Thursday, December 17, 2009

10m Nikon/Canon TTL Cords Now on Ebay

After several months of use, I am a pretty big fan of my YongNuo 10-meter TTL cord.

Most of the time I do not use it for TTL. But I frequently use it as a rock-solid, quick PC cord that can also handle FP sync when I want to do an f/2.8 portrait, lit in full sun. And if you are using CLS, it is also great for getting the master flash to a place where it can see all of the remote flashes.

The problem has been where to find them, as no one seems to have picked up the ball at retail. But they have finally popped up on eBay in quantity on both Nikon and Canon platforms, and from someone who ships worldwide.

As of right now, the specific pages are here for the Nikon and Canon versions. But those auction listings will change, so you can always search Nikon 10m TTL and Canon 10m TTL to track them down.

Both versions are under $50 USD, with free worldwide shipping.

And if anyone knows of any established retail outlets (as opposed to eBay sellers) who may also be stocking them, please feel free to post a direct product URL in the comments.

(Thanks to Selbosh for the eBay tip via the comments.)
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Pixel TR-331 Update

And speaking of remote TTL capability, I placed some first-person review notes (from VA-based photog Don Harper) on the previously mentioned Pixel TTL remotes in the Flickr thread dedicated to that product, where most of the best info is already collected.

And there is another, excellent review in that thread, here.

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31 Comments:

Blogger Spencer said...

5 and 7.5 meter Canon TTL cords can be found for similar prices at Flash Zebra (http://www.flashzebra.com/ttlcords/ettlcords/index.shtml). I have no affiliation with them other than being an extremely satisfied customer.

December 17, 2009 12:08 AM  
Blogger martybugs said...

flashzebra.com has ttl cables (max length he stocks appears to be 7.5m).

December 17, 2009 12:24 AM  
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December 17, 2009 12:35 AM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

Looks like a lot of reach is eaten by the coiling, so what's the usable/effective length? The 7.5m FlashZebra looks interesting because it's not coiled.
Thanks,
Benjamin

December 17, 2009 1:57 AM  
Blogger TC said...

The longest p-ttl (pentax) cable I can find is 5m - but that isn't coiled.

December 17, 2009 2:52 AM  
Blogger TenisD said...

Hei, i have been using Canon version for a while now, from the same source(ebay) - and its realy great.
Also i used it to sync my camera with Vivitar 285hv when my Canon flash was down.

December 17, 2009 3:09 AM  
Blogger abey said...

Looks good. Just ordered mine on the Swiss ebay. For some reason, they charge only 39$ there, which is fine with me :)

December 17, 2009 4:04 AM  
Blogger raena said...

many people say to not buy these cords if they're not Nikon or Canon brand - what do you think about that as far as these go? seems to be a much better deal than Nikon's 9ft cord (~$54 @ Amazon).

December 17, 2009 8:24 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

PC Cord noob here... How does this differ from a standard el-cheapo PC cord? It has hotshoe contacts for all the TTL functions?

Would like to get a cord for off-camera non-CLS lighting (commander flash gets in the way sometimes) but $50 seems like a lot for a cord. If I don't care about TTL I can go with the cheap route?

December 17, 2009 8:37 AM  
Blogger reldred said...

Canon cords also work for Olympus' Exact same pin positions, the Canon just has one extra in one corner that the Olympus doesn't.

Definitely gonna grab me one of these, I swear by my little one that stretches out to two meters for handheld shooting at events.

December 17, 2009 8:55 AM  
Blogger Bob Harrington said...

Lastolite makes these 3 meter TTL dedicated non-coiled cables for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, and Pentax. Unfortunately they are not available in the U.S.

Google Hawks Photo in the UK. With currency conversion and shipping they run about $51 U.S.

You can visit Lastolite.com to see them. I spoke to Mark Astman from Bogen and there isn't enough demand in the U.S. for them to import them. We should start a grass roots campaign to get them here.

Great site David. Thank you. I send everyone here.

December 17, 2009 9:03 AM  
Blogger D said...

I have give another mention for Flash Zebra. I have his 24ft. Canon TTL cord. Lon's customer service is outstanding.

December 17, 2009 10:15 AM  
Blogger Brian Hawkins said...

A good DIY option is to purchase a 1m cord (I used a generic from Calumet) cut it in the middle and attach ethernet connectors. You're then able to use cheap and readily available cat6 ethernet cable of whatever length desired. I have tested up to 15m (50 feet). I could put together a DIY tutorial if anyone wants to see the details.

December 17, 2009 12:21 PM  
Blogger Curtis Judd said...

Nice find. We may want to consider weights (e.g. sand bags) for the light stand as well as I've nearly pulled light stands over with the recoil on these guys. :)

December 17, 2009 12:25 PM  
Blogger Pieter Uys said...

Made up my own extended cord by using PC mouse extension cords. Cut one up and replaced the standard cable. Now I can extend it with another cord. Works fine for TTL and is 5 metres long

December 17, 2009 1:03 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I'm a little confused.
In a previous post you mentioned:
"And with the Nikon version cord on the Canon G9, it makes the camera think there is no flash on top. Still fires the corded flash, but the camera does not limit the shutter speed to 1/500th. Which of course, makes it great for hi-speed syncing up to 1/2500th of a sec".
I have a Canon G10 and was wondering whether i should buy the Nikon cord so I can synch higher. Please advise.

