From: Ty on
Hi guys

i have to decide between a new HVL-F42AM for arround 250$ or a used
5600HS (=Sony HVL-F56AM) for arround 200$. It's for my Sony Alpha 200.
Which one would you take?

Would you think both together are overkill? i already worked with the
HVL-F42AM and was very happy with it.

Thanks!
From: Fred McKenzie on
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<96f7688c-27e5-4735-ba9a-50e949963395(a)m26g2000yqb.googlegroups.com>,
Ty <tylershome(a)gmail.com> wrote:

> i have to decide between a new HVL-F42AM for arround 250$ or a used
> 5600HS (=Sony HVL-F56AM) for arround 200$. It's for my Sony Alpha 200.
> Which one would you take?
>
> Would you think both together are overkill? i already worked with the
> HVL-F42AM and was very happy with it.

Ty-

I have the Minolta 5600HS. It works with both the Alpha 100 and 900
bodies. That is the one I would prefer, since it has almost a stop more
light output (Guide Number 56 Meters) than the HVL-F42AM (Guide number
42 Meters).

Another Sony flash is the HVL-F58AM, and costs around $500. It may have
replaced the HVL-F56AM, and has only a hair more light output. Your
price for the used 5600HS is better than I found for a discounted
HVL-F56AM.

As far as using both together, if it is possible to use one as a
wireless slave, it might be worth getting both. If you can download
both manuals, you may be able to figure it out. I think that feature
may be one of the advantages of the HVL-F58AM.

If you only get one, I'd recommend getting an extension cord so you can
move the flash off the camera. I found an RPS Studio RS-0449 made by
Dot Line Corp., at my local camera store, but haven't tried it yet.
(Ref. <http://dotlinecorp.net>.)

Fred