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Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3

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Product Highlights
  • TTL Off-Camera Flash Cable for All EOS Cameras (Except 630 and RT Models) - 2' (60cm)

The Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord maintains all on-camera flash functions (including E-TTL II) for one Canon Speedlite used off-camera at distances up to 2' (60 cm). It is compatible with all Canon EOS cameras except the 630 and RT (which require a combination of TTL Hot Shoe Adapter 3, OA-2 Off Camera Shoe Adapter & Connecting Cord 60).

The OC-E3 has been improved over the OC-SC 2 with better sealing against dust and moisture, to better match the weather-resistant design of the EOS 1D Mark III and the 580EX2 flash. It also now features a sturdier foot.

Also fully functional with the combination of the T90 camera and 300TL flash (from Canon's older FD manual focus system).

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CanonOC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3
 
4.3

(based on 420 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (248)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (104)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (26)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (269)
  • Reliable (243)
  • Lightweight (225)
  • Durable (163)
  • Strong construction (57)

Cons

  • Not durable (26)
  • Poor design (16)
  • Flimsy design (12)
  • Poor quality (11)
  • Pricey / poor value (9)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (175)
  • Everyday (96)
  • Travel (80)
  • Studio (77)
  • Macro photography (69)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (115), Semi-professional (94), Enthusiast (83), Pro photographer (18), Tech savvy (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (177), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Is the Canon Off Camera Shoe Cord 3 worth 25 bucks more?

Yes, the Canon Off Camera Shoe Cord 3 is worth 25 bucksmore. I use a flip flash bracket and after going thru severalCanon Shoe Cord 2's I gave up with Canon. The...Read complete review

Yes, the Canon Off Camera Shoe Cord 3 is worth 25 bucksmore. I use a flip flash bracket and after going thru severalCanon Shoe Cord 2's I gave up with Canon. The screws inthe upper shoe would tear out or the wired metal plate in theupper shoe would work loose and leave the flash wobbly. Itried a Dot Line for Canon ETTL shoe cord which is betterconstructed but would inadvertently switch from ETTL to TTLcausing excess flash. Yes, you could reset the flash backto ETTL mode bymounting it directly back to the camera but who has time forthat? Promaster also makes a Canon shoe cord which I wasabout to try next until I noticed the Canon Shoe Cord 3. Assoon as I bought it I noticed that the upper shoe (for theflash) is slightly wider and longer. The shoe bracket is nolonger painted black (which the black paint would just getscratched up anyway). The upper shoe bracket now has ametal female screw collar as opposed to plastic. The upper shoewired metal plate looks thicker than before and is securedby 4 metal screws vs. four impacted metal posts. The uppershoe clam shell cover is secured by four long screws vs. onlythree screws in Shoe Cord 2. The lower shoe (camera mount)is slightly wider and longer than the Shoe Cord 2. It has abetter weather proof seal in the back and the slide lockfeature is faster and easier than the dial screw lock on theShoeCord 2. The foot of the lower shoe is solid metal vs.plastic on the Shoe Cord 2. The lower shoe contacts arerounded metal points vs. thinner rounded metal strips on theShoe Cord 2. The Shoe Cord 3 lower shoe slides on or offthe camera easier than the Shoe Cord 2. So far it worksgreat with my Canon 580EX but only time will tell how longit will last on my flip frame. If you use a flip flashframe save yourself $50 bucks on a Canon Shoe Cord 2 whichwill not last long! For $25 bucks more avoid the headacheof flash problems.

Expertise: Part-time photographer

Problems Encountered: One downside of the Shoe Cord 3 is the Made in Chinapainted on the bottom shoe. Acetone won't remove it, but apaint stripper gel will. Simply cover the Canon logo withcellophane tape and rub the gel on with a Q-tip. Rub theexcess off with a clean Q-tip. Don't over do it as you willeventually rub off the black paint below as well.

Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Canon Off Camera Shoe Cord 2

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OUCH - not another broken shoe cord!

I have been through 3 shoe cord 2's by Canon so I coughed up the big bucks on the OC-E3. I use it on an Orbis ring flash bracket. I got 3 months...Read complete review

I have been through 3 shoe cord 2's by Canon so I coughed up the big bucks on the OC-E3. I use it on an Orbis ring flash bracket. I got 3 months out of it. They all break down at the flash mount not the camera mount. I use a dedicated 580 EXII flash that never leaves the bracket nor does the cord or ring flash. The camera mount gets the most activity and it holds up but the flash mount on these cords does not. I try to take excellent care of my equipment but these Canon shoe cords just don't hold up if you're using them often. I bought a cheap Aputure shoe cord and it's a workhorse. Rugged and lasts. What took me so long to bail on Canon's shoe cords? If you only have occasional use for a shoe cord the Canon product might work for you. If you want to use it daily forget about Canon shoe cords. I'm a Canon owner and love all my Canon gear EXCEPT the shoe cords.

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5.0

Works as advertised

By Mountain Man Rich

from Colorado

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Traveling
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

    Solidly built. Tight connections - don't need to worry about connections shaking loose.

