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Sony - Sony HVLF20M Flash-Angle_Standard

Sony - Sony HVLF20M Flash

Model: HVLF20MSKU: 8941266

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 99 reviews

89%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok flash

    Posted
    tonysonyguy
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    The bounce flash feature works very well if used in a room no more then 2 stories high. My only issue is the way the item is turned off and on. The user has to flip the flash up and then flip it down when no flash is desired. I find that half the time, the flash stays off when flipped up. I am quite certain that it isn't an issue of dead batteries. The battery compartment also has issues. The battery compartment door has to be slid open. The door is flimsy and as a result, the metal contacts seem to have problems. the user has to slide it open a millimeter or two, in order to get a good contact. I've owned two and both have had similar issues. When the flash is actually working, it provides decent flash.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Flash for Selective Use

    Posted
    Maxwell
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    I may go back and get this again; it did a nice even job of spreading the light and was a huge improvement over the a6000 built in flash (which itself is not a bad little flash). But I was of the understanding this worked the integrated shoe, taking both intel and power from the camera, with batteries as an option. Turns out, it requires the AA batts, and for they type of work I was doing (30 flashes req'd in about 5 minutes of work), the batts just weren't up to the task. It did about 5-6 very quickly, but natural drain pulled it down and could not keep up after that. Camera and flash did a nice job of working together for some very nicely lit shots. However, the need for rapid flash does not come up all that often, and this little guy was at least a 7 on a scale of 10 -- darned good for the price. Its a bargain if you just need it for a normal flash firing every minute or two.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple and Easy

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    JayKautz
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    I bought this flash to trigger my HVLF60M flashes. It is very simple operate by mounting the flash to the multi interface shoe on the camera and flip the flash to the upright position. I triggers the HVLF60M without any problems that I have encountered yet. It also works in High Speed Sync, one of the main selling points for me. The flash provides good fill light when just that little extra is needed to fill in the shadows in some situations. I have not had any issues with the flash interfering with the general exposure of my photos when working with other off camera HVLF60M’s. I have had no issues with this flash and I am generally satisfied with its performance compared to its relatively small size. The price is about right for a unit such as this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi JayKautz! You just owned the best brand. Thanks for sharing your experience with this device. We appreciate it. Thanks for choosing Sony! - Vincent Sonystyle

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Will get the job done

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    ChuckJr
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    If you need a flash in an environment where you don't want to carry your bulky flashes, this will work fine. It's not the strongest flash out there, but it doesn't claim to be. The winning feature of this flash is the compact size. The only gripe I have is the lack of a power button. It turns on when you lift it, which is fine on the camera, but if you want to store it flat, it stays on for a while. Luckily, there's an auto off timer, so that you can store it flat to save space in your bag. Alternatively, you can just take the batteries out, but over time that would put a lot of stress on that plastic battery door.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Meh.. not worth it

    Posted
    sjck1
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    Pros -For the compact body's and frames of both a6000 and a6300 the flash (is astetically pleasing) Cons: This a knock on the camera first (the battery last longer on flash than any compatible camera model. Doesnt give the light effect that a canon speedlight does (I'm talking about all models of the canon not just the higher end ones) Learning curve and there is a huge one, takes time and if you dont prepare by shooting and event in advance you'll be looking like a fool. I'm sure you all are smarter that to do something like that though.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent results

    Posted
    Bill
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    After reading several online reviews, I bought this unit as an open box item and saved $40 ! Item was in excellent, new condition in original packaging, etc. I have used it on my a6000 and am completely satisfied with the results! This flash is compact and when kept in the closed position, fits perfectly in my case with the camera, and 3 lenses. No issues from me with this item, would recommend this item as a step up from the built in flash on the camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Compact & useful but limited function

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    Sshinkai
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    This compact and affordable flash is nice accessory if you need more flash than a pop-up but don't expect pro-grade performance. The diffuser has a clever design allowing it to flip up for tele shots but doesn't seem very effective for close to moderate distances. It has a fast recycle time and the "flip-up-to-turn-on" feature is handy. It's small enough to keep on hand "just in case" and since it uses AA batteries you don't have worry about charging it ahead of time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quite an interesting little flash

