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Apr 16, 2010 17:35 |  #1

I honestly don't know much about external packs at all, but I will definitely be needing one soon for a wedding. I was wondering what out there would be best for my 550EX ?


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Apr 16, 2010 18:28 |  #2

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Apr 16, 2010 19:08 |  #3

The black box gives you great battery life and slightly faster recharge times, but it's a bit of a kludge, and kinda heavy. The Canon CP-E4 (external link) or this knockoff are better options IMHO. At weddings I keep a CP-E4 in my pocket.

Do yourself a favor though, get a 580 I/II for a wedding, the single button head rotate is really valuable. The battery packs work with any 5X0 series speedlite.


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Apr 16, 2010 20:26 |  #4

tim wrote in post #10009333 (external link)
The black box gives you great battery life and slightly faster recharge times, but it's a bit of a kludge, and kinda heavy. The Canon CP-E4 (external link) or this knockoff are better options IMHO. At weddings I keep a CP-E4 in my pocket.

Do yourself a favor though, get a 580 I/II for a wedding, the single button head rotate is really valuable. The battery packs work with any 5X0 series speedlite.


I agree. I just sold the 550 and now looking for a 580 II. After reading about the Pixel unit I am considering it, the price is great. Do you have any experience with it?



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Apr 16, 2010 20:30 |  #5

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I agree. I just sold the 550 and now looking for a 580 II. After reading about the Pixel unit I am considering it, the price is great. Do you have any experience with it?

Nope but there's a thread in this forum about it, I might get a couple for next season.


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Apr 16, 2010 22:05 |  #6

you can use any of these:
Canon CP-E2 (older model, but works great).
Canon CP-E3 (older model, but works great).
Canon CP-E4 (current model).
Canon CP knock offs like Tim mentioned above.

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Apr 16, 2010 22:13 as a reply to  @ canondslr's post |  #7

Thanks everyone for the recommendations. I am seriously looking at the Pixel TD-381.



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Apr 17, 2010 12:22 |  #8

I am using a CP-E3 with my 550EX, it works great even with cheap garbage alkaline. I got it for $100 used.


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Apr 17, 2010 12:27 |  #9

get the Pixel TD-381. its awesome. it works. its cheaper. it does the same job as the CP-E4 from canon


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Apr 17, 2010 13:49 |  #10

johnlo wrote in post #10012707 (external link)
get the Pixel TD-381. its awesome. it works. its cheaper. it does the same job as the CP-E4 from canon

From all the testimonials I have read about it, I can't believe it's under $60 bucks. I'm definitely ordering one ;)



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May 07, 2010 21:41 as a reply to  @ 10megapixel's post |  #11

Finally received the Pixel TD-381 and got to try it out some this evening. It works very well. The recycle time on the 580EX II was pretty quick to start with, but now it's just incredible with the pack on. I took about 10-15 shots back to back with virtually no waiting on the flash and everything lit evenly in the photos...I'm happy so far :D it does make a weird constant (Very faint) ticking sound though when connected to the flash but I'm told by other users this is normal for the unit.



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May 07, 2010 22:07 |  #12

I see you've already gotten a Pixel, but I wanted to add that I bought two of these and have been very happy with them.

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May 08, 2010 00:22 |  #13

Be careful not to burn the flash out.


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May 08, 2010 11:40 |  #14

tim wrote in post #10142588 (external link)
Be careful not to burn the flash out.

Yea, I read not to pop off more than 20 consecutive shots without giving the flash a break. Thanks though ;)



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May 08, 2010 17:35 |  #15

20 full power flashes in a row might fry the flash head. I haven't damaged one in real life yet, but if i'm shooting full power I often switch between two flashes.


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