9 April, 2009
two Sony GN58 Flashes; two's better than one (ch 11)
As we all know that lighting is the main thing of photography. A good external flash is needed in a number of situations. I know my α350 has a built-in flash, but you can't compare the built-in (pop-up) flash to an external flash.
Last December, I had some trouble getting a Sony GN58 Flash delivered. (The bloody courier company Allied Express lost the package, under insurance, I got a new package, however, there's a delay in receiving goods.) I should have received the flash before the trip to Tasmania. However, it ended up that I received the Sony GN58 Flash in late January.
Why did I get two Sony external Flashes? Well, two flashes are better than just one. Besides that, few weeks after getting the first flash, I noticed that Sony Australia (like many other companies) has increased the RRP (recommended retail price) in almost every item. This flash (HVL-F58AM) has a price hike of $200 (AUD). I happened to find a retailer willing to sell GN58 Flash at last year's price (their stocked item). So I bought the second one. (to Don: Antony is poor.)
(as usual, more photos follow...)
Why does almost all items have their prices increased? Thanks to the strong US currency, Australian dollar became extremely weak since the financial crisis. All imported items become expensive. Americans are lucky as the price index is based on USD, and they are not affected (much) by the exchange rate.
GN stands for "guide number" in photography. In short, it indicates how far the flash can reach. The higher the number, the more powerful the flash is.
Sony GN58 external Flash features:
Like Sony GPS tracking device, this flash takes both alkaline and NiMH batteries. According to the manual, NiMH batteries (2500 mAh) can deliver more shoots. This justifies the need for getting some 2700mAh NiMH batteries as well as a suitable charger (related blog entry).
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(to Don: Antony is poor.)
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