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BowerSFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras
 
4.4

(based on 53 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (39)
  • Consistent output (25)
  • Good power output (24)
  • Fast recycling (22)
  • Versatile (22)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (8)
  • Heavy (5)
  • Slow recycling (5)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (40)
  • Fill flash (33)
  • Portraits (24)
  • Night photography (13)
  • Photojournalism (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great regardless of the price

I have found the Olympus om-d e-m5 to be lacking in its ability to take indoor pictures with reasonable clarity without a flash. The small camera-powered flash that came with the camera was kinda...Read complete review

I have found the Olympus om-d e-m5 to be lacking in its ability to take indoor pictures with reasonable clarity without a flash. The small camera-powered flash that came with the camera was kinda adequate up to about 6-10 feet, but it is so small that I invariably lost it.
So I purchased the Bower and shot about 75 images over the weekend. All were taken with the flash in TTL mode and came out very nicely. The metering was accurate and very little post production editing was needed.
I cannot speak for the longevity obvious, but so far I cannot complain in the least about its functioning with the Olympus om-d e-m5. It cycled fairly rapidly for this genre of flash and ate batteries about as fast as my Canon Speedlites. No specific numbers, just a general feel. I ran through one set of Sanyo Eneloop batteries and still had some juice left on the second set after about 75 indoor shots.
My use of the Olympus om-d e-m5 is for casual street and family photography, and not for my fine art work. So I did not purchase this flash for serious studio or portrait work. Perhaps it would work well in that setting, but I do not use the camera or flash for that type of work, as I have dedicated gear for the studio-type work.
So far I heartily comment this flash as a great price-performance winner!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK For The Money Until It Died

I used this with a Lumix GH2 and it was an improvement from the on board flash. The built in diffuser broke off after a few months and Bower customer service was un-responsive. Manual...Read complete review

I used this with a Lumix GH2 and it was an improvement from the on board flash. The built in diffuser broke off after a few months and Bower customer service was un-responsive. Manual controls were so so. If you need something cheap this could work for you, but mine only lasted about 6 months.

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3.0

Read before you get this flash

By LoneStar007

from Texas City, TX

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

Got SFD926O for my Lumix GX8. Red focus assist beam on the flash not working with GX8. The camera assist light still work, but it can be obstructed by big lens. There not much alternative as a better flash, in this price category. Other functions work as advertised, but not Red focus assist beam. I did talked with BOWER, and they suspect it is a conflict with much newer Lumix GX8, since SFD926O is an older model (5-6 y.o.) I wish Yongnuo has flash for Oly/Pan. I have one working nice with my Nikon D800. If you must have Red assist light, get another make.

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5.0

Works well

By Devin B.

from New Orleans

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast Recycling

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Photojournalism

    Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

    I use this with my Panasonic Lumix G7. Works great and easy to use. I just wish it came with a case.

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    5.0

    SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic w/LUMIX DMC-F

    By Top the Marine

    from Crofton, MD

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

      Works perfectly with this camera and a lot $$$ less than the Panasonic flashes

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good Inexpensive Flash

      By BobKo

      from Fairfax County, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Cheap Feeling

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Photojournalism

      Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

      I'm using the Bower SFD926O with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 camera, and it works surprisingly well with this camera. I like that this Bower flash will zoom and adjust intensity depending on what the camera is pointed at. It usually makes the correct choices for the shots I'm taking.

      I also like that the Bower SFD926O has a little pull-out diffuser and white reflector that can be conveniently stored away. Considering the price of the Bower flash (which is MUCH less than a similar Panasonic flash), the rotating/tilting head, flash power and camera compatibility is very good.

      On the negative side, the Bower SFD926O looks & feels a little cheap. It's also bigger than I hoped -- it's really a pocketful. I expected a smaller flash with fewer features.

      Overall, I'm impressed with the function and compatibility with my camera. The Bower SFD926O flash is a good value.

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      5.0

      Bower SFD9260 - A great value

      By TomDM

      from Kensington, MD

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Photojournalism

        Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

        When evaluating performance, the price ALWAYS plays an important part of the consideration.

        I bought the Bower as a backup to my Lumix DMW-FL360L. That was a fortunate choice, since in my first test outing with the LUMIX DMC-FZ200, I dropped the Lumix flash and broke it.

        Fortunately, the Bower performed flawlessly and the event went well.

        My only quibble is that the Bower flash unit does not come with a case... which I find odd. It also lacks the LED for video that is included with the FL360L. But, that is no big deal when prices is considered.

        For now, I have purchased a second Bower to replace the broken Lumix as it performed exactly as I had hoped. It's an excellent value.

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        4.0

        Its big, strong and flashy!

        By ay6810

        from SG

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful Output

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

        I use it with a PEN series camera so its a wee bit huge when fixed on top on the hot shoe. As a slave flash, its perfect though.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great for the price

        By John

        from Trenton, NJ

        Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

        I found this flash to be great for the price compared to 200 or 300 for a to flash compatible with my e-m1.

        This flash is not without issues as the first unit I received did not last 20 shots before refusing to fire to any trigger mechanism. B&H was great about the RMA, and the second unit has worked perfectly for the past 5 months.

