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Bower SFD290 Digital Universal Automatic Flash for Canon, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, and Samsung
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- Full Automatic Mode lets the Flash Light Sensor determine the correct amount of light for each shot
- Guide Number: 99 feet (50mm @ ISO 100)
- Bounce and swivel zoom head allows versatile reflection for difficult lighting conditions
- Compatible with most digital SLR models including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, and Samsung
- 28mm-85mm Zoom coverage
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 1.75 x 6.25 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.57 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
The build is overall cheap but okay for the price, it will last a while when you take care of it. The major downside is that it's not really a TTL flash. The title says something about "automatic", I'm really unsure what they mean with that. Fact is, it produces a strong flash, you can swivel the head (even at the wall behind you) but it doesn't communicate with the camera. You can still use it on-camera though, but it's more like a manual flash gun, so operating the camera in auto-mode will most likely produce an overexposed photo. If you're unsure if you should buy it... it's an okay budget flash which will give you more options than the popup-flash, but if you're more like the I-use-my-SLR-only-in-auto-mode guy than better invest $100+ in a TTL flash which will get more information from and to the camera than: Fire flash now!
But here's the deal: Buy a remote FM-trigger (I use the "CowboyStudio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Trigger Receiver for Canon EOS, Nikon, Olympus & Pentax Flashes Other products by cowboystudio") and use this flash as an off-camera remote unit. Again, manual mode operation of your camera is recommended, but you can achieve great results with this off-camera set for $70 (flash + trigger). Combine it with a lighting stand, camera bracket and umbrella, and you have a portable studio lighting set for about $100-$130. This flash does even fit better on the remote trigger than my SB-600 because it has a screw-ring (not shown in the product picture) to tighten it to the flash-shoe-mount.
A few weeks later, I used a soldering iron to melt a hole in the back to make access for the inside switch. I also had to cut a sliver off the side of the battery box because the metal contacts would catch when I would want to remove the lid.
So, after slicing it open and all, I find that it still works, and works pretty well, for a piece of junk. I thought about changing the rating to two stars, but no product should have to be jury-rigged this much to make it work.
What a scam they have going on here. Stay away from this, it will not work. Stay away from stores who sell this, they are clearly scam artists themselves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bad quality, I had 3 replacements that stopped working after the first try, don't recommend this flash, the price is too good to be true.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Does not work, will fire with button usage, but will not fire at all while one the camera.Published 8 months ago by julies