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mukul

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Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« on: May 23, 2018, 12:21:13 PM »
Hi All,
What will be better choice for my 600D
Canon 550EX [used] or
Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]

550EX is selling @2/3rd - 1/2 price of YN600EX-RT II [new]

Thanks in advance

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Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« on: May 23, 2018, 12:21:13 PM »

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Re: Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2018, 12:42:28 PM »
The 550 EX is long discontinued, and likely can't be repaired by Canon.  Take that into account.  You don't know its history or if its been repeatedly overloaded.  In the USA, if I buy using many major credit cards, they double the warranty, so thats another consideration.
The downside to Yonguo is compatibility, every new Canon model seems to break compatibility, and its months before new firmware, if ever.

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Re: Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 07:30:15 PM »
Hi mukul.
I have both the 550EX and the YN600EX-RT II, since I got the YongNuo I have barely used the Canon flash, mostly because the RT system is far better than the optical remote system and I use 2 YN600’s with the YN-E3-RT.
The 550 feels very well made, the YongNuo’s whilst appearing well made have a cheaper feel to the plastic, plus there were a few reports of broken battery doors early on (possibly the version 1).

Cheers, Graham.
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Re: Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2018, 01:04:47 AM »
What is "Supports Flash Settings by Camera Menu" and what are the advantages?

See at
https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Flash-Specifications.aspx?Flash=250&FlashComp=466
"Features Controllable from Flash" section


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Re: Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2018, 02:26:16 AM »
I just got the canon 580ex ii for £120 used and it's well made, silent fast charging and has metal foot that I like. Don't need RT tho.

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Re: Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2018, 09:32:44 AM »
Hi mukul.
What this means is that when your camera has a page on the flash menu the camera and flash both speak fluent Canon and the flash will be controlled from the menu meaning things like the power, high speed sync, second curtain sync and more can be controlled without touching the flash.
See page 180-181 in the (English) camera manual.
I thought my 550EX was controllable from my 40D, though I may be wrong about that, for sure the YN600 plays nicely with my 7DII which I think has similar menus to your 600D

Edit.
I have just checked and the 550EX only has flash exposure compensation available from the camera, the YN600 has full control to the extent of the cameras knowledge, for example on the 40D I can select the flash to be a master remote commander but only in optical mode because that is all the camera knows about but with the 7DII I can choose wireless or optical master!
End edit.

Cheers, Graham.

What is "Supports Flash Settings by Camera Menu" and what are the advantages?

See at
https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Flash-Specifications.aspx?Flash=250&FlashComp=466
"Features Controllable from Flash" section
« Last Edit: May 25, 2018, 09:54:42 AM by Valvebounce »
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Re: Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2018, 05:47:32 AM »
Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II!

Have you considered the Canon 430EX-RT III?
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Re: Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2018, 05:47:32 AM »

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Re: Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2018, 11:31:38 AM »
Hi Ah-Keong.
Why, the YN600ex can be a master and slave and has a guide number of 60 but can be turned down to GN43 and is probably cheaper than a 430ex which can only be a slave and has a guide number of 43 but might be a bit lighter than the 600, you can’t turn it up to the GN of 60 though!

Cheers, Graham.

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Have you considered the Canon 430EX-RT III?
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Re: Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2018, 08:05:38 PM »
The 550 EX is ancient history and has largely vanished into irrelevance. Don't buy it.
Go with the Yongnuo or a top spec Godox.

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Re: Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2018, 08:16:11 PM »
I had a similar question a couple of months ago and considered getting a 580EX to add to my 430EXII.  I sold my 430 EXII and bought the following Godox gear: TT685c, TT600, and XPro-C. All operate via radio, which is much more flexible and reliable than the optical control of the 550EX.  Godox provides for seamless linking to studio flashes so I have my options open for the future, more so than with Canon. 

However, you should ask if these large flashes are overkill for your needs.  The downside is their size.  I also have a 270EX which is much smaller and discrete and allows bouncing (in landscape orientation only) and limited zoom. I find it sufficient for many non-professional purposes. Its the sort of flash I will through in my backpack in case I might need some light.
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Re: Canon 550EX [used] vs Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II [new]
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2018, 08:16:11 PM »