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Bower SFD35 Digital Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras

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Bower SFD35 Digital Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras

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Bower SFD35 Digital Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras Manual Zoom Bounce (Stand N/Inc) Swivel Back View

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Sony/Minolta ADI / P-TTL
  • Guide Number: 112' at ISO 100 and 50mm
  • Zoom Range: 28-85mm
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Right 150° & Left 180°
  • AF Assist Light
  • Recycle Time: 4-6 Seconds
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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TTL System: Sony/Minolta

Canon Nikon Sony/Minolta

You Pay: $53.69

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The Bower SFD35 Digital Auto-Focus Flash is a fully dedicated ADI / P-TTL program flash designed to work with the Sony/Minolta cameras for improved flash photography. Designed with professional and amateur photographers in mind, the SFD35 flash is equipped with a guide number of 112' and has a zoom range of 28-85mm. Also the head will tilt upward 90° and rotate right 150° and left 180°. An AF assist light is available in low light situations and it has a recycle time of 4-6 seconds at full power. Additionally, it runs on 4 AA batteries. This model comes equipped with the Sony/Minolta style hot shoe and is not compatible with Sony's Multi-Interface Shoe.

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. 111.55' (34 m) ISO100 at 50 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 75° - 28°
Vari-Power None
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head 0° to +90°
Swivel Head 330°
Coverage 28 mm - 85 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 28 mm - 85 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 4 - 6 seconds
Flash Duration 1/700 sec @ Full Power
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, NiCad, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.0 x 2.4 x 7.3" / 76.0 x 60.0 x 185.0 mm
Weight 9.88 oz / 280 g without batteries
Bower SFD35 Digital Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    BowerSFD35S Digital Flash
     
    3.7

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        1.0

        Not for Sony SLT-A33/55 cameras

        By SmittyBit

        from Muskoka, Ontario Canada

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Cheap
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • May Break Your Flash Shoe
        • Not Durable
        • Not Functional
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Blinding Angry Bears

        Comments about Bower SFD35S Digital Flash:

        First and foremost this will NOT work on Sony Alpha SLT-A33/55 cameras. Period.Given I own an A33, I can't comment on the performance of the unit, just initial impressions. Wasn't expecting much, just a quick replacement for my broken Sony unit (RIP, I'll miss you) until I can afford another. But.. this unit can be summed up in one word. Cheap. All senses of the word apply here.Only 1 detent on the pivot head worked, the rest was a grinding feeling at best. The zoom head rattled and none of the detents registered anything at all. The shoe mount was very tight, to the point of worry; if your hand slips attaching it say bye-bye shoe rails.Maybe the performance will allow others on a budget to use it, but seriously, as long as they're available, get the Sunpak PZ40X. multiple mountains of difference between the two in quality and features.I returned this and went with the Sunpak, and man is it like night and day.If you have a Sony Alpha, forget this and get the PZ40X (or PZ42X) and you will be much happier.

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        5.0

        great buy @ a great price

        By dave

        from naples, fl

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Traveling

          Comments about Bower SFD35S Digital Flash:

          All I could find locally was a flash direct from Sony at double the price. The sales dept also gave me a new flash tip that I had never heard before. Got a very good product, a very good price and a photo lesson. Could not ask for more

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          4.0

          Value Flash Does the job

          By Rogue

          from Toronto

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors

            Comments about Bower SFD35S Digital Flash:

            This flash is light duty flash that plugs directly into the whole line of Sony Alpha DLSR without any adapters or converters. It is not a high quality solid flash, but more of consumer product. Head rotate, tilt and zoom are standard which makes this a decent flash for close quarters shooting. Add a bunch of reflectors and it is reasonably good for product shots if you bounce the flash from a few reflectors. Build quality is a little flimsy but the bottom line is the flash is [$] not $450 or $550. Are there better flashes out there? Yes. Do you really want to pour more money into Sony's stupid non-standard flash mount? No. Would it be great if the flash had a charger and battery pack? Yes, Do I like pumping AA batteries into this thing every 2 hours? No, But, If you are looking to make your Alpha setup last a bit longer without spending a fortune this flash will work. And for [$] you really can't complain.

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            4.0

            Good Flash

            By Photo Fanatic

            from Richardson, Texas

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

            • Loses Charge Quickly

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Night Time
            • Outdoors
            • Special Events

            Comments about Bower SFD35S Digital Flash:

            This is a good flash fo rthe money.

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            • Yes

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Worth its cost

            By Marco

            from Italy

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about Bower SFD35S Digital Flash:

                I compare this flash to my old Vivitar Thyristor Flash from the "analog" film era. I must admit that I was expecting a little more quality but the flash does work. It just seems a litlle weak and delicate. But looking at the price and comparing it to the other higher value brands it seems reasonable. Also need to consider this is usually a second step flash as all cameras now have a built in flash for everyday usage. So if you want quality buy something else. If you want value for money go for this.

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                5.0

                Great for the money!

                By Mark the photo taker

                from Massachsetts

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Home
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Bower SFD35S Digital Flash:

                  This flash was reasonably priced and does a fine job for close ups and portraits.

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