RF-602 Wireless flash trigger: reviewed

17 Oct

I’ve been excited to try some wireless flash triggers since I started really getting into Strobism, and since my remote flash cable really doesn’t get past 3 feet without the flash falling over , it seemed time to splurge on the $30 RF-602’s from YongNuo.
I have to say, if the packaging is anything to go by, these nifty devices are of a higher quality than I expected, with an outer shell of card, and a thick inner shield of packaging cardboard, the 602’s were nestled snugly, each piece in a blanket of bubble-wrap, cables and all.

These really aren’t the most complex pieces of equipment, and it was as simple as popping (included) batteries in, flipping switches to “on” and connecting everything, but not in that order. Connecting the flash after turning the trigger on results in a confirming flash pop, which I wasn’t expecting. 😦

I got  a chance to do a range test this morning, and managed to confirm a distance of over 240 ft, or 80 metres, on a clear day in a quiet suburb. I’m not entirely sure what difference it would make if I were in a city, or an area with lots of network interference, but I’ll keep an eye out for anything.

 

I’ve heard of people receiving their 602 kits with bits broken inside, or the flash shoe coming off after a day or two’s use. I can’t attest to the quality of my purchase just yet, I have to say they feel incredibly well-built for the price. I’ve dropped both pieces twice now with no problems -knock on wood- and placing them at an extreme angle on a light stand doesn’t trouble the receiver whatsoever.
I’ll use this opportunity to say that I’m glad I ordered from YongNuo’s official eBay store, as I’ve found that quite a few online retailers offering discounted rates without the warranty. I personally feel better having the warranty for a piece of equipment that is admittedly rather cheap, and of lesser quality, being shipped across the world.
I have to say, I really appreciate the slim footprint of the receiver, with nearly nothing in the way of ports and buttons, it keeps itself ever-so-slim, much thinner than some of the “poverty wizard” competition, and much slimmer than the feature-packed pocket wizards.

 

I think these little guys are a fantastic addition to anybody’s kit bag, especially avid strobists, learning the ways of off camera flash for as low a price tag as possible. (I’m not being thrifty, I’m saving…)

 


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