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Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« on: December 11, 2013, 08:13:30 PM »
hohoho...  it finally comes, but where is the flash.  price is set a little more than expected with a little better specs comparing to canon version (so far on paper).  below is the link:

http://www.lightingrumours.com/yongnuo-yn-e3-rt-radio-controller-officially-released-4913

now, i want to see an officially released of the YN-600EX-RT.

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Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2013, 12:31:33 AM »
The YN-E3-RT is already available on eBay and Amazon. The eBay sellers are in Hong Kong and China. It's going for under $150 in several listings at eBay. It's a bit more at Amazon ($155.99), but only available from one marketplace seller. Not sure where they are located but their estimated delivery time is 17-28 days so likely in east Asia as well. With the ST-E3-RT running in the $280's presently it's just over half the price, and has focus assist which may come in handy on occasion.
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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2013, 10:12:36 PM »
First feedback seems good.

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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2013, 12:12:58 AM »
i am waiting to see the flash also...  have heard that it will be released somewhere early next year...

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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2013, 01:14:59 AM »
First feedback seems good.

I'm wondering about the Yn af assist pattern - it seems to be spread so thin, does it work with center-point only af or is it implicitly designed for multipoint af?

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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2013, 04:39:36 PM »
My YN-E3-RT arrived today. Nice build, quick setup, works great so far. Tested single flash setup,  groups, adjusting settings, turning units off/on, AF assist lamp, etc. I'm glad I waited for the YN version. No complaints whatsoever.
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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2013, 06:41:22 PM »
Got mine.

I haven't updated the firmware, everyone I know is Apple only, so that will take me a while.

First impressions:-
1: It is not a clone, it is slightly bigger than an ST-E3-RT.
2: The buttons are all easier/looser than the ST-E3-RT, I find the original ones too stiff but they never get rubbed or knocked to a different setting, I suspect the YN-E3-RT will be the other way around.
3: Group Mode on my 1Ds MkIII's works right out of the box.
4: Second curtain sync in M Mode only and with a maximum of three groups works straight out of the box.
5: The shutter release cable works badly, it triggers the camera but not the flashes! With the ST-E3-RT all flashes are triggered when the shutter is.
6: There are no Personal Functions as per the ST-E3-RT.
7: The AF assist beam works very well on my 1Ds MkIII's with my crappiest focusing lens, the 50 f1.4. The beam pattern is well lined up for subject around ten feet away, get closer and the beam pattern gets progressively higher in the frame. The beam pattern is quite broad, certainly much more than a center AF point only deal.
8: Range, it is the same as the ST-E3-RT, effectively. In fact it can fire a 600EX-RT from slightly further away than an ST-E3-RT but it doesn't maintain radio contact anywhere nearly as reliably as the Canon version. Once they both lose contact the ST-E3-RT will reconnect from much further away. All in initial trials. Do not buy a YN-E3-RT based on longer range.
9: The pouch is much thinner material than the Canon one, not good or bad just different and obviously cheaper material.
10: I got the two trigger/remote cables with mine. A nice included extra that is a $50 option with Canon!
11: Mine came with batteries in it. That would have been nice but for the fact that even though it was an unopened box the On/Off switch (remember I mentioned that?) had been knocked to on, so the batteries were dead and my unit had been on the whole time.
12: HSS works exactly as the Canon does.
13: Sync at close to pre RT speeds (the infamous losing one stop of shutter speed) works exactly the same as the Canon system does, at closed down apertures there is a slight shutter shadow, at wide open apertures there is not.
14: HSS works perfectly in Group mode with full selection options.
15: There is some play in the hot shoe mounting when it is locked down, no biggie, just a small quality control oopsie that illustrates the cost advantage.

If you have a pre 2012 camera and 600EX-RT’s this thing is a NO BRAINER, get it, it is vastly better than the ST-E3-RT for you. If you have post 2012 cameras then it is a good cost saving and the AF assist light, if you need that functionality, is a good bonus that actually works, it isn’t a tick on a spec sheet useless addition.

