Pixel 3.6M /10 FEET FC-311/M E-TTL Off-Camera Shoe Cord for Canon DSLR Flash 580EX II 550EX Canon 430EX II Canon 420EX 380EX replaces OC-E3b
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- High Quality flash E-TTL Off-Camera Shoe Cord for Canon DSLR and Flashes replace OC-E3b
- It can be used as far as approximately 3.6 meters/ 10 feet away from the camera, more flexible!!!
- This cord provides E-TTL II / E-TTL and traditional for Canon Speedlites when used off-camera with Canon SLR/DSLR cameras, all automatic functions of the EOS cameras are retained.
- It is fully compatible with Canon ex/ez series speedlites and EOS cameras, for Canon DSLR EOS 1Ds, EOS 1Ds Mark II III, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 5D, 7D, Digital Rebel (300D), Rebel XT (350D), Rebel XTi (400D), Rebel XS (1000D) & Rebel XSi (450D) 500D, etc
- Compatible with Canon Flashes 220EX, 300EZ, 380EX, 420EZ, 420EX, 430EZ, 430EX, 430EX II, 480EG, 540EZ, 550EX, 580EX, etc
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FC-311/M Flashgun Cable for Canon EOS It's compatible with all Canon Speedlites and all other branded Canon fit flash units, including 220EX, 300EZ, 380EX, 420EZ, 420EX, 430EZ, 430EX, 430EX II, 480EG, 540EZ, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II. It can be mounted on any Canon auto focus 35mm film or Canon Digital SLR camera, including EOS 1D, 1DC, 1DX, 1Ds, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D Mark II, 1Ds Mark II, IDs Mark III, 40D, 50D, 5D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, D30, D60, Kodak DSC-530, Canon EOS 1000D, 1100D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 60D, 60Da, 650D, 400D, 350D, 300D, Canon Kiss F Digital, X2, X3, X4, X5, X50, X6, Canon PowerShot G1X, G10, G11, G12, G15, Canon Rebel T1i, T2i, T3, T3i, T4i, XS, Xsi, Hasselblad H4D-200MS, H4D-31, H4D-40, H4D-50, H4D-50MS, H4D-60... Pentax 645D, K-30, K-5, K-7, K-m, K100D Super, K200D, K20D, Contax, Samsung GX-20, NX-10, NX-100, NX-11, NX-5.
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I am a engineer and am also a good handy man. I always expect that a good product should not only function properly but should also feel good on your hand (touch inspection) and should have good quality appearance (uniformity/consistency under visual inspection). When viewing from different angles under light, a good material should reflect light uniformly (i.e. no warping, no defect, no inconsistency in material from one section to another).
Followings are my comments for the Pixel FC-311 cable (3m/10ft long).
(1) There seem to be two vendors for this product on amazon: Rainbow and Cowboy. Like another reviewer have mentioned, Amazon seems to mix the product reviews from these two vendors. If you search for it, Cowboy would always be the one that pops up. Even after I bought it from Rainbow, when I clicked the item description from the actual electronic RECEIPT, Amazon would bring me to the product sold by Cowboy store and not Rainbow. That is more than just confusing. As for Cowboy, I bought two light stands before from Cowboy and the product I received didn't match what they advertised online. So this time, I tried to avoid them and bought it from Rainbow.
(2) The plastic jacket of this product is very smooth, consistent, and uniform when viewed under lighting from different angles. That suggests it's made with good material and workmanship. It doesn't feel cheap and does look like an OEM products (e.g. Canon or Nikon). The coil is solidly built and is not very hard to stretch as some reviewers have suggested. Its strength/stiffness is within expectation. Of course, this is a subjective expectation and so the difference in reviewing is understandable (most professional equipment is made to stand abuse and so they must be made with adequate/strong material).
(3) Based on my visual inspection, it's hard to expect that the parts would come apart upon arrival (i.e. professionally built) unless it's made by another company (more likely someone who tries to copy the product). These days almost everything is made in China. However, one should know that they could be made by two very distinct sources: One built by reputable companies with good quality control and fabricated with western standards/quality expectation; the other is built by small/unknown manufacturers xyz with cheap material and no quality control. This kind of manufacturers tend to copy someone else products or tries to make a cheap product with low tech/cheap tools in his/her own small shops. You can find a lot of this type of products in the local 99cent stores.
