China and Hong Kong E-Bay Vendors?

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  1. icassell

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    There is alot of 3rd party stuff made for Canon (and the other major camera firms) that is sold on ebay from Hong Kong or China. Forgetting about optics for a second, there are things like remote triggers, extension tubes, flashes, bellows, light stands, etc. at prices which make them seem VERY attractive even if they aren't perfect replacements for the high quality OEM products. How many of you have been burnt by ordering from the far-east? Are there any of these vendors that you can particularly recommend or recommend avoiding?

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    I for one wouldn't recommend buying Chinese copies because the huge variation in quality...
     
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    I got the phottix wire/wireless remote for my 40D from HK ebay seller, it got here in less than a week and that thing works great. I am not sure if the extra $2 insurance i paid had anything to do with the fast processing and shipping, no complain at all. I wouldn't recommend buying memory cards from any of the HK/China. Be cautious, if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is.
     
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    That thing looks cool! I can think of all sorts of ways to use it ...
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes but given that I could by 5 Nikon knockoff remote before getting close to the price of an official one, I would eventually hit a quality product right?

    My last cable release cost me $7.50 and lasted 1.5 years. Sure Nikon's would probably still work but I would be $35 out of pocket for something that does the exact same thing.

    One of my friends got burnt on a Cactus trigger. It only triggers once then the battery needed to be replaced. He bought another which works just fine. Total cost less than $60, cost of a pocket wizard $400.


    I for one recommend these stores. They are great if you're on a budget and don't need to spend hundreds of dollars for nothing more than a little reliability. That said I wouldn't recommend them to the professional photographer for the exact same reason.
     
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    I paid under $175 for 1 wireless trigger, *5* receivers and a wireless camera trigger that works 100% from Hong Kong (Gadget Infinity). I've had NO issues at all.

    On top of that, with a single strand of 12.4" piece of CAT5 wire and a 3 min solder job, I increased the range of the flash triggers from 30 feet to 258 feet, and had more to go (ran out of room to test!)

    So... that $175 investment vs over $1500 for something like the Pocket Wizards and the Nikon wireless setup is a HUGE difference in money. I spent the money I saved on a Nikkor 85mm F/1.4 lens and still saved money.

    Lenses are one place where I would not skimp on, however, on accessories you can save a ton of money by going to the orient.
     
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    Got a wireless shutter thingy and a grip from HK.

    No problems with either one.

    Have bought many phone accessories from EBay dealers based in HK - never a problem.

    I think quality (or lack of) is the only question. If I depended on accessory to make money and was using it daily, you are probably better off buying Canon brand.
     
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    I purchased a couple of items and they all worked out. I got a flash cord for like $14 while Canon's are $80. Even if it is not as sturdy, i can buy 6 of them compared to one OEM if there was a problem. My Photixx remote trigger crapped out after 4 months, but at $6 shipped, I really cannot complain. The OEM is $60 so i can just buy 6 of the knock-off and get at least 2 years out of them. :lol: My knock-off lens hood for the 17-85 IS works and looks just like the OEM model. I believe they all came from HKS Photo on eBay.
     
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    the L grip that they sell for about 80.00 for the canon40d is pretty tempting.
     
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    I have bought a grip, extension tubes and a remote trigger from HK with absolutely no problems, and the shipping seems very quick!!
     
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    any problems with the fit and finish?
     
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    Bought battery grips for D50 d D70 not available here any longer. Both were and have been fine - no issues. As 'good' as Nikon, no but then they were a fraction of the price.

    Have bought Kenko extension tubes and other items from Hong Kong vendors and triggers and other items from Chinese/Hong Kong vendors with no issues. Have gotten everything ordered, never had a problem with anything working.
     

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