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Bower SFD728C TTL Autofocus Flash for Canon E-TTL II
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- Auto power saving and check indicator
- Guide Number: 92 feet (50mm @ ISO 100)
- Fully Dedicated Digital Flash System
- Compatible with all Canon EOS models including: 1D/1Ds, 5D, 7D, 50D, 60D, T1i, T2i, T3/3i, XSi, XS, XT/Ti, 300D, 400D, 450D, 1000D
- 28mm-85mm zoom Coverage
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 1.75 x 6.25 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.55 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Reverse engineering some of the the more basic Canon Speedlite external flash features, the compatible Canon cameras will adjust this Bower unit's flash intensity, auto-focus beam, etc. as well as 2nd curtain photo tricks and in-camera manual flash compensation.
The Bower SFD728C units locks tightly to my Rebel XSi flash shoe, and while the flash is all plastic construction it does not seem to be particularly fragile. Obviously, the manual zoom sleeve and the two way flash head swivel (horizontal and vertical) will allow you to try many of the bounce and indirect lighting tricks the pro's use with their much more expensive professional flash units.
Flash recharge is a fast 3 seconds with fresh batteries and the two rear panel LED indicators (flash ready and exposure status) on the unit are useful. I cannot give it 5 stars as compared to the more features packed Canon Speedlites but that is no shame as this unit is about one tenth the price of the best Canon Speedlite flashes! Still, I give it a solid 4 stars as a great entry level flash unit specifically made to take advantage of SOME of the flash controls and features found in the Canon professional line of SLR cameras.
Please note that it will NOT work as a slave or master with any Canon brand Speedlite multiple flash and extended flash setups. However, there are inexpensive, wireless "flash triggers" that work with various flash units like this Bower flash.Read more ›
I have seen the canon speedlites before, the build quality of Bower's is not close the canon's, but it's not bad either. Pretty lightweight before popping in the batteries, but feels pretty solid with the batteries in it. The base however is plastic.
Test shots were good initially as I hoped. The swivel and bounce results are fantastic. Then did a small photoshoot of parents at home using a sharp lens, and the pictures came out almost pro like that I never got with the built-in flash before. Very satisfied with the flash's performance. I'm not a pro that requires the flash to be thoroughly professional too, but for amateurs like me it's a good bet to get started. My review is not aimed at technically advanced, but just wanted to help out those who are like me undecided whether to buy this cheaper alternative or not. And yes, from what I gathered on the flash photography, E-TTL is very good feature to have in a flash. I'm uploading couple pictures as well.
I was looking for a well priced but good quality flash, which I found with the Bower SFD728C. It is ETTL compatible with my Canon XTi, which made learning how to use a shoe flash as simple as the onboard flash. The guide number is also relatively high (don't remember the exact number),and I was able to shoot a wedding in a small church with little problem. It also has swivel and pan capabilities which don't seem to be as common in this price bracket, allowing for the all important bounce capabilities.
My only complaint was that the locking ring was not very secure, and occasionally the flash would slip just far enough off the contacts to cause the camera to wig out when trying to fire the flash or a mistimed flash.
Overall however, I found the Bower SFD728C to be an easy to use, inexpensive, yet good quality flash. I'm sure there are some features capabilities that one could get with the Canon brand flashes at 2-3 times the price, but I haven't missed them yet.
This Bower flash seems to be able to function as automatic only.
(cannot set the amount of brightness or anything else using the camera's on screen menu)
It's bright, flashes on cue and quick to recharge using NiMH rechargeables.
I've seen a couple bad reviews because some people had trouble inserting batteries.
They load fine when done properly. The two front batteries go in first, then the back two.
The pics I took turned out good. The horizontal and vertical swivel is great to bounce off ceiling or wall.
For the average photographer or beginner, I think it is a great product for the price.
The unit has a plastic housing and base but should be fine if you treat the flash as you would the camera anyway.
NOTE: I recommend buying a diffuser box attachment to soften the flash so it isn't so concentrated in one spot. They're inexpensive(approx $5 to $20) and fold up to easily store or carry. most are universal fit with velcro or band strap attachment. I bought a 6"x8" diffuser but soon discovered that diffuser size to be a bit too large and heavy for the flash head to support/ hold it up right plus it also obstructed the flash's infrared sensor on the front.
The mini diffuser would be the better choice I think, for all around use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing quality at a budget price! I had a Canon name flash and this thing is just as good for so much less. I'm very pleased with it.Published 1 month ago by M. Chavez
Just stopped working after a couple months. Tried all different types of batteries and it would appear to flash but have no lighting effect.Published 3 months ago by EMM
I am in no way a professional when it comes to my DSLR. When my internal flash on my Canon broke, I really needed something that wasn't going to cost me a ridiculous amount. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
You get what you pay for! This flash does do the job for my secondary camera but it lacks the bells and whistles of my Canon Speedlights. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Giard
It was just what I was looking for on a budget price. It swivels to several increments allowing you to bounce the flash for a variety of effects. It seems to be well made too. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dennis
Works well to replace my on camera flash. However, it recommends to remove batteries between use. It will eat batteries if not removed.Published 10 months ago by T. Jones
Good value while it worked. After a year and a half of intermittent usage (I used the thing maybe 10 times total), the flash stopped working (stopped becoming ready regardless of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by L. Sam