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Old Apr 5, 2008, 7:11 PM   #1
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I just purchased my first dslr...nikon d40 today(discounted at a retailer)...and also bought from someone on ebay the Bower 724AFN flash (it came today as well)...according to the ad on ebay it said that this flash is full ttl with the nikon digital cameras including the d40...now when I look at the paperwork with it there is nothing about digital cameras....I wanted to make sure the trigger voltage is low enough before I fry my new d40.

I suspect that this was a 35mm flash but will work fine with digital...but want to make sure.

has anyone had any experience with this flash? I heard a rumor that nikon digitals can handle 250volts but that only helps if I know the voltage of this flash

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I hate to give the bad news, BUT, I think you have received an outdated flash that really will not work well with your Nikon D-40.

The D-40 is a great camera and I own one myself, BUT the Nikon D-40 works best with either the SB-400, which is woefully under powered, the SB-600, and best withe the SB-800 flash.

Here is an example of what the Nikon D-40 can do with the SB-800 flash. Yes the Sb-800 is an expensive flash but I have used it through 4 different Nikon Cameras.

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Old Apr 5, 2008, 10:17 PM   #3
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...TODAY.m238.lVI

great photo, love the colors!

well, I wish I could find the trigger voltage for that flash...I'm still searching on the internet. For what it's worth, the above link is the ad on ebay. I'm pretty sure it's safe to try on my d40 but I'd like to be certain. I'm anxious to try the flash on the camera. I'm going to check if this BOWER company is still in business and if they have a site

I picked up the camera new with the 18-55 lens for about $460

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ok...it fires but it floods the subject....only an on/off switch on the flash...completely washed out the whole photo...really awful...tried several photos in different lighting...all the same...

I had the camera set on P
max iso 400
slowest speed 1/60
fine quality
TTL on

and even though the flash fired, the camera wouldn't indicate that the flash was attached...kept saying "low light"

now I have to send this back and see if I can get my money back
since they lied in their ad about TTL compatible (good luck)

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Good Luck, Gregg-

As I posted earlier, the Nikon Flashes are more expensive, but they are very, verydependable. I have had my SB-800 flash for 4 years and used it with 4 different Nikon cameras.

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Old Apr 7, 2008, 9:38 PM   #6
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yeah, live and learn

I wrote a not so nice letter back to the seller on ebay

they should never have said this is for digital cameras and TTL mode

In fairness it only works correctly in full manual mode on the camera. Unforunately, that makes it no better than any cheap manual flash (even though the ad said iTTL nikon flash)

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The problem is that these cheap flashes are really TTL, but they are set up for
film cameras. The older film cameras read the light reflected off the film, but
that won't work with a digital sensor so one of two other means is required.
The first is pre-flash TTL, where the flash fires once, or several times at low power and the camera reads back the light. The system then figures the correct exposure power and the flash fires again at the required duration and power.
The OTHER system is ADI which requires a "D" lens. These lenses report back to the camera what distance they are focused at and based on the ISO, distance, Fstop, and
shutter speed the system can calculate the required flash duration and power.

Some of these flashes can be set up via their controls and LCD panel to the required
power based on ISO, shutter and fstop. Some can even get most of the info from the
camera (user might have to enter the distance, or pick one from a menu). These are
not auto flashes and you might have to set the camera up in manual mode. But at
least you won't be over exposing your shots. I've seen several examples of the
these flashes on ebay for around $100. They are probably NOT true TTL, but
due to the controls they can be made to work well in manual mode. IF saving
$200 over a full dedicated auto flash is important to you try one of those.
The Bower is to primative and too cheap, but it would work fine on an old
film Nikon.
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Thanks for your comments....since the ad was fraud as it said works in iTTL with the D40...paypal/ebay made them refund my money

in the photo here that's a sunpak on my camera...works perfect on my d40 after a firmware update

rather then repeat the story you can go to the link below and see how I ended up with this 99 dollar flash for 14 dollars!


http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=53


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