Bower Digital Automatic Flash For Canon Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D), T3i (EOS 600D) Digital SLR Cameras (SFD290)
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After a few months the Bower flash is now dead. I used it in normal usage, never dropped or misused in anyway. It was actually sitting in my camera bag for a while and i picked it up today and its gone. If you want something that will last a few months and are on a budget do it! But if your looking for a good flash this is not it. I am buying a new one today and its not gonna be another bower.
Despite being mostly manual, it does seem to automatically adjust well for varying lighting conditions due to the built-in light sensor. Settings include manual (which actually means always full-power), low-power automatic, and high-power automatic. The lens can be adjusted to four variations, from narrow to broad beam. It seems to diffuse the light okay. But, when lacking an ideal ceiling to bounce the beam off of, you will need to add your own diffuser.
The angle adjusts from 0° (horizontal) to 90° (vertical). And, the added ability to swivel left or right is nice to have in awkward or unique circumstances and may be indispensable when shooting vertical.
My only complaint appears to be the battery cover. The cover's design seems too ... cheap. Also, it's tiny and not attached. It stands a good chance of getting lost if you ever need to change-out the batteries on location.
Since this flash had no camera sync capability, it paired well with a cheap wireless trigger system, which also does not accommodate the ability to sync. I bought a two-node system [..] for $30 that works great with this flash. It freed up my camera and has to be the cheapest portable wireless lighting system money can buy. The only thing that won't fit in my bag are stands and diffusers. I'm buying another identical flash today.
Sending to an electronic repair shop to troubleshoot the root cause problem, since I'm not in the US, so shipping this back for warranty is not worth the hassle for the cost paid.
Saw reviews where it was indicated that "cheap capacitors" were the culprits.
Will keep posted as to the developments, maybe it would help others in purchasing or repairing...