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Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL

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The Bower SFD35N Digital Auto-Focus Flash is a fully dedicated i-TTL program flash designed to work with the Nikon line of digital and film SLR cameras.

Designed with professional and amateur photographers in mind, the SFD35N flash is equipped with a guide number of 112' with full i-TTL 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 SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL
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    BowerSFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL
     
    3.9

    (based on 54 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (35)
    • Lightweight (27)
    • Fast recycling (18)
    • Consistent output (15)
    • Durable (14)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (11)
    • Heavy (4)
    • Slow recycling (4)
    • Not durable (3)
    • Weak output (3)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (28)
    • Portraits (17)
    • Fill flash (16)
    • Night photography (9)
    • Home (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-professional (8), Semi-pro photographer (8), Enthusiast (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Does everything I need it to...

    I wasn't entirely sure of what to expect (as far as true quality) when I first bought this flash, but after having used it for several weeks now, I'm actually very...Read complete review

    I wasn't entirely sure of what to expect (as far as true quality) when I first bought this flash, but after having used it for several weeks now, I'm actually very pleased.

    This flash has a few small quirks I've noticed that can be slightly annoying, but nothing that would keep me from buying it a second time. My chief annoyance is that the back-lit control panel on my D80 sometimes lights up whenever I turn the flash on for the first time - no big problem, it turns itself off after a few seconds.

    Battery life is good enough for most indoor photography I've done. I got just shy of 200 shots with one set of rechargables at my last gig - the max, according to the manual. Overall, the flash feels pretty "plasticy" and the hotshoe connector is made out of plastic, but as long as you're not throwing it at walls, it should serve well in my opinion. I especially liked the way that this flash swivels 330 degrees - almost all the way around so I can fire over both shoulders if I need to!

    I needed something more powerful and versatile than my on-camera pop-up flash, and I found it for less than half as much as an SB-600! I'm happy.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    You get what you pay for

    Simple TTL flash. Plug and play. However, you can not accurately/manually control flash power (Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, etc are not listed on the flash) There...Read complete review

    Simple TTL flash. Plug and play. However, you can not accurately/manually control flash power (Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, etc are not listed on the flash) There is no sync port on the side of the flash. Also no digital screen, just a sticky manual slider. Very cheap construction but the light weight could be an added bonus since my camera is very heavy. If you're looking for a basic flash to stick on the top of your camera and shoot auto with, no need to buy an $$$ brand name flash. However, this will soon become just a backup flash for me as soon as I can drop the $$$ for a true Nikon SB flash.

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    2.0

    Cheap Switch and Settings Selector

    By Steviendo

    from Hickory,NC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Cheap Power Switch
    • Cheap Settings Switch

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

    The Flash had very small text for the settings on it and the Power and Selector Settings had a very cheap feel to them. I ended up using the OEM Flash on my D3100 and compensating manually. I did not even go through the effort of installing the batteries into it.

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    4.0

    Amazing flash for the money

    By Amanda

    from South Carolina

    Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

    I have been wanting a show mount flash for a long time but didn't want to drop the cash on a Speedlight. Then I found this beauty! It's plenty powerful, a little on the clunky side though. It doesn't feel cheap, it just doesn't feel like you paid $500 for it. For the money, it delivered way more than expected!

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    5.0

    Value for Money

    By Les

    from Hattiesburg MS

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

      I am no professional. Flash performs well for what I need. I photograph dogs and cats for a local shelter. It is simple to fit to and does not effect the handling of my camera.

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      5.0

      Flash Works Oerfectly

      By Paul

      from Royal Oak, Michigan

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

        My Nikon has a builtin flash but yours works a great deal better. Good product. Good job.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great flash for the Money

        By Cactus Jack

        from Albuquerque, NM

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use

        Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

        I cant afford a Nikon SB-910 flash, so I read the reviews here on the Bower, and decided to give it a try. The i-TTL works perfectly so far. I'm very pleased with it. Some reviews say they make noise, but mine doesnt. I'm recommending it to my friends.

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        5.0

        Cheap solutions

        By Detroiter

        from Novi, MI

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

            I use this flash to take extra and intraoral pictures in dentistry. It matches with the digital camera Nikon D50 I have in the office and the price is excellent

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            3.0

            good

            By Suma

            from Providence,RI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

            • Slow Recycling

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

            I tried indoor photography and was surprised with the pictures and the light diffusion. Since i was working with 11 month old kids as subjects changing the angle of flash really helped. ONly issue i have with this is with continuous shots we loose out on osme pictures as flash doesnt get charged with the same speed as camera

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            4.0

            Great Value

            By rkm

            from Wisconsin

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Recycling
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Haven't found one yet

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

            I don't take a lot of flash photo's but some times the camera flash just isn't enough. Bought this mostly because of the price and I couldn't be more pleased. No this isn't a professional piece of equipment but if you need to take pictures a the kids recital it is great. Nice coverage, fast recharge and light weight. I would definitely buy this product again.

