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Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL

B&H # BOSFD14N Mfr # SFD14N
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The Bower SFD14N TTL Macro Ringlight Flash provides full TTL control (including i-TTL) with both digital or film SLR cameras. This allows for accurate exposures of closeup subjects. When shooting at extremely short distances, relatively minor movement of lighting and subject results in relatively large changes of exposure. TTL metering eliminates the need for lengthy calculations of exposure, because the inherent loss of light at macro distances can automatically be accounted with ease.

Fully dedicated with i-TTL
Provides approx. 100-200 flashes
Type Flash
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 46' (14.02 m) ISO100 at 50 mm position
Modeling Light No
TTL Dedication Yes
Recycle Time Approximately 4 - 6 seconds
Filter Thread 52mm
Side Wings No
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Maximum Lens Diameter 2.64" / 67 mm
Ring Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Unit Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL
  • Controller Unit
  • Flash Unit
  • 55mm Lens Adapter Ring
  • 58mm Lens Adapter Ring
  • 62mm Lens Adapter Ring
  • 67mm Lens Adapter Ring
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    BowerSFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL
     
    3.8

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (9)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Consistent output (4)
    • Fast recycling (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (7)
      • Macro (5)
      • Macro photography (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (7), Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-professional (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent Marco Ringlight, great price!

      I decided to give this macro ringlight flash a try and found it be be very usefull for all types of macro photography. I use it on my D300 in i-ttl mode and the...Read complete review

      I decided to give this macro ringlight flash a try and found it be be very usefull for all types of macro photography. I use it on my D300 in i-ttl mode and the exposures and even light are right on. At 1/5th the price of the Nikon system and a complete ring strobe mounted in front of your lens, it is hard to beat.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good for the price

      Inconsistent output.
      Flash is not fully recharged when light shows it is.

      Inconsistent output.
      Flash is not fully recharged when light shows it is.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excelent ring flash for the price

      By Javier

      from Atizapan, Mexico

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

        Real ring flash, not a LED array permanently on, so this puts out a lot more light than those LED ones.

        Compatibility with Nikon's iTTL metering is accurate and fast.
        Build quality is average with those from Vivitar or Neewer and just a bit below Sony's or Nikon's standards but 10 times cheapper, to sumarize it feels firmly put toghether but I would not drop it on purpose to test it.

        Taking photos with it is a real pleasure, you'll have a catchlight in the eyes of people for every portrait you take, temprerature of light looks a little cold but it is not a deal breaker.

        It fits perfectly on any 52mm thread size and comes with adapters for use with the most common lens threads 55mm, 58mm 62mm and 67mm.

        Recycle times are around a second with alkalines and under that with most powerfull batteries,

        I have read other reviews talking about missfires but it has not been the case with the product I acquired. So far I am happy with the results and improvements in my photography.

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        4.0

        smooth lighting

        By Gerry

        from Plymouth, MN

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

        Excellent results

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        • No

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Ringlight Flash on Nikon D-70

        By Doc

        from Corvallis, OR

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

          I purchased the SFD14N to see if I would like the results of a ringlight flash. I have it on a Nikon D-70 with a DX VR AF-S NIKKOR 18-55 mm f3.5-5.6 G lens. I shoot manual TTL. It has worked very well on flowers with this lens. I will be testing it on a longer macro lens in the future.
          The only negative feature that I have found is that the ready and flash OK lights on the power unit are too small to see in bright sunlight.

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          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Disappointed

          By Joe

          from Toronto, On

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                Don't waste your money. This flash does not work well with D5100. It is very inconsistent.

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                4.0

                For the money, incredibly worth it.

                By ASpeight Photo

                from Burlington, VT

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Cheap
                • Fairly Lasting Charge
                • Multiple Connecter Rings

                Cons

                • Not Super Well Made
                • Only One Flash Strength
                • To Powerful at Times

                Best Uses

                • Low Light
                • Macro
                • Night Time

                Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                I bought this flash because I've been having problems for awhile with my on-camera flash when I'm shooting macro. When extended fully, the lens would block part of the flash. So I knew I needed to buy something to extend my macro capabilities.
                I shoot with a Nikon D7000, and this works great in most situations. Sometimes it's either to powerful or to weak, so it'd be nice to have multiple flash strengths, but for this price it's hard to argue.
                Overall, it's worth the money!

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Inconsistent Flash

                By jojete

                from Toronto, On

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Price

                Cons

                • Inconsistent

                Best Uses

                • Macro

                Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                Ok when it works. Very Inconsistent. Has problem communicating with my D5100 most of the time.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great little flash for macro

                By Bokepo

                from Minneapolis, MN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Good Color Value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light

                  Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                  I use this flash ring exclusively for macro. It has just enough light to make highlights pop without being too harsh.

