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BowerSFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras
 
4.2

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Consistent output (11)
  • Fast recycling (11)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Fill flash (16)
  • General purpose (16)
  • Portraits (12)
  • Night photography (8)
  • Photojournalism (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (5), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Flash

The flash has worked wonderfully with my Sony camera. Hooking it up was a snap. It automatically synced to to my camera, couldn't have been easier. I would recommend this flash to any...Read complete review

The flash has worked wonderfully with my Sony camera. Hooking it up was a snap. It automatically synced to to my camera, couldn't have been easier. I would recommend this flash to any Sony owner.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

suspected problem-NOT adequate Light

I am some one who knows about using the external flash. Used the product as specified. Results NOT satisfactory. Light out-put was week resulting little darker pictures.
Although the unit fits...Read complete review

I am some one who knows about using the external flash. Used the product as specified. Results NOT satisfactory. Light out-put was week resulting little darker pictures.
Although the unit fits well and with Sony DSLR 57A, and have the features desired but did not did not perform. Unit is bit delicate. One must be careful in handling
I am hoping that this particular unit(now returned for replacement) is only problematic. I will take a chance and see how the replacement will prove to be. Awaiting for the new unit.
Per the BOWER CO. this is supposed to be a dedicated unit for Sony DSLR but I am bit suspicious.

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4.0

Strong TTL flash for the price

By T Bird

from North Carolina

Verified Buyer

Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

Great flash at this price point. I needed a flash with good power to provide fill flash under harsh light conditions of a Cancun beach wedding. The TTL capability was esssential when only one shot was available. When advertised for Sony/Minolta it should be noted that an adapter shoe is required for Sony A6000.

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5.0

Works great!

By IndianaSteve

from Indiana, where else???

Verified Buyer

Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

I got this SFD926S to replace a 3 year old SFD926S that had fallen off of my camera and broke. This one snaps in place better and performs better in all way than the older one had. I really like the built in diffuser and pop up reflector.

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5.0

Great company....

By Hubbard

from Shiloh

Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

The flash is an amazing product. B and H was very helpful! They were thorough with the product. Thank you for your help!!! 100% satisfied!

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1.0

suspected problem-NOT adequate Light

By NONE

from Milwaukee, WI

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Recycling
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Weak Output

Best Uses

  • Fill Flash
  • Night Photography
  • Portraits

Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

I am some one who knows about using the external flash. Used the product as specified. Results NOT satisfactory. Light out-put was week resulting little darker pictures.
Although the unit fits well and with Sony DSLR 57A, and have the features desired but did not did not perform. Unit is bit delicate. One must be careful in handling
I am hoping that this particular unit(now returned for replacement) is only problematic. I will take a chance and see how the replacement will prove to be. Awaiting for the new unit.
Per the BOWER CO. this is supposed to be a dedicated unit for Sony DSLR but I am bit suspicious.

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  • No

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5.0

Excellent Flash

By Mt shooter

from Great Falls, MT

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

    The flash has worked wonderfully with my Sony camera. Hooking it up was a snap. It automatically synced to to my camera, couldn't have been easier. I would recommend this flash to any Sony owner.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Value. Great Performance

    By Darin H.

    from Toledo, OH

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful Output
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

      Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

      I shoot candid shots at events and corporate marketing photos and this is a very versatile flash that works well with my A500 and my A65 Sony SLRs. Great looking shots at a good value.

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      • No

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      5.0

      GREAT FLASH

      By NONE

      from UPPERMARLBORO MARYLAND,GERALD

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Recycling
      • Powerful Output

      Cons

      • No cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • GOOD DISTANTS
      • Night Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

      I WANT TO GIVE YOU A THUMBS UP.YOUR SERVICE IS GREAT. PRODUCTS GREAT AND ON TIME.I WILL BE SHOPPING HERE MORE.

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      • No

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      1.0

      blew up on 1st outing

      By GBH

      from Abilene Texas

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

      Not very robust. Swivel head swings wildly will not stay in posisiton. Head blew out shooting a wedding on the first outing.Did not work with rechargeable batts.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      [...]

      By Lindsay the woodturner

      from Geelong Australia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • Portraits

        Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

        Very happy with this flash unit, simple to use and works as advertised.[...]

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good price

        By Moe

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

        As a beginner I didn't want to send a lot of money on Equipment right away, so this was a good price for me.

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        • No

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        5.0

        An awesome buy!

        By Bobby Chagolla

        from San Marcos, Texas

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

          This flash gun is great, and except for the fact that i didn't read the instructions and lock it in place, which resulted in the flash falling off and breaking the diffuser...it works like expected. Great on my Sony cameras!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Flash - For The Price

          By FlairDevil

          from Syracuse, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use

            Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

            -I use the flash as a replacement for the notoriously harsh on-camera flash. [...]The features of this flash as excellent, you get a substantial "bang for your buck" - but bear in mind, you are buying a $100 flash, not a $500 flash. By this I mean it "feels" cheap from it being made out of lightweight plastic but if you take care of your equipment there is no reason it would be an issue for you. If you are shooting combat shots in Iraq diving for cover, maybe this isn't the flash for you. Then again, an Alpha probably would not be your first choice either, lol Overall I am very pleased with the product and the price.

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            5.0

            great buy!

            By Captain Jan

            from mindanao Philippines

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Night Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

              i use it for difficult lighting situations only.
              It works great with my Sony 330
              Did not find any minus point so far

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              • No

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              4.0

              Awesome Flash Unit for a lower price

              By Jamil the photographer

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

                Its my first experience with a Hotshoe flash for a Sony, and it a good flash for a good price... i'm loving it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Works perfect

                By M.w.

                from New Orleans

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

                  I've used this flash on paying jobs, it hasn't let me down The best thing about it: Manual controls. You can set ISO, F stop, power 1-1/16th. The built in bounce card works perfectly. I also use a Sto-fen Uni diffuser with it.

                  Batteries lasted through about 4 hours of shooting at variable powers. I plan on buying another Bower for use on my bracket. I do a lot of nighttime shoots. Setting 2 bowers at 1/8th power would give you super capability to keep light even.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good for the price.

                  By Ace

                  from Maine

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use

                    Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

                    I have bought the $450.00 Sony flash for my other camera then got this one for about $100.00.The bottom line is the Bower is close to the Sony in use. I am satisfied with this purchase.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Works Great. [...]

                    By Fotobug

                    from Albany, GA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice build-in Reflecter
                    • Powerful Output

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use
                      • Photojournalism

                      Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

                      Compact, light weight. Has the power to do good bounce flash.

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                      • No

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Does Everything It Says It Does

                      By Chadwick Von Lottapootin

                      from Abilene, TX

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Bulky
                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

                      I haven't found any problems with it yet. It's very powerful so it's good that you can adjust the angle of fire. You definitely want to bounce it off the ceiling when indoors.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      great product

                      By lovinlife

                      from arkansas

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Recycling

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Off camera flash

                        Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

                        This flash was everything i hoped it would be and with a great price. I searched alot of places and BHphoto had the best price that I found. [...] Good job BH...

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        It is excellent

                        By HowieG

                        from Staten Island, NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use

                          Comments about Bower SFD926S Power Zoom Flash for Sony/Minolta Cameras:

                          It does exactlu what I would expect a well made flashto do. I particolarly like the tilt and swivel. I've had at least 3 flashes that did the same thing, & this was the primary selling point. I only wish that there was a little less plastic, and more metal.

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