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The Sony HVL-F58AM Flash Unit delivers flexible lighting control for (alpha) DSLR photographers. The innovative new Quick Shift Bounce system allows the flash to pivot 90 degrees left and right to maintain a proper lighting position, even when shooting vertically. The HVL-F58AM can also wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes, and Wireless Ratio Control allows users to specify luminosity ratios for each group. Additionally, the HVL-F58AM features an effective range of more than 45 feet (14.5m) and a fast, 5 second recharge time. A built-in wide panel and bounce sheet provide an even greater degree of creative control.
The HVL-F58AM Flash Unit is designed specifically for Sony (alpha) DSLR cameras. Delivers high-illumination output in a compact, lightweight body, with an effective range of more than 45 feet (14.5m) and guide number 58. (Guide number measures the illumination capability of the flash; the higher the number, the higher the light output. Tested at ISO100, 105mm). The innovative Quick Shift Bounce system allows the HVLF58AM to orbit 90 degrees left and right, allowing you to maintain horizontal light distribution even when shooting vertically. In addition to pivoting side-to-side, the flash unit can also tilt down 10 degrees or back 150 degrees, ensuring customers the lighting freedom they need to capture that perfect shot. Wireless Ratio Control allows customers to wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes, as well as specify the luminosity ratio for each group, so they can enjoy multiple-flash lighting techniques without the need for special equipment or tedious exposure settings. The HVL-F58AM Flash Unit recharges approximately 55% faster than the previous Sony entry-level accessory flash (HVLF56AM), so customers will be ready to catch the next great moment. And because it features a quiet recycle charge, theres no whine to distract them from their subject.
Auto White Balance compensation allows for more accurate white balance in flash photography sending color temperature information from the HVL-F58AM to the camera, where it is incorporated into the cameras white balance settings. Modeling light capability allows the HVL-F58AM to pulse, helping photographers determine where shadows will fall before taking the picture, so they can alter lighting or subject positioning as necessary. Stroboscopic lighting control lets the HVL-F58AM fire multiple times during a single exposure, allowing customers to capture stroboscopic images where moving subjects are frozen several times in the frame. solder is used for soldering. ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) metering enables the HVL-F58AM to work more effectively with lenses equipped with distance encoders -combining TTL (through-the-lens) flash metering with guide number control calculated automatically according to the distance to the subject, the ambient light and the pre-flash reflectivity of the subject. Conventional flashes only work well at shutter speeds from 1/125 to 1/250 of a second. The Sony HVL-F58AM Flash Unit provides High-Speed Synchronization mode that enables flash sync with shutter speeds from 1/500 to 1/4000 of a second to catch fastmoving subjects.
The HVL-F58AM automatically adjusts flash for focal-length settings from 24mm to 105mm -and a built-in, slide-out wideangle panel increases wide-angle coverage to 16mm. The HVL-F58AM features a slideout bounce sheet built into the flash head, and can be used in portraits and other bounced light shots to direct light at a subjects pupils to deliver more lively expression. The large, easy-to-see LCD display and intuitive button layout make it easy to configure the HVLF58AM for a variety of shooting needs. The HVL-F58AM comes with a mini-stand that can stand on its own or be mounted to a tripod or lighting stand for increased wireless freedom. Folds up for easy storage.
Change angles and keep shooting with Quick Shift Bounce
Material: Poly-carbonate plastic
Operating Temperature: (+32 to +104F (+0 to +40C) Storage Temperature: (-4 to +140F (-20 to +60C) Flash Effective Range: GN58 = up to 58 meters (190 ft) at ISO100 with 105mm lens Flash Mode(s): Control: Bounce angles: Upward - 90 degrees; Downward - minus 10 degrees;; Left/ Right (Front/Back) - 180 degrees Flash Modes: Automatic Light Control
Battery Type: AA Alkaline /AA NiMH - requires 4
Weight: 15.6 oz (440 g) Measurements: (WHD) 3-1/8 x 47/8 x 4-1/4" (77 x 147 x 106 mm)
Case Mini Stand Color: Black UPC Code: 027242730250
As your subject moves you easily change positions to capture the action from different angles, you can take multiple vertical and horizontal photos far more quickly so theres less chance of missing your shot.