I have the YN-E3-RT and the ST-E3-RT, I thought I’d sell the ST but at this point I won’t because I need the remote shooting function to fire the flashes too, maybe my unit is defective or maybe it is a firmware issue. The ST-E3-RT is much better made, it is more solid and robust feeling and the buttons and dial, though a little too stiff, are a better compromise than the looser YN-E3-RT ones.
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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2013, 06:41:22 PM »

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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2014, 01:49:58 AM »
Can you still change the off camera speedlite settings from the in camera menus?

Or do you have to make all changes from the YN-E3 unit?
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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2014, 12:19:58 PM »
Got mine.

I haven't updated the firmware, everyone I know is Apple only, so that will take me a while.

hopefully Yougnuo will release firmware update to enable its compatibility with YN-622C.  i am still waiting for the YN-600EX-RT flash...

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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2014, 10:09:35 PM »
Doesn't work with the 622's... hmmm.  I already bought two of the 622's.  I don't think I will get a 600 anytime soon, I like my 580 and I'd rather get another one of those plus a $40 622.

Hmmm.
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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2014, 11:11:21 PM »
hohoho...  it finally comes, but where is the flash.  price is set a little more than expected with a little better specs comparing to canon version (so far on paper).  below is the link:

http://www.lightingrumours.com/yongnuo-yn-e3-rt-radio-controller-officially-released-4913

now, i want to see an officially released of the YN-600EX-RT.
Sounds good, thanks for sharing.
Although, I already have the Canon version, I would still be interested in getting the Yangnuo for the 'Built-in AF assist', but will wait for some reviews first.
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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2014, 11:14:26 PM »
So after using my YN-E3-RT in a pro environment for a few weeks I have to say, it sucks. Mine has been unreliable, with regular loss of communication, remote misfires, and very touchy menu interface that only happens when the thing is mounted on a camera.

I now have to take it off camera to make any adjustments to remote or menu settings, once the thing drops a flash you have to go very close to reconnect.

The thing is a frustration, when it works it is fantastic, especially on pre 2012 bodies, when it doesn't, I just want to throw it away. It is not in the same league of reliability as the Canon ST-E3-RT that I also own.
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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2014, 12:47:32 AM »
So after using my YN-E3-RT in a pro environment for a few weeks I have to say, it sucks. Mine has been unreliable, with regular loss of communication, remote misfires, and very touchy menu interface that only happens when the thing is mounted on a camera.

I now have to take it off camera to make any adjustments to remote or menu settings, once the thing drops a flash you have to go very close to reconnect.

The thing is a frustration, when it works it is fantastic, especially on pre 2012 bodies, when it doesn't, I just want to throw it away. It is not in the same league of reliability as the Canon ST-E3-RT that I also own.

I'm disappointed to hear that... but I'm also glad because I don't have any 600 rt's and there was a crazy deal a few weeks back for 600 rt for only $300 and I was going to jump on it but they ran out.

Well, my point is that if deal came again... obviously I would happily jump on it... and I was thinking about the yn e3-rt instead of the canon option.  But now that I hear it isn't ready for prime time... I will stay far away.

The Yongnuo 622c's I have are decent.  I had a problem with the first set I got, but the 2nd set are more than adequate for what I do.  And I just bought a 2nd 580 ex ii... so I guess I'll buy another 622c and hope for the best. 
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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2014, 12:47:32 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2014, 02:01:19 AM »
that is the main reason why i am waiting and waiting for more for more information...

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Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2014, 03:14:51 AM »
I now have to take it off camera to make any adjustments to remote or menu settings, once the thing drops a flash you have to go very close to reconnect

Argh, and I finally ordered it last week after so many positive reviews, esp. since I need the af assist over the Canon :-( ... did it work at first and then break, or didn't you realize the problems after purchase?

What's exactly the problem when changing settings on camera? Last not least, did you contact Yn with the flash connection loss problem to get a fixed fw?

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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2014, 03:14:51 AM »