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Bower sfd290 not working

New batterys in the flash and it will not fire

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SOURCE: Nikon D80 using Bower AF 724AFN

I also purchased a Bower 724AFN to use with my D80, and experience the same problems. Received confirmation from Nikon that this flash unit is not compatible with the camera. I then purchased an SB-600 flash, and haven't looked back. It's worth the extra money for this high quality unit; fully compatible, and compliments the TTL features of the D80. I'll never deviate from original Nikon accessories again.

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Bower digital flash sfd290 cord won't connect to my canon rebel eos t3i

You need a PC sync socket on the camera. PC stands for Proctor Compur and this meaning of PC goes way back to the days of cameras with bellows and the photographer under a black blanket.

You can buy an adapter:
But from reading reviews, you may not be happy with this flash unless you use your camera in manual mode. I hate when people answer questions by suggesting the poster buy something else, so notice I did answer the question first by mentioning the adapter.

For a less expensive flash option that will work right on your camera and be truly automatic, consider a used Canon 420EX from Ebay for about $100.

If you intend to go into photography in a creative way, (more than point and shoot) sell the Rebel and get a used Canon 40D or 50D ($200 to $300) so you don't come up short on features like the missing PC sync port and other things you won't know about until you need them. With the Rebel you'll keep finding other limitations. With the used cameras I mentioned, they'll work great, have lots of features and control, and won't depreciate much (because they already have) so you can upgrade every year or two by adding just $100 to the sell value. That's how I went from a 10D camera up to a 1D pro camera over a five year period.

Finally here is a "positive" review I found of the Bower flash, notice the caveats:

"Had this flash for a Sony and now for my Nikon D300. I also have a SB-600 flash unit which is of course way better, but also way expensive - I guess nobody here should expect the same quality for 1/4 of the price.
The build is overall cheap but okay for the price, it will last a while when you take care of it. The major downside is that it's not really a TTL flash. The title says something about "automatic", I'm really unsure what they mean with that. Fact is, it produces a strong flash, you can swivel the head (even at the wall behind you) but it doesn't communicate with the camera. You can still use it on-camera though, but it's more like a manual flash gun, so operating the camera in auto-mode will most likely produce an overexposed photo. If you're unsure if you should buy it... it's an okay budget flash which will give you more options than the popup-flash, but if you're more like the I-use-my-SLR-only-in-auto-mode guy than better invest $100+ in a TTL flash which will get more information from and to the camera than: Fire flash now!

But here's the deal: Buy a remote FM-trigger (I use the "CowboyStudio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Trigger Receiver for Canon EOS, Nikon, Olympus & Pentax Flashes Other products by cowboystudio") and use this flash as an off-camera remote unit. Again, manual mode operation of your camera is recommended, but you can achieve great results with this off-camera set for $70 (flash + trigger). Combine it with a lighting stand, camera bracket and umbrella, and you have a portable studio lighting set for about $100-$130. This flash does even fit better on the remote trigger than my SB-600 because it has a screw-ring (not shown in the product picture) to tighten it to the flash-shoe-mount."

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It probably isn't worth it to fix a new one!

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My canon 580 EX II stops firing even with new batteries

You must disable the 580EX II form using the 4AA.

4AA must be needed when using hv power pack.

Just let the 4AA use & display the LCD panel.

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Kindle fire has red battery showing. I have charged it but it wont work

It may be the power cord but it is possible that your Kindle Fire's battery has died. If you noticed the battery life diminishing before it started flashing a red battery symbol this may be the case. Here is a site that has replacement batteries for the Kindle Fire:
3555A2L Battery for Amazon Kindle Fire D01400

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My SB600 seldom firing when triggered manually on the red flash button. Only 2 or 3 times flashing after 30 attempt. Tried with new battery but same problem occured. Help.

If you are firing the flash manually it's giving full burst each time and the battery needs to pick up the charge from the bottom. So just numbers her for an example with a full set of batteries you manually flash, first burst takes 5 seconds to charge flash again it'll take 10 seconds, if you flash it again before that 10 seconds it'll now take 20 seconds and if you push that button again it might misfire because it just can't get the power up high enough to fire it. The flash isn't a studio strobe which is plugged into an outlet, you are working with battery power and each time you flash those batteries are under a huge load and each time you fire you kill them a little more I'm surprised you are getting 30 flashes from those batteries. My guess at full power you are going to start having problems after about 12 to 15 flash bursts and it's a rapid down hill drop in performance from then on. If you took those batteries out of the flash after that series of 30 flashes I'll bet they are hot. What you can do to help is set the system up with Nikon's wireless transmitter and utilize the new i-TTL system then you are taking performance.

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My flash will not flash. I have put in new batteries. The units responds to TTL and menu commands and switches on perfectly. Even the pilot lamp goes to green, however the bounce flash and fill flash do...

Mine does the same after 10 or 15 flashes. It gives you the impression that its drained the batteries, but I doubt it. I have a feeling its some short-circuit or overheating.

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I have a HP Photo Smart R707 with a fully charged new battery and the flash won't work. Keep getting charging flash. Any help on this?

The flash mode has to be set.

There are 5 flash modes:
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