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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 5
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 4
well build, works good – PIXEL External Flash Battery Pack for Canon 580EXII/580EX/550EX/MR-14EX/MT-24EX (4*AA/8*AA) Reviews

posted by DarkerBlue on 03/10/2010 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

Pros:
-It holds lot of batteries.
-the cartridge is sturdy
-2 statuslights
-very well build, no squeeky plastic etc.
-large and looks cool :)
-Fits with a small "click" on my 580EX II.
-weathersealed connector (not the pack).
-fast release switch for the cartridge.
-really gives a good jolt for the 580EX II.
-it clicks very gentle, sounds kinda cool.
Cons:
-the batterypack is too big for my Canon EOS 50D, even for the batterygrip.
I dont want to know how stupid it will look on a 350D/400D/450D/500D/550D etc.
-although the cartridge is sturdy, it takes time to swap the batteries, when you use the flash MANY MANY times, and you need to swap batteries in the middle of something, you are screwed.
-there is only 1 screw to attach it to your camera, and you can turn the batterypack around, even if you tightened the screw very hard.
Other:
Im gonna put some anti-slip material on the top of the pack, so when it is mounted, it cannot turn around.
When you attach the pack very tightly, you may use it as another point to hold the camera (i.e. hold the camera there, instead of the lens).
Bottomline:
As a professional photographer I like the pack very much.
I did not buy the Canon original since this pack allows for easy cartridge release and is low-lost.
I shot many weddings without the pack, but surely would like to experience one with it attached :)

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