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BowerSFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR
 
4.1

(based on 104 reviews)

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    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (78)
  • Lightweight (51)
  • Versatile (45)
  • Good power output (42)
  • Consistent output (37)

Cons

  • Slow recycling (14)
  • Heavy / bulky (8)
  • Slow focus (7)
  • Heavy (3)
  • Inconsistent output (3)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (72)
  • Portraits (68)
  • Fill flash (64)
  • Night photography (32)
  • Photojournalism (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (36), Casual photographer (14), Enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (69), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Save a buck

I purchased this primarily for the fact that it works off camera with a built in optical slave, something the SB-600 (for twice as much) doesn't even do out of the box....Read complete review

I purchased this primarily for the fact that it works off camera with a built in optical slave, something the SB-600 (for twice as much) doesn't even do out of the box. It's sensor is plenty sensitive, as long as you swivel the head to face the sensor towards your camera's built in flash. I've powered my camera's flash all the way down to 1/32 and had no problems triggering this flash. I haven't taken it outside, yet.

I use it with my D40. Mounted on camera, it's automatic settings, including i-ttl work just fine. When you bounce it, it automatically zooms the flash to 50mm. The head tilts and swivels in all directions. You can point the camera straight down and swivel and bounce the flash behind and above you.

The manual included left a little to be desired. I read the SB-600 has directions for a particular feature on page 38. The manual included with this flash is a large sheet, quickly describing features in clear English (unlike the 'manual' for my Cowboy Studio 2x160 w/s strobes that were practically indecipherable).

I'm happy I listened to my wallet. I would have bought the SB-400 and really missed out on the ability to trigger it off-camera without adapters or receivers. I might've bought the SB-600, and supplemented it with an optical slave, for more than twice as much. The SB-800/900 is just not possible in my budget.

I highly recommend it for anyone, especially if you're looking for all of the features of the more expensive OEM flashes on a budget.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good flash for the money

This flash is a very good choice if you do not want to spend the money for the Nikon SB-900, but want comparable flash strength and range (guide #). It even works...Read complete review

This flash is a very good choice if you do not want to spend the money for the Nikon SB-900, but want comparable flash strength and range (guide #). It even works pretty well outside the published ranges. It does an excellent job of producing correct exposures in direct flash mode. The bounce capability and flexibility is also very good to excellent. I get best bounce results by taking a test shot or two and using manual mode.

It does have some limitations when used with my Nikon D5000. It often produces over exposures if the camera is set in Auto ISO mode. This is probably related to the observations below. It does not recognize camera ISO settings other than 200, 400, & 800. Also it does not recognize camera f-stop settings other than f/5.6, f/8, & f/11. The camera has several other ISO & f-stop settings in between and beyond those values. Also, the camera info attached to the picture file only records the flash mode as TTL-BL, never as iTTL-BL. I do not know if that is meaningful.

I am somewhere between a casual user and an enthusiast. I would recommend this flash for casual users with a budget and for many enthusiasts. I would probably not recommend it for really serious users who want perfect communication between camera and flash. That probably requires Nikon.

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2.0

Look for another reliable flash

By Girnar

from Florida

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful Output

Cons

  • Ittl Does Not Work
  • Slow Focus
  • Slow Recycling
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Fill Flash

Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

I bought Bower SFD926N few years back to work on my Nikon D5000. It worked OK for a while but started malfunctioning. It wont charge up even on brand new batteries. The camera does not recongnize the flash anymore. It proved to be an unreliable piece. I would look for another brand since Nikon is way too expensive.

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5.0

Very happy with this; good value

By Mike

from Fredericksburg, VA

About Me Casual Photographer

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Pros

  • Powerful Output
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

    I bought this unit to save some money, as I'm really just an amateur. I have a D5100 and the only problems I've had so far, are that I can't use the Auto setting on the camera because the ISO will go higher than the flash can use. I use P, A, S or M instead and manually set the ISO. I have the 18-55 lens and if I use the 55 length the flash does not adjust to that length and overexposes the image. It took me a while to figure these things out, but now that I know it I get good consistent results. I've also used it on a light stand, optically triggering it with the camera's onboard flash, manually set to 1/32 strength. I use re-chargeable batteries and have good results with them. I've also had good results setting it manually. Overall I really like it and think it was a good value.