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Operating Instructions Mode demploi
2006 Sony Corporation Printed in Japan
. 2.. 4.. 5. 6.. 7... 28
HSS.. 33 WL
.. 8.. 41.. 10
LEVEL. 42 MULTI. 44
. 12.. 15
.. 53.. 17. 20.. 22.. 25. 26. 55.. 56.. 57. 59.. 60
ISO100 m 17mm ADI * *
21 ON/OFF 20 18
TTL * 14 ON/OFF
17, 18 46
1.5 28m 28m 25
1.5m 8m 28m
24mm 27mm 28mm 34mm 35mm 49mm 50mm 69mm 70mm 84mm 85mm mm 24mm 19
24mm 28mm 35mm 50mm 70mm 85mm 24
24mm 28mm 35mm 50mm 70mm 85mm
LEVEL 1/1 1/32
70mm 28 70mm 28mm
OFF AF AF AF AF
HSS 33 WL 35 RATIO* LEVEL 42
ON,OFF OFF,ON, CONTROL OFF,
1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 ON,OFF OFF,ON 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32
100, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 -, 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15,10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 1/8, 1/16, 1/32
HSS 33 WL 35 LEVEL 42
Hz TIME LEVEL
1/1 1/2 1/4 1/8 1/16 1/32 42
28m M 51
TTL* TTL ADI TTL *TTL=Through the lens ADI ADI P-TTL
HVL-F56AM 1 HSS 1/60 1/60 1/250 1/500 HSS
1/1000 1/2000 1/4000
1.4 - 5 1-5 1-5
1.4 - - 5 1-5 1-5
1 - - 3.- 2.- 1.- 1.2
1 - - 3.- 2.- 1.- 1.- - 2.- 1.- 1.2
m ISO 2 ISOISO400
3 HOLD ADI 1 24mm 24mm P-TTL 32 4
50 ON/OFF OFF
WL WL On
TTL 1/1 1/2 1/4 1/8 1/16 1/32 1/8 1/16 1/32
1/F4 5.6 1/1 1/2 1
- - 2 --
1/8 1/16 1/32
TIME 5=2 Hz 5Hz 2
9 1/8 1/16 1/9 5
Hz 5 6
40 40* 40* 40* 40*
1550mAh 9 1/8 1/16 1/Hz 1
40* 40* 40* 40* 40* 40* 40
11 [AUTO][ON] [ON] 85mm TTL/M/MULTI HSS WL RATIO * TTL/M LEVEL LEVEL Hz TIME * TTL ON OFF OFF 1/1 1/35 -45 46
5 60 60
FA-CC1AM FA-EC1 3
ISO 9 6.4 4.5 3.7.5 5.8 5.9 6.11 7.8 mm 8.8 mm 9.7
1/1 1/2 1/4 1/8 1/16 1/32
1/250 1/500 1/1000 1/2000 1/4000 1/8000 1/12000
17 6.7 4.5 3.5 2.4 1.7 1.2 1
9.5 6.7 4.5 3.5 2.4 2
10 7.3.7 2.5 2.1
ISO 100 mm 9 9.6.7 4.5 4.3.5 2.5 2.8
1550mAh 0.80 2800
mm 36 31
100 50mm 0.5 10m 0.5 3m TTL 77.95.5 mm / 1 / 1
Before operating the product, please read this manual thoroughly and retain it for future reference.
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture. Tape over lithium battery contacts to avoid short-circuit when disposing of batteries, and follow local regulations for battery disposal. Keep batteries or things that could be swallowed away from young children. Contact a doctor immediately if an object is swallowed. Immediately remove the batteries and discontinue use if. the product is dropped or subjected to an impact in which the interior is exposed. the product emits a strange smell, heat, or smoke. Do not disassemble. Electric shock may occur if a high voltage circuit inside the product is touched.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
When using your photographic equipment, basic safety precautions should always be followed, including the following: Read and understand all instructions before using. Close supervision is necessary when any appliance is used by or near children. Do not leave appliance unattended while in use. Care must be taken as burns can occur from touching hot parts.
