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Opeka version of CP-E4 battery pack. anyone try this yet?

 
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Apr 13, 2009 09:45 |  #1

hey friends.
check this out:
http://www.amazon.com …ics&qid=1239633​467&sr=8-3 (external link)

i'm very close to picking up the canon version, but if i can buy TWO of these instead, i totally will. i don't want to buy them if they're crap though.

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anyone have any idea what this thing's performance is like?
when i had my XTi, i had the opteka vertical grip, which performed like a pro!

i was wondering if anyone had picked one of these up, and had any insight on how it compared to its canon counterpart.

i feel like since it's merely a battery pack, it probably has all the same components as the CP-E4, but at the usual opteka bargain price and build quality (which i'm fine with most of the time)...
i wouldn't be using them all the time, but i do have special events @ night sometimes that this would come in handy for...

anyone? thanks!

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Apr 13, 2009 10:28 |  #2

That looks to be the same as the "YongNuo External Speedlight Battery Pack SF-17" which is sold on ebay. It is actually a "copy" or "clone" of a Nikon SD-8A (Canon compatible of course).

I have one of the Yongnuo units and it works very well with my 580EX II. Here is a thread about it: https://photography-on-the.net …t=573629&highli​ght=clones


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Apr 13, 2009 10:39 |  #3

thanks mike! i ordered one of the opteka units, and i'll let you all know how it works out.


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Apr 28, 2009 15:10 |  #4

so, i'm back with a review of this here thing:

so, i had a class reunion to shoot this weekend, and it was my first chance to really put this thing through it's paces. i shot about 500 frames, all with my 580 on camera. it performed like a champ. i did not have to change batteries ONCE! it did everything the canon equivalent did (although it only has 6 batteries). this thing is a keeper! i recommend it to all you shooters on a budget out there.

only thing i noticed that was weird was this: after i had put the original batteries in (i had some AA duracells laying around), i shot a whole bunch of frames (took some pics of the house i just bought, testing etc), and left the batteries in the unit. when i went to get ready for my shoot on saturday, i plugged the pack into my 580, and it made a high pitched noise and the indicator light went solid on the opteka pack. i think it does this when the batteries are dead, as i put in fresh eneloops and it didn't make the noise anymore, and hasn't since.

but overall, it was $70 well spent. to go through an entire event, over 5 hours with my 580 on the whole time is totally worth 70 bucks!

thumbs up.


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Apr 29, 2009 10:51 |  #5

Did you notice the difference in recycle times between using this and using straight AAs?


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Apr 29, 2009 14:33 |  #6

Using Rayovac Hybrid NiMH batteries in my 580EX II, the full power 1/1 manual flash takes about 3 seconds to re-cycle. With the external power source connected this is cut down to 2 seconds.

Using ETTL or 1/2 power or less, the re-cycle is instant with, or without, the external power source.


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Apr 29, 2009 16:34 |  #7

Hmmmm... I may have to look into this as an alternative to Canon's CP-E4 battery pack... Thanks for the info!!!

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