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    5.0

    Love it!~

    By Angie

    from Mesa, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use

      Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

      This is the 1st flash I have purchased for my camera and i couldn't be more pleased. It's easy function and instructions allowed me as a first timer to immediately start using. The built-in diffuser is a plus. I would recommend this for anyone starting out as a fairly inexpensive but effective piece of equipment.

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      5.0

      What's not to like???

      By Wes

      from Rockville, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

        Head tilts and swivels any which way you need, buit in diffuser/reflector, I-TTL, Zoom, off camera ability, and powerful for around $. Also no issues with fit, and metal base gives it strength! Re-charge time is not too bad either.

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        3.0

        it was almost perfect!

        By sanabmx

        from Houston Tx

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

          I bought it together with my D7100, It worked very well the first day, second day did not turn on.

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          1.0

          Broke within first hour

          By PhotoJ

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                This product was terrible. Broke within the first hour of use. Don't buy this if you plan on doing event photography, or any sort of photography where you'll need it to fire multiple times in a several minute span.

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                4.0

                Over heated!

                By Jenn

                from South Carolina

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                      For the most part the flash worked great! For some reason when I changed batteries they were extremely hot.

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                      1.0

                      Endless frustration!!!

                      By Disappointed Jo

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus
                      • Slow Recycling
                      • Weak Output

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                        My brand new Bower SFD926N Flash ruined a valuable opportunity by dropping dead in the middle of a very important professional shoot where a major celebrity was involved! Well, I thought the batteries had simply died (although I had only gotten about a dozen flashes out of them). So I ran out in the middle of the event to get new ones. But the flash could not be raised from the dead. In the days that followed, I proceeded to try all different brands of batteries, hoping to avoid future mishaps.

                        Needless to say, in the process of getting this flash to work again, I have collected enough batteries to light up NYC the next time there is a blackout! I have also read and reread the instructions multiple times – fearing the possibility of user error (perhaps I was just an inept dufus?!)...only to FINALLY go online and read the reviews for this product (which I only wish I'd done BEFORE making this foolish purchase)!!!

                        Well, after much wasted time, effort and opportunity, I now I know that the batteries & I not to blame. This thing is purely and simply a piece of garbage.

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                        1.0

                        Unit breaks quickly.Epic warranty fail.

                        By Daytona Student

                        from Florida

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Slow Recycling

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                        I bought this flash because it offered bounce/swivel at a good price. It worked well for the first 4 or 5 uses then suddenly would no longer power on. No big deal, I figured since it is still well within the warranty I can send it in for a replacement. What a failure this process has been.I called Bower and dealt with Victor who requested that I ship them the broken unit along with a check for return shipping. Strange for a business to ask a customer to pay shipping both ways on a damaged item I thought, but ok. I ship the item and two weeks goes by. Nothing. Finally I call Victor who informs me that they do not have this unit in stock and when they do he will ship it out. I call a week later, he takes my number and says he will call back which never happens. When the unit finally arrives guess what...it's an obviously used unit that is also broken! Probably the same one I sent in. The battery casing had corrosion markings all over the inside leaving no doubt. So let this be a warning, if your looking for quality, move on and spend the extra bucks. This thing while offering some nice perks will more than likely fail on you. Then you may get a replacement unit which isn't a replacement. Needless to say I wont be purchasing anything Bower from now on. tldr; Unit failed after 4 uses. Warranty failed after 1 use.

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                        4.0

                        Decent little flash for Nikon

                        By Robeaveer

                        from Barrie Canada

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                          Used for fill falsh and bounce for portraits of family.

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                          2.0

                          Nice flash when it works!

                          By Kev from Cal

                          from Colton, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Cons

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                                Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                                I purchased this flash for my Nikon D80 to do the photography at an event out in Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage area. Everything started out fine, the pictures were turning out very nice and it worked great outdoors for fill-in flash. I really liked the built-in diffuser and reflector panel. HOWEVER!, on the second day the flash stopped working. It would not charge up, it would start but stop a couple of seconds into the cycle. I was stuck using the built-in flash for the rest of the conference. Which was useless for any wide angle or long distance shots and forget about any fill-in shots. Nice flash but CAN NOT BE TRUSTED! Going to try the Sunpack PZ42X. Hope for better luck.

