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Bower SFD35C Digital TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 112'/34 m at 50mm) for Canon E-TTL II

B&H # BOSFD35C Mfr # SFD35C
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You Pay: $59.99

The Bower SFD35C Digital Auto-Focus Flash is a fully dedicated E-TTL I/II program flash designed to work with the Canon Digital Rebel, Digital Rebel XT, 20D, and other Canon DSLR's for improved flash photography. It will also work with Canon 35mm AF film SLR models.

Designed with professional and amateur photographers in mind, the SFD35C flash is equipped with a guide number of 112' with full E-TTL I/II metering, automatic shutter speed control and aperture control of digital and analog SLR cameras.

An Infra-Red Auto focus assistant beam ensures proper lighting under low lighting or complete darkness conditions.
Auto cut-off after 3 minutes.
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 112' (34.14 m) at 50 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 75° - 28°
Vari-Power None
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Coverage 28 mm - 85 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 28 mm - 85 mm
Wireless Communication Channels None
Wireless Groups None
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, NiCad, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.0 x 2.4 x 7.3" / 7.6 x 6.1 x 18.5 cm
Weight 9.9 oz / 281 g
Bower SFD35C Digital TTL Shoe Mount Flash (Guide No. 112'/34 m at 50mm) for Canon E-TTL II
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    BowerSFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS
     
    3.9

    (based on 112 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (58)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (69)
    • Lightweight (49)
    • Consistent output (40)
    • Fast recycling (33)
    • Durable (29)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (26)
    • Slow recycling (8)
    • Heavy (6)
    • Not durable (6)
    • Weak output (6)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (64)
    • Portraits (59)
    • Fill flash (24)
    • Everyday (20)
    • Night photography (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (32), Semi-professional (19), Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (39), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    "Bower Power"

    If your a DSL freak like myself, you have scrambled around trying to accessorize your Canon camera. But just to realize that most of the Canon brand flashes are either rent or mortgage...Read complete review

    If your a DSL freak like myself, you have scrambled around trying to accessorize your Canon camera. But just to realize that most of the Canon brand flashes are either rent or mortgage value. Well say hello to the SDF35C Canon flash by Bower. Its affordable and useful controls give the the novice to intermediate photographer the starting point for flash photos.

    It not only gets the job done, but the flash has a handy swivel head and adjustable iris, that widens or narrows your flash amount.

    This is perfect "gizmo" that works specifically with the Canon 7D & 5D series. Although it might now have all of the features and settings to that of a flash that would cost you a car payment, it still provides usefulness to the novice photographer. As you grow in your work, your flashes should follow.

    Yet, I highly recommend this flash to those looking to save a few dollars but still want to achieve that professional look.

    But don't take my word for it, go and see for yourself.

    This is Lewis Duval..and this has been yet another B&H review!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent flash for the money

    This is my first flash; I bought it to compliment the Canon Rebel T1i. So far I have a mixed feeling about this flash. It's a good flash for the money, but I...Read complete review

    This is my first flash; I bought it to compliment the Canon Rebel T1i. So far I have a mixed feeling about this flash. It's a good flash for the money, but I am nevertheless somewhat disappointed. The flash has a minimal feature set, it works just like your pop-up flash in all respects, except that it can swivel and bounce, and is more powerful than the pop-up flash.

    Although the manufacturer claims it supports ETTL II, in reality, it supports none of the advance ETTL features. There is no high speed sync, no 2nd curtain sync (you can enable it camera menu, not sure if it works), no modeling light, etc. There is also no optical slave, no PC sync port, and wireless ETTL is obviously not supported. So do not buy this flash if you are looking for any of these features and read on if these are unimportant to you.

    The flash's build quality is decent. It falls well short of the sturdiness of Canon flashes and some of the better 3rd party ones. If you are hard on your equipment or a professional who uses flash heavily, I do not think this unit will fare too well under heavy usage. However, for casual users who sometimes need a better flash than the in-camera flash, this unit should do the trick. It's not build to professional standard, but not overly fragile either.

