade. ;)

-Trevor Warren

thomas j mc 9 years ago
I shoot sony and I ended up getting the sigma EF-530DG Super because it works with the wireless capability of the sony slrs and is very similar to the F58 but for a lot less. BH carries it for about $239. So far it's been a great flash with a lot of neat features.
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