Do not operate appliance with a damaged cord or if the appliance has been dropped or damaged- until it has been examined by a qualified serviceman. Let appliance cool completely before putting away. Loop cord loosely around appliance when storing. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not immerse this appliance in water or other liquids. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not disassemble this appliance, but take it to a qualified serviceman when service or repair work is required. Incorrect reassembly can cause electric shock when the appliance is used subsequently. The use of an accessory attachment not recommended by the manufacturer may cause a risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons. Batteries may become hot or explode due to improper use. Use only the batteries specified in this instruction manual. Do not install the batteries with the polarity (+/-) reversed. Do not subject batteries to fire or high temperatures. Do not attempt to recharge (except for rechargeable batteries), short or disassemble. Do not mix, batteries of different types, brands or ages.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Do not touch the flashtube during operation, it may become hot when the flash fires.
For customers in Europe
Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic Equipment (Applicable in the European Union and other European countries with separate collection systems) This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product shall not be treated as household waste. Instead it shall be handed over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of this product. The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural resources. For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local Civic Office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.
For the customers in the U.S.A. CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Table of contents
Features. 6 Name of parts. 7 Control panel.. 8 Data panel.. 9 Mode and select buttons. 30 Manual flash (M). 32 High-speed sync (HSS). 35 Wireless flash mode (WL). 37 Connecting camera and flash by cable.. 43 Setting power level (LEVEL).. 44 Multiple flash (MULTI). 46 Reset to default settings. 51 Custom setting.. 52
Inserting batteries.. 10 Attachment and removal of the flash.. 12 Auto power ON/OFF.. 13
Program auto flash (The basics).. 14 Recording modes. 17
Accessories.. 55 Notes on use. 57 Maintenance. 58 Specifications.. 59
Zoom flash coverage. 19 Test-flash/Modeling flash. 22 Bounce flash. 24 Close-up photography (downward bounce). 27 Data panel illuminator. 28 AF illuminator.. 29
For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with your camera.
This flash is not dust-proof, splash-proof or waterproof. Do not place this flash in the following locations
Regardless of whether this unit is in use or in storage, do not place it in any of the following locations. Doing so may lead to a malfunction. Placing this flash in locations subject to direct sunlight such as on dashboards or near a heater may cause this unit to deform or malfunction. Locations with excessive vibration Locations with strong electromagnetism Locations with excessive sand In locations such as the seashore and other sandy areas or where dust clouds occur, protect the unit from sand and dust. This may lead to a malfunction.
The HVL-F56AM is a compact, clip-on flash that provides a large flash output with a guide number 56 (85 mm position, ISO 100 m). The built-in wide panel expands flash coverage to a focal length of 17 mm. The HVL-F56AM assures highly reliable ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) flash metering when used in combination with compatible lenses. The HVL-F56AM supports wireless high-speed sync photography. The flash head tilts 90 upward, 180 left and 90 right to bounce flash (with lock function) and 10 downward for close-up photography. * This function may not be available on some camera models.
Name of parts
Built-in wide panel (21)
Inside terminal Accessory terminal (43) External-power terminal (56)
Terminal cap Flashtube
AF illuminator (29) Mounting-footrelease button (12) Mounting foot
Wireless controlsignal receiver (37)
Bounce indicator (24)
Bounce lockrelease button (24)
Data panel (9) Battery-chamber door (10) Control panel (8)
Remove the protective sheet from the front of the AF illuminator before use.