    Posted
    Neo24
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    If you have a Sony mirroless camera without a flash this is the one you want to fulfill the gap. It is small and as soon I put it to the challenge to fulfill a portrait as well as a direct flash I saw how effective it can be. Using it in the fulfill mode works the best. Small and effective and you can adjust the output from your camera menus. I'm giving four stars as I would prefer to have a rigid case instead of the soft pouch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy, Great product, Great outcome

    Posted
    Kazig
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    This flash is a good companion for my A99 when I don't want to carry F60M or F43M. Works great in small premises, but even better just as a wireless trigger - it doesn't add lots of bulk to the camera. Basically the flash can be considered as a wireless trigger with a bonus - lighting :) As I stated above that it is not compatible with the Sony NEX cameras which means you will need to buy a converter in order for this mini great performer to perform in your NEX camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great budget flash

    Posted
    BirdLady
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    This is a great budget flash for first time external flash users like myself. The bounce feature helps to eliminate harsh shadows on your subject. My only complaint is that it drains the aaa batteries pretty quickly. And since it is very light and compact, it's reach is not that far either so dial down your expectations. I have been able to take nice portraits and group pictures with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does the Job

    Posted
    LbNes
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    Depends on your usage but good flash for the price. This is the cheaper of the 3 sony flashes but it doesn't mean its lacking. only issue is depending if your rough with accessories. the battery hatch seems to be fragile and I'm not a big fan of the folding to power off, but for the price its manageable

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK External Flash

    Posted
    Weliu
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    its weak, not much light past 2 or 3 feet, it easily turns on in camera bag when things shift since the on/off is part of the device rotating. in a pinch it gets the job done but i was left wishing i bought something better. for the price i think one of better off spending for the next size up. its good enough for simple light but i don't recommend for professional use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Weliu, We're saddened to hear that the flash failed to meet your expectations. Thanks for posting a review though, we appreciate this. -Zander Sonystyle

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall flash works well.

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    Maxx
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    Purchased flash for use with my Sony A6000. Flash works well for most setting. Noted in some instances flash would over expose images for an over bright subject. Adjusting the distance between subject camera settings helped to even out the flash light . However, flash is still a good addition to the camera in low light settings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent as a fill-in flash

    Posted
    Romofoto
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    This is a very small flash and very portable. There is no reason not to have an additional source of light to fill in a pinch. It performs very well and gives a good balanced light within a short distance. You can also bounce the light which is very effective when need an additional light to remove facial shadows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Very limited capability

    Posted
    Timmychan
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    If you're looking for a flash that just does flash... I guess this is for you. If you want full control of a flash that has menu settings... this not the flash for you. The price is terrible too. I bought Godox flashes that were half the price and were so much better and packed with features.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WORKS PERFECTLY ON MY SONY A6000

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    ALAMO44
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    I initially purchased an off brand flash for my Sony A6000. The camera kept giving me error messages that the flash was incompatible with my camera. Bought this Sony flash from the Best Buy Open Box listing and it works flawlessly (and c ame at a nice discount from the regular retail price).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Flash / Uses a lot of Batteries

    Posted
    Jaime29
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    The quality of the pictures taken with this flash is very good, you will get great results. With that said you will go through a lot of batteries, it uses 2 AAA batteries per every 150 shots at best so you might want to keep that in mind.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice compact flash unit

    Posted
    Mobius1
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    Needed a flash in a pinch and wasn't ready to pony up $300+ for the nicer, more featured Sony flash for my A7ii. This unit does exactly what it's supposed to, but I do wish it had an on/off switch rather than flipping it up and down to power it up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice flash

    Posted
    Amateur
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    Nice flash when you need a little something extra in lighting. I use it as an off camera flash with an off camera cable. It definately improves photograph outcomes. Unfortunately Sony doesn't make an off camera cable so I to purchase that item elsewhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works as I expected

    Posted
    Mike
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    This HVLF-20M Sony flash works perfect on my Sony A6000. It is very light and small, which is exactly what I wanted. It is a little stronger than the built in flash but does a very good job. If you want something small and light get this flash.

    I would recommend this to a friend