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            5.0

            love it

            By Genny

            from Olathe, Ks

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                I really like this flash. I have a Nikon D3100 and everything that I have tried so far works great.

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                4.0

                Nice Value for Photo Hobbyist

                By Jami

                from Illinois, USA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use

                    Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                    I bought this for my Nikon D3000. I have 3 Nikkor lenses for the camera, but this is my first flash purchase and my first off-brand purchase. It is obvious that the construction of the flash is not as solid or high-quality as the other items I own, but having never had an external flash before I can't really say if it differs greatly from its brand-name counterparts. (I suspect it does) The high-pitched noise it makes is certainly audible when I am alone, shooting a non-human subject, but I doubt I will notice when shooting at parties or kids' sporting events, which is really what I will need it for the most. For me, a mom and photo-enthusiast, the proposition of spending a lot of money on the brand name flash seemed silly. I read the reviews and made my selection. It is easy to use and fits into my Kelly Moore bag quite nicely. Overall, I am happy with the purchase.

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                    4.0

                    What a Great Addition to my Nikon Camera

                    By none

                    from rushville Illinois

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                      I would give this four stars because I haven't had it that long. So far I am amazed at how easy it was to attach to my camera. It is simple to use, and my pictures are so much better with this flash. I am really excited to take more pictures with it.

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                      4.0

                      Good 1st fill flash

                      By Jen

                      from cochranville,pa

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Powerful Output

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                      I use this flash for indoor or outdoor photography. I just started using it, but so far it seems to do what I need it to.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      A Little Weak.....

                      By engineer623

                      from Knoxville, TN

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slow Recycling
                      • Weak Output

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash

                      Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                      I bought this for my brother to use on his D40 in his photography class. The output seems a little weak. It is being used now primarily for fill light. The fit and finish appear to be reasonably good, given its cost. Overall, it is ok for small tasks, but I think a speedlight would be a better bet for heavy lifting, so to speak.

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                      4.0

                      i would buy this product again

                      By prinso

                      from brooklyn,NY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Bulky
                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                      just a regular guy who takes pics for fun. i found this flash to be a little bit bulky and takes a few aa batteries but works very well with my nikon d3100. charge time is very reasonable considering the price i paid for it, overall i like it very much and would recommend it

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                      5.0

                      On a budget & thrilled

                      By Colleen D.

                      from Cockeysville, MD

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful Output
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Slow Recycling

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                      I am very happy with this flash. I needed something with budget in mind so I did my homework and saw on various web sites that this was a good product. My only complaint is that it is hard to use for weddings, kids and puppies. Reason being, it takes a while to charge the flash but I mean hey, for the price I cannot complain.

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                      5.0

                      So very Happy.

                      By Matt

                      from Georgia

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful Output
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Night Photography
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                        Got this product on a monday used it that saturday for senior portraits. The best thing about this product is you get more than what you pay for. I learned along time ago that the only way to make money is not to spend it. So when you can spend [$] dollars verses $500 that's great. It was easy to use right out of the box. It included easy to understand directions. I had no problem dialing in the right amount of flash with the slider. The full motion of the flash is also a great feature. We were able to really get some interesting shots under a train trusell with a bounce flash.Yes this thing is made of plastic all the way, but I believe it is just as durable as my Nikon 3100. And you can believe me I have no plans of droping niether.I have thought and thought about any cons I could list, but i don't have any at this time. It does every thing I need it to do. What more can you want.

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                        3.0

                        An okay product

                        By Brendansmith1252

                        from Spokane, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Recycling

                        Cons

                        • Bulky
                        • Heavy
                        • Weak Output

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use

                        Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                        I needed something for studio lighting with my diffusers and these don't quite pump out the light i was hoping for, also without a output control you never know what you're gonna get.

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                        5.0

                        Perfect bounce

                        By Beginner photographer

                        from Houston, TX

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                        I needed a dedicated Flash for my new D3100 and I needed a affordable price. This was perfect for my needs. I actually like this better than my Nikon SB-800 Flash. It was a fraction of that flash. I still needed a soft box because it had no light diffuser. It takes 4 double AA batteries and I just use standard ones. They heat up pretty quickly when shooting a lot of shots. But one night of work I replaced once. that was about 400 shots.

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                        4.0

                        Great buy for the cost

                        By Big"E"

                        from Monroe Michigan

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Powerful Output

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                        never know where your seat are at grandkids shool programs in auditorium and the lights are lowered.Sufficient lighting at 100'.

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                        4.0

                        Good value flash

                        By Rich in Napoli

                        from Napoli, Italia

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Recycling

                        Cons

                        • Non-rechargable

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Photojournalism

                        Comments about Bower SFD35N Digital Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                        Purchased to use with my D40/D90 that I allow my students to use. Good flash and made a huge difference at the last sporting event we covered. My major complaint is the AA batteries... would like a rechargable pack.

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