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Dinner at ISO 1600

This photo was shot during a quick testing of Sony HLV-F43M Flash, on the a7s w/Zeiss 55mm f1.8, in a real world (and really dark) situation. The flash performed flawlessly--better than any Canon ever dreamed of, and as good as, if not better than, a Nikon or Olympus strobe. This flash has a few really good things going for it. One is the unique way it does bounce flash (which I obviously used in the example above). Sony calls it: Quick Shift Bounce. Admittedly, it does make the flash a bit chunkier, but this unit was released prior to the a7-series of cameras, and was intended for the Sony A-Mount cameras. But it's still a good fit, especially on the second generation of a7's like the a7II, a7rII and a7sII. Another big plus is the fact that it's weather sealed as I can't tell you how many times I've been caught out in the rain worrying about my flash during past assignments back during my Canon days. Finally, besides all the other bells and whistles that modern flashes have, such as wireless triggering, etc., it has a built in video light which could possibly come in handy for stills too. I rented this one from Lens Rentals.


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