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Here is my selection of the best compact flash which I would consider to buy for a Sony a7,a9 or a6500 camera.
The products listed 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.
|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.|
|Aputure F7 (my personal choice)||260 grams / 9.17 oz.|
|Aputure AL-MX||280 grams / 9.87 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.
You can get the Sony HVL-F45RM on Amazon.
The Aputure AL-MX is the smallest camera light from Aputure and offers a 30% boost kick over 60 seconds interval if you are in a situation where you might need more light for a shorter period. One benefit of this light is that it can be charged through is USB port which might come quite handy especially if you have a USB Power Bank with you.
The video light comes with 128 LEDs, has a beam angle of 120 degrees and a color temperature range from 2800K to 6500K. However, if you need a more versatile light then I would rather recomment the the Aputure F7 over this light even so it weights a bit more.
You can buy the Aputure AL-MX on Amazon.
The Aputure F7 is currently the light which I am using myself. Similar to the Aputure AL-MX it can be charged through its USB prot. Moreover, you can also power it with a Sony NP-F battery attached to its back. The F7 comes with 256 high-CRI led lights, has a beam angle of 45 degree, and a color temperature range of 3200K-9500K. Moreover, the brightness of the F7 can be adjusted from 1 to 100%.
You can buy the Aputure F7 on Amazon.
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.
You can get the Nissin i40S on Amazon.
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.
You can get the Metz M400 on Amazon.
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.
You can get the Godox TT685S HSS 1 on Amazon.
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.
You can get the LimoStudio 160 on Amazon.
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.
You can get the Neewer CN-576 on Amazon.
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.
You can get the Manfrotto LUMIMUSE 8 LED on Amazon.