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Old Oct 13, 2008, 11:47 PM   #1
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I had posted a similar one in the Flash area but got no responses... so I'll try here.

My Uncle gave me a BOWER USA Digital TWIN Slave Flash that he never used.
Bower SF829TW Flash

Anyway, I tried it as a slave flash (not mounted on camera) and it seems to work fine with my Olympus E-510.
I didn't want to use it in the flash mount on the camera until I knew the wattage it puts out... so, I was trying to get instructions / manual from the Bower website and I'll tell you this much... their website absolutely SUCKS. No support, no info on the flashes, and the feedback didn't work. I wonder if they're even in business now?
http://www.bowerusa.com/

So, anybod here used one orknow anything about Bower flashes?

I will probably end up getting an Olympus flash pretty soon anyway and just use this one as bounce or slave flash.
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Old Oct 14, 2008, 11:52 PM   #2
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Steve, JimC, can you move this to the proper place? I meant to place this in the Olympus DSLR, not here.

I have a Olympus E-510.

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Hi Jack

I've never heard of Bower but to be really safe I;d just use it as a slave flash or you could buy one of the ebay radio transmitters/triggers (theyre about 20-30$) to use it with your E510 completely off camera and then when you get an Fl50 or Metz use them in combo.

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HarjTT wrote:
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Hi Jack

I've never heard of Bower but to be really safe I;d just use it as a slave flash or you could buy one of the ebay radio transmitters/triggers (theyre about 20-30$) to use it with your E510 completely off camera and then when you get an Fl50 or Metz use them in combo.

Cheers

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Thats the nice part about this Bower, it has flash built in and comes with a well made flash/camera grip. Works pretty well off the camera.

http://www.amazon.com/BOWER-Slave-Fl...479&sr=1-9
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Old Oct 16, 2008, 1:47 PM   #6
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HarjTT wrote:
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Hi Jack

I've never heard of Bower but to be really safe I;d just use it as a slave flash or you could buy one of the ebay radio transmitters/triggers (theyre about 20-30$) to use it with your E510 completely off camera and then when you get an Fl50 or Metz use them in combo.

Cheers

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I plan to get a FL37 in the future. Meanwhile I'll use the Bower, off the camera of course.

This was taken with my Nikon Point and shoot. Camera, lenses, flash and extra battery, Card.


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Old Oct 17, 2008, 10:23 PM   #7
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So NOBODY has used or heard of a Bower flash? :?
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just another inexpensive aftermarket flash. probably work just fine. the kicker flash is nice.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ave_Twin.html#

see: How to Check the Trigger Voltage
http://www.botzilla.com/photo/G1strobe.html
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just another inexpensive aftermarket flash. probably work just fine. the kicker flash is nice.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ave_Twin.html#

see: How to Check the Trigger Voltage
http://www.botzilla.com/photo/G1strobe.html
It does work just fine using with the pop-up flash. Beats the heck out of paying $300+ for the overpriced Olympus flashes!

Doing portaits works great turning the pop-up flash down and bouncing the bower flash off the ceiling.

I can now reach way down the hall with this flash where-as I couldn't with the pop-up flash.

Good enough for me. If was a wedding phtotographer or likewise, I'd then get a FL-50 flash.
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