Data-panel illuminator (28)
Test-flash button/ Modeling-flash button (23)
Flash ON/OFF button (13)
Flash-ready lamp (15)
Test-flash mode selection/Hold switch (22) ZOOM (flash-coverage) selection button (20)
Wireless controller indicator* High-speed-sync indicator (35) Wireless flash indicator (40-42) Flash-range-warning indicators (16) Flash-range (16)/Multiple-flashfrequency display (47) Hz indicator (47) Flash ON/OFF indicators (14)
Flash-OK indicator (15) TTL indicator (32)
ft/m indicator (53) Low-battery indicator (11)
Manual-flashcontrol indicator (32) Multiple-flash indicator (46) Custom indicator (52) Ratio-flash indicator*
* This indicator is displayed, but this function is not available.
TIMES indicator (48) mm indicator (19) Zoom (19, 20)/Multiple-flashrepetition display (48) Manual-ZOOM indicator (20)
Power-level indicator (44)
On this page, all indicators are displayed for explanatory purposes.
The HVL-F56AM may be powered by : *Batteries are not supplied. Four AA-size alkaline batteries Four AA-size lithium batteries Four AA-size rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries Always ensure that rechargeable nickel-metal hydride batteries are charged in the specified charger unit.
Open the battery-chamber door as shown.
Insert the batteries in the battery chamber as in the diagram.
Close the battery-chamber door.
Follow the reverse steps when opening the battery-chamber door. The indicator appears on the data panel. If it does not appear, press the flash ON/OFF button.
The indicator on the data panel blinks when the batteries are low.
blinking Changing the batteries is recommended. The flash can still be used in this state if (Flash-ready lamp) on the rear of the unit is lit.
Only blinking Flash cannot be used. Insert new batteries.
If nothing appears when the flash ON/OFF button is pressed, check the orientation of the batteries.
Attachment and removal of the flash
Attaching the flash to the camera
Push the mounting foot firmly onto the camera until it stops.
The flash is locked in place automatically. If the built-in flash in the camera is protruding, lower it before attaching the flash unit.
Removing the flash from the camera
While pressing the mounting-foot release button 1, remove the flash 2.
Auto power ON/OFF
Press the flash ON/OFF button on the back side of the flash.
Power of the flash turns it on.
When the flash is switched on, appear on the data panel indicator.
If you press the flash ON/OFF button while the flash is turned on, the flash switches off and appears on the data panel indicator. disappears after 8 seconds.
Auto power off
When the camera or flash is not used for four minutes, power switches off and data panel indicators disappear automatically to save the batteries. In wireless flash photography (p. 37), data panel indicators disappear after 60 minutes. The customized settings enable you to disable auto power off or change the auto power off time (p. 53).
When flash is bounced upwards
Determine the angle in relation to the following table. Focal length of lens 70 mm minimum 28-70 mm 28 mm maximum Bounce angle 75, 90
Bouncing to Left and Right
Rotating the flash by 90 to bounce light sideways is recommended. If an angle of less than 90 is used, care should be taken to ensure that direct light from the flash does not illuminate the subject.
Close-up photography (downward bounce)
Tilt the flash slightly downwards when photographing objects between 0.7 m and 1.5 m from the camera to ensure accurate illumination.
Rotate the flash downwards while pressing the bounce lockrelease button.
The downward bounce indicator appears on the data panel. The rotation angle is 10.
When photographing at a distance closer than 0.7 m, the flash will not be able to completely cover the subject and the bottom of the picture will be darker. Use an off-camera or macro flash.
Data panel illuminator
Illuminates the data panel at low-light levels.
Press the data panel illuminator.
The data panel is illuminated for approximately eight seconds. This period is extended if the flash is used during this time. Press the button again while the data panel is illuminated to extinguish the data panel illuminator.
In low-light or when subject contrast is low, when the shutter button is pressed partway down for Auto Focus, the red lamp on the front of the flash unit will light. This is the AF illuminator used as an aid in Auto Focus.
The AF illuminator operates even when the flash is off. The camera AF illuminator does not operate while the flash AF illuminator is operating. The AF illuminator does not operate while Continuous AF is used in focusing mode (when continually focusing on a moving subject). The AF illuminator may not operate if the focal length of the lens is greater than 300 mm. The flash will not operate when removed from the camera.
Mode and select buttons
The mode, select, +, and - buttons are used to select the functions described on the next page.
