Cheap fakes of Western and Japanese brand electronics are commonplace. Apple iPad and iPhone clones are rife. But what happens when an already cheap Chinese device gets knocked-off by another Chinese company? Will it be a perpetual race to the bottom?Â Yongnuo, the Shenzhen-based photo accessory manufacturer, have apparently become sufficiently well-known and reputable in the market that other Chinese companies have started copying their products.
In case you thought it’s just a coincidence, try this one. Almost, but not quite, the same shape as the Yongnuo CTR-301P. What’s it called?Â Bense CF-04. No, wait,Â Nicna CR-301. Actually, I meantÂ CTR-301II. Or was itÂ PT-302I?
Whoever actually makes these – Bense, Fotga, Nicna, or someone else – some users have already complained of quality issues.
What’s the most important lesson to learn here? That some cut-price manufacturers have become reputable enough to be equivalent to the likes of Canon, Nikon or Apple, and therefore worth copying? Or that some otherÂ manufacturers simply have no ideas of their own and will copy just about anything that might sell?