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

(based on 442 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (259)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (109)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (29)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (283)
  • Reliable (253)
  • Lightweight (233)
  • Durable (166)
  • Strong construction (61)

Cons

  • Not durable (27)
  • Poor design (16)
  • Poor quality (13)
  • Flimsy design (12)
  • Pricey / poor value (9)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (176)
  • Everyday (99)
  • Travel (83)
  • Studio (78)
  • Macro photography (71)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (191), Yes (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (117), Semi-professional (94), Enthusiast (87), Pro photographer (24), Tech savvy (18)

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

veri good

By boris

from seacoast terr. brooklyn ny

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Weddings/Events

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

good

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  • Yes

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5.0

As expected

By Bill H

from Northwest Indiana

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Not much to say other than it works exactly as it should.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Must have for flash photographers

      By Calebfoxes

      from Minneapolis

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

      This cord is a necessity for flash photos. It allows you to take control of the light from your canon speed lite. Dont mount that flash on your camrea anymore!

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      5.0

      worked fine.

      By joel

      from havertown, pennsylvania

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

        This product works great between camera and flash.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great cord

        By Dmitry

        from Ventura, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

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

          That cord is perfect for using a flash on the camera bracket.
          There are lots of cheaper third-name alternatives on the market, but those do not come close to the original one.
          It fully supports the e-TTL functions when multiple flashes are in use.
          Very tight and durable cord. Perfect length for use both on a bracket and handheld.
          Highly recommend getting the original Canon's cord versus third-party brands.
          It's worth every penny invested, and even more.

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          • No

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          1.0

          Bad product

          By Mansur Al Fahad

          from Saudi Arabia

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

          I bought it for the first time last year , first got to break at the base without any reason, then when I was shooting at night (owl), the flash does not work, after i remove it and but the flash directly on the camera became works, I bought another this year ,, and the same problem recurred, So my advice ,walked away with it

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          4.0

          Would buy again

          By FIU

          from Milwaukee, WI

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Cost

          Best Uses

          • Forensic Imaging

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

          We have four Canon off-camera shoe cords and they work as advertised. Our cords take medium to heavy wear and tear and hold up well. Compared to off-brand cords they are more expensive, but you get what you pay for.

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          1.0

          Canon's OD-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord (2') & 600EX-RT

          By Expecting More from Canon

          from San Antonio, Texas

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Unreliable
            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

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

              I am only rating this product with one star because because the software doesn't allow me to click on zero stars. Canon's previous Off Camera Shoe Cord was great. I probably used one for 10 to 12 years but when I had to replace it and replaced it with their current off-shoe cord I've ended up having to replace them every few months so I'm probably buying 4 or 5 cords a year which becomes a major expense. The cord always breaks in the same place... the foot that attaches to the speed light. Very cheaply made product. Obviously the material Canon uses now is far, far inferior to what they use to use. Because this product is of such poor quality I have now purchase off shoe cords that are far less expensive because I figure even if I have to replace them like I've been replacing the Canon cord I can purchase 4 or 5 of them for the price of one Canon Off Shoe Cord so I figure there isn't much down side. Canon really needs to decide to make a quality product again and use good durable materials that will do the job instead of trying to make it for the lowest cost possible without any concern for how inferior the product is an how much money we, their customers have to pay for the cord as we replace cord after cord after cord. I can say the same for Canon's flagship Speedlight, the 600EX-RT. I wish I had done a review of it after I purchase it. (Hopefully B&H will separate my comments into a review for both products.) It was never disclosed that the flash just shuts down when it gets "too hot" which can be just 30 to 40 flashes, even if shot within a 5 minute period! As a wedding and event photography this is totally unacceptable. I can't risk having the flash quite on me suddenly and unpredictably as the bride and her father are walking up the aisle so the bride can get married, and I can't be changing out flashes every three to five minutes for eight hours or so and missing things because the flash has shut down. And then when the flash does shut down according to the manual I'm suppose to wait 15 minutes before using it again!!!!! In fact it won't work for several minutes while the flash cools down! I can't even begin to say how displeased I am with both of these Canon products. They are both such inferior products that I can imagine any company, even those at the bottom of the market as far as quality and pricing actually putting them on the market, and these products are certainly not what one would expect of a company who should know what photographers need. Words just fail me. I can't begin to say how displeased I am with both products. The flash is the worse flash I have ever used. I could care less that you can trigger a second flash at a far greater distance than with the previous flashes if I can't depend on the flash to fire when I need it to fire. Both products are totally and completely inferior. I don't plan to ever, ever purchase either product again. I have used Canon for 18 years but they have lost me. Shame on Canon for giving us such poor, poor products. There is nothing good that I can say about either product. I only hope that Canon hears us or notices a huge falloff in flash sales, (it will probably take a lot longer to notice a fall in cord sales because it cost less so many photographers will continue to replace it.) I hope at some point they decide to provide the quality products photographers deserve.

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              1.0

              NOT for 600EX-RT

              By JTousey

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Unreliable
                • Weak Construction

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

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

                Do not purchase or use if planning on using the Canon 600EX-RT. I have purchased 2 of these now and both broke at the shoe mount to screw. It is plastic and can't handle the weight of the 600 EX-RT. especially if using any modifiers including the included gel attachment. my second one snapped after 2 days of use from just normal use.

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                5.0

                well built

                By jforno

                from nutley, nj

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

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

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

                with any canon flash
                2' long

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                • No

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                5.0

                Perfect

                By Bill

                from Lancaster PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  Quick release and flawless on Phottix Mitros+ flash

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Works well, but not structurally solid

                  By Rob

                  from Knoxville

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

                  So let me start by saying that I am on my fourth one of these cables, and I have seen others also have problems with the structural integrity of this cable. For me the main culprit has been screws coming loose on the hot-shoe where the flash attaches to the cable and the hot-shoe actually detaching completely. I have had flashes fall to the ground with the hot-shoe still attached and all of the electrical connections broken. I now lift the plate on the hot-shoe with a small knife to gain access to the 4 screws that hold the hit-show in place and apply some thread lock to those screws to try and keep them from coming loose. I am using these cables with two 580EX II flashes and a 600EX-RT. The last thing I want is to see another one of my flashes fall. Hopefully the thread lock will prevent further mishaps, and hopefully this review will help other photographers be aware of this problem as well.

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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

                              Verified Buyer

                              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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                              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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