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Uh, hey Canon…did you know you made your new entry level DSLRs incompatible with 3rd party flashes….

Oh you did? You did that on purpose?

Not cool, Canon….not cool!

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, Canon has removed the central pin from the hot shoes of the $450 Canon T7/2000D/KissX90/1500D and the $600 Canon SL3.

canon cameras incompatible with 3rd party flash

What does that mean? Well, it means that non-proprietary flashes (like those made by companies like Yongnuo, Flashpoint, Godox, perhaps even Profoto????) won’t trigger…

Which is bad news for entry level photographers who are probably looking to save a little cash here and there when it comes to equipment.

Check out this short video by Michael the Maven warning photographers…

Is this a sign of things to come for Canon cameras? I think it’s something they need to address immediately.

Personally, I find some third party flash units equal to or better than those produced by the major camera brands.

I find this to be a very cheap maneuver by Canon. You’re producing cameras in the $450 to $600 range, but you actually want to get any consumer interested in using a flash with these cameras to spend a couple hundred more on a flash unit.

Why now? Why in this way? My guess is that this will only be on entry level units since it will effect the use of high end third party lighting (including studio triggers) that many professional photographers use.

And it comes across as Canon being cheap. What do you think?

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