Sony has announced a new powerful flash, aimed at professional photographers using the alpha system cameras.
The HVL-F60RM has a guide number of 60 and covers illumination angles from 20mm to 200mm. The recycle time has been improved from 1.7 seconds on the previous model to just 0.6 seconds with the new external battery adaptor, the FA-EBA1.
The flash has ‘quick shift bounce’, allowing the photographer to switch between horizontal and vertical orientation. Independent light output level (LEVEL -/+) buttons allow direct control of output or compensation, supporting an efficient workflow. A comprehensive display facilitates adjustments and flash output level confirmation, and also provides intuitive access to flash output settings for paired wireless flashes.
Functions can be freely assigned to the unit’s four-way controller, centre button, and control wheel for easy access when required. Furthermore, TTL flash output can be memorised and recalled in manual mode when needed for immediate use or use after minor adjustment. This is another feature that can simplify manual workflow and save time
The dust and moisture resistant design[vi] of the HVL-F60RM allows flash shooting, even in challenging environments.
In addition to an auto white balance function that automatically adjusts for light colour in the scene being photographed, amber and green colour filters are supplied as standard and can be used to match or complement existing lighting in order to achieve natural white balance or create a specific atmosphere.
The new HVL-F60RM will be available in Europe in April, 2018 priced at approximately £620 / €700. The new FA-EBA1will be available in Europe in April, 2018 priced at approximately £270 / €300.