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It hit the floor and broke where the mount is..I have this unit Bower SFD14N Flash for a Sony

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SOURCE: I have 2 Nikon D80's and a Bower 724AF speedflash

Set the flash unit to full manual.

Posted on Aug 13, 2009

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SOURCE: Sunpak 383 problem

Try to trigger it by shorting Center of shoe mount and the side terminal with a small wire.If it is firing the flash is ok.
If not there is open connection in the sync jack ,due to repeated inserting of sync chord.The springy part inside is not going back to its normal position.
You can fix it your self by opening it(adapter only)
.If you are new to this take a photo of the wiring immediately after opening the shoe adapter to see the position if any wire breaks later on.
Do not give up .383 is great flash

Posted on Mar 05, 2010

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SOURCE: Dropped Flash

call olympus spares dept. You need the exact part number, which can sometimes be hard to get, sometimes they will fax the diagram so you can id the part. The spares dept tel # is hard to find. The links on olympus website will not get you there and the consumer hotline will not give the spares dept #. They now try to keep consumers from fixing stuff themselves and a lot of spares they no longer will sell to you. They used to be one of the best and very helpful. I managed to get a spare battery cover after a lot of hassle a while back, but they said they would not supply most parts for these newer flashes.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010

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SOURCE: Hot shoe plastic section broke on flash unit

I managed it by buying a broken (non-working) F32X from an auction service for something like 5 bucks. I just made sure (by looking at the photos) that the hotshoe was intact.

Here's how to disassemble and replace foot (I got to this by trial and luckily no error ^^).


  1. Unscrew 2 small screws located under the battery flip cover.
  2. Put the lamp (moving part) in the upright position.
  3. Unscrew 1 small screw above the infared sensor (below the main lamp part which you moved to the upright position).
  4. Remove the cover of the infared sensor by gently pulling forward.
  5. On two sides of the infared sensor there are two small clips which hold the 2 casing pieces together. Pull them away from the casing just a tiny bit and use something to keep them in this position (I used 2 small nails). Then pull the pieces apart gently.
  6. Just behind the hotshoe casing you can see a small plastic inset -- place a screwdriver sideways between this inset and the hotshoe to help you separate the two casing parts. Be careful when doing that, don't use too much force, wiggle the casing instead to make this easier (this is the most tricky part).
  7. When the electronics is exposed, there is a single screw in the middle of the motherboard. Remove the screw and gently pull the motherboard away from the casing. You do not have to pull it all the way or disconnect any cables, you just need to make sure the bottom battery connectors are pulled out of the casing just a little, because then under the two middle battery connectors (looking from the top, as if you were putting the batteries in) you can see two screws!
  8. Unscrew those two screws, and the hotshoe will come apart. Pull it out gently and remove a single electrical connector that connects it to the flash.
Do this in case of your working lamp (with a broken hotshoe) and your replacement lamp (with a good hotshoe), and just move the good hotshoe to your working lamp.

Took me about an hour to do this (most time was spent on trying to figure out how to disassemble the lamp), and the lamp works perfectly.

Warning: better test disassembly on the replacement lamp, since even if you break it, all you need it for is the hotshoe, so you can practice on it. Only after you learn how to disassemble the F32X do this on your working lamp.

Hope this helps!
-- Tomasz Andrzej Nidecki (tonid)

Posted on Feb 15, 2011

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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:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ns=p_PRICE_2%7c0&c...
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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.

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"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!

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LOLEE, I'M NOT FAMILIAR WITH THAT FLASH, BUT I HAVE SOME GENERAL INFO THAT MIGHT HELP. FIRST, IS THIS FLASH USING THE CAMERA " HOT SHOE " MOUNT? IF IT IS, ARE YOU SURE THAT THE FLASH IS FULLY INSERTED IN THE HOT SHOE? NEXT, IS THIS FLASH COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR CAMERA? YOU SEE, SOMEHOW THE CAMERA IS NOT GETTING THE INFO THAT THE FLASH IS CONNECTED. I WOULD CHECK ALL CONNECTIONS TO BE SURE THEY ARE TIGHT. HOPE THIS GIVES YOU SOME IDEAS TO WORK ON. IF YOU NEED MORE HELP, JUST REPLY.

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