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        5.0

        Works Great!

        By Eagle

        from South Dakota Black Hills

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Auto Focal Length Adjusts
        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Works Ttl

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

        Got this flash for use on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Once the camera is properly set for flash, the Bower SFD9260 works great. Have used it at distances from about 3ft to over 50ft and get perfect exposures. The flash unit auto adjusts with my camera from 24mm to 105mm. Couldn't ask for more.

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        5.0

        Good fit for the price

        By Ella

        from Tampa

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Slow Recycling

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash

        Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

        After purchasing and receiving this product I was pleased. It works out for exactly what I need and the price is fantastic. I have bought several off camera flash units before, and this one works pretty well!

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        5.0

        A great value.

        By Ken

        from Northern Kentucky

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compatability
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful Output
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

          I am an amateur photographer stepping up my game so I have purchased an entry level pro camera and needed a flash unit for it. After extensive research I chose this unit for its compatability and excellent features. It synced up with the camera as advertised and is doing what I expected.

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          5.0

          Excellent deal

          By Seth

          from NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

            I am taking indoor photos under fluorescent lights. This flash does the job. From the photos it is the same exact flash as the one from Panasonic but is cheaper without the name on it.

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            4.0

            Does the job

            By Phil

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Slow Recycling

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

            Works great with my panasonic GH2 in TTL mode, it also works great as a manual flash when I marry it to my wireless trigger system. The only problem Ive run into is that it sometimes goes into Auto Off mode when being used on a wireless hot shoe.

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Flashy Flash!

            By Ken the Cameraman

            from New Jersey

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use

              Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

              Flash works well with my GH3.

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              • No

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              It works

              By wally

              from UK

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Recycling
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

                It connected with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 but I find it does not always seem to send the information for correct exposure. I sometimes have to take two shots to get it right. Controls are a bit complicated.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                great regardless of the price

                By tg

                from Parker CO

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoor Casual Family Pics

                  Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

                  I have found the Olympus om-d e-m5 to be lacking in its ability to take indoor pictures with reasonable clarity without a flash. The small camera-powered flash that came with the camera was kinda adequate up to about 6-10 feet, but it is so small that I invariably lost it.
                  So I purchased the Bower and shot about 75 images over the weekend. All were taken with the flash in TTL mode and came out very nicely. The metering was accurate and very little post production editing was needed.
                  I cannot speak for the longevity obvious, but so far I cannot complain in the least about its functioning with the Olympus om-d e-m5. It cycled fairly rapidly for this genre of flash and ate batteries about as fast as my Canon Speedlites. No specific numbers, just a general feel. I ran through one set of Sanyo Eneloop batteries and still had some juice left on the second set after about 75 indoor shots.
                  My use of the Olympus om-d e-m5 is for casual street and family photography, and not for my fine art work. So I did not purchase this flash for serious studio or portrait work. Perhaps it would work well in that setting, but I do not use the camera or flash for that type of work, as I have dedicated gear for the studio-type work.
                  So far I heartily comment this flash as a great price-performance winner!

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good flash for OM-D

                  By JM

                  from Melbourne

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Best Priced Ttl Flash
                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Not Much Manual Control

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use

                  Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

                  Best priced TTL flash for OM-D. Seems to work better in TTL than in manual mode as there is limited level of control in manual mode. In TTL mode tends to underexpose a little so I usually have to dial in +0.7 flash exposure compensation on the camera. Otherwise great little flash that isn't to heavy and much easier just taking the hotshoe cover off, than the OMD flash where you have to take the accessory port cover off as well before you can mount it. Great price and service from BH as usual. Seems to have more accurate TTL metering the my Pentax K5 with the Metz AF50

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                  2.0

                  OK For The Money Until It Died

                  By Rob ELITE

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Slow Recycling

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use

                    Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

                    I used this with a Lumix GH2 and it was an improvement from the on board flash. The built in diffuser broke off after a few months and Bower customer service was un-responsive. Manual controls were so so. If you need something cheap this could work for you, but mine only lasted about 6 months.

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice shoe mount flash

                    By catmom

                    from Illinois

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

                    Bought this flash based on the reviews. I've only had it for a short period of time but I love how versatile it is. I am still learning but I think that it was a good purchase for taking indoor photos.

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                    5.0

                    Love it works great

                    By TGB

                    from Rio Rancho

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

                    This flash works on my Olympus 420 and my Panasonic G-2.Nice to have one flash that works well on both cameras.I do recommend it.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    nice, but too big for 4/3rds mirrorless

                    By The quantum mechanic

                    from Pitman NJ

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Bower SFD926O Power Zoom Flash for Olympus/Panasonic Cameras:

                    I used this flash with a Panasonic G2 mirrorless four thirds camera (one of those dslr-like cameras) because it was a recommended accessory from B&H. This is definitely too big for a small four thirds camera, making the camera unstable and top-heavy when carrying on a strap.

                    That being said, it worked nicely for bouncing off the ceiling. Direct flash was too bright, even with the diffuser. I couldn't figure out if this can be adjusted.

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