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Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras

You Pay: $39.70
Product Highlights
  • Dedicated TTL Flash
  • Guide Number of 99'
  • Covers 18-55mm Range (Full-Frame Format)
  • Features Rear Curtain Synch
  • Head Tilts 0-90 Degrees

The Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras from Bower is a dedicated TTL flash for use with Nikon digital SLR cameras. The Illuminator features a guide number of 99' @ 100 ISO and a tilt head that operates from 0° to 90°. The flash covers an 18-55mm range (in 35mm/full frame format) and also offers red-eye reduction, automatic shutter speed setting, and rear curtain synchronization for shooting at slower shutter speeds. The Illuminator is powered by 4x easily found AA batteries.

Guide number of 99'
Dedicated TTL flash
Covers 18-55mm range (35mm/full-frame format)
Features rear curtain synchronization
Head tilts 0°-90°
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 99' (30.18 m) ISO100 at 50 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Swivel Head Yes, 120°
Coverage 18 mm - 55 mm (Full frame)
Recycle Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.2 x 3.0 x 2.8" / 10.8 x 7.6 x 7.0 cm
Weight 5.6 oz / 159 g
Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    BowerIlluminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras
     
    4.4

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (17)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Compact (8)
    • Fast recycling (8)
    • Consistent output (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill flash (8)
      • General purpose (8)
      • Family photos (6)
      • Night photography (5)
      • Photojournalism (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (18)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Impressive Performance

      Mounted it on my D3200 to take snapshots at my niece's wedding using auto TTL metering. Photos turned out beautifully. One thing that confused me at first was how to tilt the head up...Read complete review

      Mounted it on my D3200 to take snapshots at my niece's wedding using auto TTL metering. Photos turned out beautifully. One thing that confused me at first was how to tilt the head up for a bounce shot. I learned that you rotate just the front light head not the body of the flash. The output is bright and it doesn't eat batteries like I feared it might. Simple to use. Great little flash!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good in a hurry!

      The unit seems to work well (I have only used it relatively close indoor situations so far) it recycles quickly, and syncs well with my Nikon DSLR via cord. Cord does not come...Read complete review

      The unit seems to work well (I have only used it relatively close indoor situations so far) it recycles quickly, and syncs well with my Nikon DSLR via cord. Cord does not come with it, but for my usage it sits too low to be in the hotshoe unless bouncing. I was disappointed that it has no manual controls. Hence, it has been paired with my lower end grab in a hurry and shoot D60, which it is a good match for. I think I prefer the Yongnuo line of flashes, which are generally more versatile. Unfortunately BH does not seem to have those yet. Nikon flashes are fine of course, but the price is beyond my ability to justify as I am now retired.

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      5.0

      Good value flash

      By Tom

      from California

      Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

      Quick flash cycle, bound up and down, right and left. Better than sb-400, but a little buky.

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      2.0

      Not For Me

      By PopPop Thom

      from Bethlehem, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

        Bought flash to use on my new P7800. The thumb screw type of connection made it very hard for my big hands to attach and remove it from the camera. When on it worked very well but you don't keep the flash on all the time. It was returned and B&H handled that great. I'll be looking for a flash that works like the Nikon speed light 600 with a locking switch not a screw down.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great price for great product

        By luvtobemum

        from california

        Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

        Love this flash. Works great and was a super price!!! Thank you!!!

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        4.0

        Works well, but there are cons

        By Arterm

        from Saratov, Russia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Not For 10mm Lens

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

        Works well in most cases. However at 10mm with Nikon 10-24mm ultrawide lens I get lens shadow. At narower angles there is no shadow.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great while it lasted!

        By GOATographer

        from Tucson

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Cheap
        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Good battery life
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight
        • Quick Recycling

        Cons

        • Dead

        Best Uses

          Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

          Purchased last February from B&H. Has seen relatively sparse use since then, but I've been consistently impressed with the image quality, output, recycling times and battery life of this unit. Unfortunately, it died in a puff of smoke during my shoot over the weekend. I'm now trying to navigate my way through a warranty return. Any hints here would be appreciated since the support page is rather limited. I'll update my review if the warranty work proceeds well.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Performs well so far . . .

          By Wizard7

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Photography Student

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

            This flash arrived very well packaged and protected. It works well with my CoolPix P7000, but the battery compartment is a very tight fit. I had to struggle to get the batteries in, and the cover for the battery compartment was just as tough to replace. A removal strap is provided in the compartment that fits underneath the batteries, otherwise it would be nearly impossible to get them out. The flash body itself is very long, protruding a couple of inches out over the camera. This makes for a short profile rather than a tall one. Picture quality is very much better than with the built in flash, because of the increased power of the flash.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Good Buy

            By Lynn

            from Gainesville, GA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                I found I needed a small flash to use as fill flash on outdoor shots. I didn't really want to pay a premium price since I don't need to use a flash all that often. I think this flash will meet all my needs.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great for the price!