    TTL metering seems to work pretty well when you use the flash straight-on, if you bounce it however, you should plan on adding +2 or so exposure compensation or increase your ISO. There is no manual control, so there is no way you can tell the flash to always fire at maximum power. If your camera can do flash exposure lock, then you can trick the camera into firing it at max power. Speaking of power output, this flash's biggest con by far is its weak output. Comparing to the pop-up flash on my T1i, this flash is only about 2 stops brighter. (at the same shutter/aperture, a picture with this flash at ISO 100 will look about as bright as a picture at ISO 800 taken with the onboard flash).

    Recharge time is moderate to slow. About 1-2 seconds if fired at half power, but 5-6 seconds if fired at full power. This is not great, but not horrible either. Capacitor makes whizzing noise, can be kind of annoying if you listen closely, but in my environments should be inaudible. Size is bigger than I thought, about as big as the 55-250mm lens. It can make a Rebel body somewhat top heavy.

    The real redeeming quality of this flash is its price. It's the cheapest flash you can get that bounce, swivels and supports TTL. It produces 2 stops more light than the pop-up flash. These seem to be all I need for now, so I am happy with my purchase. It's good for people taking casual shots of family or just starting out in photography. You can always buy a 430EX/580EX later and use this one as backup if you feel the need.

    Reviewed by 112 customers

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    4.0

    Exactly what I was looking for!

    By Bee

    from Brazil

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Portraits

    Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

    I use this flash when I take pictures with my Canon T3i at night. It works wonderfully! The pictured look clear and beautiful!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    3.0

    Good for the Money

    By Scott

    from Washington DC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

      I've only used it once so far but it seems to work fine. The shoe mount is a little clumsy as it seems to be slanted slightly and the plastic housing feels cheap but for the price it's a fair deal.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Can't ask for much more at this price

      By deepfryerdan

      from Indianapolis, IN

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use

      Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

      This is a pretty straight-forward flash. Nothing special about it. The back panel is basically just a slide-able exposure table to help you understand how to set your camera for the distance you're shooting. You can adjust the distance of the flash by using the built-in Fresnel lens, but other than that, this flash is completely automatic.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      It´s an alternative to Canon flash

      By adrik

      from Buenos Aires, Argentina

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful Output

      Cons

      • Material Quality

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

      It´s not high quality. It´s dificult to conect into the camera

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      3.0

      Decent

      By elay612

      from nyc

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Slow Recycling
      • Weak Output

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use

      Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

      this was a decent flash, i bought it for an event and it did the job, wasnt particularly good or bright but batteries seemed to last a decent amount of time. the recharge time was a bit slow though

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent for the Money!

      By Jayson99501

      from Anchorage, AK

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

        I needed a flash for my Canon D1000. Read the reviews, did some background checking and decided to take a chance. So far, I'm extremely glad I did. This flash works extremely well & gives great results. It's easy to use, it's light weight and fast recycles fast. I highly recomend this product.

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        4.0

        Good price, decent product.

        By Dawn

        from Glendale, AZ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Feels cheap

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

        I have had this flash for over two years now and it is still going strong. I have been using it with my Xsi and have experienced no issues that some have experienced. Doesn't drain batteries very fast either. I use it with a generic bounce cap diffuser. Just upgraded to a Canon 6d and it works just fine with it. Still very satisfied with my purchase.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Nice Flash for the money

        By crmules

        from Delta, PA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful Output

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

          Needed a flash but wasnt going to pay the price that Cannon wanted, it worked wonderful for the wedding pictures I needed to take. Love the fact that it is adjustable and Auto. Read the reviews on it before purchasing. I like it, people stated about the weight, but it isnt really that bad. I have nothing bad to say about this flash it was well worth the money! Yes I would refer this to someone in need of a nice flash!

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          • No

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          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Don't even bother wasting your time!!!

          By B Malloy Photo

          from Boston, ma.

