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Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m)

B&H # BOSFCCAN Mfr # SFCCAN
You Pay: $29.99
Product Highlights
  • For Canon EOS Cameras
  • Allows Automatic E-TTL Functions

The Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m) is an extremely useful accessory for Canon EOS cameras, allowing an external flash with a hot shoe to be used away from the camera. One end of the cord has the hot shoe to attach your flash unit; the other has a module which fits into the hot shoe on your camera. The flash can be located as far as 4.5' (1.4 m) away from the camera and still perform all the automatic functions possible with flash photography. You can use your flash-off camera at a wide variety of different angles to achieve an equally wide variety of lighting effects such as shadow fill-in, bounce lighting or dramatic direct lighting.

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BowerE-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m)
 
3.2

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Reliable (6)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Packs small / compresses (4)
  • Strong construction (4)

Cons

  • Unreliable performance (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (6)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4), Professional (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (3), Personal (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m

Used primarily to put my flash on my flash bracket. I have had two other Canon flash extension cords and both have failed and figured this one couldn't be any worse than Canon. Time...Read complete review

Used primarily to put my flash on my flash bracket. I have had two other Canon flash extension cords and both have failed and figured this one couldn't be any worse than Canon. Time will tell, but so far it looks like it will work ok.

The only thing I don't like is you have to use the 1/4 in. screw to attach it to the bracket. The Canon cord has a "foot" that lets you slide it into a receptical like the one found on top of the camera. Only a minor inconvenience.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worthless

This product is useless for any professional application. It is unreliable, unpredictable, and almost ruined a job I was shooting. It works fine, and then it doesn't. Even though by now I...Read complete review

This product is useless for any professional application. It is unreliable, unpredictable, and almost ruined a job I was shooting. It works fine, and then it doesn't. Even though by now I should know better, I bought it because it was inexpensively priced.......big mistake.

Communication between the camera body and the flash gun is very spotty. I was shooting an event last night. Typically I rely on the FEL button to get proper flash strength. In the middle of shooting a very important part of the night, the FEL button stopped communicating w/ the flash, and the next 3 frames were way too over-exposed to be of ANY use. I had to compensate on-the-spot and luckily I got it right.

At other times, the ext. cord stopped communicating completely, for no apparent reason. My connections were tight, and it would work fine and then just quit, which is obviously very frustrating. I know it's the cord because I finally gave up on it and attached my 430EX to the camera, and everything worked flawlessly from that point on.

I will never use this product again, and cannot recommend it for anybody who makes money with their camera. Maybe a casual shooter who might pull this piece of junk out once a month or something, but if you need to rely on your equipment, avoid this completely.

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1.0

Cheap Plastic Construction

By JHP

from NJ

About Me Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Unreliable Performance

Best Uses

    Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

    The first time I used this cable it broke. I worked an event for New Year's Eve and the flash fell off along with the cheap plastic that mounts it into place. I would not recommend this cable to anyone trying to use it on a bracket. I guess it is worth spending the extra bills to get the Canon version.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Nice addition to equipment.

    By LongShadow

    from Jeffersonville, PA

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

        Allows off-camera use of flash for different lighting affects. Also works for on-camera use with a flip of the selector switch. The extension end also mounts on the camera connector.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        2.0

        Cheap Plastic Construction

        By JHP

        from NY,NY

        About Me Professional

        Pros

          Cons

          • Unreliable Performance

          Best Uses

            Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

            ETTL worked fine every time I tried to use it. Although, I use manual functions for the most part. My main issue is the cheap plastic design. The first time I used it the cable broke. It is embarrassing to work an event and have your equipment break. I always have a back up plan, but you would expect a more resilient material to be used on professional camera equipment. At any rate, I would not recommend this product for professional use.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            1.0

            Cable doesn't work

            By GP in Phoenix

            from Arizona

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                  Even though this cable says it works with canon Speedlight & ETTL it does not. Had to go buy a canon cable at a local shop.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Works Great

                  By roy

                  from Louisville, KY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                      I mount my Canon flash on a hand grip--and the this cord connects the flash to the hot shoe on my Canon 40D-- it works just fine with the digital camera-- which the cheaper flash extension cord did not do--

                      very happy with the results and a lot cheaper than the Canon version--

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      1.0

                      Not a quality item

                      By Wendy

                      from Michigan

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                        I have now tried two cords and both have been defective. I phoned the B&H Customer Service and they went through all of the details with me. I give the B&H Customer Service 5 stars, this product lets less than one

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Good Cord, Good Price

                        By M.C. Chavez

                        from Portland, OR

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Off Camera Flash

                          Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                          Nice cord, works well.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Thank you B&H

                          By moypa

                          from union city, nj

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Value
                          • Reliable Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Different angle light

                            Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                            I'm a photo student and am just getting my start. I got it because it was a cheap alternative to a wireless transmitter and its reasy to use. Great quality after 3 different purchases from B&H I can honestly say that no one can beat the price [...]

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            1.0

                            Worthless

                            By Photo Dude

                            from New Jersey

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Unreliable Performance

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                                This product is useless for any professional application. It is unreliable, unpredictable, and almost ruined a job I was shooting. It works fine, and then it doesn't. Even though by now I should know better, I bought it because it was inexpensively priced.......big mistake.

                                Communication between the camera body and the flash gun is very spotty. I was shooting an event last night. Typically I rely on the FEL button to get proper flash strength. In the middle of shooting a very important part of the night, the FEL button stopped communicating w/ the flash, and the next 3 frames were way too over-exposed to be of ANY use. I had to compensate on-the-spot and luckily I got it right.

                                At other times, the ext. cord stopped communicating completely, for no apparent reason. My connections were tight, and it would work fine and then just quit, which is obviously very frustrating. I know it's the cord because I finally gave up on it and attached my 430EX to the camera, and everything worked flawlessly from that point on.

                                I will never use this product again, and cannot recommend it for anybody who makes money with their camera. Maybe a casual shooter who might pull this piece of junk out once a month or something, but if you need to rely on your equipment, avoid this completely.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                4.0

                                Great Unit for the price

                                By tom scott

                                from Grand Rapids, Mi

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos

                                  Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                                  Not much to say other than it does a great job sending my flash signal from the camera to the flash unit.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  Faulty out of the box.

                                  By Jeff

                                  from Greenbrae, CA.

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                                        It's a great idea being able to use your TTL dedicated flash at a distance from your hot shoe.The only trouble is that this [...] cable won't fire my 580 EXll flash. It triggers the infra red focus beam and that's about it.

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                                        4.0

                                        E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m

                                        By bfphoto

                                        from Houston, TX

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Pack
                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Family Photos
                                          • Weddings/Events
                                          • Wildlife Photos

                                          Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                                          Used primarily to put my flash on my flash bracket. I have had two other Canon flash extension cords and both have failed and figured this one couldn't be any worse than Canon. Time will tell, but so far it looks like it will work ok.

                                          The only thing I don't like is you have to use the 1/4 in. screw to attach it to the bracket. The Canon cord has a "foot" that lets you slide it into a receptical like the one found on top of the camera. Only a minor inconvenience.

                                          Share this review

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Perfect accessory

                                          By Pash The Flash (c.1967 nickname!)

                                          from NC

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Pack
                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Family Photos
                                            • Travel
                                            • Weddings/Events

                                            Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                                            Fit and finish excellent! It was half the price of the manufacturer's equivalent product and performs flawlessly. Would recommend to a friend.

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                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Low cost works great

                                            By Ray

                                            from Philadelphia

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Pack
                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Family Photos
                                              • Sports/Action
                                              • Weddings/Events
                                              • Wildlife Photos

                                              Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                                              Low cost and does what its supposed to... not much more I can say

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                                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              1.0

                                              A piece of junk

                                              By Action photographer

                                              from Orange County, CA

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                                                    This product doesn't work at all. Out of 100+ tries, flashed only twice. The infrared beam triggered every time, no flash. Wonder why I'm the only one commented. Nobody else want this product? Unfortunately passed 15 days return period. Just a very basic connection cable, never thought it won't work.

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                                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                     
                                                    5.0

                                                    Great alternative to the Canon Flash Cor

                                                    By Edith

                                                    from Toronto, Canada

                                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Pack
                                                    • Easy to Use
                                                    • Lightweight
                                                    • Reliable
                                                    • Strong Construction

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Family Photos
                                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                                      • Travel

                                                      Comments about Bower E-TTL Flash Extension Cord (4.5', 1.4 m):

                                                      The Bower Flash extension was a fraction of the cost of the Canon version and I've used it quite a few times no and its working great. Great value!

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