Bower SFD328 Digital Slave Flash

Bower SFD328 Digital Slave Flash

Bower SFD328 Digital Slave Flash

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Bower SFD328 Digital Slave Flash

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Product Highlights

  • Guide Number: 92' at ISO 100 and 50mm
  • Zoom Range: 28-85mm
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Right 150° & Left 180°
  • Wireless Slave Functionality
  • Recycle Time: 4-6 Seconds
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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Bower SFD328 overview

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The Bower SFD328 Digital Slave Flash is compatible with all digital cameras, with or without built-in flash capability. It has a guide number of 92' at ISO 100 and 50mm and it works as a slave flash where it can be set for a single flash camera or a pre-flash camera. It also has a hot shoe so that it can be fired from the camera directly, and the flash is fully synchronized with fill-in flash and red-eye reduction flash and can be used with virtually all of the digital cameras on the market.

Compact and lightweight, the flash still provides some extra features like bounce & swivel, and a manual zoom head of 28-85mm.

Flawless Sync with Preflash Systems
Evaluative preflash systems are complex and many independent devices aim to work with them, but the SFD328 is compatible with both pop-up and shoe-mounted flashes for the Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, and Sony systems.
Bounce & Swivel Head
Flash has vertical bounce of 90° and horizontal swivel of 330°
Slave Function
Slave option allows it to be used with any camera
In the Box
Bower SFD328 Digital Slave Flash
  • PC Sync Cord
  • Camera Bracket
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Bower SFD328 specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 91.86'  / 28 m ISO 100 at 50 mm Position
    Exposure Control Manual
    Angle of Coverage 60° Horizontal
    45° Vertical
    Bounce Head 0 to +90°
    Swivel Head 330°
    Coverage 28 - 85 mm (Full Frame)
    Distance Range 3.28 to 32.81' (1 to 10 m)
    Zoom Head Full Frame: 28 - 85 mm
    Off-Camera Terminal PC
    Recycle Time Approximately 4 - 6 Seconds
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Slave Timing Modes Instant Sync
    Skip Preflash
    Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.8 x 6.6 x 1.9" / 70.0 x 168.0 x 48.0 mm
    Weight 7.4 oz / 209.8 g
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    Package Weight 0.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 3.4 x 2.0"

    Bower SFD328 reviews

    SFD328 Digital Slave Flash is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 33.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple, yet amazing flash This flash is pretty simple as it lacks any controls other then ON/OFF, Normal, Slave 1, Slave 2. It can be inserted into the hotshoe of your camera and fired without the pop up flash, or used as a simple slave unit with your existing flash. Works well as a bounce or as part of a creative lighting system but the output isn't anything too remarkable. The battery compartment is TOO small for the batteries and is hard to get open. It comes with a mounting bracket and sync cord but they really aren't needed if you have a hotshoe. If not, it can be used with ANY camera. It's best for fill flash, bouncing, portraits, and just adding more light to a room.
    Date published: 2010-07-09
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Enough Power, Poor Construction I have used this product for 4 years with varying results. My use has been as a slave flash for a FUJI 5100. The first month I noticed that the case had separated after putting in the batteries -- the compartment was too small for the batteries. The batteries are difficult to get out and the +/- orientation is difficult to see in low light. The worst problem is that the unit will power on sometimes and sometimes not (pinching the case together will sometimes make it work). It does not work well as a slave unless it is very dark -- not much use as a fill flash. The output is great -- the flash will go 30' or more. Recycle time is faster than the camera flash. When this flash is working, it goes a long time on a set of batteries.
    Date published: 2009-06-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good enough to keep but not much else This flash is underwhelming to say the least. I'm on a budget like most people and this flash seemed to suit my needs; however, it doesn't work well as a bounce flash and it's power output has VERY limited range. It DOES work well as a portrait flash or a general fill flash, or if you just need light from a different angle for creative purposes. The battery compartment is WAY too small and awkward. Changing batteries is not fun with this flash. If you're serious about photography save up for a real speedlite because this will not meet your needs. But I suppose it is good enough to keep just as an extra light source if needed. It comes with a mounting bracket for the camera and tripod as well as a sync cable.
    Date published: 2010-07-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good flash depending on your intentions. Depending on how you intend to use this product will determine your satisfaction. I own an SB-800 and an SB-600 and I wanted a third flash to use as a slave for either fill or backgound lighting. The output from this flash is great for those uses. I am not sure about attaching it to a hot shoe, because I haven't used it that way. The differences between the more expensive flashes and this one are obvious. The constuct is a little flimsy and as others have stated, the battery compartment is a little tough to open and close. I also think the contacts are a little off, because it took some fiddleing with to get it going. That being said, I am happy with this flash, because it is doing what I am looking for it to do and the price is right.
    Date published: 2010-04-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product for the price I use this for my Canon 300D when I have an indoor shoot. It works well and does what it promises to do. This is my first hotshoe flash, so I don't have much to compare it to - but the difference between this and the on camera flash really is amazing. You will have to do a little bit of experimenting with your aperture and shutter speeds in order to get the desired result (which makes it not so desirable for a changing environment). If you are a continuous shooter it will not be able to keep up. I usually do bursts of 3 - the first one I get the flash, the second gets no flash, and the third the flash is back. bottom line, if you don't have a ton of money this is just fine until you do.
    Date published: 2011-08-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very practical compact slave flash I find it very compact and convenient: it's bigger than my Powershot A610, but not much, and they work well together. Puts out plenty of light for typical use, but it's not always enough for a large room. It does seem to go through AA batteries quickly (I use rechargeables of course). I'm not sure how this is different from the 829TW twin flash--you might want to ask.
    Date published: 2008-12-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works in a very very basic fashion This flash could really use some manual controls. As an auto flash it works fine, but if you have a couple flashes pointed at your subject, they can trick each other into putting out less light than you want from them. You can fool the flash into giving out more light with a bit of tape over the sensor, but that's not quite convenient. Still though, they fire reliably for me as optical slaves and with some fiddling I can get the kind of light I want. They don't weigh much either. Construction wise, they're pretty flimsy. One of mine arrived with some assembly pins broken and needed to be glued back together. The only reason I wouldn't recommend these to a friend though is that manual power control thing.
    Date published: 2012-06-14
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from No manual power control, flimsy build I asked for a fully manual flash for off-camera use and was recommended this one. However, it has no manual output power control! The build is flimsy: as you're handling it squeaks and rattles, it feels like it's going to fall apart any moment. You have to force the batteries in, it just doesn't seem right: I thought for a second it was using AAAs not AA, it was so tight. I guess you get what you pay for. I will be bringing it back to the store.
    Date published: 2009-09-09
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