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Need two cheap optical slave flashes

 
snyder17315
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Sep 10, 2012 17:08 |  #1

I've got a composite shoot coming up and I need a pair of cheap optical slave speed light kickers that can be triggered by the flash from one of my Einsteins. Any suggestions? Cheap is the operative word here (not junk, but affordable). Thanks!


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Sep 10, 2012 18:05 |  #2

YN 460ii. I have 4, got the first one about 3 yrs ago and never had a problem with them. If you want a little larger, little better build, zoom head, and recycle audible beep, the YN 560 is a little more money but very good as well.
Only thing to note about the 460ii is the battery door is a little cheap and can break if you aren't using any care. Mine are all fine but I make sure I use some common sense when I open/close it. YN560 door is better.


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Sep 11, 2012 09:05 |  #3

I'd go with the YN560. I have three of them. They have optical option, it can be set to ignore the pre-flash from a TTL speedlite as well as just firing with the flash from a monolight. They also will accept an external battery pack which improves recycle time. Its still going to be a mis-match with the Einsteins but will work if you're patient between shoots. :-)


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Sep 11, 2012 09:46 |  #4

Fortunately what I'm shooting will be portrait based - non action at that - so recycle time is not an issue. Thanks for the suggestions, seems like the YN560s should do the trick! Looks like i can grab a pair off Amazon for under $100.


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Sep 11, 2012 09:55 |  #5

They are nice units.
I like them because of the battery pack and they deliver reasonable power.
Should work fine for portraits as long as you don't try to push the recycle.
If you get external packs for them, the Pixel packs are nice. They have two circuits rather than one, so if you have a battery go dead, the pack will still deliver power to the high voltage circuit just not last as long.


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darkness77
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Sep 11, 2012 20:30 |  #6

Yup Yonguo are great I have 2 and they have been good to me.




  
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