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Feb 26, 2009 12:09 |  #1

Cheap alternative to the canon st-e2 speedlite transmitter!!

I've been looking into buying the canon st-e2 (external link)for a while now as I've wanted to use my speedlite flashgun off and away from my camera.

Canon have recently put up all there prices in the Uk and the thing has gone up by about £90, for this reason I looked into alternatives and found this brilliant little thing:-

YongNuo Wireless Remote Shutter Trigger
http://www.dealextreme​.com/details.dx/sku.13​089 (external link)

Its a chines built reciever and transmitter thing allows you to fire the flash away from your camera and wait for this.... it only costs £15! The canon st-e2 costs around £200!

I bought the thing off amazon and it arrived two days later. These devices offer very good value for money, it had 4 different channels and transmitter runs on 2 AAA batteries.

Now im not going to lie, the build quality of this device is quite poor but for £15 you really cant complain! Id def recormend it for anyone who wants to start playing around with off camera flash.

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Feb 26, 2009 12:17 |  #2

It doesn't do the auto ettl flash control, though, right?


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Feb 26, 2009 12:20 |  #3

tkbslc wrote in post #7411705 (external link)
It doesn't do the auto ettl flash control, though, right?

No.


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Feb 26, 2009 12:29 |  #4

Yeah, I was assuming it was similar to the cactus triggers, but had a sliver of hope there was some new ettl cheap wireless trigger.


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Feb 26, 2009 12:33 |  #5

I would hardly call that an alternative to the ST-E2. There are many other devices on the market that allows you to trigger a remote flash without ETTL. :confused:


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Feb 26, 2009 13:05 |  #6

well no it doesnt support auto ettl flash control but lets be realistic and look at the price.. its only £15.. thats what about $20 USD?! :)


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Feb 26, 2009 13:28 |  #7

Price wise they are very nice. As long as it fires every time, which a lot of them don't do. But again, you can look at the price and say you get what you pay for - and that's not a slam of the product. It's a realistic evaluation of price/reported performance.

The ST-E2 is no competition for those eBay radio units.

I still prefer my Cybersyncs to either of those alternatives.


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Feb 26, 2009 13:32 |  #8

Besides no E-TTL (obviously the big thing) there is also no AF assist so it really only has one minor feature when compared to the ST-E2, which is remote manual triggering. It is more in competition, in price and features, with the cactus. And yea, Gadget Infinity sells YuongNuo stuff so I wouldn't be surprised if it is the same but rebranded.

It sure beats the ST-E2 on size, though.

(It made me wonder if there was ever an ST-E1 but evidently, not.)


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Feb 26, 2009 13:55 as a reply to  @ TheHoff's post |  #9

I'm not sure where you get your prices from but you could get an ST-E2 for about £125 before the price rise and still get them for £165 delivered now. take a look here and ignore the Amazon price as it is incorrect.
http://www.cameraprice​buster.co.uk/prod201.h​tml (external link)




  
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Feb 26, 2009 14:50 |  #10

they are just cactus ebay triggers im pretty sure!

but that price is good1


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Feb 26, 2009 15:15 as a reply to  @ Rogan's post |  #11

The only time these cheapo triggers don't work . . . is when you really need them! :rolleyes:
I had a couple of sets that were great for practicing off camera manual flash, but every time I set them up for a real shoot they let me down. Very embarassing. Gave them away and bought the Wizards. . . love 'em!
I guess you still just get what you pay for. ;)


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Feb 26, 2009 22:54 |  #12

PT-04 = same as all the ebay ghetto wizards. If you get a good set they rock (for the price), and if you don't shoot ettl even more so. I loved mine, I probably won't get as lucky if I try to replace them though =(




  
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Feb 27, 2009 07:34 |  #13

Stez wrote in post #7412419 (external link)
I'm not sure where you get your prices from but you could get an ST-E2 for about £125 before the price rise and still get them for £165 delivered now. take a look here and ignore the Amazon price as it is incorrect.
http://www.cameraprice​buster.co.uk/prod201.h​tml (external link)

Bang on, I just bought one from Warehouse Express, £169.00 next day delivery,
its dearer than your £125, but not ninety quid dearer, still, £15 quid's OK if you only get a hundred shots out of it before you bin it. :)


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Apr 18, 2009 03:17 |  #14

Did search for YongNuo, and this came up. Are they specific to Canon Speedlights? I'm looking for a similar, cheap, wireless trigger for a Sigma 500DG ST, but it's proving a bit difficult.


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Apr 18, 2009 07:46 |  #15

I was wondering, with PW you need two... and a flash.

With the canon st-e2 do you only need the transmiter and your canon flash?


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