December 17, 2009 3:11 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I'll toss in my vote for flashzebra.com. I bought his coiled
1m for Canon. Very nice.

@Brian Hawkins- I'd like your details for the "hack". Is there a MF connector for the short length?

December 17, 2009 8:15 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

To Sue,
The Canon "dedicated" hotshoe pins do not quite match up with the Nikon dedicated pins on a Nikon flash. The only pins that _do_ translate over are the non-dedicated pins... that are in the same place on every hotshoe flash ever made. Put a Nikon flash on a Canon camera, and the camera never "sees" the flash. Put a Nikon ttl cable on a Canon camera, and the camera will never know if there is a flash connected. Now, if the G11 does not know that there is a flash attached to it, then you can use any shutter speed that you want when firing this "invisible" flash... rather than being stuck with the shutter speed (range?) that the camera sets when it "sees" a flash on top. In this case, you are using this fancy ttl cord as essentially a pc cord on steroids.

December 17, 2009 9:06 PM  
Blogger Karl B said...

http://paramountcords.com/ttl.asp

Paramount makes just about any kind of cord you need. A little more expensive than FlashZebra, but it may be worth checking out.

Thought I would mention it, since I don't think anyone else did, so far.

December 17, 2009 11:43 PM  
Blogger Jules Mattsson 7135:10442 said...

How do you attach the female end of the linked cord to a hotshoe mount on a stand, as from the pictures it looks like it has a tripod thread in the base, but no clear way to attach to an umbrella bracket hotshoe mount. Anybody used one and could tell me how they mounted it, as no doubt there is an easy way that i'm just missing from the photos. Jules.

December 19, 2009 9:59 AM  
Blogger Booray said...

Jules-
Most hotshoe mounts on flexible unbrella brackets are in fact attached to a male insert. Un- screw the hotshoe mount and you will have a male mount for your extension cord

December 19, 2009 11:21 PM  
Blogger sirshannon said...

Thanks for this link. I have the Nikon TTL cable and rarely use it because it is so short.

December 20, 2009 2:32 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Hi, has anyone tried using this with Nissin Di622 Flash? Does it work?

December 21, 2009 9:53 AM  
Blogger Impact Imaging said...

Can anyone vouch for these cords standing up to professional use without falling to pieces, the Canon offering is too short for my needs.

December 27, 2009 7:50 AM  
Blogger david said...

I just ordered a cord for my Canon. I noticed that the same vendor is also selling Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon and Pentax:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Flash-Speedlite-YN-460-Mark-II-for-Canon-Nikon-Pentax_W0QQitemZ390126217936QQcmdZViewItemQQptZDigital_Camera_Flashes?hash=item5ad555aad0#ht_5729wt_964

Has anyone tried this? It's only $56.99! I'm thinking of getting one to use as a slave - how can you go wrong at that price??

December 29, 2009 1:45 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

@david

My friend burned two of these already. First burn he had it shipped back for warranty. 2nd burn and he gave up and bought something else instead. It's probably the nature of his work, he keeps using the flash at full power. He shoots weddings and outdoor. At constant full power, these flash don't last long.

January 03, 2010 9:57 PM  
Blogger Selbosh said...

Pixel are now making a 10m cord too. See this post on the forum.

January 11, 2010 4:07 PM  
Blogger david said...

Just got mine in the mail - looks exactly like a Canon product. Let's hope it lasts!

January 11, 2010 5:11 PM  
Blogger fpajonk said...

Mine arrived today too. Looks very solid and well build. I love the fact that I have 2 SC27 ports on the flash's end to tie in my SB24's.

January 12, 2010 12:13 AM  
Blogger Ove said...

Just ordered a 9,3m Nikon TTL cable from http://www.linkdelight.com/ to use together with Nikon AS-10 adapter and SC-26 TTL cables for multiple flash setup for outdoor use (keyword: extra power). Reason to use cables is the problem of triggering several remote flashes in bright light using a SU-800/SB-800/900, and also being able to see if all actually triggered. Unfortunately this setup won't work wirelessly, but needs a AS-10 and a TTL-cable from the hot-shoe (or a TTL-cable (SC-26/27) from a SB-800 flash in the hot-shoe, as its the only one with a TTL-socket of the newer flashes). The SC-28/29 is a bit short for my comfort, although they can be coupled together. Note, the SC-28 and this TTL cable from Linkdelight, also has 2 TTL-sockets for the SC-26/27 cable.

July 07, 2010 6:22 AM  
Blogger Luke Babcock said...

I've been shooting with sync cords for some time now, and sadly enough (looks pretty weird) have 4 of the standard Canon ones lined together, and i have never had a misfire or anything like that. It sure would be nice to pick up one of these said longer cords.

BTW, i have also had great luck with Flash Zebras products.

Great write up on the flash!!

August 12, 2010 11:05 PM  

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