This facilitates into positioning the flash away or above the camera in order to change the angle of the flash beam, sending the shadows downwards, avoid red-eye effects or long lenses from shadowing the lower part of the frame.
Something we shall see in some implementation examples later on, with a telephoto and a macro flash brackets.
Canon OC-E3 off-camera shoe cord had been introduced together with Canon EOS 1D Mk III and speedlite 580EX II, endorsing the improved metal shoe and weather sealing of the latter.
The Meike Shoe Cord
On the other hand, the Meike OE-C3 Off-Camera Shoe Cord reviewed here is the best replica of the Canon OC-E3 that has come into my attention. Not only for the same size an shape connector blocks but also for the metal foot, weather sealing and thickness of the cable. And these, come in an attractive price, half than the street price of the original.
Using with a Camera
|The above illustration is a good example for the use of the OC-E3 off-camera shoe cord. The hot shoe connector is inserted and locked on the camera hot shoe, while the remote hot shoe is secured on a modified Boling C-Shape flash bracket via an 1/4"-20 thumb wheel screw. Then the Canon speedlite 580EX II is inserted and locked on the remote hot shoe maintaining all the E-TTL functions and control from the camera menu. More on this in the Create an Economy Telephoto Flash Bracket article.|
|Another example shows the use of the OC-E3 off-camera shoe cord on a Boling C-Shape flash bracket directly mounted on the camera. As you can read in the Baling C-Shape Flash Bracket Review this configuration permits the movement of the remote hot shoe (and the flash on it) for landscape or portrait shooting accordingly.|
|The last example is taken from the Benro MPB10 Multi Purpose Nodal Rail Review where the OC-E3 off-camera shoe cord is used again on a modified flash bracket, in order to move the flash unit forward for better illumination of a macro shooting.|
Half price compared to original.
Very good quality compared even to the original.
Heavy gauge coiled cable extends from 0.5 - 2.0 m (1.6 - 6.5 ft).
Secure locking on camera hot shoe.
None recorded after two years of use, despite some reluctance of the cable to coil back instantly when stretched too much. However that's normal.
Although a dedicated Canon fan for many decades, when it comes to a mere extension cable I fail to understand why it has to be sold for a $100 RRP ($75 street price) just because it has proprietary connectors. Old time Hi-Fi enthusiasts may recall special strand, oxygen free copper cables with golden plugs costing that much. But for an OC-E3 cord that has none of this attributes, I recommend that you find something cheaper like the replica in question.
On the other hand, don't get tempted by $ 10 replicas since according to many reviews often fail.
I hope you found the article and ideas useful, thank you for viewing.
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Baling C-Shape Flash Bracket Review
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Create a Versatile O-Shape Macro Flash Bracket