(4) The one I bought from Rainbow is made by(or marketed by) PiXel Inc (FC-311 flashgun cable, Pixel Inc). BTW, another review here had mentioned the name YongNuo. I have bought YongNuo before (a flash remote trigger and a remote timer trigger) and my experiences from these two products is great. YongNuo products seem to have very reasonable/cheap prices but yet their products work much better than other generic/unkown China brand. I suspect YongNuo or Pixel probably could be selling the same product. However, I am not sure which product is being sold by Amazon Cowboy (which has sold me product that didn't match the photos shown at their site).
Therefore, the very conflicting product reviews here could have been caused by Amazon from mixing up similar products sold by different vendors. My review is only good for the model: "Pixel FC-311" sold by Rainbow.
(5) The cable had functioned consistently in two shooting events (i.e. didn't misfire with the long 10ft/3meter cable). Initially, I thought the long cable (electronic capacitive load) could affect the timing characteristic of the triggering circuitry and could cause mis-firing. However, my cabl has been functionally properly so far.
(6) If you search for this product on Amazon, it's likely that the one sold by Cowboy would popup ($24.49). Look carefully at the bottom of the description section, you should see something like this: 7 new from $20.99. Click on "new" and look for the one sold by Rainbow for $20.99 (more confusing is that you can see Rainbow for $24.49, Rainbow for $20.99....), select "Add to cart" from the cheapest one offered from Rainbow. Boy, this is the most confusing shopping experience I have had with Amazon.
My conclusion: it's a great product (Pixel FC-311) and I strongly recommend this product (its cheap price and good quality makes it much more attractive than the Canon OEM which has only one option: only 3ft long.
Hope this helps.
Part(1) -- The TRASH Story
This sounded like exactly what I needed, and especially given the three five-star reviews. When I received it I liked what I saw, but when I went to mount it on the hotshoe of my Canon Rebel, I realized that the hot-shoe connector was in three pieces, held together only by the internal wiring. I contacted Cowboy Studio and they promptly sent a replacement. This one *looked* just fine when I received it. However, when I attempted to mount it in my hotshoe, it promptly came apart exactly like the first one. A tiny little tab of broken plastic fell out -- apparently all that held the pieces together, but much too flimsy to do the job (and I certainly didn't apply any force trying to mount it). I've contacted Cowboy Studio but haven't yet heard back from them. It's hard for me to believe that anyone could write a favorable review of this item if all of them are as poorly built as what I received, so perhaps I had the bad luck of receiving two defective units. If I hear from Cowboy Studio, I'll update this with what I learn, but in the mean time I'd certainly NOT recommend purchase of this item. It is inexpensive, but what I have received is totally non-functional.
A belated update. Cowboy Studio (who was the supplier for my Amazon order) refunded my purchase with no hassles.
Part(2) The GOOD ONE
Thanks to a very helpful review (posted by Chipaul Cao) I learned that there are (at least) two versions of this product that were being listed by Amazon as the same product. The two TRASH items I received had stick-on labels designating the item as OC-E3 and MeiKe (which seems to be the brand name?). Anyway, this item is total trash and falls apart when you try to use it -- something that both I and others can attest to.
Recently I saw the helpful review by "Chipaul Cao" and learned that another version of this product, manufactured by Pixel is supposed to be the real deal. I risked $16.80 to buy this unit, taking care to buy it from "Rainbow." What I received today is indeed an apparently well-built product. It has the feel of being solid, attaches to camera and flash easily, functions properly, and I expect it to be very satisfactory. I note that a number of the alternate suppliers listed on Amazon carry the designation (Pixel) -- including the one by Cowboy Studio. I played it safe by ordering from Rainbow, but I presume one could order this product from the others too.
In any case, I wanted to set the record straight. If you take care to purchase the Pixel product you should be very satisfied. I've left my review at one star as a caution to others, but if the Pixel product continues to live up to first impressions I would give it five stars as an exceptional value.