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Bower SFD290 Auto Flash

B&H # BOSFD290 Mfr # SFD290
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You Pay: $29.99
Product Highlights
  • Fully Automatic
  • Guide Number 30M/ 99'
  • Exposure Check Light
  • Zoom, Bounce, Swivel
  • Auto Range 3.3' - 36'

The Bower SFD290 Auto Flash is the economical solution for the SLR user who wants a simple-to-use flash. The flash is fully automatic, compact, lightweight, with a guide number of 30M/ 99', and has a auto range of 3.3' - 36'. It also has an exposure check light, and the ability to zoom, bounce, and swivel the head.

TTL Control
Fully automatic with a exposer check light
Bounce & Swivel Head
Flash has vertical bounce and horizontal swivel
Range
Has a automatic Range of 3.3-36'
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 99' (30.18 m) at 50 mm position
Angle of Coverage 60°
TTL Dedication No
Zoom Head Full frame: 28 mm - 85 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Compensation None
Wireless Communication Channels None
Wireless Groups None
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 6.6 x 1.9" / 7.0 x 16.8 x 4.8 cm
Weight 7 oz / 198 g
Bower SFD290 Auto Flash
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    BowerSFD290 Auto Flash
     
    3.8

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    82%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Fast recycling (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (8)
      • Portraits (5)
      • Fill flash (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Casual photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Cheap and does what it says

      The build quality, as you might imagine for the low price, is not the greatest. The zooming head is a little flimsy, but if you want a cheap flash to use for smallish-sized...Read complete review

      The build quality, as you might imagine for the low price, is not the greatest. The zooming head is a little flimsy, but if you want a cheap flash to use for smallish-sized room bouncing or for direct flash, this should do the trick. The auto feature is easy, just set the proper aperture for whatever ISO you want to use and you're all set. I found that I had to dial up my aperture or ISO by 2/3 of a stop or so to get properly balanced bounce flash, but it's okay. If you're using a kit zoom 4-5.6 aperture, you'll need at least ISO 400 to bounce in a normal sized room. If you want to bounce in larger rooms (my case, unfortunately), you'll probably want to look at a more powerful flash or faster lenses.

      Four stars for being as advertised, minus a bit flimsy build on the zoom head. I would recommend, as long as buyer knows the power limitations.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      cheap build

      Got this for a low priced, manual flash for my older 35mm. Powerful, natural lighting, but, cheap build. Flash foot broke off within a day of opening the box. If it...Read complete review

      Got this for a low priced, manual flash for my older 35mm. Powerful, natural lighting, but, cheap build. Flash foot broke off within a day of opening the box. If it had a metal foot like my SB-600 I would probably still be using it.

      Reviewed by 12 customers

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      4.0

      I would buy this product again!!!!

      By The Wrecker Man

      from Land O Lakes,Florida

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

        If you are looking for a good flash that won't break the bank, then this is it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        a good flash at a good price for a slr

        By cjdroadglide

        from milwaukee, WI

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Slow Recycling

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

        easy to use..

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        Perfect for its' intended use!

        By MasonJar

        from Mason, OH

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

          This unit works perfectly for my use. No, it isn't a top end speed light, but as a basic flash unit or remote with a cord, it has been perfect. It has a quality build and seems to be pretty durable so far. My granddaughter dropped it as soon as opened it and before I got to USA it! Good thing she is only 3 feet tall! The pictures taken with this unit came out wonderfully. Very happy with it's performance so far! Feels solid and sturdy enough for everyday, normal unit and is flexible enough to function in all the capacities in which it was designed for! Very pleased with it and would buy it again in this situation. In fact I'm thinking about get a second one to open up some new lighting options!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          So far I really like this flash.

          By Marty

          from Muskegon, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

            I am really enjoying using this flash and wish I had bought one a long time ago. Being able to put a much more soft light on my subject and to get that sparkle in the eye that I had been looking for without washing everything out has been great.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            1.0

            Not good at all

            By Vicshep

            from Stamford, CT

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

                  Stopped working on the second day after I got it. Planning to return.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Works Great!

                  By Adam

                  from Douglasville, Ga.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

                    My original flash had no way the flexability of this flash. No complaints.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Cheap and does what it says

                    By unkabin

                    from MN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Recycling
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy
                    • Weak Output

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

                    Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

                    The build quality, as you might imagine for the low price, is not the greatest. The zooming head is a little flimsy, but if you want a cheap flash to use for smallish-sized room bouncing or for direct flash, this should do the trick. The auto feature is easy, just set the proper aperture for whatever ISO you want to use and you're all set. I found that I had to dial up my aperture or ISO by 2/3 of a stop or so to get properly balanced bounce flash, but it's okay. If you're using a kit zoom 4-5.6 aperture, you'll need at least ISO 400 to bounce in a normal sized room. If you want to bounce in larger rooms (my case, unfortunately), you'll probably want to look at a more powerful flash or faster lenses.

                    Four stars for being as advertised, minus a bit flimsy build on the zoom head. I would recommend, as long as buyer knows the power limitations.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Lots of light

                    By Mayor24601

                    from Provo, Utah

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Slow Recycling

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

                    I use this as a slave and it has lots of light to do what I need it to do.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Works great and the price was worth it

                    By YoShaudShootMe

                    from MD

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Night Time

                    Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

                    It may be plastic but it works well

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great quality

                    By BG

                    from louisville, ky

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

                      better than the one I had before! Everything I had hoped for!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Flash

                      By F0T0MAN

                      from Bronx, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

                            This is a great product. The great thing about this is that it swivels and zooms to get the perfect shot. A downside to this is that if you don't have a diffuser or don't know how to make one the flash could washout the picture. All around this is a great flash to use.

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                            • Yes

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            cheap build

                            By flatlander

                            from Sioux City, IA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Powerful Output

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Bower SFD290 Auto Flash:

                                Got this for a low priced, manual flash for my older 35mm. Powerful, natural lighting, but, cheap build. Flash foot broke off within a day of opening the box. If it had a metal foot like my SB-600 I would probably still be using it.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                Share this review

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