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Jan 06, 2008 02:02 |  #16

:lol: the RC-1 seems less well regarded/useful than I thought it would be


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Jan 06, 2008 11:21 |  #17

The seller I bought my ebay flash triiggers and cable release from had perfect feedback. The triggers were a piece of crap and the cable release never ever arrived. I now don't deal with Chinese thieves.


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Jan 08, 2008 06:10 |  #18

Yeah same this dude had 99%. It's a shame, I think I'll buy from reputable places in the future to avoid the hassle


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Jan 08, 2008 11:37 as a reply to  @ smorter's post |  #19

Everyone wants that great bargain and I'm the same way, but sometimes it's just not worth it. I buy 90% of my camera gear from a local pro camera store just a mile from my house. Sure, I might be paying a bit more and I have to pay the state sales tax, but I'm so much better off in the long run. If the product doesn't work then I can return it and the fact I'm a long-time customer reaps dividends. I've gotten a number of little freebies and the manager told me recently if I wanted to rent a lens, I wouldn't have to worry about the $1000 deposit.

I do buy on-line occasionally, but from established, reputable dealers such as B&H and Amazon. I would never buy new cameras or accessories from e-bay... I have been looking there for a 1960's vintage camera like the first SLR I ever owned, but only because it's probably the only place to find one.


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Jan 08, 2008 15:29 |  #20

Bought one for my brother's Xti for xmas and the instruction sheet looked like the one on the left.


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Jan 08, 2008 18:03 |  #21

when I shopped off Ebay for my CF card, I googled many sites to see different pictures of fake vs. real. I think it's a great thing to post this for others to see. Maybe it'll help someone in the future. Sorry - that really stinks!!! :(


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Jan 08, 2008 21:43 as a reply to  @ scrapbookworker's post |  #22

The fakes they have these days are getting better and better looking real. Why don't they spend the effect on making a good copy?


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Feb 06, 2008 20:55 |  #23

oops sorry I never replied to this post, I ended up going back to the seller (wasting time, petrol, phone costs etc) doing so, and got another fake one that stopped working after a while again. When I met him again I asked him whether it was a fake, but he denied it saying it was just packaging differences between batches. Unfortunately I didn't a real one to compare in front of him, so I let it go.

Of course, the thing lasted for about 10 actuations after I had left, and then stopped working as well.

I got fed up, so I just went to a shop and purchased a real one for about $10 extra. I'm not going to bother chasing it up with the seller I can't be bothered but I don't think I will ever give my business to this guy again, I just don't feel comfortable with the principle of it. I was going to buy a 17-55 IS off him too but will go to a store now.

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The fakes they have these days are getting better and better looking real. Why don't they spend the effect on making a good copy?

LOL
also they spend so much effort on the cosmetics of the product, yet something so simple as the plastic used, or the instruction booklet or the box gives it away

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Bought one for my brother's Xti for xmas and the instruction sheet looked like the one on the left.

Cool! Yep should be legit hopefully, the fake one looks like it was been photocopied or printed on some crappy paper using bad ink.

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when I shopped off Ebay for my CF card, I googled many sites to see different pictures of fake vs. real. I think it's a great thing to post this for others to see. Maybe it'll help someone in the future. Sorry - that really stinks!!!

Yeah same I was going to as well but then I saw all these threads warning of the scams.
er..hopefully you aren't too affected by the nasty tornados or something at your location, I saw that my BH Photo parcel got delayed because of the weather issues, though this is trivial compared to the destruction there

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Everyone wants that great bargain and I'm the same way, but sometimes it's just not worth it. I buy 90% of my camera gear from a local pro camera store just a mile from my house. Sure, I might be paying a bit more and I have to pay the state sales tax, but I'm so much better off in the long run. If the product doesn't work then I can return it and the fact I'm a long-time customer reaps dividends. I've gotten a number of little freebies and the manager told me recently if I wanted to rent a lens, I wouldn't have to worry about the $1000 deposit.

I do buy on-line occasionally, but from established, reputable dealers such as B&H and Amazon. I would never buy new cameras or accessories from e-bay... I have been looking there for a 1960's vintage camera like the first SLR I ever owned, but only because it's probably the only place to find one.

Yeah I agree this is the way to go, I'm tired of shenanigans for the sake of a few bucks, in the long run I've ended up out of pocket about $30 for a fake, when I could have paid about $10 more for a real one.


