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Aug 05, 2012 16:27 |  #1

Can anyone recommend an affordable ettl off-camera cord for Canon? It's not something I would use very often but build quality is still a concern. It will be used with a camera flash bracket and I prefer nothing longer than 3ft (2 ft is better).

The Zeikos ZE-OCSCC seems to be a good alternative as it has a metal foot, but the reviews are everywhere on it?

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Aug 05, 2012 16:32 |  #2

I have a couple of the cables from FlashZebra.com. They are good quality and work well.


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Aug 05, 2012 16:37 |  #3

dmward wrote in post #14818093 (external link)
I have a couple of the cables from FlashZebra.com. They are good quality and work well.

Thanks dmward. Can you provide a link as they have several for sale.


Is this the one your refering to as found HERE (external link)?


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Aug 05, 2012 22:47 |  #4

Ralph III wrote in post #14818113 (external link)
Thanks dmward. Can you provide a link as they have several for sale.


Is this the one your refering to as found HERE (external link)?

That's it.
I have a couple of the 3 ft ones and one of the long ones.


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Aug 06, 2012 09:29 as a reply to  @ dmward's post |  #5

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Aug 06, 2012 09:40 |  #6

I got this one from B&H. Its only $15 and works perfectly. It gets a lot of good reviews on the BH site too.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …amera_Flash_Cor​d_for.html (external link)


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Aug 06, 2012 09:57 |  #7

After having the Canon OEM cord snap at the plastic mounting base, I switched to the Alzo...
http://www.alzodigital​.com …_accessory_ocsc​_canon.htm (external link)

I like it a lot better because of the hinged metal mounting bracket. 3 years of heavy use with no problems.


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Aug 06, 2012 12:41 |  #8

clarence wrote in post #14820888 (external link)
After having the Canon OEM cord snap at the plastic mounting base, I switched to the Alzo...
http://www.alzodigital​.com …_accessory_ocsc​_canon.htm (external link)

I like it a lot better because of the hinged metal mounting bracket. 3 years of heavy use with no problems.

I had a couple of the Alzo cables, they were less than great. That's what got me to get the Flash Zebra version. Other than the Alzo's I think most of them come from the same source in China. :-)


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Aug 06, 2012 12:52 |  #9

Thanks for the input everyone!

Tommydigi wrote in post #14820842 (external link)
I got this one from B&H. Its only $15 and works perfectly. It gets a lot of good reviews on the BH site too.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …amera_Flash_Cor​d_for.html (external link)

Wow, that cord does get good reviews and just the price range I was looking for. I think I'm going with this one.

Do you use it with a flash bracket Tommy? Is there any concern with breaking the foot when flipping the flash to vertical? One of the flash brackets I'm considering is the Bower (external link) but I'm concerned I could break the foot? If so I will get the flip type bracket whereas the camera flips and not the flash.

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Aug 06, 2012 15:52 as a reply to  @ Ralph III's post |  #10

As long as you're not really wanted something really long and not coiled like the Flash Zebra ettl-II cords...try this one:

http://www.phottix.com …tl-flash-remote-cord.html (external link)

I love it. And you will be amazed if you have the Canon STE-2 and/or the Yongnuo STE-2 and other ettl-II flashes the flexibility the pass through hot shoe gives you on a flash frame cheap DotLine variety or Manfrotto flash bracket or the numerous expensive frames (Stroboframe, Custom Brakets, etc.

Added benefit is that it is pinned for *both* Canon ettl-II *and* Nikon i-ttl.

In the end to me the variable options was worth the price difference. If that's not worth it to you...there's lots of decent off shoe ettl-II cords to choose from.


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Aug 07, 2012 20:31 as a reply to  @ rang's post |  #11

Got a Vivitar (Sakar) brand cord from Amazon for about $15 and it works just fine. Passes all of the sync, TTL and HSS signals from flash to camera like it should. Seems to be sturdy enough for casual use and has a metal foot on the camera end. Looks identical to the one on the flashzebra site (except it might be 4' instead of 3' extended) but I'd guess most of them are made in the same factory in China with different branding and packaging.




  
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Aug 07, 2012 20:39 |  #12

If you want short, this one works great. I use it with my Newton FR3 rotating flash bracket.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com/c/product/750439​-REG (external link)

It's the same as the one Tommy posted but half the length, i.e., half a meter so around 1.5 feet.


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Aug 07, 2012 21:35 |  #13

Phoenixkh wrote in post #14828227 (external link)
If you want short, this one works great. I use it with my Newton FR3 rotating flash bracket.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com/c/product/750439​-REG (external link)

It's the same as the one Tommy posted but half the length, i.e., 1.5 meters.

Thanks Phoenixkh,
I ordered a bracket and that exact flash cord this morining from B & H. It's 1.5 feet though, as you made a typo. Another POTN member also recommended it via PM.

The reviews are very good, so I think I'm going to be quite happy with it.

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