Bower SFD35 Digital Flash for Nikon Cameras

Bower SFD35 Digital Flash for Nikon Cameras

Bower SFD35 Digital Flash for Nikon Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • Guide Number: 112' at ISO 100 and 50mm
  • Zoom Range: 28-85mm
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Right 150° & Left 180°
  • AF Assist Light
  • Recycle Time: 4-6 Seconds
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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TTL System: Nikon

Canon Nikon Sony/Minolta

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Bower SFD35 overview

  • 1Description

The Bower SFD35 Digital Auto-Focus Flash is a fully dedicated i-TTL program flash designed to work with the Nikon cameras for improved flash photography. Designed with professional and amateur photographers in mind, the SFD35 flash is equipped with a guide number of 112' and has a zoom range of 28-85mm. Also the head will tilt upward 90° and rotate right 150° and left 180°. An AF assist light is available in low light situations and it has a recycle time of 4-6 seconds at full power. Additionally, it runs on 4 AA batteries.

An Infra-Red Auto focus assistant beam ensures proper lighting under low lighting or complete darkness conditions.
Auto cut-off after 3 minutes.
UPC: 636980504094
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Bower SFD35 Digital Flash for Nikon Cameras
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Bower SFD35 specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 111.55'  / 34 m ISO 100 at 50 mm Position
    Exposure Control i-TTL
    Angle of Coverage 75° - 28°
    Vari-Power None
    Bounce Head 0 to +90°
    Swivel Head 330°
    Coverage 28 - 85 mm (Full Frame)
    Zoom Head Full Frame: 28 - 85 mm
    Off-Camera Terminal None
    Recycle Time Approximately 4 - 6 Seconds
    Flash Duration 1/700 sec @ Full Power
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, NiCad, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.0 x 2.4 x 7.3" / 76.0 x 60.0 x 185.0 mm
    Weight 9.88 oz / 280 g without batteries
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 3.9 x 3.1"

    Bower SFD35 reviews

    SFD35 Digital Flash for Nikon Cameras is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 59.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for Simple TTL flash. Plug and play. However, you can not accurately/manually control flash power (Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, etc are not listed on the flash) There is no sync port on the side of the flash. Also no digital screen, just a sticky manual slider. Very cheap construction but the light weight could be an added bonus since my camera is very heavy. If you're looking for a basic flash to stick on the top of your camera and shoot auto with, no need to buy an $$$ brand name flash. However, this will soon become just a backup flash for me as soon as I can drop the $$$ for a true Nikon SB flash.
    Date published: 2009-10-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected I picked up this flash to go with my D80 and I didn't want to pay the price for the expensive flashes Nikon sells. This flash is better than expected, works great with my camera. Although its not built as durable as Nikon flash, unless you plan on dropping it a few times you'll be ok. Its pretty powerful and has made a huge difference in my photography. Its larger than expected but very lightweight even with the batteries. The only issue I have with this flash is the battery door compartment is difficult to open. I have to use more force than I should to open it and I'm afraid I'll break that. Other than that no other issues.
    Date published: 2010-04-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does everything I need it to... I wasn't entirely sure of what to expect (as far as true quality) when I first bought this flash, but after having used it for several weeks now, I'm actually very pleased. This flash has a few small quirks I've noticed that can be slightly annoying, but nothing that would keep me from buying it a second time. My chief annoyance is that the back-lit control panel on my D80 sometimes lights up whenever I turn the flash on for the first time - no big problem, it turns itself off after a few seconds. Battery life is good enough for most indoor photography I've done. I got just shy of 200 shots with one set of rechargables at my last gig - the max, according to the manual. Overall, the flash feels pretty plasticy and the hotshoe connector is made out of plastic, but as long as you're not throwing it at walls, it should serve well in my opinion. I especially liked the way that this flash swivels 330 degrees - almost all the way around so I can fire over both shoulders if I need to! I needed something more powerful and versatile than my on-camera pop-up flash, and I found it for less than half as much as an SB-600! I'm happy.
    Date published: 2008-04-10
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from SFD35N Digital Flash by Bower - JUNK !!! This is second flash from them and my advice to you is DON'T BUY this cheap piece JUNK, first time, I noticed the flash would just fire for no reason after only being used for a few months, I called them and we exchanged the 1st. flash for another, now after using it for only a few months again it just starts firing off for no reason, slightly bumping or touching it while attached or not attached to the camera. Save your money and buy my advice a flash from the maker of your camera; Nikon - mine, or whatever brand you may have. Buy cheap and pay the price twice... Sean R. Harrison Photographer PS.> does not even deserve the one star rating....
    Date published: 2009-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So very Happy. Got this product on a monday used it that saturday for senior portraits. The best thing about this product is you get more than what you pay for. I learned along time ago that the only way to make money is not to spend it. So when you can spend $ dollars verses $500 that's great. It was easy to use right out of the box. It included easy to understand directions. I had no problem dialing in the right amount of flash with the slider. The full motion of the flash is also a great feature. We were able to really get some interesting shots under a train trusell with a bounce flash.Yes this thing is made of plastic all the way, but I believe it is just as durable as my Nikon 3100. And you can believe me I have no plans of droping niether.I have thought and thought about any cons I could list, but i don't have any at this time. It does every thing I need it to do. What more can you want.
    Date published: 2011-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect bounce I needed a dedicated Flash for my new D3100 and I needed a affordable price. This was perfect for my needs. I actually like this better than my Nikon SB-800 Flash. It was a fraction of that flash. I still needed a soft box because it had no light diffuser. It takes 4 double AA batteries and I just use standard ones. They heat up pretty quickly when shooting a lot of shots. But one night of work I replaced once. that was about 400 shots.
    Date published: 2011-02-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not at ALL what I expected I called customer service for assistance in choosing a flash that would work as a slave and could also support a sync cable with my Nikon D80. I explained very clearly that I wanted to practice shooting with a building and ambient lighting in the background for metering and use the flash to bounce for the person in the foreground. The customer service rep assured me this was the right flash to order. I tested the flash the morning before I left for my long-awaited trip to Greece, only to find it does NOT work as a slave and has NO CONNECTION for a sync cord! If you want a direct-hotshoe flash, it provides plenty of light. But that is exactly what I did NOT want.
    Date published: 2010-09-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Skip the Nikon SB's. Buy this flash! I have the Nikon SB600, and the SB800. This flash is just as good, if not beter. It is much better than the SB600. I put this on my D70, D200, and D100. I was shocked at how this flash preforms. It's like it is reading my mind. The exposures are right on everytime. I was expecting a small compact type flash. This thing is HUGE. I love the red AF assist light. Never fails. Recycle time is super fast. Bounce, swivel head. You name it, it has it. Just like the big $$$ flashes. I have used this with i-TTL, with no problems. I have used it with camera set to closeup .. again, no problems. Be sure if you use this flash to turn it on first, before the camera. The camera will then read it has a flash attached. DO NOT believe those people who say the flash can only be used in TTL mode, and not i-TTL. Not true! I have used it in every mode on the mentioned cameras, and a F100, and F4. If you can't afford the Nikon $$ flashes .. get this one. It WILL measure up to them. I plan on adding one more to my collection, so to save wear and tear on my Nikon $$ flashes. This thing will swallow the SB80,SB80DX lens line. Will work with ANY Nikon Digital and film cameras. Save your $$ for a Nikon logo flash. This Bower SFD35N WILL measure up to them, but will blow the SB600 and below away.
    Date published: 2009-01-22
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