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Re: Yongnuo Flashes
« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2012, 10:55:31 AM »
For single flash E-TTL work, I use the Canon 430 EX (Mark I) with a 60D and a 7D.  I often use it off camera either with an extension cord or using the wireless flash trigger of the 60D and 7D.  This flash works great as an off camera main with the popup of the 60D or 7D as a fill for those times when you can't bring the studio with you (try a 2-1, main-fill ratio).

Available light is far and away my preferred way to shoot, but I dabble in portrait work strictly as an amateur.  I like to keep things low budget which means home made PVC frames for backdrops and reflectors and cheap flash instead of studio strobes.  Over the years I've collected six Yongnuo YN460-II flashes.  At $40-45 each, these are fantastic for budget off-camera manual work.  I love the built-in optical slave settings plus the seven position power settings. 

So why six?  I don't want to leave the impression that these aren't very strong.  Using 2-3 umbrellas with one flash each works great for two or three subjects.  But, with larger groups, it is very handy to be able to mount 2-3 flashes per umbrella then have a couple for backdrop lighting.

I don't know about the smart Yongnuo flashes, but the manual YN460 is a great option for the budget strobist.  They do everything that my old Sunpak 383's did for half the cost.
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Re: Yongnuo Flashes
« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2012, 10:55:31 AM »

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Re: Yongnuo Flashes
« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2012, 12:31:16 PM »
Why not just pick up a used 550EX?

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« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2012, 02:33:35 PM »
Why not just pick up a used 550EX?

In the context of in-camera menu control, the 550EX is a bit old-school now.

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Re: Yongnuo Flashes
« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2012, 06:36:25 AM »
Thanks for the replies i will bookmark this thread now and check back when i need to :)

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Re: Yongnuo Flashes
« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2012, 09:29:11 AM »
Do you get the same level of control of the flash from the cameras on screen menu with the Yongnuo's as you would with say a 580 EX2?

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« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2012, 06:27:59 PM »
Do you get the same level of control of the flash from the cameras on screen menu with the Yongnuo's as you would with say a 580 EX2?

With the 468 II, 565EX and 568EX, yes.

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Re: Yongnuo Flashes
« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2012, 07:55:17 AM »
@AdamJ- thanks for that.

It will be interesting to see when they come out with their version of the 600-RT - it could be a game changer.

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Re: Yongnuo Flashes
« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2012, 07:55:17 AM »