The functions are selected with the following basic procedure. See the relevant pages for details.
Select the major item with the mode button. Select the minor item with the select button. Make the setting with the + and - buttons. Press the select button* repeatedly until blinking stops.
* Also possible with the mode button or flash ON/OFF button.
Selected with Selected with the mode button the select button HSS (35) TTL (32) WL (37) RATIO* LEVEL (44) HSS (35) M (32) WL (37) LEVEL (44) Hz MULTI (46) TIME LEVEL
Selected with + and - buttons (items in Italics are default settings) ON,OFF OFF,ON, CONTROL OFF, , *
1/1,1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 ON,OFF OFF,ON
1/1,1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 100, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - - (unlimited), 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15,10,9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 1/8, 1/16, 1/32
Figures in parentheses after each item indicate the page numbers. Pressing the + and - buttons simultaneously for three seconds restores the default settings (p. 51). Multiple settings which cannot be changed are not displayed. * This indicator is displayed, but this function is not available. Use the OFF setting.
Manual flash (M)
Normal TTL flash metering automatically adjusts the flash intensity to provide the proper exposure for the subject. Manual flash provides a fixed flash intensity irrespective of the brightness of the subject and the camera setting. Manual flash can only be used when the camera is in the M mode. In other modes, TTL measuring is automatically selected. As manual flash is not affected by the reflectivity of the subject, it is convenient for use with subjects with extremely high or low reflectivity.
TTL flash metering
Manual flash metering
Select the M mode on the camera. Press the mode button to display panel.
The modes change in the following order. , ,
on the data
Press the + or button to select the power level to set.
The power level can be selected from the following. 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 For details on setting the power level, refer to page 44.
When the shutter button is pressed partway down, the distance where the proper exposure will be obtained will appear in the data panel.
Proper exposure is obtained at less than 1.5 m.
Proper exposure is obtained at more than 28 m. The flash indicator is not displayed after a photo is taken with manual flash. Using custom functions, manual flash may be selected without setting the camera in the M mode (p. 53).
Manual flash provides a fixed flash intensity irrespective of the brightness of the subject and the camera setting. TTL* flash measures the light from the subject that is reflected through the lens. Some cameras enable P-TTL metering, which adds pre-flash to TTL metering, and ADI metering, which adds distance data to the P-TTL metering. This flash defines all P-TTL and ADI metering as TTL flash and on the data panel. displays *TTL = through the lens ADI metering is possible in combination with a lens with a built-in distance encoder. Before using the ADI metering function, check whether your lens has a built-in distance encoder by referring to the specifications in the operating instructions supplied with your lens.
High-speed sync (HSS)
High-speed sync eliminates the restrictions of flash sync speed and enables the flash to be used through the entire shutter speed range of the camera. The increased selectable aperture range allows flash photography with a wide aperture, leaving the background out of focus and accentuating the front subject. Even when photographing at a wide f-stop in the A mode or M mode, when the background is very bright and the shot will normally be over-exposed, you can adjust the exposure by using the high-speed shutter.
Press the mode button to display data panel.
Press the select button to blink HSS.
The currently selected high-speed sync setting ( blinks simultaneously. / ) also
Press the + or button to select
Press the select button repeatedly until blinking stops.
HSS remains on the data panel. High-speed sync is cleared when is selected with the procedure described above, and a shutter speed faster than the sync speed can no longer be set. It is recommended that photos be taken in bright locations. When photographing in dark areas the shutter speed will not exceed the sync speed, even when is selected. The flash range with high-speed sync is smaller than for normal flash photography. Make sure that the subject is within the displayed flash range before taking the photo. High-speed sync cannot be used with multiple flash or bounce flash in the upwards, left, and right directions. When using a flash meter or color meter, high-speed sync cannot be used because it interferes with proper exposure. Either select to clear it or select a shutter speed lower than the sync speed.
Flash Sync Speed
Flash photography is generally associated with a maximum shutter speed referred to as the flash sync speed. This restriction does not apply to cameras designed for high-speed sync (HSS) photography (p. 35), since they allow flash photography at the maximum shutter speed of the camera.
