The Bower Autofocus Dedicated Illuminator Flash is a dedicated TTL flash for use with Nikon digital SLR cameras. The Illuminator features a guide number of 99' @ 100 ISO and a tilt head that operates from 0 degree to 90 degrees. A built-in slave mode provides a useful remote flash capability that can help eliminate shadows and over-saturated subjects. The flash covers an 18-55 mm range (in 35 mm/full frame format) and also offers red-eye reduction, automatic shutter speed setting and rear curtain synchronization for shooting at slower shutter speeds. The Illuminator is powered by 4x easily found AA batteries.
Reviewed by 2 customers
I was hoping to be able to use this flash unit on and off the camera as the write up on it indicated it has "A built-in slave mode"! I had assumed incorrectly that is would fire from a master flash, which it doesn't! The flash is just fine on camera but the slave function is non-existent or ill-explained. I have been told by another user in "Ask a Question" that it does have wireless slave capabilities and I thought my camera, a Nikon D5200, also sent a wireless signal but I have yet to figure out how to get the two to talk. The documentation is very minimal on both the flash and the camera as far as "slave flash" goes. The Nikon document only indicates that Nikon products will work and the Bower document (a piece of paper) says nothing at all about the slave mode. I would give it four stars if it had any decent documentation. The price is good, and as I said, it works fine, its built fine, not a tank but sturdy, the pan a tilt are smooth and it stays where you put it. It's too new to know about battery life but the re-cycle time is good, maybe two seconds on new batteries. I have noticed that Adorama, which I find a great place to buy camera equipment and supplies, has a bit of a problem in the write-ups of the products they sell. They seem to take whatever the manufacturer has and pastes it in. It would be nice to have more details on the products.
Less than half the price of the SB-400 and it's actually in stock. Also swivels left and right which the SB-400 does not do. I'm happy with it.