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Topik: Waspada dengan Speedlite 580EX II yang diduga palsu telah beredar
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Kategori: Flash & Lighting
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Date/time: 05-10-2012 17:00:55
Flash eksternal Canon Speedlite 580EX II memang sudah diskontinu, tapi di pasaran masih ada toko yg jual. Dari pengalaman saya bulan lalu beli 6 buah flah Canon 580EX II untuk kantor, ada dugaan kuat kalau ternyata produk yang dibeli adalah aspal (asli tapi palsu).

Dari tampilan fisik luar sulit dibedakan mana flash asli dan yg diduga palsu. Bentuk, layar LCD, tombol dan slot baterai sama. Dusnya sama, juga dengan bonus pouch hitam yg juga sama. Perbedaan yg cukup terlihat adalah di jendela AF assist warna merah, kalau yg diduga palsu terlihat lebih gelap. Cuma dalam waktu sebulan, logo Canon di bagian depan agak pudar (luntur) karena sering dipegang.

Karena curiga, nomor serial flash di kroscek ke Datascrip dan ternyata serial flash (A41523) tidak terdata di database. Keenam flash itupun bahkan punya serial number yang sama (padahal serial number harusnya berbeda untuk tiap produk). Unit flash itu lalu dibuka oleh teknisi saya dan memang jelas berbeda dari segi komponen dan papan sirkuit elektroniknya.



Gambar diatas menunjukkan flash yg diduga palsu setelah dibuka. 

Dibawah ini adalah perbandingan flash yg asli dan yg diduga palsu :




Komponen penting di bawah ini namanya COIL (berbentuk seperti spiral) dan bentuknya berbeda di 580EX II yg diduga palsu, padahal kalau melihat dari PDF Canon 580EX II repair manual gambarnya sama dengan flash yang asli :




Jadi rekan2 fotografer sebaiknya lebih hati2 dalam membeli flash khususnya yg sudah diskontinu, karena indikasinya flash tersebut dipalsukan dengan tingkat kemiripan 99% saat dilihat dari luar, tapi jeroannya berbeda.

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Re: Waspada dengan Speedlite 580EX II yang diduga palsu telah beredar
07-10-2012 13:04:59
Di pasaran beredar Flash merek Meike tipe MK580 yg bentuknya mirip Canon 580EX, ada juga Meike MK900 yg mirip Nikon SB900. http://www.lightingrumours.com/meike-speedlite-mk580-first-look-2517    . Jadi bisa aja flash tsb dijadikan bahan oleh pelaku pemalsuan untuk buat flash canon palsu dgn cara menyablon ulang mereknya. 
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Re: Waspada dengan Speedlite 580EX II yang diduga palsu telah beredar
08-10-2012 09:19:05
padahal lagi mau nyari Flash 580 EX II hari ini , yang lama kemarin dudukannya patah ... ,

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Re: Waspada dengan Speedlite 580EX II yang diduga palsu telah beredar
08-10-2012 09:50:52
wahhh.. beli dimana mas?

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Re: Waspada dengan Speedlite 580EX II yang diduga palsu telah beredar
08-10-2012 15:36:18
@Oom Ryan ,....upgrade ke 600EX aja. Pasti aman untuk skrg ini karena belum ada palsunya.

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Re: Waspada dengan Speedlite 580EX II yang diduga palsu telah beredar
08-10-2012 17:40:58
@ pak Andi : ternyata ada ya flash merk Meike yg bisa dibilang cloning dari 580EX dan SB900. Saya udah buka link-nya (lightingrumours.com) dan memang sangat persis bentuknya. Trims untuk sharing link-nya. Ini saya capture dari web tersebut :
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Re: Waspada dengan Speedlite 580EX II yang diduga palsu telah beredar
13-10-2012 10:40:27
kalo mentalnya kriminal memang susah ya,....segala cara dipakai untuk menipu konsumer.  Yang heran Canon dan Nikon koq gak keberatan produknya dijiplak bentuknya habis habisan. 
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Re: Waspada dengan Speedlite 580EX II yang diduga palsu telah beredar
04-09-2013 10:43:22
http://petapixel.com/2013/09/03/spot-fake-canon-flash-learned-hard-way/

One of the two Canon Speedlite flashes above is fake. Can you tell which one?

