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VelloHot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II)
 
4.6

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (37)
  • Compact (31)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Durable (20)
  • Packs small / compresses (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Family photos (20)
  • Weddings (20)
  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Travel (5)
  • Sports/action (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (16), Semi-pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (10), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (44)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worked well, defective and was replaced

I use this because the Canon 6D does not come with a PC connection(why I don't know - price i guess), and I need to use this to use my Canon flash ETTL...Read complete review

I use this because the Canon 6D does not come with a PC connection(why I don't know - price i guess), and I need to use this to use my Canon flash ETTL to trigger off camera flashes and also I use a wireless trigger plugged into the PC port of this item. I can use studio monolights and the Canon wireless flash system together.

It works and allows me to mount my Canon 600 EX RT on top of this adapter, and allows me to plug my paul buff cyber commander into the pc connection (velcro-ed onto the side of my flash)to trigger my studio flash units.

Would be 5 stars, except the first one I received was defective. It still worked, but it rattled around every time i turned my camera vertically/horizontally, I could hear it. Annoying. I emailed company (Vello people) and they said it shouldn't do that, return it to manufacturer. I was a bit annoyed they took no responsibility for it, but B&H sent a new one to me (overnight!) as I still needed it for a shoot! And paid for the return shipping! So, Awesome customer service from B&H is saving this review from being a 2 or 3 really. Just to clarify, the product worked the entire time I had it, but I was worried it would stop working while I needed it, since the manufacturer said it shouldn't do that lol.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

it works but...

it worked one time, partly because the next time I used it I pushed the connection cord in too hard and it broke. It might be my fault, but it seems like the...Read complete review

it worked one time, partly because the next time I used it I pushed the connection cord in too hard and it broke. It might be my fault, but it seems like the cord is not plugged-in all the way so I wanted to push it in further and that's when it broke. The pc cord has a nut on the end and I wanted to screw that in to prevent the cord from comming loose, but that caused me to brake it. Not sure of this product overall. You'd be better off getting the hotshoe connection with the cord already on it. Same price, and works everytime!

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5.0

Exactly the trick to using ETTL alongside wireless remote

By captnpetee

from Orcutt, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

Scenario: I want to use long ETTL corded master flash as key light along w/ a slave fill and hair/rim light. All three are optical-compatible Canon... so far so good. I also have cheap, off-branded flashes that I want to use to light background elements in the scene, using one-trick pony radio remotes (they work excellently, fyi... dirt-cheap but always reliable). This adapter allows me to cord-connect the radio transmitter (trigger) along with the ETTL-cord to camera hot shoe. I set the background lighters manually one time, as I'm not going to need to adjust output on those once dialed in. Works awesome! (Tip: Epoxy or double-sided tape mounts a cheap cold-shoe on the top of the ETTL-cord base - the part that goes to the top of this adapter, so the radio trigger doesn't have to dangle on its cord or be mounted with tape or other temporary means.)

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5.0

Quality and Value

By DustyDan

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

I need to switch between strobes and lenses many times per day. The power supply of one of the unites mounts on the top of the hot shoe.

This unit is well built and sturdy, has a ring to securely lock it to the camera and works with the Canon ETTL system.

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1.0

Hopeful

By travelreg

from Honolulu

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

      Only one star as the connection was apparently defective and unable to evaluate. Reordered so will give it another shot.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Shoe Adapter

      By JoeMillerPhoto

      from Minnesota

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

          Works like it says. I haven't tried TTL, but flash cord works great on my Canon 6D.

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          2.0

          Cheaply Made

          By Dave

          from NJ

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Flimsy Construction

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

              Cheaply made. Hard to tighten on camera.

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              5.0

              Works great!

              By JMA

              from Orange County

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                No problems so far. Works as expected.

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                4.0

                It works as it's supposed to.

                By Steven Barall

                from New York City

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                  This is the hot shoe that also acts as a E-TTL pass through for Canon cameras and speed lights and what that means is that when you mount the Vello Hot Shoe on your Canon camera and place your Canon speed light on top of it, all of the E-TTL data will pass through the Vello Hot Shoe and into the speed light so you don't lose any the E-TTL functionality.

