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Bower flashes?

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Adpower99
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Message posted at 08/04/2010, 16:46:42 PM by Adpower99
Has anyone here ever used a Bower brand flash? I need a new flash and their prices are really good, but I'm concerned that they might be cheap, not just inexpensive.



Or if anyone can suggest a better alternative for a flash for someone on a fairly tight budget, I'd love to hear it.



Thanks!
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Petarneychev
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Message posted at 08/04/2010, 18:35:32 PM by Petarneychev
Haven't used Bower, but I've got a whole bunch of Nikon SB-25 and SB-28 that I've removed the extra pins of and use them on my Canon in manual mode only (I never cared for TTL). Second-hand they're still a very good bargain and so far I haven't had a single problem. I see them on ebay and B&H for $130-150, amazon has some too.



Or you can pick up a Sigma EF-530 for about the same price but then new. The Sigma will come tailored specifically for Pentax.



Are you planning to use it in manual mode or you're after ETTL?



So far the few cheaper brands I've come across haven't left me convinced by the build quality and functionality.
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Electrochris
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Message posted at 08/05/2010, 10:49:11 AM by Electrochris
The vivitar 283 is a classic flash. Theyve been making it for a long, long time. I have one that has got to be about 30 years old and it is still fully functional. I havent used the updated model, but I have heard good things. Also, it is under a hundred bucks.


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Message posted at 08/05/2010, 11:58:26 AM by Warrenpricephotography

Originally posted by Electrochris:
Quoted Message: The vivitar 283 is a classic flash. Theyve been making it for a long, long time. I have one that has got to be about 30 years old and it is still fully functional. I havent used the updated model, but I have heard good things. Also, it is under a hundred bucks.




Check the voltage on these. I burned one out connecting it to a Nikon D80. I have another, however, that I use with a slave unit ... Peanut, I think it is called.



But, yes, the 283 is a CLASSIC.



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Adpower99
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Message posted at 08/05/2010, 13:16:28 PM by Adpower99
Thanks, everybody. I really appreciate your help with this!



Petar, I'm expecting that it will usually be ETTL.
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Electrochris
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Message posted at 08/12/2010, 22:59:20 PM by Electrochris
ok do NOT get the new 283 by vivitar! i just got mine in the mail and it in no way lives up to the original's reputation. as i said, my old one is 30 years old and still works well. i use it regularly with an old manual focus film camera. this new one is light, feels cheaply made/flimsy, and worst of all stopped working ten minutes out of the box. i have read that you have only a 50% chance of it making it that long, and another 50% chance of it making even a year if it survives the first 15 minutes. i think bower, phoenix, and vivitar are now all putting out the same poorly made products with different branding so beware of them as well...I guess i am going to have to pay 2.5 times as much for the nikon version.


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