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Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« on: January 15, 2013, 02:35:01 AM »
Most photographers, whether professional or hobbyist, are price conscious and want to get the best deal for their money. The best value for some means buying the most inexpensive item. For others it means the best quality no matter the price. I think that most of us fall somewhere in the middle, wanting to balance price with quality.

When it comes to OEM Canon accessories compared to third party options, I'm sure that some have found Canon accessories to be superior in quality, while others have found 3rd party equipment to be sufficient, if not equal in quality for much lower cost. There are also many horror stories of knock off equipment and bad service from third party manufacturers.

If anyone has a recommendation on a third party accessory (battery, grip, flash, caps, hoods, etc.) that you have found to be a good value and good quality, I'd like to hear it. If there are any ones that are better off avoided, I'd like to hear that too.

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Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« on: January 15, 2013, 02:35:01 AM »

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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 05:15:09 AM »
I can recommend the Yongnuo YN-560 II flash. Flash intensity cannot be controlled by camera but it is quite powerful and build quality is very good. The 600 EX has more features, but the Yongnuo only costs about €60 - €70.

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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 07:35:37 AM »
I have a pair of cactus v5 triggers. No ETTL but the price is right. They are less than robust but I have had no problems using them. From time to time my off camera flash does not fire but reseating the triggers/flash sorts this out. If you are on a budget, I recommend them.

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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 09:27:37 AM »
I use mostly Canon OEM where available.  Particularly, batteries and the battery grip.  I'd have no problem using a 3rd party flash for manual output.  I'd also stay away from 3rd party lens hoods - not so much for the chance of a worse fit (Canon hoods are hit and miss depending on the lens) but because the Canon hoods have flocking on the inside, whereas the smooth, reflective inner surface of a 3rd party hood can actually add flare instead of reducing it.
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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 11:19:27 AM »
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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 02:49:43 PM »
Borrowed a 17-40/4 from my local dealer, the worst CAs I've ever seen in the corners.

Then bought the 16-35/2,8 II; maybe a lemon, corners soft even at f8.

After more then a year I tried the Tokina 16-28/2,8 (first non- Canon- lens after 25 years.
A week later I sold the 16-35/2,8II.
This is now 2 years ago, and I'm still happy with my decision.

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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013, 03:27:28 PM »
I use Meike battery grip for my Canon EOS 7D and Hahnel spare battery. Very happy with quality of these products. Also, one of lenses is Tamron SP 24-70, which is one of my favourite.
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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 04:49:11 PM »
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I've had good experience with Vello wired and wireless shutter releases. The prices are so dramatically lower than Canon's, I couldn't not try them. In some cases I could buy four or five of the Vello units for the price of one Canon. No failures so far.

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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2013, 04:56:28 PM »
Borrowed a 17-40/4 from my local dealer, the worst CAs I've ever seen in the corners.

Then bought the 16-35/2,8 II; maybe a lemon, corners soft even at f8.

After more then a year I tried the Tokina 16-28/2,8 (first non- Canon- lens after 25 years.
A week later I sold the 16-35/2,8II.
This is now 2 years ago, and I'm still happy with my decision.


Couldn't agree more. I still like my 17-40 for it's light weight, the fact that it's weather sealed, and decent sharpness, but I whip out the Tokina for when it counts. I have 15 Canon lenses, 6 of which are "L". However, the last three lenses I have purchased are the Tokina 16-28 f/2.8, the Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG and the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 Di VC. Canon has no match for any of these lenses. You can argue the EF24-70 2.8L ll  will beat/match the Tamron, but no IS and an overly aggressive price tag rules it out for me...

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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2013, 08:28:45 AM »
I've got a Yongnuo wireless remote which works great and for a great price too.

One item I wouldn't recommend is the knock-off LensPen. The one's I've seen and used don't have the same cleaning compound and actually leave smudges on the lens rather than cleaning it.
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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2013, 09:54:11 AM »
I am a stickler for genuine canon flash, I have third party other things, but for speedlite I think it needs to be canon, so many extra functions and features that integrate seamlessly if you keep it all canon, for me flash is so full of pitfalls and brickbats that the simpler the better.

I do have an off brand ringflash, but it's a purely manual affair and was very cheap.

I have third party lenses, sometimes it makes sense to stick to canon, other times the third party manufacturers plug a hole in canons range, such as the Tokina fast UWA 11-16, the bright standard 30mm f1.4, I've also owned the Bigma in the past (Sigma 50-500)

I find with sigma there is more sample variation, I got a 17-35 f2.8-4 which was horrible, swapped for 17-40 (eventually swapped for kit 18-55!!  now using Sigma 18-50 f2.8)

I bought a lensbaby, thought I would use it lots, haven't really.

I would say for the more esoteric, get hands on in a shop or ideally hire before committing.

I bought a 24mm TS-E (mk1 as was available at the time) wanting to do lots of fake minature, but never really did, and so sold it.  At a modest loss, to be fair.

I use calumet and energiser batteries, no issue.  I use Hoya Green label filters, no issue.  I use chinese intervalometers, no issue.


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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2013, 10:23:45 AM »
+1 on Yongnuo flash triggers (622 & 603).

I would definitely get a Yongnuo speedlite if I need another one.

I have very good experience with Meinke BG as well.

Like what Neuro mentioned about 3rd party hoods, they are a waste of money as most of the time fitment is as issue.
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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2013, 11:03:28 AM »
I bought 2 sterlingtek lp-e6 batteries. They are 2600mah.

They always report to the camera that they need to be replaced, when the camera is turned on. But after a couple of shots, the batteries report correctly to the camera.
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« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2013, 03:06:52 PM »
Thumbs up for Yongnuo stuff.
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Re: Third Party Accessories - What to Buy, What to Avoid
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2013, 07:14:38 PM »
I got the IoShutter remote control......lets me do LONG exposures and time-lapse....
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