Wireless flash mode (WL)
Photographs taken with the flash attached to the camera are flat as shown in photo 1. In such cases, remove the flash from the camera and position it to obtain a more three-dimensional effect as shown in photo 2. When taking this type of photograph with a single lens reflex camera, the camera and the flash unit are most commonly connected by a cable. This flash eliminates the need for a cable to transmit signals to the flash unit by using the light of the built-in flash itself as a signal. The correct exposure is determined automatically by the camera.
Wireless Flash Range
The wireless flash uses a light signal from the built-in flash as a trigger to operate the off-camera flash unit. Follow the points below when positioning the camera, flash, and subject. Photograph in dark locations indoors. If you rotate the flashtube using bounce-flash function (p. 24) so that the wireless control-signal receiver points toward the camera, it will be easier for the flash to receive a signal from the camera. Place the off-camera flash within the gray area in the following diagram.
Distance between camera and subject (see Table 1)
Distance between flash and subject (see Table 2)
Do not place the flash directly behind the subject Place the camera and flash unit within a 5 m radius of the subject
Distance camera- subject (Table 1) Shutter speed Aperture Distance HVL-F56AM - subject (Table 2) Other than HSS 1/60 to sync speed 1/250 sec 1/500 sec HSS 1/1000 sec 1/2000 sec 1/4000 sec
All shutter Maximum speeds 1/60 sec
1-5 1-5 1-5
1-- 3.- 2.5
1 - 3.- 2.- 1.7
1 - 2.- 1.- 1.2
1 - 1.- 1.2
1 - 1.2
Units: m The distances in the above table assume the use of ISO 100. If ISO 400 is used the distances must be multiplied by a factor of two (assume a limit of 5 m). With wireless flash, the flash range is not shown on the data panel.
Notes on wireless flash
You cannot use a flash meter or color meter in wireless flash mode because the cameras built-in pre-flash goes off. Test flash for the wireless flash is in the currently selected test flash mode. Three flashes occur with and flashes continue for four seconds with. One flash occurs at the HOLD position. The zoom position for the HVL-F56AM is automatically set to 24 mm. A zoom position other than 24 mm is not recommended. In wireless flash mode, ADI metering is canceled and P-TTL flash metering is used automatically (p. 34). Multiple flash cannot be used. If another wireless flash is being used nearby, you can change the channel using custom settings to prevent interference (p. 52). When photographing with the wireless flash, the flash may in rare cases go off by mistake due to ambient static electricity or electromagnetic noise. When the flash is not in use, turn it off using the flash ON/OFF button.
Attaching and removing the mini-stand
Use the supplied mini-stand when the flash unit is separate from the camera. You can attach the flash unit to a tripod using the tripod socket holes in the mini-stand.
 Photography with wireless flash
Use only an off-camera flash unit, using the light from the built-in flash as a signal.
Attach the flash to the camera and turn the power of the flash and camera on. Set the camera to wireless flash.
When the camera is set to wireless the flash is also set to wireless automatically, and WL is displayed on the data panel. The flash channel information is transmitted to the camera.
Remove the flash from the camera and raise the builtin flash. Set up the camera and flash.
See page 38 for details.
Make sure that the built-in flash and flash are fully charged.
is lit in the viewfinder when the built-in flash is fully charged. The AF illuminator on the front blinks, and on the rear is lit, when the flash is fully charged.
Use test flash to check the flash.
The test flash method differs depending on the camera used. For details, see the operation instructions of your camera. If the test flash does not work, change the position of the camera, flash and subject, or point the wireless control-signal receiver towards the camera.
Check again that the built-in flash and the flash are fully charged, and press the shutter button to take the photo.
Do not take photos when RATIO is displayed on the data panel. The exposure may not be correct.
 Setting wireless flash by flash only
Once you have performed the wireless flash setup in step , if you continue to use the same camera and flash combination without changing the wireless channel then you can also set the flash and camera separately to wireless.