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                  4.0

                  excellent low cost ring flash

                  By scratch

                  from montreal quebec

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                        I recommend this very affordable ring flash to anyone looking to buy their first.I bought this flash to eliminate more shadow while shooting on green screen,also lots of fun for portraits.excellent little flash

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                        5.0

                        Great Little Ringlight for a Low Price

                        By Photo_Lover

                        from Brambleton, VA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great shadowless photos
                        • Works as designed

                        Cons

                        • Weak

                        Best Uses

                        • Macros close portraits

                        Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                        The Bower ringlight may not be the post powerful ringlight on the market, but it does what it is designed to do. It takes great shadowless macro photos and closeup portraits. Not bad for less than $120.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        This is ok to get stared in Macro

                        By Reed

                        from Birmingham, AL

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                          I am really not into macro photography but I own a macro lens. So, I thought I needed a flash but I really didn't want to spend a bunch of money to buy one. This flash fits. It's not perfect and it's limited on what you can do with it. It work well when your have your camera on auto mode but I rarely shoot in auto. I don't regret my buying it but if I really wanted to get in macro photography I would buy something else.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Bower Macro Ringlight Flash

                          By carylwithay

                          from San Francisco, Ca

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                          I use this ring flash on my Nikon 70-180 macro lens on a Nikon D300. My primary use of it is to shoot bugs and insects. It works very well and gives just the right amount of light. I haave found it also very good for shooting portraits because of the even light from all around the subject. I am very happy with it.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Wonderful Macro Accessory

                          By bspencer505

                          from Albuquerque, NM

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • Macro
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                            I gave this 5 stars for macro stuff. Its amazing for macro stuff. As far as stuff just beyond macro (like a portrait), its ok but still pretty good. MUCH cheaper than buying the really expensive Nikon product. I'm really really happy with it.

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Ringlight for the price!

                            By Bill

                            from Whitehall, PA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistant output
                            • Exposure right on
                            • Fits many lens sizes

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro photography
                              • Photograph insects

                              Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                              You can't beat this strobe for the price! It's
                              I-TTL compatible with my Nikon D300 and much more affodable than the Nikon model. I like that it is supplied with enough adapter rings to fit 52mm to 67mm. Conveniently short recycle time.

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                              3.0

                              Great if it is not damaged

                              By rselders

                              from Fairbanks, AK

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good exposure

                              Cons

                              • Low Quality

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                                Works well with Nikon iTTL just as normal TTL. Fits on 52mm diameter filter ring. Had to send back the first one because it was damaged in the packaging. The second one arrived in good shape and works fine. Good exposure every time.

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                Good for the price

                                By PR

                                from New York, NY

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                                  Inconsistent output.
                                  Flash is not fully recharged when light shows it is.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Good unit

                                  By Radface

                                  from Belém-PA, Brazil

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                                        It works great with my Nikon D70! It sometimes does not flash when triggering the picture, but overall for this price, I wouldn't complain!
                                        Great!

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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Does what it should

                                        By Bojaz

                                        from Dallas, TX

                                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Fast Recycling
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Back-Up

                                          Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                                          Does what it should. Spot lights, with good power. I didn have to create a diffuser for it so the light wouldn't be so glaring. Wish it came either with a diffuser or naturall diffused.

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                                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Excelente Ringlight for your Nikon

                                          By Ezequiel

                                          from Fort Lauderdale

                                          About Me Semi-Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Output
                                          • Fast Recycling

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                                            This is an excelente add on for macro photography. I`ll recommend it to anyone looking for professional results!

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                                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            4.0

                                            Valuable addition to AF Nikkor 60mm

                                            By Jeff V

                                            from Montvale, NJ

                                            About Me Semi-Professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easily Interchangeable
                                            • Fast Recycling
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                            • Awkward design

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Macro photography
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                                            This low cost accessory adds nice flexibility and convenience for sharp, well-lit close ups with my Nikkor 60 mm AF lens.

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                                            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            4.0

                                            Excellent Marco Ringlight, great price!

                                            By Mike

                                            from Arroyo Grande,CA

                                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Consistent Output
                                            • Fast Recycling
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Bower SFD14N Macro Ringlight Flash for Nikon i-TTL:

                                                I decided to give this macro ringlight flash a try and found it be be very usefull for all types of macro photography. I use it on my D300 in i-ttl mode and the exposures and even light are right on. At 1/5th the price of the Nikon system and a complete ring strobe mounted in front of your lens, it is hard to beat.

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                                                  • SB-800,

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