Or why does the Canon CP-E4 Speedlite Battery Pack cost so much?
This is fourth and final part of my four part blog posting about creating my Canon based off camera flash system. I recommend that you go and read parts one, two and three first if you haven’t already, part one can be found here, part two can be found here and part three can be found here.
So with batteries and charger sorted I had a look at external battery packs although I don’t foresee needing one straight away. The idea was to add one to the order and it would be ready when I needed it, I mean how much could this cost?
Oh the innocence and the naivety of that last statement – how little did I realise that if it has an official Canon logo on it it could cost as much as Canon think they can get away with. The price: £160 including VAT!
All the pack entails is a battery caddy to hold and connect the batteries together, a box and a cable that can be plugged directly into your Canon Speedlite flash. How can this cost £160? This is astonishing!
What makes this worst is that for £30 I can get a third party pack that does the same thing. I am normally weary of third party photographic accessories particularly batteries but both the Canon and the third party packs will use the same AA batteries so this isn’t a problem here.
I have also researched a lot of the reviews and many of them have been using them for years and without issue. The final “nail in the coffin” against using the Canon one is that Syl Arena (one of, if not the Canon Speedlite master) also recommends third party battery packs too.
The one that I decided upon was the JJC FB-1 (II) for only £26.99, this has fantastic reviews and also has no P&P either:
So there you go, the completion of my off-camera flash set-up. I hope to expand this to two flashes in the future but that will have to wait until I can find another reasonably priced 600EX-RT or until the next time Canon offer their rebate on the unit.