Here is my selection of the best compact flash which I would consider to buy for a Sony a7,a9 or a6500 camera.
The flash in this post can also be used on the Sony a9 or a6500 since they share the same hot shoe. A flash can be useful in various situations, for example to get a more balanced color during daylight or as a controller for other flash lights.
In my selection I was also taking price into consideration and selected products which are affordable.
|Flash / Video Light||Weight|
|Manfrotto Lumimuse 8||177 grams / 6.2 oz.|
|Nissin i40S||205 grams / 7.2 oz.|
|Metz M400||221 grams / 7.8 oz.|
|Sony HVL-F45RM||318 grams / 11.2 oz.|
|Godox TT685S HSS 1||410 grams / 14 oz.|
|LimoStudio 160||700 grams / 24.7 oz.|
|Neewer CN-576||1050 grams / 37 oz.|
weight: 318 grams / 11.2 oz. recycling time: 2.5 sec. batteries: 4 AA
The Sony HVL-F45RM is probably the first choice if you have already a Sony camera. It can operate as a radio wireless receiver or commander beside sitting on your camera.
Further, it can wirelessly support 15 units and comes with a dot-matrix LCD.
The flash can also be tilt from -8 to 150° and rotates left and right to 180°.
The output of the flash is 400 lux and is dust- and moisture resistant.
weight: 205 grams / 7.2 oz. recycling time: 0.1 - 4 sec. batteries: 4 AA
Nissin i40 has a video light function which could be a great feature if you are a vlogger.
The flash also comes with a softbox, tilts upwards 90° and left and right 180°.
Further, the flash offers a manual zoom as well as a 24-105mm auto zoom mode.
It also comes with a Fill-in reflector and Light diffusing panel.
weight: 221 grams / 7.8 oz. recycling time: 0.1 - 3.2 sec. batteries: 4 AA
The Metz M400 has a zoom range of 24-105mm and comes with a video light function.
The flash can rotate left and right 180° and features an OLED Display & Micro-USB Port.
The flash can be operated wirelesslly either in TTL or servo mode.
There is also a reflector card built into the flash.
The Metz M400 also received the TIPA award for the the best portable Flash in 2017.
Godox TT685S HSS 1
weight: 410 grams / 14 oz. recycling time: 0.1 - 2.6 sec. batteries: 4 AA
The Godox TT685S HSS 1 offers a zoom range of 20-200mm and comes with a built-in wireless radio system. The flash can output 230 full power flashes with 2500mA Ni-MH batteries.
The flash is compatible with the Sony Wireless Lighting System and can operate as a lsave or master unit. Further, it can also be controlled by Sony’s own flashes e.g. HVL-F43M and HVL-F32M.
The only limitation is that the Flash won’t offer the focus assistant.
weight: 700 grams / 24.7 oz.
The LimoStudio 160 comes with a 160 pcs LED continues light and 4 color filters as well as a battery for video light and a charger.
There is also a hard shell case included to keep the parts together and transport them safely.
weight: 1050 grams / 37 oz. batteries: Sony NP-F battery or AC adapter
The Neewer CN-576 comes with 576 individual LEDs, 3 filters and provides changeable color temperatures (3200K to 5600K) and brightness.
Further, it’s also possible to attach a diffusor.
It also offers a lot of battery capacity (NP-F batteries not included) so the light can be used over a longer period without attaching it to an AC power source.
The light is flicker free and dimmable.
Manfrotto LUMIMUSE 8 LED
weight: 177 grams / 6.2 oz.
The Manfrotto LUMIMUSE 8 LED is an ultra-portable LED light for vloggers and comes with a set of snap-fit filters which can be stored in a carrying case.
Manfrotto also offers a set of filters which can be purchased additionally to the ones included with the LUMIMUSE 8.
There is also a hot shoe mount and a 1/4” thread to attach it to a tripod. The LED outputs a color temperature of 5600 K.
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