Camera setting: Set to the wireless flash mode.
Press the mode button to display
Press the select button repeatedly to blink WL.
The current wireless setting OFF is also displayed.
Press the + or - button to blink WL On. Press the select button repeatedly until blinking stops.
Connecting camera and flash by cable
Using the off-camera cables FA-CC1AM (optional) allows photography with flash units separate from the camera. Up to four flash units can be connected together. Being able to take photographs without having to consider the positioning of the flash unit provides considerable freedom to create a variety of shadow effects on the subject.
Press the select button to blink LEVEL on the data panel.
The current power level is displayed.
The power level may be selected from the following. 1/8, 1/16, 1/32
10 Set the shutter speed and aperture.
The shutter speed is calculated as follows to suit the selected flash frequency and number of flashes. Number of flashes (TIME) Flash frequency (Hz) Shutter speed For example, when ten flashes and 5 Hz are selected, = 2 requires a shutter speed of longer than two seconds.
11 When the flash is fully charged, press the shutter
button to take the photo.
The distance at which the proper exposure is obtained with a single flash is displayed on the data panel. To prevent shaking, the use of a tripod is recommended during multiple flash photography. Test flash will flash at the selected frequency/number/level while the test-flash button is being pressed if the selection switch is at or HOLD. The use of custom settings allows the camera to be set up for manual flash photography without selecting the M mode (p. 54).
Maximum number of continuous flashes
The maximum number of continuous flashes during multiple flash photography is limited by the charge in the battery. Use the following values as a guide.
With alkaline batteries
Power level 1/8 1/16 1/32 Flash frequency (Hz) 10
40* 40* 40* 40*
With nickel-metal hydride batteries (When using 1550 mAh)
Power level 1/8 1/16 1/32 Flash frequency (Hz) 1
40 40* 40* 40* 40* 40* *40 signifies more than 40.
The maximum number of flashes varies with the type of battery and its condition. If the external battery adaptor FA-EB1AM (optional) is used, the maximum number of flashes increases beyond the values given above.
Reset to default settings
Press the + and - buttons together for three seconds.
Most flash functions return to default settings.
Item Flash on/off Flash coverage (zoom) Flash mode (TTL/M/MULTI) High speed sync (HSS) Wireless flash (WL) Ratio control (RATIO)* Power level in TTL/M (LEVEL) Power level in multiple flash (LEVEL) Frequency in multiple flash (Hz) Repetition in multiple flash (TIMES)
Default settings On (Auto on or on) Auto zoom (85 mm) TTL On Off Off 1/1 1/10
* This indicator is displayed, but this function is not available. Custom setting is not reset.
The various flash settings may be changed as necessary. The following five items may be changed. Wireless channel setting (channels 1 to 4) Flash range units (m/ft) Time to auto power off (4 minutes/15 minutes/60 minutes/none) Time to auto power off when using wireless flash (60 minutes/none) Recording modes in which manual flash and multiple flash may be set (M mode only/all modes)
Press the select button for 3 seconds.
The first item (wireless channel setting) is displayed.
Press the select button to select the item, and press the + or button to select the desired setting.
Each time the select button is pressed, the above five items appear on the data panel (see following page).
Select with the + button or button
1. Wireless channel setting
2. Flash range units (m/ft)
Select with the select button
3. Time to auto power off
4. Time to auto power off when using wireless flash
5. Recording modes in which manual flash and multiple flash may be set
M mode only
Press the mode button.
The data panel returns to the original display. When a setting other than the default setting is selected in custom 3, 4 or 5, remains on the data display.
After changing the wireless flash channel (see 1. Wireless channel setting), attach the flash to the camera, and press the shutter button partway down to transmit the flash channel information to the camera. When All modes is selected (see 5. Recording modes in which manual flash and multiple flash may be set), manual flash and multiple flash photography may be used in all recording modes. * The proper exposure may not be obtained with photography in modes other than the M mode, and use of the M mode is therefore recommended. The selected settings are maintained even when the flash unit is turned off, or the battery is removed.
