Think of our OCF32 and OCF16 as extension cords for your camera’s hotshoe. These cord are designed so that the pins on the camera-end match the pin formation on a Canon Speedlite. Likewise, the flash-end of the cord provides a duplicate of the hotshoe connections found on your Canon camera.
Our OCF cords carry the full E-TTL communication between your Canon camera and your Canon Speedlite. Other cords, such as the common PC-Sync cord, cannot carry the E-TTL communication and, hence, only fire your Speedlite in manual mode. With our OCF cords, you can fire your Speedlite in any mode that is normally available:
- E-TTL (Canon’s automatic mode)
A unique feature to the Canon Speedlite system is that you can control the Speedlite from the LCD of your camera (provided that you have a 40D or newer camera and a 580EX II, 430EX II, 320EX, or 270 EX II). With an OCF cord, you can put your Speedlite in hard-to-reach spots (like inside a softbox) and control it from the back of your camera. You can switch between E-TTL and Manual and then change the power of your Speedlite from your camera. You can even change the Zoom setting on your Speedlite from your camera!
The OCF cord will expand the reach of your master Speedlite when using the Canon built-in wireless system. For instance, you can move your master Speedlite to a spot where it contributes useful off-camera light to your subject. Or you can mount your master and slave Speedlites together inside the Westcott Apollo softbox and control the whole set-up from your camera. Outside, in slave-blinding sun, you can turn the slave eyes away from the sun and move the master Speedlite to a spot where the slaves can see it.
Like to shoot flash in the rain? The camera-end of our OCF cord features a weather seal just like the foot of the Canon 580EX II Speedlite. Likewise, the hotshoe-end is contoured so that the weather seal on the Speedlite fits perfectly.
So, with one Speedlite or many, the OCF32 and OCF16 cords enable you to craft light in ways that you can’t when your flash is sitting in your camera’s hotshoe.
USA Orders are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. Please give us a delivery address served by your postal carrier. Delivery takes 2–4 days. Shipping charges are typically $5.75 to $6.75 per cord.
International Orders (including Canada) are shipped vis USPS Express Mail International. Please give us a delivery address served by your postal carrier. Shipping charges vary by destination and range from $40.00 to $51.00 (depending upon location). Delivery takes 8-12 days worldwide.
You are responsible for any customs duty charges or other fees imposed by your government.
Straight vs. coiled cords. The advantage of our straight cords over long coiled cords is that our cords will drop to the floor rather than swing through the air. So, the tripping hazard is reduced. Also, it takes little effort to extend our straight cords out to length. With a coiled cord you have to pull firmly to get it to stretch — which will likely topple your light stand. Coiled cords are great for arm’s length work, but not for long distances.
Which cord? The OCF32 provides about 20′/7m of usable length (allowing 5′/1.5m for the drop from the Speedlite to the floor and the same length for the rise from the floor to the camera). The OCF16 provides about 6′/2m of usable length — although it’s very easy to get extra reach by allowing the cord to swing in the air rather than drop to the floor.