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Sony - HVL-F45RM External Flash

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Light your shots perfectly for stunning effect with this Sony wireless flash. The compact flash is easy to stow with your gear and works with E-mount cameras without adding a lot of bulk. This Sony wireless flash offers multi-flash shooting through its built-in wireless radio-controlled system, letting you set up a well-lit shot.
$399.99
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Sony HVL-F45RM External Flash
    • Connector protect cap
    • Mini-stand
    • Case

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (23 out of 23)

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    Features


    Compatible with Sony Alpha a7 series cameras

    For use with your existing model.

    Guide number of 45 at ISO100

    Delivers powerful light output.

    Built-in wireless radio control

    Use this flash with a compatible camera, for multi-flash shooting, even under strong sunlight or from relatively distant locations thanks to its radio-controlled system.

    Supports up to 15 units of compatible flashes

    As well as receivers in up to 5 groups for connecting with remote units at up to 98'. It also works with optical wireless communications.

    Bounce head for flexible lighting

    Rotates 360° horizontally (180° in both left and right directions) and also tilts 150° upward and 8° downward, providing the illumination you want depending on shooting situations.

    Key customization function

    Allows easy assignment of frequently used features for quick operation.

    LED light

    Cool running and energy efficient, the LED light enables you to create natural lighting and shadows for both movies and stills.

    Dust and moisture-resistant design

    Count on reliable flash even in challenging outdoor conditions with specially designed seals at joints around the durable body to keep out dust and moisture.

    Advanced Distance Integration (ADI)

    Provides automatic metering that is virtually unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds, maintaining correct exposure even with overly reflective or overly dark subjects.

    Auto zoom control

    Automatically selects the appropriate flash coverage for the focal length of the lens on the attached camera within the range from 15 mm to 105 mm.

    Multi/Micro USB port

    Supports software update to the latest version via connected PC.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good but issues with off-camera flash

      Posted
      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

      Happy with it!

      Posted
      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

      Very capable flash in a small package

      Posted
      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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic!

      Posted
      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!!

      Posted
      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

      Great for poor light

      Posted
      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

      Sony External Flash worth the buy

      Posted
      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

      Enjoying this Sony flash

      Posted
      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




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