Off-camera cable FA-CC1AM The flash can be used from any position removed from the camera. The off-camera cable can be connected directly to the flashs accessory terminal without using the off-camera shoe.
Off-camera shoe FA-CS1AM
Extension cable FA-EC1AM The off-camera cable FA-CC1AM can be further extended.
Multi flash cable FA-MC1AM Connecting flashes with multi flash cables enables photography with multiple flash units.
Triple connector FA-TC1AM
Connecting the off-camera cable FACC1AM or extension cable FA-EC1AM enables photography with up to three flashes at the same time.
External Battery Adaptor FA-EB1AM
The external battery adaptor contains six AA-size batteries. It reduces charging time by half, and doubles the number of flashes possible.
Notes on use
This flash unit generates strong light, so it should not be used directly in front of the eyes.
The battery level displayed on the data panel may be lower than the actual battery capacity, temperature, and storage conditions. The displayed battery level is restored to the correct value after the flash has been used a few times. When blinks to indicate that the flash cannot be used, pressing the flash ON/OFF button a number of times may result in restoration of the correct battery level display. If the battery level is still not restored, replace the battery. When using lithium batteries, if the batteries become hot due to high temperature or continuous use, may blink and the flash may not work for a while. Wait for the batteries to cool down before using the flash again. Nickel-metal hydride batteries can lose power suddenly. If starts blinking or the flash can no longer be used while taking pictures, change or recharge the batteries. The flash frequency and number of flashes provided by new batteries may vary from the values shown in the table, depending on the time elapsed since manufacture of the batteries.
The flash unit may be used over a temperature range of 0 C to 40 C. Do not expose the flash unit to extremely high temperatures (e.g. in direct sunlight inside a vehicle) or high humidity. The response of the data panel slows as the temperature decreases, and the panel darkens at high temperatures. Restore it to normal temperature if these problems occur. To prevent condensation forming on the flash, place it in a sealed plastic bag when bringing it from a cold environment into a warm environment. Allow it to reach room temperature before removing it from the bag. Battery capacity decreases at colder temperatures. Keep your camera and spare batteries in a warm inside pocket when shooting in cold weather. may blink even when there is some power left in the batteries in cold weather. Batteries will regain some of their capacity when warmed to normal operating temperature. This flash unit is not waterproof. Be careful not to bring it into contact with water or sand when using it at the seashore, for example. Contact with water, sand, dust, or salt may result in a malfunction.
Remove this unit from the camera. Clean the flash with a dry soft cloth. If the flash has been in contact with sand, wiping will damage the surface, and it should therefore be cleaned gently using a blower. In the event of stubborn stains, use a cloth lightly dampened with a mild detergent solution, and then wipe the unit clean with a dry soft cloth. Never use strong solvents, such as thinner or benzine, as these damage the surface finish.
Guide number Normal flash (ISO 100) Power level 1/1 1/2 1/4 1/8 1/16 1/9 6.4 4.5 3.2 Flash Coverage Setting (mm) 17 7.12 5.3 5.7 6.7 7.8 8.13 9.7
Wireless flash (ISO 100) Power level 1/14 Flash Coverage Setting (mm) 85 42
HSS flat flash (flash with HSS, ISO 100) Shutter speed 1/250 1/500 1/1000 1/2000 1/4000 1/8000 1/6.7 4.5 3.5 2.4 1.7 1.Flash Coverage Setting (mm) 8.6 9.6 6.7 7.9.5 4.3 4.6 6.3.5 3.7 4.5 4.7 2.1 2.4 2.3.5 1.2.1 2.5 220.127.116.11
Frequency/Repetition Alkaline Frequency (sec) Repetition (times) 0.2 - - 3200 Lithium 0.2 - - 8000 Nickel hydride (1550 mAh) 0.2 - - 2800
Repetition is the approximate number of times that are possible before a new battery is completely dead. Flash coverage Flash Coverage Setting (mm) Flash coverage Top-bottom ( ) Left-right ( ) Continuous flash performance AF illuminator 31
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