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Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras

You Pay: $39.74
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
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (13)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Fast recycling (8)
    • Consistent output (7)
    • Good power output (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill flash (8)
      • General purpose (8)
      • Night photography (5)
      • Photojournalism (4)
      • Family photos (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      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!

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      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

      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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        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!

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          • 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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          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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            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

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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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                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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                    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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                      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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                        5.0

                        great item

                        By motorcyclist

                        from manteca, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                          i mainly use this in place of the on camera flash. i have a nikon d3000 dslr. this is a great flash for a photographer who is on a budget. i haven't found any negative things in dealing with this flash

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                          3.0

                          Good in a hurry!

                          By Primitive

                          from Denver

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast easy cheap
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • No manual controls
                          • Not very powerful

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Bower Illuminator Dedicated Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                          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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                          • No

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