Sony has announced the HVL-F43AM external flash for its range of Alpha SLT and SLR cameras. It has a guide number of 43 (at 105mm, ISO 100) and features the same Quick Bounce System as the HVL-F58AM. This allows the position of the flash head to be adjusted quickly for landscape and portrait-format compositions. The HVL-F43AM can be used with Sony's Wireless Ratio Control and is dust and moisture resistant. Also announced is the VCT-55LH Bracket, which can be used to attach various accessories to the Alpha and NEX range cameras, a soft carrying case (the LCS-AMB) designed to protect A-series cameras, and a lens hood (the ALC-SH111) which is designed to fit the DT 35mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/2.8 SAM lenses. 

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Sony introduced powerful, compact external flash for Alpha cameras with Quick Shift Bounce

Also introduces new Alpha system accessories including bracket, carrying case and lens hood

  • HVL-F43AM external flash with GN43, Quick Shift Bounce adjustment, wireless ratio control and dust/moisture resistant design
  • More new α system accessories: VCT-55LH bracket, LCS-AMB soft carrying case and ALC-SH111 lens hood

VCT-55LH Bracket
The VCT-55LH is a versatile mounting bracket that offers space for mounting additional ISO cold shoe accessories. A useful add-on for all A-mount cameras by Sony, the bracket can also be used with E-mount cameras such as the NEX-5/NEX-3 and the Handycam® NEX-VG10E HD camcorder.

Other accessories – like a shotgun microphone – can be securely mounted while the camera’s main shoe is occupied. The VCT-55LH is ideal for use with the CLM-V55 clip-on LCD monitor that offers a clear, high-resolution view of images during video and still shooting.

Soft Carrying Case LCS-AMB
The LCS-AMB soft carry case protects your A-mount camera and attached standard zoom lens while you’re travelling. A special suspended partition cradles the camera securely while allowing quick access. Finished in durable black polyester material, the case can be slung over a shoulder using the supplied strap, carried by the grab handle or attached to a belt. It also features handy pockets with space for up to two extra batteries, spare memory card and lens cap.

Lens Hood ALC-SH111
Compatible with DT 35mm F1.8 SAM and 85mm F2.8 SAM lenses, this round-profile hood shades from direct sunlight to prevent glare and lens flare.

Pricing and Availability
The new HVL-F43AM external flash, VCT-55LH bracket, LCS-AMB soft carrying case and ALC-SH111 lens hood for α cameras by Sony will be available this summer for about $350, $50, $50 and $20, respectively.

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Lens Hood - ALC-SH111
Bracket - VCT-55LH Soft Carry Case LCS-AMB