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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:48 am 
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Hello everyone (new here... hehe), I just bought a HVL-F42AM flash from my local Sony Style store... and after unboxing it, there is no manual! While I have located the online manual, it's very confusing to navigate. I was just wondering who else has this flash or another Sony flash and did you get a manual? All I have is the flash, stand, case, warranty papers, that's it. There is a hollow space where I think the manual should go...

Thanks in advance!


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Hello dslrisfun,
I got the HVL-F42AM flash, and yes I did get a users guide (a small one). It works fine


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I got the same flash over a year ago, and it has a rather thick manual in 5 languages. The manual may be different depending on which region you are in.

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First of all: a warm welcome to the Camera Labs forum!

I got a big fat manual with my HVL-F42AM... There should be one in the box.

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Thanks for the replies guys!

Grr, looks like my flash was probably opened before, that's why the manual was misplaced. Any other reason why the manual might be missing? I guess I should go back to the same store and ask for one, if not, I might contact Sony or just read the online manual (which I don't really like).


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That is why when I purchase something I always ask the salesman to open the box to make sure everything is in it... because I got screwed once when I bought a DVD player homecinema systeme (5.1 surround speakers) and the remote was missing, so to get a replacement remote I had to pay for it.

That's why I never purchase online.


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lol! I am probably going to sound foolish but the sales guy, although very clumsy, opened the box and showed what's inside. I saw a few sheets of paper so I thought hmm, maybe the manual is really short?

Anyhow, I have a question, how do I get the flash to go on slave mode, so that I can set it off with my on camera flash?


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Connect it to the body, and select wireless flash on the body. Then you can remove it for wireless use.

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thanks a lot popo! got it to work :)


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Wireless mode is cool to use, I did a few shots for friends with their cars, I placed the flash bellow the car (with a 1 sec. exposure)... it came out pretty nice, now if I can find them to show...

Show us some photos after


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You should be able to download the manual from the Sony website...that is afterall where we've all gotten the a850 manual isn't it. :wink:

I really don't like the Sony manuals...i find them horrible to read...especially the flash ones. I have my flash manual on the table next to my bed and i still feel like i don't understand a word from it.

On a slightly different note....i just bought a Gary Fong Lightsphere (Cloud). That thing is awesome! The light from the 58 (which is super strong) is waaaaaaay more diffused and soft now. Makes the flash totally useable for me now.

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^ hi there. I have also heard about the Gary Fong flash accessories and a local camera store carries them. They are quite expensive though are they not? I need a diffuser/softbox thingy of some sort, because even when bouncing the light, it's kinda harsh :)


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