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BowerSFD926O Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR
 
4.4

(based on 45 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (35)
  • Good power output (22)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Consistent output (20)
  • Fast recycling (19)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (5)
  • Slow recycling (5)
  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (35)
  • Fill flash (29)
  • Portraits (22)
  • Night photography (10)
  • Photojournalism (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (28)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid value for the price

At first I was going to buy the Vivitar DF383. I'd used the 285 for years and it was a workhorse. However, I read a number of negative reviews on the Vivitar compared...Read complete review

At first I was going to buy the Vivitar DF383. I'd used the 285 for years and it was a workhorse. However, I read a number of negative reviews on the Vivitar compared to this unit. So I decided to give it a try.

I was a bit disappointed that it didn't include even a basic plastic stand for off camera use, but that's a minor gripe. Overall the unit is better built than I expected. The locking mechanism is a bit fidgety. The first time I used the unit, when I pointed the camera down, the flash lost full communication with my E520 and so the shutter speed didn't sync correctly. I realized that pushing the lock button harder would avoid this. Still, it would be nice to have a good "old fashioned" locking ring to turn rather than the push button affair.

The output is strong, though I found that even with the diffuser/reflector in place, the light doesn't cover the bottom part of the 28mm equivalent frame if the subject is closer than 3 feet.

The slave feature works well, even if I have the built in flash set to minimum output and the Bower unit well off to the side or even behind me a bit. Of course, it doesn't offer TTL slave operation, but since it's at least $100 less than flashes which do offer that feature, I'm not going to complain. I'm old school anyway and used to setting the power output on the remote flash itself.

Recycle time with fresh 2300mAh rechargeables is quite good, sometimes well under the 4 second low end time in the specs.

A couple of cons:

Sometimes if I switch to manual, then back to TTL, I need to turn the camera off/on in order for the sync speed to reset properly.

No high speed sync, but again, that's a feature of much more expensive units.

There doesn't seem to be any way to use the AF assist light without the flash firing.

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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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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 Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

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 Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

    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 Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

      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 Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

      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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      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 Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

        Flash works well with my GH3.

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        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 Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

          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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          5.0

          great regardless of the price

          By tg

          from Parker CO

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoor Casual Family Pics

            Comments about Bower SFD926O Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

            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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            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 Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

            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 Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

              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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              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 Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

              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 Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

              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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              4.0

              nice, but too big for 4/3rds mirrorless

              By The quantum mechanic

              from Pitman NJ

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Bower SFD926O Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

              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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              4.0

              Works well with my Lumix G2

              By Tapey

              from Sydney, Australia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Bower SFD926O Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

                This flash comes at a very good price. I have never tried the Panasonic Flashes as they are very expensive and I do not use them much at all so this one is perfect. It follows the f-stop, lens range, etc.

                Very happy

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                4.0

                Solid value for the price

                By Rain

                from Cedar Rapids, IA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Recycling
                • Powerful Output

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

                  Comments about Bower SFD926O Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

                  At first I was going to buy the Vivitar DF383. I'd used the 285 for years and it was a workhorse. However, I read a number of negative reviews on the Vivitar compared to this unit. So I decided to give it a try.

                  I was a bit disappointed that it didn't include even a basic plastic stand for off camera use, but that's a minor gripe. Overall the unit is better built than I expected. The locking mechanism is a bit fidgety. The first time I used the unit, when I pointed the camera down, the flash lost full communication with my E520 and so the shutter speed didn't sync correctly. I realized that pushing the lock button harder would avoid this. Still, it would be nice to have a good "old fashioned" locking ring to turn rather than the push button affair.

                  The output is strong, though I found that even with the diffuser/reflector in place, the light doesn't cover the bottom part of the 28mm equivalent frame if the subject is closer than 3 feet.

                  The slave feature works well, even if I have the built in flash set to minimum output and the Bower unit well off to the side or even behind me a bit. Of course, it doesn't offer TTL slave operation, but since it's at least $100 less than flashes which do offer that feature, I'm not going to complain. I'm old school anyway and used to setting the power output on the remote flash itself.

                  Recycle time with fresh 2300mAh rechargeables is quite good, sometimes well under the 4 second low end time in the specs.

                  A couple of cons:

                  Sometimes if I switch to manual, then back to TTL, I need to turn the camera off/on in order for the sync speed to reset properly.

                  No high speed sync, but again, that's a feature of much more expensive units.

                  There doesn't seem to be any way to use the AF assist light without the flash firing.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product anytime

                  By chichuriro

                  from Naples, FL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  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 SFD926O Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

                    This one of the easiest electronic flash that I have used and I've used tons of them.
                    Has many features other don't have,as it can be used as a slave, and can adjust the power.
                    I recommend this unit to even my wife who is not to savvy when it comes to using electronic devices.

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                    5.0

                    More bells and whistles than expected.

                    By Captain Bob

                    from Norfolk VA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use

                      Comments about Bower SFD926O Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

                      I have only had the flash a short time. However I am very pleased with it so far. I am using it with a Panasonic FZ 100 and it works great. It seems there were numerous cases where the built in flash just didn't do the job. Since I got the Bower SFD9260 I can get all the light I need. The feature I like best is that the flash works as a slave being fired by the built in flash.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Flash for Micro Four Thirds

                      By ARW

                      from Northern New Jersy

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Recycling
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Bower SFD926O Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

                        An excellent flash for a micro four thirds camera. It integrates seamlessly into my Panasonic DMC-GF2 in intelligent auto mode and can be managed manually as well. The GF2, although an excellent camera in most respects, has a poor popup flash which often times does more harm than good. This flash produces sharp indoor photos when I bounce the flash and recycles at a quite reasonable rate when the batteries are not too worn down.

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                        5.0

                        Works great with my Panasonic SLR .

                        By VDO Man

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Powerful Output
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Bower SFD926O Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

                          The flash is great for my Panasonic SLR . B&H is wonderful as usually . I've been getting my electronics from B&H for over 15 years .

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                          1.0

                          Do not work on Lumix FZ-100

                          By Morris

                          from Caracas, Venezuela

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • On lumix FZ 100 not work

                            Best Uses

                            • I cant use it

                            Comments about Bower SFD926O Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

                            [...] I install the flash on the shoe of the camera ands thy do not work. Flash start on ON and the tester button is OK but on the camera not working. Is not an cheap product to say well OK.. [...]

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                            5.0

                            Stunning flash, perfect for panasonic

                            By nav

                            from fremont, ca

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Bower SFD926O Digital Shoe Mount Flash for Olympus/Panasonic SLR:

                            I have a micro four thirds camera, and this works REALLY well.

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