Canon 70D Pop-Up Flash Accessory

Perhaps a little geeky at first look, a Canon 70D pop-up flash accessory could be the right gadget in the right circumstances.  

You should have realistic expectations before you buy one.  I've also included the camera compatibility information below. Critics of this accessory might say that it is a gimmick and doesn't serve a purpose.  I say what is a gimmick for one photographer may be the exact photographer's tool for another.

It will give you  about 8x the output of the pop-up flash which is a 3 f-stop boost by simply focusing the light though a lens to a much narrower beam.

Graphic of the Boost in Power When using this Canon Pop-up Flash Accessory

Great for bird photographers and sports photography when you are at a moderate distance from your subject.  The Rogue Safari Booster attaches to your Canon hot shoe and only weighs about two ounces.

One of the impressive things about this accessory is more about the company behind it.

Quite refreshing are the responses by the manufacturer, Rogue, to any challenges reviewers have expressed on Amazon. 

Customer service is important and Rogue is committed to doing a great job responding to customer comments.


Advantages of the Canon 70D Pop-up Flash Accessory

Side view of Canon EOS Pop-up Flash GadgetRogue Safari
DSLR Pop-Up Flash Booster
  • It is very affordable on Amazon at only about $35.
  • It requires no power to work
  • It is flexible and folds up.
  • The foot is designed to fit most DSLRs and may initially feel tight.
  • It is lighter and cheaper than buying an external Canon Speedlite

This accessory is made up of a tough polycarbonate to withstand a good amount of flexing.  It will bounce back to position.  I've seen that bird photographers like this gadget.


Disadvantages of the DSLR Pop-up Flash Accessory

  • It does not have a locking lever to secure it in place.
  • DSLR's pop-up flashes are not exactly the same. It is a one sizer fits all design.  It should work with most.  Try it first and return it if it doesn't work right.
  • You can not adjust the power setting like you can with a speedlite and you can't use bounce lighting.

Here is a video showing this gadget, along with another made to improve the performance of your pop-up flash:



Accessory Compatibility 

Here are lists of what Canon cameras can be used with this flash accessory.

CANON CAMERAS THAT ARE NOT COMPATIBLE:

  • EOS D30 (2000)
  • EOS D60 (2002)
  • EOS 10D (2003)
  • EOS 20D, 20Da (2004)
  • EOS 30D (2006)
  • EOS 40D (2007)
  • EOS 50D (2008)

COMPATIBLE CANON CAMERAS:

  • EOS/Digital Rebel Series Cameras:
  • EOS 350D/Digital Rebel XT/Kiss Digital N (2005)
  • EOS 400D/Digital Rebel XTi/Kiss Digital X (2006)
  • EOS 450D/Rebel XSi/Kiss X2 (2008)
  • EOS 1000D/Rebel XS/Kiss F (2008)
  • EOS 500D/Rebel T1i/Kiss X3 (2009)
  • EOS 550D/Rebel T2i/Kiss X4 (2010)
  • EOS 600D/Rebel T3i/Kiss X5 (2011)
  • EOS 1100D/Rebel T3/Kiss X50 (2011)
  • EOS 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i (2012)
  • EOS 700D/Rebel T5i/Kiss X7i (2013)
  • EOS 100D/Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 (2013)


EOS MIDRANGE APS-C SENSOR CAMERAS:

Some Canon cameras come without a pop-up flash and of course this accessory is not applicable for them.  These include:

  • the 5D series of full-frame DSLRs, including the 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 
  • the 6D, 
  • the 1D Series. 

This Canon 70D pop-up flash accessory won an Editor's Pick award from Outdoor Photographer magazine in the December 2013 issue.

Have a blast by shooting your Canon!

Author Bruce Lovelace
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