The Vivitar Digital Off-Shoe Flash Cord works with all dedicated flash units for Canon cameras. One end of the cord plugs into the hotshoe of the camera, and the other has a hotshoe connection for the flash. This allows the flash to be removed from the camera's hot shoe for creative lighting, but the flash still communicates with the camera. Helps eliminate harsh shadows allowing you to take more stunning photos.
At first, I hooked up the flash to the camera with the cord and it didn't work. Some connection wasn't transmitting. After taking the cord off and looking at all the reviews to see if I was doing something wrong... I thought I was going to have to send it back. This was depressing because I was so excited to se this with my new bracket (you know the feeling). Anyway, long story short, I tried connecting in the camera's menu and it didn't register. Then I took the cord completely off of everything again and slapped on the flash to my camera to make sure it was working. It was. THEN the cord went back on... and it worked. Hooray! Five stars because it's working better than expected now.
I bought this cord to use with my Fuji X100, and it works great. I did need to modify where the cable exits the body, so it wouldn't hang down in front of the lens or view finder. I knew when I bought it it would need that mod and it was as simple as removing four screws and making a hole to relocate the cord. I also had to remove the rubber gasket from the shoe mount, since it blocked my shutter speed wheel. Fuji doesn't make an off-camera cord, so until they do, modding the Canon (and clone) cords is all Fuji owners can do. This has the cannon five pin layout, which lines up perfectly with the 4 pins on the Fuji flashes and cameras, allowing you to still have TTL. This cord will also still work with any manual flash that works on the Fuji hotshoe. (Just remember never to use a flash that has too high of a trigger voltage.) I'm very happy with this cable. It's built solid and works great. If you buy it for a Canon camera, you don't need any of the mods I mentioned, those are only for Fuji X100 owners.
Was excited to get this and try it out. However with my 60D the 430EXII flash would not communicate with the camera. If you went into the camera's flash menu options it would say the Flash is not attached. You could only use the flash in manual if you wanted to adjust the flash's intensity. This is not what I wanted as I wanted the ETTL to work.
First off, there is no way you can beat this for $14! Don't even try to argue.
I've experienced the same issues others have had in terms of the cord simply not working sometimes, and having to detach and reattach everything to get it to start again. This has happened to me mid-event several times, and it's maddening.
I'm going to have to replace this with another brand of sync cord. The connections don't always seem to make between the cord and speedlite. I have to turn off both speedlite and camera, then turn the camera back on, then the speedlite. Except sometimes I have to do it the other way and sometimes none of that works and it will only sync for one or two pops. Mounted on the camera's hotshoe itself the speedlite syncs up just fine, but who shoots like that if they don't have to? Way too much hassle when I'm out in the field just trying to shoot some flowers. Don't cheap out, if you want my advice, and buy a better cord.
No, the cord did not work with my system. It has been returned and refunded.
Wouldn't sync with my Metz/Canon flash.