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YongNuo Wireless Shutter Trigger: Reviewed

18 Oct

Today I’ll be reviewing the second item in my Friday goodie-bag, my highly anticipated “Wireless Shutter Release” from YongNuo. It has a similar, yet slightly modified design in comparison to the OEM Canon LCD remote (yet identical to some after-market copies), but I find it fantastic in it’s ease of use, and ergonomics to boot.



I purchased the remote, along with various other goodies, from YongNuo’s official eBay store, for three simple reasons:

  1. They offered free shipping to South Africa
  2. in the (not too unlikely) case of an item arriving broken in the box, I’m fully covered by the warranty. This warranty often falls away when purchasing from 3rd party online retailers offering discounted rates.
  3. They were really helpful when I messed up my order on eBay.

Features & Functions

This remote really is quite packed with features for the $50 price tag it ran from the manufacturer’s eBay store, including:

  • Single shutter button
  • Bulb shutter with “hold” switch
  • User-specified delay time
  • User-specified long exposure time
  • User-specified Intervalometer, with a shot-limit of 399, and then infinite.
  • An LED for focus confirm and actuation confirm (Green for focus, Amber for shutter)
  • a (faint) backlight!

What is quite remarkable about this little device is that one can stack the functions, ie:


delay of 5 seconds → long exposure of 10 minutes with a second-timer
or
delay of 4 hours (until sunset) → timelapse exposures of night sky, each 30 seconds long, for 8 hours (or however long your camera battery lasts)

Ease of Use

I really can’t compare this to anything but my Time Machine, but in any case this remote is dead-simple to use throughout.
One simply uses the directional pad to move through each page of functions (pictured) so:

First set the delay (00:00’00 if not required) then long exposure (again, zero if not needed) then the intervalometer, and then your number of shots (after this you can specify if you want to hear a beep after each actuation).
To start your program, simply hit the “Timer Start/Stop” button, and away you go. Wirelessly.

Range Testing

I got a chance this weekend to test the remote’s range, and was happy to see it was still firing at 180 ft (60m), anything further and I started getting shaky results – Regardless, living in South Africa, I don’t think I’ll ever be more than 180ft from my camera at any point in time, so I’m not too phased.
I should add, I tested this flash in a relatively quiet (in terms of radio-interference) suburb, with maybe 6 wireless networks in range. I’m not sure whether testing in a city or heavy RF areas would yield different results, but I’ll make a note to test such a situation soon.

Battery

The battery life on this remote really is fantastic, and far outperforms that of my Time Machine (although in it’s defense, the time machine is packed with a load more features.)
The wireless remote has no power switch, and so requires removing one/both of the AAA batteries, which I have yet to do, and as such, it’s been functioning very well for the past three four days and counting.

In conclusion, I have to say that for $50, this wireless remote is an absolute gem. It’s light, but not so light that you feel you’re using a kid’s toy. It’s slim, easy to use, has great battery life, and has a good range that far surpassed my needs.

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…)