                By Tom in El Paso

                from El Paso, Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                    I have coupled this flash with my Tokina 100mm 2.8 Macro lens and my Nikon D610 camera. I have ring lights and other flashes but it's a bit cumbersome trying to attach the ring light and regular flashes are too big for close-up work (for me, that is). I placed a Gary Fong flash suppressor on the front and it gives the right amount of light for me to take my close shots of bugs, bees, butterflies, and flowers. Sometimes I fire off two shots back-to-back and most of the time I get the shots. With my on-board flash there is no way to take successive shots, you have to wait for the recycle of the flash before you can go on. This flash appears to be quick to recycle and get me ready for the next shot.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Don't be left out in the dark

                    By Pinch

                    from East Coast

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                      Good things come in small packages and the Bower Illuminator Flash proves it. This small but powerful flash(guide number of 99' @ 100 ISO) leaves the competition in the dark. With class leading features like an adjustable 4 position bounce setting head combined with side to side swivel capability mean this little flash really performs. Strong, accurate and easy to use.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Impressive Performance

                      By Mulehide

                      from Saint Louis, MO

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                        Mounted it on my D3200 to take snapshots at my niece's wedding using auto TTL metering. Photos turned out beautifully. One thing that confused me at first was how to tilt the head up for a bounce shot. I learned that you rotate just the front light head not the body of the flash. The output is bright and it doesn't eat batteries like I feared it might. Simple to use. Great little flash!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        A low cost built-in Flash replacement

                        By DaveLovePhoto

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Poor in low light

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                        I bought Bower AFD450N as a low cost and compact Flash solution to replace my Nikon D7100 DSLR's built-in Flash. This Flash is much powerful (GN 99 @ISO 100 50mm) than the built-in Flash (GN 39)or Nikon SB-300 (GN 59). It is compact and light weight enough, so I can leave it hooked on top of DSLR camera and carry it around when shooting pictures. It works well for me for outdoor fill Flash and indoor family/party celling bounce Flash shooting. The overall objects and background lighting balance are quite pleasant. And most important, this Flash only costs 25% of the Nikon SB-300 Flash.There are many features I like most.Pros:1. Head tilts 0-90º/rotates to left or right 60º (built-in Flash can't do bounce/swivel and most compact Flash can't swivel), so I can bounce from celling or walls.2. Work well with Nikon iTTL in all modes (red eyes, slow and rear sync) and pre-flash.3. Takes four AA 1.2V Ni-MH or NiCad rechargeable or 1.5V Alkaline batteries.4. Fraction of second recycle time at iTTL mode. Manual test < 1 sec. (Sanyo Eneloop batteries)Cons:1. Poor AF-assist illumination. Can not focus nor take any photo at low light.2. 4.5 inches long (measured Flash head to back). Almost 2X longer than SB-300 in size. But it is fine for my DSLR.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Perfect Match

                        By Sal

                        from Jersey City

                        Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                        Bower illuminator worked perfectly with my nikon 3100, d50 and d70
                        price is good too. Maybe I'll buy more of Bower products.

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                        4.0

                        Good flash for amateur

                        By Phil d'Rose

                        from Oakland, California

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                          With my $ coupon from B&H, I bought this flask for my Nikon D5300. Being a photo newbie, I just needed a decent flash. Comparing the results between the built in flash and the Bower, I can see how much better my exposures are. I had no idea how bouncing the flash works, but now I do. Being able to redirect the flash has improved my low lighting photography greatly.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent and Value

                          By MRBOP

                          from Rochester. NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use

                            Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                            Works great with my Nikon P7000

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Can't beat it for price

                            By Axiz

                            from Oklahoma

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Recycling
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash

                              Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                              I shoot 90% with natural light, Needed a small but more powerful flash on. I use it to bounce off walls and ceilings ... Perfect fit for me.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              I would buy this product again.

                              By Tom

                              from Elkhart Indiana

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast Recycling

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use
                                • Night Photography

                                Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                                good price and easy to use

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                very good for Nikon

                                By Dentaire or Dental

                                from Saint Joseh Mékinac, Québec et Labrador

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                                  Very good price vs SB 400 Nikon's flash for the same thing! Very, very fast cycling charge, The best of the best for the price!

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  BIG FLASH FOR LITTLE MONEY

                                  By SLB

                                  from Los Angeles

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • No Diffuser Included
                                  • Plastic mount

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                                  I bought this flash as a gift to go with a Nikon P7100 package for my 15 year old niece. Personally I use Nikon SB-800 and SB-900 and verious studio flash units. That being said... I did try different scenarios with the P7100 camera and my Nikon D3x, D700 and this Bower SFD450n. Bouncing off ceilings, walls, etc. and with and without a diffuser. It seamed to communicate well with the camera EV settings and the TTL focal point distance. It is a basic on-off switch flash with nothing else except a "Test" button. There are 2 other brands of flash in this price range and one has a lot of reviews for over exposure and the other one uses only 2 AA batteries as opposed to 4 on the Bower. This is a bit large for the P7100 camera when comparing to the Nikon SB-400 flash, but for any mid to large size SLR body it would be just fine. This flash`s guide number has the highest ratings of anything in its class which is a plus. It does not come with a diffuser but I found a universal fit type for under $4.00Overall for the money it does everything my wife`s Nikon SB-400 does for about $80.00 less. This would be perfect for a beginner that would just be confused by a more advanced flash with manual settings.

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                                  5.0

                                  A very good light for the money!

                                  By Bill

                                  from Louisville, Ky.

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                                    Works great on a Nikon P7000! Is just a good as a Nikon SP400 - - -
                                    But the insturation manual is Unacceptable, about how to get the light to work with the P7000.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Dead accurate!

                                    By Rog

                                    from Palm Springs, CA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fill Flash
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Photojournalism

                                      Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                                      Lightweight, compact and very reliable.

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                                      • No

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