About a month ago I walked into the Canon Quick Repair Centre in Shanghai. I had a minor problem with a Canon 580 EX II: the high-speed sync refused to work.

I had reasons not to be worried: the flash was less than two months old, I had my warranty card and apart from having been fired a few times the unit was as good as new. So when I walked up to the counter to explain my problem, the worst I could imagine happening was being told I wasn’t very smart followed by a brief demonstration. It wouldn’t be the first time when electronics are involved.

That didn’t happen. Instead, batteries were exchanged, coworkers called from lunch breaks and superiors consulted. Nobody could understand the strange behavior of my flash until finally, an engineer spotted the issue: we were looking at a fake.

I had bought a counterfeit flash.

But this wasn’t just any fake product. This one had fooled camera repair shops, professional photographers and Canon employees for way longer than we all probably would care to admit. (It had also fooled me for almost a month but I already told you I’m not very smart.)

You might think you could spot a Chinese knockoff product. We all have seen images of fake Louis Vuitton purses with crooked logos, or hilariously cheap-looking Apple product imitations. But you’d be wrong and it’s exactly this kind of thinking that got me in trouble.

I had purchased the flash on the Chinese version of eBay — a site called Taobao. My local coworkers had told me how to shop there: go for a vendor with lots of positive feedback, avoid unrealistically low prices, chat with the store owner to confirm the products are legit and always use the cash on delivery method Chinese companies always offer because many local customers don’t have credit cards. 

Taobao has a reputation for having bad sellers just like eBay, but so far I had been lucky: a brand new Manfrotto tripod ran me half of what I would have paid in the US and I had done similarly well purchasing a fantastic LED flashlight.

I wasn’t overly concerned when I saw my Canon 580 EX II listed for about ¥2,280 (~$373) even though I had paid almost $130 more at a US-based camera shop just two years earlier. This was China, the country where everything was cheap!

I used the automatic translation feature in Google Chrome to chat with the vendor and quickly agreed to purchase the item. Just a day later, a delivery driver showed up. I noticed the ubiquitous red and white Canon tape, read the copy on the packaging and even opened it to fire a test shot before I paid the driver. I couldn’t find any faults, so I paid for it.

And now here I was, surrounded by friendly-to-a-fault Canon employees, who methodically removed any hope that the flash might not be a knockoff after all.

“It was still a good flash”, I thought as they took photos, but the truth still stung. If only I had known what to look for, I thought. Someone should write a guide, I thought.

Pay attention to the serial numbers. Canon flashes do not have serial numbers that start with letters. Supposedly the Canon logo on the fake flash is slightly less refined than the real equivalent but I just can’t see the difference. Once they had seen the odd serial number, the Canon employees began their closer inspection.

The color of the glass screen at the top end of the flash is slightly different. The fake flash has a slightly more blue looking glass than the real one. I thought this was just because my real Canon 580 EX II flash was a few years old and Canon might have produced updates in the meantime but this inconsistency should have been another hint that my new flash was a fake. (The flash bulbs seem to also have a different shape but I consider that too difficult to spot to make it a separate point.)

Using a knife or scissors, peel back the rubber on the side of the flash head. You will see a white adhesive. Canon applies a set of very thin intersecting lines of adhesive here, creating a fine mesh that still looks fairly dark. My fake flash just has one solid slab of white glue. When the engineer saw this, he was absolutely sure this flash was a fake.

Finally, if you have a camera with flash control menus, connect the flash to the hotshoe and see if you can change its settings in camera. This part works unreliably on my fake flash but it’s rock solid on my real Canon EX 580 II. If you have a flash that cannot be configured from a camera menu, be suspicious. So where does this leave me?

I have a fake flash that seems to put out the same amount of light as my real 580EX II. That’s the crucial part — if it were performing significantly differently than my other flash,
I’d be far more disappointed.

I fully expect the fake to break sooner rather than later, and it certainly wasn’t what I was hoping for, but until it does, it’s the flash I’ll take with me when I go into dusty, wet and
generally camera-hostile environments. Once it goes to flash-heaven, I’ll hopefully have lots of interesting pictures I was able to take with it. And at least to me, that’s alright.


About the author: Chris Petersen-Clausen is an Art Director who currently lives in Shanghai, China.