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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #30 on: October 03, 2013, 09:25:39 AM »
And look out Canon. They are coming after you.

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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #31 on: October 03, 2013, 09:52:05 AM »
When switching 622s a lot....I needed to clear memory one or twice to restore full function....Going from 7D to 5Dii.  They got confused.  No big deal there.

I'm assuming that you're referring to the 622C wireless triggers, but what do you mean you cleared your memory in order to restore functionality?
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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #32 on: October 03, 2013, 09:55:07 AM »
Personally, if I have x amount of money to spend, I'd rather get a second hand Canon unit than a new third party unit, be that a lens, a flash or a simple accessory.

I found the 550EX to be far and away the best bang for the buck with regards flashes, even second hand they are very reliable.
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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2013, 10:18:44 AM »
I have had issues with both my Canon and Yongnuo flashes.  I have two Yongnuo 565EX flashes, a 580EX, and a 580EX II.  Over the past two years.

- One Yongnuo died.  The other still works fine.
- 580EX now has a slight delay when firing. This is imperceptible for standard use like portraits, but because I use all four for high speed photography I can no longer use it for that purpose.
- 580EX II - the PC port no longer works, forcing me to use the hot shoe
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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #34 on: October 03, 2013, 10:48:04 AM »
I've been using YN 560II and Nissin DI622 for quite sometime in full manual mode through a couple of RF603Cs.  It's been 3 years and I am yet to experience a problem.  I've went through several weddings and photoshoots.  I like the YN because it's very powerful and I've got no problem when using even in multi-flash mode.  If you've got limited funds, the 560 II or III (much better alternative due to it's built-in RF) are very much recommended.

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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #35 on: October 03, 2013, 10:58:18 AM »
The first Yongnuo product I got was a simple RF-600TX radio trigger set that I use with my Alien Bees.  I've had it for over two years, used it weekly and had no problems of any kind.  I can't see a need to upgrade to the big name triggers, at least for my needs.

I have two of their speedlights, the manual  YN-560 and the YN-568 EX.  I'm not an advanced speedlight user, so I can't comment on the fancy features, but they have been reliable in light use.  My main complaint is that the instruction manual is almost useless.

I took the 588 EX along on an outdoor shoot a month ago, because I knew I'd need fill light and didn't want to carry an Alien Bee w/ stand and battery.  Here's the first test shot.  Do you see what's wrong?  I had the swivel head tilted up one or two clicks. 



When a model shoot is going really well, I like to click about every 1-2 seconds.  I was hoping that with the speedlight on manual at 1/2  or 1/4 power, that it would keep up, but it didn't.  I lost about one shot out of every 3 or 4 when it didn't fire.  That was with alkaline batteries.  I later tested with eneloops and it worked a little better. 

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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #36 on: October 03, 2013, 01:09:00 PM »
When a model shoot is going really well, I like to click about every 1-2 seconds.  I was hoping that with the speedlight on manual at 1/2  or 1/4 power, that it would keep up, but it didn't.  I lost about one shot out of every 3 or 4 when it didn't fire.  That was with alkaline batteries.  I later tested with eneloops and it worked a little better. 
I think Yongnuo has minimum 2 sec between shots regardless of power. I think I read somewhere this is a tech spec of the flash they produce.
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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #37 on: October 03, 2013, 02:55:27 PM »
I like to use two YN 460ii's as my main light.  Typically, I'll shoot with each at 1/4 (power level 5 out of 7).  With a 5D3 in normal burst mode (~3 fps), I can get two shots off at 1/4 power before the recycle.  At 1/2 power, if I burst 3 shots, the flash will fire on shots 1 and 3.
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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #38 on: October 04, 2013, 03:53:58 AM »
My 560III's and RF603 trigger have been doing very very well!

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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #39 on: October 04, 2013, 07:28:28 AM »
Do you see what's wrong?  I had the swivel head tilted up one or two clicks. 
Actually, that's by design. If you check the specs, the head tilt range is listed as -7 to 90 degrees. I think it's one of the many little advantages of the 568.
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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #40 on: October 04, 2013, 08:32:58 AM »
I have a 580 exii and a yn 568. I always reach for the canon first because I find the menus a little easier to use, other than that I love them both. I dropped yn568 from about 8 foot onto a hard ground and it survived. Well actually the impact made the batteries compress the springy battery holder bit too much, but once id given it a small tug it was fine.

I use them both the yn 622c. Love them. I have 3, one for the camera and one for each flash. I can control the power of each flash and I can use the both in hss. Never had any sync issues and its never not fired in about 6 months of use. I haven't tested them to the limits so I dont know about range that much though.

At a medium power I can snap away with out worrying about the flash missing shots.

Hope this helps. Personally I would always get one canon that will be your main flash, then after that I would get yungnou.

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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #42 on: October 04, 2013, 10:29:20 AM »
When a model shoot is going really well, I like to click about every 1-2 seconds.  I was hoping that with the speedlight on manual at 1/2  or 1/4 power, that it would keep up, but it didn't.  I lost about one shot out of every 3 or 4 when it didn't fire.  That was with alkaline batteries.  I later tested with eneloops and it worked a little better. 
I think Yongnuo has minimum 2 sec between shots regardless of power. I think I read somewhere this is a tech spec of the flash they produce.

I have two of the original 560's and one 560 II. And if I stay below 1/2 power I have not had any problem shooting at 1 shot a second or even slightly faster for more than 3 or 4 shots.  I do use NIMH rechargeable's.  Not Eneloops... but the Amazon Rechargeable..   They all consistently test at over 2000maH and I have been using them for several years now... and very happy with them.

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Re: how reliable are cheap third party flashes (yongnuo)
« Reply #43 on: October 04, 2013, 11:07:02 AM »
When a model shoot is going really well, I like to click about every 1-2 seconds.  I was hoping that with the speedlight on manual at 1/2  or 1/4 power, that it would keep up, but it didn't.  I lost about one shot out of every 3 or 4 when it didn't fire.  That was with alkaline batteries.  I later tested with eneloops and it worked a little better. 
I think Yongnuo has minimum 2 sec between shots regardless of power. I think I read somewhere this is a tech spec of the flash they produce.

I have two of the original 560's and one 560 II. And if I stay below 1/2 power I have not had any problem shooting at 1 shot a second or even slightly faster for more than 3 or 4 shots.  I do use NIMH rechargeable's.  Not Eneloops... but the Amazon Rechargeable..   They all consistently test at over 2000maH and I have been using them for several years now... and very happy with them.

I have the newer YN 560III and it has a custom function where it makes a noise to let you know when it's fully recycled. The noise is significantly shorter when using 1/2 power or less. At full power it's 3s. At half power it's about one or two seconds. I'm really really liking these version 3 with built in radio, makes everything so much easier.
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« Reply #43 on: October 04, 2013, 11:07:02 AM »