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Sony - HVL-F45RM External Flash-Angle_Standard

Sony - HVL-F45RM External Flash

Model: HVLF45RMSKU: 5761703

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 42 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but issues with off-camera flash

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    Gdawg
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    Overall, the HVL-F45RM works well on my Sony a6300. It is well sized for mirrorless cameras and provides adequate power for most situations. The LED light is helpful when a little extra light is needed when shooting video. There is no autofocus illumination assist with this flash which is a bit of a miss compared to other flash systems. I switched from Canon to Sony to go mirrorless. I do feel that Sony's flash exposure is less consistent from frame-to-frame compared to Canon. The one problem I have encountered is when trying to optically trigger the HVL-F45 off-camera. All my photos come out significantly under-exposed when using TTL. I can get proper exposure in manual flash mode but that is not convenient. I have tried a new F45 flash, a new F20 as the trigger, and I tried a different a6300 and still had the issue. It also didn't work when triggering the F45 with another F45. There appears to be an issue with the TTL metering when off-camera. I have been working with Sony's Advanced Customer Support. I have sent them images and even a video detailing the setup resulting in the problem. So far Sony's customer support has been good to work with but It has been a few weeks and no explanation yet for the under-exposure issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

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    ChrisSilva97
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    This flash is great! This is my first time venturing into flash photography and this is amazing! It’s very bright, has a ton of awesome features, and works great with my a6300. The led light is also nice for shooting video in dark areas. It’s pricey, but after trying a third-party flash and then buying this one, the money is worth it! I can shoot over 8fps on my a6300 and this thing will keep up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Happy with it!

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    Commenter
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    I would recommend this if you don't mind paying a lot more than aftermarket brands. It will do whatever it is supposed to. You don't need to google if certain aftermarket brands are compatible with the socket. Less in your head. You will be happy with the purchase. However, if you just want to pay 1/3 or 1/4 of the price with similar result. This is not for you. It's a good idea you can use that 2/3-3/4 saving to get other accessories like lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great external flash for Sony mirrorless cameras

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    Suhas
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    This is a much improved version of Sony camera flash. When one uses more than one flash with the camera, this flash is controlled by radio signal which is much better than infrared signal. An important feature of this flash is that it has the ability to independently control each of the external flash light. Great for portrait photography.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Great, But....

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    CamMan
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    This flash works great with my A7iii, but sure does use some batteries. I used this flash for a wedding and I went through 12 batteries. This flash work great but make use you have a lot of batteries.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product

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    OlegV
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    This products works really great. I am using it with a Sony A7Riii mirrorless camera, and it basically work as soon as it’s connected to the hot shoe. Settings are easy to navigate and the instructions will allow you to set the light how you want to the best conditions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very capable flash in a small package

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    Sharma76
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    The flash is smaller than I expected but the size and weight are actually perfect for my A7iii. Even with a smaller size, it is powerful enough to light up subjects in most low-light situations for me. I have only tried it in auto mode so far hence can't comment on the manual modes yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    False Advertising By Best Buy

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    EXAppleUser
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    I bought this item as an open-box (excellent) from Best Buy. However, there were many scratches on the item when I opened it. It works fine, but it is clearly not in excellent condition like Best Buy advertised.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!

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    Dutch
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    It can work at high speeds or as a needed fill light.(See pics) It's beautiful how you can quickly switch to a video light when needed. Fantastic purchase! :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing flash!!

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    Mike
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    Great flash for Sony cameras. It’s so easy to use and flash power is so nice that u can burst with ur Sony cameras without losing flash power as much

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

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    JavierSantoro
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    If you own any Sony A7 This is the perfect accessory for it. Im so happy that I have a great price in Best buy because I bundle with other accessories.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    THE BEST FLASH EVER.

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    MrOrr
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    This flash does not disappoint. It gives plenty of light and more than enough control. The multi-flash setup is also very good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for poor light

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    BestBuyCustomer1
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    If you have poor lighting this flash is great! It does however capture the background color into the photos so you gotta be careful and know how to use the flash

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Performs as expected and...

    Posted
    Bonk
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    ...anticipated. All reviews reflect my limited experience with this unit thus far. Perfect match for my A99ii.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Flash

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    Mathews
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    Its worth the price. I got it for $299.99 in bundle. The Flash is great with Sony a7rii. You can see the difference in the shots taken with and without flash.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Enjoying this Sony flash

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    Pajamagyrl
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    Bought this last minute for a wedding reception I was shooting. Wasn’t sure if it would be worth the money but so far I’m super happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    YES!

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    imryanmac
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    Obviously the wireless feature is a very welcomed addition for the Sony flash lineup. This is a great product when I am shooting portraits with my A7Riii.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony External Flash worth the buy

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    Tsleeps425
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    I was hesitant to purchase this, but glad I did for my Sony a7sii. It is easy to use and setup, and is not as heavy as I anticipated.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect match with Sony RX1

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    Jefferson
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    For this serious amateur, the flash can be left on automatic to sync with RX1 settings, or used in manual mode when being more creative.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Flash

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    Vietnarican
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    Great looking flash and works very well with the A7R cameras. Don’t be cheap and use Sony products with Sony cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend