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CanonOC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2')
 
4.3

(based on 430 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (253)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (107)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (26)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (276)
  • Reliable (247)
  • Lightweight (229)
  • Durable (166)
  • Strong construction (57)

Cons

  • Not durable (27)
  • Poor design (16)
  • Flimsy design (12)
  • Poor quality (11)
  • Pricey / poor value (9)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (176)
  • Everyday (99)
  • Travel (82)
  • Studio (78)
  • Macro photography (71)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (117), Semi-professional (94), Enthusiast (87), Pro photographer (18), Tech savvy (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (184), 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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4.0

Great product

By Malissa

from Cincinnati, OH

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Traveling

    Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2'):

    Another great canon product!!!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Does the job well

    By TC

    from Memphis

    Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2'):

    This cord is a great way to begin experimenting with directional off camera lighting. It works especially well when shooting at live indoor music events!

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    5.0

    OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2') by Canon

    By Ed

    from Salisbury, Maryland

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use

      Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2'):

      I have routed the flassh off to the side of the camera. This makes my use of the flash more convient.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Flash Extension Cord

      By Richie

      from Rialto CA

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2'):

          For getting your camera on a flash bracket, this cord does the job well in connecting!

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          • No

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          5.0

          NO 3rd party on this accessory

          By Encantado de la Vida

          from Waltham, MA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

            Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2'):

            Perfect reading from flash to camera! A MUST!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Hot Shoe Cord

            By Donnie B.

            from Murrieta Ca

            About Me 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 (2'):

              Works great, its a must for a flash photography

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              • No

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              3.0

              Fragile - but the best available

              By Photographer for Charitable Organization

              from Torrance, CA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Expensive For Durability
              • Not Durable
              • Poor Mechanical Design

              Best Uses

              • Event Photography
              • Light To Moderate Use

              Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2'):

              Used to support a Canon 580EXII on a flash bracket for event photography. Electrically it is well made, but the plastic footing is not very durable for professional use and broke after several years of light use - I expected better from Canon. I tried a cheaper cord from another manufacturer, and while it held up physically the cord broke electrically after 1 year. Just purchased a Canon replacement and we will see how long this one lasts.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Ordered to prepare for my BF's new baby

              By J.A.C.k

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2'):

                  I haven't quite put it thru rigorous use, yet. I've had Canon products before, and, I expect this to be of the same quality.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Replacement

                  By Stick

                  from Tampa

                  Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2'):

                  I bought this to replace a unit that broke after 4 years. The shoe that attaches to the flash bracket is plastic and susceptible to breakage. Other than that it is a good unit.

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                  4.0

                  So far so good

                  By David

                  from Washington DC

                  Comments about Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2'):

                  On the expensive end of the budget... Basically $ bucks for a cable...But it does what it's for, seems sturdy enough and same lock mechanism to get your flash properly set up.. So far so good

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                  5.0

                  Works as advertised

                  By Mountain Man Rich

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                  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 (2'):

                    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 (2'):

                      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 (2'):

                          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 (2'):

                          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 (2'):

                            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 (2'):

                            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 (2'):

                              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 (2'):

                              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 (2'):

                              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 (2'):

                                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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