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Feb 06, 2008 22:37 |  #24

Why is it that fakes never seem to work but cheap alternatives do?


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Feb 06, 2008 23:37 as a reply to  @ _aravena's post |  #25

I have a real RC-1. It works about as advertised, as a low power IR trigger.

I have never bought anything on e-bay. I know that there are good deals to be had and that 99% is honest, but I just can't take the chance.

Amazon and B&H. You know EXACTLY what you're getting, you know EXACTLY what you're paying, you know EXACTLY when it will arrive and you can place the order and sleep at night not worrying about it.

It costs more, but what is security worth?


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Feb 07, 2008 12:42 |  #26

You gets what you pay for at the end of the day.

Out of 300+ ebay chinese and HK transactions I have never failed to have an item arrive.

Buy carefully.

The only time I was ripped off was with a fake CF card from LONDON!



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Feb 07, 2008 14:27 |  #27

I got (what I think its legit) one from a local camera shop that is Authorized Canon, and mine didn't have any instructions at all. Until I saw this thread, I didn't realize they were supposed to....


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Feb 07, 2008 15:02 as a reply to  @ Mr_Bester's post |  #28

Why isn't there a Hack for the RC-1 ???

Hi Smorter ~ Sorry for the bad luck and hassle, especially over such a cheap and crappy product.

Why isn't there a good hack for the RC-1 for Palm Pilots, etc? Heck, if you can control your TV with a Palm, I don't see why we can use them to actuate our Canon's. Seems like some people are getting this to work with their TV remotes:

http://www.camerahacke​r.com …e_with_Canon_ca​meras.html (external link)

I'm still skeptical that it was truly a fake. My guess is that Canon makes these things really cheaply and doesn't pay much of any consideration to quality control.

I wish they would make one that could actuate the shutter from BEHIND the camera and not just IN FRONT of it!!!

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Feb 07, 2008 15:52 |  #29

pmk wrote in post #4871924 (external link)
Hi Smorter ~ Sorry for the bad luck and hassle, especially over such a cheap and crappy product.

Why isn't there a good hack for the RC-1 for Palm Pilots, etc? Heck, if you can control your TV with a Palm, I don't see why we can use them to actuate our Canon's. Seems like some people are getting this to work with their TV remotes:

http://www.camerahacke​r.com …e_with_Canon_ca​meras.html (external link)

I'm still skeptical that it was truly a fake. My guess is that Canon makes these things really cheaply and doesn't pay much of any consideration to quality control.

I wish they would make one that could actuate the shutter from BEHIND the camera and not just IN FRONT of it!!!

pmk

I have read that there is a hack to use with the palm remote control software. I may have to steal my wifes palm and see if I can program it. Also, if you pick one up and have a learning remote, you could use that too. Although, the RC1 is a lot smaller than my harmony ;)

edit, Check this link and read the comments, someone has it working with the omniremote software http://eosdoc.com/manu​als/?q=RC-1 (external link)


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Feb 10, 2008 21:27 |  #30

pmk wrote in post #4871924 (external link)
Hi Smorter ~ Sorry for the bad luck and hassle, especially over such a cheap and crappy product.

Why isn't there a good hack for the RC-1 for Palm Pilots, etc? Heck, if you can control your TV with a Palm, I don't see why we can use them to actuate our Canon's. Seems like some people are getting this to work with their TV remotes:

http://www.camerahacke​r.com …e_with_Canon_ca​meras.html (external link)

I'm still skeptical that it was truly a fake. My guess is that Canon makes these things really cheaply and doesn't pay much of any consideration to quality control.

I wish they would make one that could actuate the shutter from BEHIND the camera and not just IN FRONT of it!!!

pmk

First, I think your comment about Canon not caring about quality is kind of off-the-wall. I bought my RC-1 over three years ago & it still works well and I've not yet had to replace the battery (although, now that I've said it, it will probably die next time I use it :):)). It works from about 25' on in. At least if I don't forget to change the camera settings so it will work. I'm notorious for that. Anyway, like I said, I bought mine off eBay and I've not regretted it. But I definitely got a real one - not a fake. It sounds like the OP got a fake one.
On the point about not being able to use it from behind the camera - right on! That's probably the thing I don't like the most about this remote.


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