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                                1.0

                                Worked for 4 test shots then died forver

                                By Dissapointed

                                from Memphis, TN

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Powerful Output

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                                    It worked right after I received it for 4 test shots in my living room. Then when it was time to do an assignment, it would turn on and I could hear a faint charge but it wouldn't flash no matter what I tried. None of the buttons were doing anything either. I'm returning it now and buying a name brand. It may be more expensive, but hopefully it won't die forever after 4 shots.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great for the Price

                                    By Enigmatic Wraith

                                    from Novato, CA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky
                                    • No CLS Support
                                    • Short Battery-Life

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                                    So far, this flash is great. It has a fast recycle time, manual mode, optical slave; much more functionality than you would expect for the price. I would suggest rechargeable batteries though, as it goes through them fast.

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                                    3.0

                                    A nice budget version of Nikon flash

                                    By Alex The Machine

                                    from San Jose, CA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast Recycling

                                    Cons

                                    • Loud
                                    • Not Very Durable

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                                    This one has everything that the original Nikon flash does, for a fraction of a cost (Nikon is 3 times more expensive). Of course, there are little tiny details that remind you what you paid for it. For example, the battery door has weak hinges, looks like it's going to break off. Same with the bouncer head. But treat it gently, and it will last.
                                    Recycling is about 5 seconds, consistent output.
                                    Controls are not intuitive, but you don't have to use them, just point and shoot.
                                    Focusing is a bit loud, that might be an issue in children photography. I bought for studio portraits, it's all right so far.

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                                    3.0

                                    I WAS happy...

                                    By iheartphotos

                                    from Charlotte, nc

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Fast Recycling
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Doesn't last
                                    • Slow Focus

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Night Photography

                                    Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                                    I am a wedding photographer, and I got this flash about a year ago. It's been great, and I've been extremely impressed with it's capabilities for just [$], but all that changed when it died on me during a wedding last night!!! I can't give it a low rating because it's been great for the past year and has an extremely fast recycling time, but I can't give it a thumbs up because now I'm about to invest in a 350 dollar nikon flash because I don't want this to happen again. I'd say, if you're a professional, or seriously getting into the business go for a more quality product.

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                                    3.0

                                    Bower Flash

                                    By adali

                                    from albany, ny

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Slow Focus
                                    • Weak Output

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                                    mostly taking night shots indoor.

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                                    3.0

                                    Good for the Price

                                    By Basketball Greg

                                    from Warren, NJ

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • LCD Hard to See
                                    • Poor Documentation

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                                    Have used the flash only once so far. Used it with a Nikon D80 to shoot a local performance on the green at the town hall, both for fill during daylight, and later for exposure after sunset. Pretty powerful. It gave pretty good results in the TTL mode. At closer distances, I made some exposure compensation adjustments to reduce exposure (stop down). Recycle time was good. Very limited documentation in very fine print which is a challenge to the eyesight for seniors.

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                                    5.0

                                    Outstanding speedlight

                                    By Andy

                                    from Albuquerque, NM

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Pros

                                    • Great price
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use

                                      Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                                      I have both a Nikon SB700 and this Bower speedlight--the Bower is better. Its TTL function works as well as the Nikon. It also operates as an optical slave, which the Nikon won't do. And the Bower's slave function works better than the Nikon's Commander function, at least in terms of distance and angle. That's my experience, after using the Bower for several months. Given the difference in price, the Bower is a no-brainer.

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                                      5.0

                                      Bower Flash SFD926N for Nikon

                                      By Jim

                                      from CANADA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Fill Flash
                                        • General Use
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                                        Seems to work well - on my camera
                                        I have to turn it down to -2 stops - exposures are great then.
                                        I'd recommend it.

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                                        4.0

                                        decent flash for the money

                                        By Leslie

                                        from Pennsylvania

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Fill Flash
                                          • General Use
                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about Bower SFD926N Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Nikon SLR:

                                          I was looking for something to replace/supplement my SB-400 to use with my D3000. I need something that swivels so I can bounce off the ceiling while holding the camera vertically, and the SB-700 is just not in my budget.

                                          For the price, this does everything I need it to, and more. I had a little bit of an issue using the slave mode at first, because I didn't realize that the pre-flash from the on camera flash was firing the slave. Once I figured out that I had to put my on camera flash in manual mode, I was good to go.

                                          I like the built in reflector and diffuser. Overall it's very easy to use, especially for someone who is still learning.

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