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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.

A photo of a Sony GN58 Flash (HVL-F58AM):

Sony GN58 external Flash features:
ADI flash metering;
wireless flash mode for remote lighting operating;
high-speed synchronisation;
Quick Shift Bounce;
and ability to define group ratios for wireless flash shooting.

The content of Sony GN58 Flash (HVL-F58AM):

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).

Two Sony GN58 Flashes (HVL-F58AM):

Unlike Don, I can't afford taking 23 rechargeable batteries out for travelling. I only take two sets of batteries plus a charger. (to Don: Antony is poor.)

This entry has Lightbox effect enabled. Click on the thumbnails for larger photos.

(to Don: Antony is poor.)

related blog entries:
Sony Super Quick Charger (31 March, 2009)
tracking myself with Sony GPS-CS1KASP (3 January, 2009)
one more Sony (Sony DSLR α350) (15 November, 2008)

Two's better than one series:
part 10 (Chinese Dining Sets, 19 February, 2009)
part 9 (Logitech V470, 27 September, 2008)
part 8 (mouse pads, 16 April, 2008)
part 7 (hard disks, 21 February, 2008)
part 6 (drawers, 5 October, 2007)
part 5 (external HDDs, 2nd August, 2007)
part 4 (iPod shuffle, 1st July, 2006)
part 3 (Apple Pro Keyboard and Pro Mouse, 17 April, 2004)
part 2 (Sony Ericsson T610s, 21 February, 2004)
part 1 (GameCubes, 18 December, 2003)

Posted by Antony on 9 April 2009 8:08 AM | gadget, photos

more April 2009 blogs. (or 2009 blogs)
from iTunes Store:
They look like little robots from Star Wars!
Of course, no "professional" photographer would be without these expensive toys? Two, two?
It might be time you modified your "shop-aholic" ways, it can't be too long before Antony is "really" poor!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 9 April 2009 10:59 AM.
I get the feeling that just one of those flashes cost more than my 23 rechargeable batteries. But, of course, you would never buy no-name batteries, so you would refuse to buy them that cheap.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 9 April 2009 2:15 PM.
Both of you missed out the key thing: I bought those in bargains.
The first one I bought with the 20% off voucher, and the second one was bought from a shop willing to sell at the price before price hike due to super strong US currency. Hence, Antony is poor.
Posted by Antony Shen on 9 April 2009 7:47 PM.
I get the idea that your percentage cutoff for a "bargain" is much, much lower than mine.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 9 April 2009 9:13 PM.
I don't demand un-realistic bargains.
Posted by Antony Shen on 10 April 2009 1:02 AM.
Yes, instead you buy the thing with the Sony or Apple logo on it, or failing that, the next most expensive thing on the store shelf.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 10 April 2009 1:46 PM.
I only buy things that are needed and suitable, preferably a bit better quality therefore the item can last a bit longer. This leads to saving in long term.
Posted by Antony Shen on 10 April 2009 5:52 PM.
Even if it were true that the third-party ones didn't last as long, you could probably buy two or more third-party accessories for the price of one Sony accessory. The combined longevity of both would probably outweigh your strange problem of third-party accessories not lasting as long.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 10 April 2009 9:47 PM.
Besides the useful lifetime, there are other aspects such as compatibilities, feature supports, over all integration etc...
Posted by Antony Shen on 10 April 2009 10:36 PM.
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