                  Also there is a standard PC socket on the front of the adapter so that your camera can directly trigger external flash units via a PC cord with cameras that do not have PC sockets on them. For instance, my Canon 5D III has a PC socket on the camera already but my Canon 70D does not.

                  Also if you want to trigger a speed light off camera with a PC cord you can mount this adapter on a bracket that attaches to a light stand and then attach a PC cord from a camera or other speed light. For instance neither my Canon 580EX flash nor my Canon 430EX III flash have PC sockets so this adapter would be useful for what I just described. If you are doing this you are only getting manual flash settings and no automatic settings.

                  It's a little pricey but if it works I can live with it and it seems to work. One word of advice is that if you are going to be using PC cords, make sure you test them in advance of needing them on a job because my recent experience is that there are PC cords out there that simply do not work.

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                  5.0

                  Works like it should

                  By Jasiek

                  from Petaluma, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Pc To Lighting

                    Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                    I was amazed that my Canon D60 didn't have a PC socket even though I use a radio slave most of the time I still need a cord backup. This adopted does the job and is made well.

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                    5.0

                    Works like a charm

                    By Rafael

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                      Works with my Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT. Just pop it right on and shoot with it. In E-TTL or Manual mode.

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                      3.0

                      couldn't get it to work as e-ttl

                      By al

                      from florida

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                          couldn't get to work on e-ttl, but it could be operator error

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                          4.0

                          Works well

                          By Frum Pilot

                          from NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                              So far so good. I only gave it 4 stars because I'm not sure of it's longevity.

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                              5.0

                              Great Unit

                              By chico

                              from edison nj

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                                very strong unit

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                                5.0

                                Does as promised at a great price

                                By Steve

                                from Maryland

                                Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                                Works very well and the price was right. A great value. Shipped quickly and arrived ahead of schedule.

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                                5.0

                                Worth it!

                                By Rozay

                                from New York

                                Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                                I love the Adapter. Just make sure it's in the hot shoe properly.

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                                5.0

                                A fine little product

                                By Bill

                                from Milpitas, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Studio Work
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                                A life saver. I didn't know that the Canon 70D camera didn't have a pc-sync output when I bought it. This little item does the trick of bringing the flash signals out to a pc-sync connector for my external flashes to connect to.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent!

                                By Joey C.

                                from Queens, NY

                                Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                                It work and I have no problem with it!

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                                5.0

                                Hot Shoe Adapter

                                By stonecoldcoffee

                                from atlanta

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                                  Enables the Canon 6D to be fully controllable for time lapse equipment.

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                                  5.0

                                  Exactly what I needed

                                  By RonniePhotog

                                  from Detroit, MI

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                                    I needed a means to connect triggers via PC Synch. Hotshoes with PC are easy enough to find, but only with the center pin in the hotshoe (allowing you to pop a flash in the hotshoe, but only in manual flash mode with no other communication to camera). I wanted to retain communication with the on-camera flash while adding the pc synch for a trigger. This adapter does that. It is plastic but has a metal hotshoe -- a pleasant surprise. I only wish there was a way to disable the top flash strobe but retain use of the AF assist beam AND send the "pop" signal through the PC synch only. It does what it claims and I'm pleased with the product.

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                                    5.0

                                    Exactly what I needed.

                                    By John

                                    from Nashua, NH

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                                        This adapter was exactly as advertised. The Canon 6D for whatever reason has no PC port rendering my Strobie strobe trigger useless. The Vello adapter solved that problem and worked like a charm. A very inexpensive solution. Love it!

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                                        5.0

                                        A must have

                                        By rdy42k

                                        from southern md

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Vello Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Socket + Top Shoe - for Canon (E-TTL & E-TTL II):

                                            I purchased this for my photo booth, then found that I was constantly removing it to use in the studio to sync strobes. I usually use radio triggers, but for some of my strobes, this is the most efficient and inexpensive way.

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