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • None

          Cons

          • Everything

          Best Uses

          • As a door stop

          Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

          First of all I am a professional photographer that owns many flashes and knows a thing or two about them. I bought this flash as a backup for my 580 EX while it was being fixed. I really didn't expect much for the price, but I got it anyway. First of all the battery compartment door took all my might to open it. I really thought I was going to break it. Once I fired it up and put it on my 5d Markk II and took some test shots I noticed that the flash is very blue. I had to crank up my white balance to 7000k just to get a normal looking skin tone. After about 20 shots the flash started to dump full power and every shot there after was completely over exposed, I'm talking white out on the viewfinder. Don't waste your time with this flash, it's not worth your time or money. Thanks for B&H return policy, I was in good hands, and have returned it. In 20 years I have never returned anything to B&H except for this product. Personally I don't think B&H should even carry this product, it's more trouble than it's worth. I wish I could rate this as zero stars, but that is not an option.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good so far

          By Sean

          from Toronto

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

            For the price it seems to work fine, hopefully the lifespan won't be too short.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Does it's job

            By Butch PFD

            from Central Illinois

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

            • Slow Recycling

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Photojournalism

            Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

            Does it's job, is a bit inconsistent in ETTL-II.
            When it works right really good, when not, just so so. I use this for event photography and a supplimental on outdoor photography.
            Flash recycles slower than one of my smaller canon flashes does. Battery door and latch are weak. It is very easy to accidentally bump the on-off switch betwen positions.
            I use this with a Canon XS.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very good flash for the price.

            By Al

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Recycling
            • Powerful Output
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

            Just got this as a gift and it's very good flash for the price. Quick cycle, the head is very flexible on different angle, great coverage and easy to use settings. I would recomend this for newbie and amature. It's just little heavy. Just like a typical flash.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Good Flash

            By Umar

            from Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

                  I like it. Good and Cheap

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great for a beginner...

                  By Gregg

                  from Richmond, VA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

                        This is a great product for someone like me who is a total photography beginner. I was looking for a more natural look to low-light photos, and was able to achieve this with this flash. Feels a bit flimsy, but who could ask for more for the price.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        good value for the $$

                        By Steve

                        from Minneapolis

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful Output
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Cheap construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Night Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

                        Not rock solid, but it's [$]. No manual settings or adjustments but works just fine.

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Not bad for the price

                        By Adji

                        from Glendale

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good price value
                        • Powerful Output

                        Cons

                        • Cheap plastic
                        • Coverage is not wide
                        • Inconsistent Output
                        • No diffuser lens

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

                        It is a replacement for my other flash (different brand) which died as soon as the warranty expired.
                        Battery compartment door need a big improvement, seems it is going to break when being closed.
                        Shoe mount is so flimsy.
                        The E-TTL is not compatible with Canon XSi.
                        Inconsistent output even the E-TTL light on when fired. Has not used many times yet, still have long to go to proof its durability.
                        It has good power but unfortunately it does not cover 18 mm wide angle lens even I had a diffuser lens installed (from my other flash)
                        I would give 4 stars if the E-TTL works every shot and 5 stars for better quality.

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                        • No

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                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        This is a great flash!

                        By wolfgang

                        from Bright, IN

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Powerful Output
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

                          Bought this flash to use with my new Canon XS Rebel. They work great together. This flash has plenty of power, but not too much to cause the burn-out look. Whether I point this flash directly at my subject or bounce this flash (off ceiling/wall) all my photographs look good. If you can't bounce your flash and want to aim your flash directly at your subject, you can dial down flash exposure compensation in camera to control the amount of light from this flash in your exposure. I get great results from this flash!

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Would buy this product again.

                          By jmp

                          from Hearst Ontario, Canada

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful Output
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

                          Easy to use, light weight and fast recycling.Just what I needed.

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                          • No

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                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Bower SFD35C Flash

                          By mydigitalfoto

                          from Gainesville, GA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Slow Recycling

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

                          My camera is a Canon T2i. It is a great on camera flash. Even the TTL works great. Can't access all the camera menus for external flash. Can't imagine the expensive Canon Flashes providing any more than this flash. Kind of slow recycling. All things considered, I love this flash.

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                          3.0

                          OK product

                          By Tes

                          from North Dakota

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Bower SFD35C Digital Flash for Canon EOS:

                            Works great for one person or two kids. For the money it is good.

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                            • No

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