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    • No

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    1.0

    Plastic bracket breaks easily

    By Monkeygirl

    from Loveland CO

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Durable
    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

      Mount is structurally weak, broke after light use. After the fourth time I used it, the plastic slide fell apart during a wedding shoot. Was able to rig something using wire and duct tape, but for the high price, thought it would be better quality. The cord synchs great, but the weak mount renders it mostly useless if you want to attach it to anything like softbox/tripod.

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      • No

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      1.0

      2nd one fell apart

      By JETA

      from Washington State

      About Me Professional

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Falls apart
        • Not Durable
        • Not Functional
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

          Just had my 2nd OC-E3 fall apart in a 3 month period while on a shoot. I have stayed with only Canon products for over a decade. Unfortunately, Canon refuses to look at the issue that is going on with this cord. If you google it you will see images of this cord in pieces. Luckily I was able to catch my flash when the first one fell apart. I had to switch to the Vello TTL cord. Took it out on location yesterday and it did a beautiful job. For $ it's a great option and can be used professionally. Sorry Canon. I'm done and disgusted with this product!

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          3.0

          Flashback

          By Photobug

          from South Georgia

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Not Durable

          Best Uses

          • All Around Photography Us

          Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

          The original cord we bought had the metal contacts break on it. We had to buy a replacement. The cord wasn't removed and replaced very much. It pretty much stayed on the camera all the time. Really surprised when the contacts broke. It had lasted about two years though.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Off Shoe Camera Cord

          By BK

          from Louisville

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

            It did everything I needed it to do

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            • No

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            5.0

            A++++++++++++++

            By Jar

            from Tennessee

            Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

            Awesome product with great quality !

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            5.0

            good product

            By Al

            from Mechanicsville MD

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Macro Photography
              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

              Works well to move the flash away from the camera

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              • No

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              4.0

              Another way to use the flash

              By uva98

              from NY, NY

              Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

              Another way to use the flash that I love. Always useful, and great to be more creative using a speed light.

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              3.0

              Good solid product but price a bit high

              By Soul Brother

              from Queens NY

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Price Is A Bit High

              Best Uses

              • Events Step And Repeat
              • Everyday use

              Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

              It is a solid product that will almost never fail you.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Perfect for shooting aquariums

              By ReefeRob

              from Maryland

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

                Shooting aquariums life is tricky at best and macro is even more so. This is perfect for doing handheld flash making minor adjustments.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great!

                By Aron Martinez

                from San Diego Ca

                Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

                Compact and light, love it so far!

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                2.0

                OUCH - not another broken shoe cord!

                By Roger

                from Vermont

                About Me Professional

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Not Durable
                  • Poor Design

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

                    I have been through 3 shoe cord 2's by Canon so I coughed up the big bucks on the OC-E3. I use it on an Orbis ring flash bracket. I got 3 months out of it. They all break down at the flash mount not the camera mount. I use a dedicated 580 EXII flash that never leaves the bracket nor does the cord or ring flash. The camera mount gets the most activity and it holds up but the flash mount on these cords does not. I try to take excellent care of my equipment but these Canon shoe cords just don't hold up if you're using them often. I bought a cheap Aputure shoe cord and it's a workhorse. Rugged and lasts. What took me so long to bail on Canon's shoe cords? If you only have occasional use for a shoe cord the Canon product might work for you. If you want to use it daily forget about Canon shoe cords. I'm a Canon owner and love all my Canon gear EXCEPT the shoe cords.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Great cord.

                    By Ben

                    from NYC

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

                        Great cord, does what it's supposed to do, length is a little short for my liking.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        A must have accessory!

                        By KnArellano

                        from Arvada, CO

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

                          This is a great accessory for off-camera flash.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Handy to Have

                          By John in New Mexico

                          from Gallup, NM

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Too short

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

                          The OC-E3 cord does exactly as you'd expect--allows you to move your flash a few feet off the camera without having to use a remote trigger and receiver. The only suggested improvement I would suggest is to make the same cord only a foot longer.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Expensive lesson to learn

                          By Rick

                          from Leslie, Michigan

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Studio

                            Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

                            Bought to many off brands at cheaper prices, they don't last

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Used w BetterBeamer & Wimb FlashBracket

                            By Endoman

                            from Philly

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio

                              Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

                              used with Better Beamer / Flash combo, Wimberley II head and flash bracket; a storage bag or case accessory would have been nice

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                              4.0

                              nice

                              By idanotal

                              from los angeles

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

                              is ok...

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Canon Off Camera Shoe Cord

                              By Firewagon

                              from GA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Home
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

                                Hard to rate at this point, as I have not used the cord yet. However, it does appear to be an improvement over the last iteration. More screws holding the flash shoe together 'might' help it last on a bracket? The problem is that the flash shoe is still attached to 'plastic.' That plastic piece breaks at the junction where it is screwed together. The stress occurs when the flash and bracket are oriented in the 'portrait' position. Hopefully, this "improved" model will live longer than the previous one.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Canon Off Camera Shoe Cord

                                By Rob

                                from Mt. Pleasant, SC

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3:

                                  I love it. It adds an extra addition to the way I can use the flash. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer

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                                  • No

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