Summary: I was using the built in flash and thought it was all that I needed. After using this new F56AM I realized the benefit of an external flash. I love the wireless set up with my Sony A100. It allows you to set the flash at a different angle than your camera and get a fantastic shot with light from above, from the side, etc. A great piece for the professional or the hobbyist.
Summary: I use this flash when ever I can with most of my shots with people, events, nature, macro, ect. This flash works very well with all my needs except macro. A ring flash is still the best, this flash still dose a good job! There is one downfall though I wish sony would have made a better shoe mount for with the weight of the heavy flash on the plastic undersized mount makes you be extra carefull on how you use the two togeather!!
Summary: I burned one of these up - had an assistant shooting a second angle for a beauty pageant. I had set the flash to maximum 1/2 power for faster recycle time and told her to shoot away. After about 400 shots (in 30 minutes) she brought it back to me, dead. Two morals of the story - give it a cooling rest every now and then, and always carry a backup! Finished the event with Minolta 5600HS-D. Otherwise this is an excellent flash.
Summary: have purchased this flash to satisfy my light requirements with Alpha A200. the flash performs grate both mounted and wirelessly. ADI (when mounted with D lens) and P-TTL when wireless works fine. No under/over exposure. the flash zoom is a little noisy but this did not make me uncomfortable. the flash zoom covers zoom ranges 24-75mm while wide panel makes sure you will have smooth and equal light distribution for 17mm focal length.
Pros: ADI and P-TTL works grate, Consistent Output, Durable, Lightweight
Summary: Photography is about light and the HVL-F56AM is the ideal flash for my Alpha 200. The high speed sync lights and stops your moving subjects for professional effects. The wireless function adds creative lighting to your flash photos. The flash is fully integrated with the function of the camera that it functions without your intervention.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet
Summary: If you are going to have a dSLR you need this on & off camera strobe. All on camera flashes don't give the natural lighting look. We need the light coming from the side. This flash works off camera to do that.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Quiet
Summary: I liked the first HVL-F56AM so well, I decided that I needed another one! Having 2 of them, and using their wireless capability really opens up a whole new world of creativity. Unbelievable power, and quick recycling time. I may buy a third one soon. No gripes at all.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Quiet