Bower Autofocus Dedicated Illuminator Flash for Nikon DSLRs, Guide Number of 99'

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About Bower SFD450N

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.

Bower SFD450N Features

  • Guide number of 99'
  • Dedicated TTL flash
  • Covers 18-55mm range (35mm/full-frame format)
  • Features rear curtain synchronization
  • Head tilts 0deg.-90deg

Bower SFD450N Specifications

Guide No.
99' (30.18 m) ISO100 at 50 mm position
Exposure Control
TTL Dedication
Bounce Head
Yes, +0deg. to +90deg.
Swivel Head
Yes, 120deg.
18 mm - 55 mm (Full frame)
Power Source
4x AA Alkaline Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.25 x 3 x 2.75" / 10.80 x 7.62 x 6.99 cm
5.6 oz / 159 g
Mfr #

Bower SFD450N Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Good Flash Bad Information


from San Diego  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


More Features Than SB-400 For 1/2 Price


from Friendswood, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


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Chandler G  Would this flash work on a 1979 Canon F1?
MARK P  Just received this unit and am very disappointed that the write up says it has a slave mode but the unit does not seem have slave capabilities. Does anyone know how to use this flash as a slave?
MARK P  Thanks Blair B. I have a Nikon D5200 which does have which seems to have wireless flash for Nikon flash units. The manual doesn't give any setup information for turning the slave function on or off so I'm assuming that would be in the Nikon flash manual...The Bower FD450N does not have a manual so to speak but on the page included it doesn't mention having a slave function. Maybe it would work if I only had information needed to set it and the camera up correctly! Thanks for the input!
Kevin R  I want to use this flash as an off camera slave, but I'm not sure if it has manual exposure control. Can you manually set the exposure using this off camera? If so, how much does it vary (1/4, 1/2, etc)? Any other manual settings?
Bob H  No manual control at all...
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