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Sep 12, 2017 15:15 |  #1

As per title, and preferably capable of ETTL, are the yongnuo's good and durable ? Or the good old manual 540EZ still better?


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Sep 12, 2017 15:37 |  #2

Heya,

Take a look at Flashpoint R2 system (Godox R2 rebranded). Costs same as Yongnuo. But is the better R2 system. Great flashes.

You can also get them in Lithium Ion version which is even better for a wee bit more.

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Sep 13, 2017 09:23 |  #3

I still have my 540EZ's, had a couple crap out, but most are still going strong.

But I'm looking to get into an R2 system.. but I'm seeing where the foot is a weak point? (860) Anyone comment on that?


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Sep 13, 2017 09:46 |  #4

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I still have my 540EZ's, had a couple crap out, but most are still going strong.

But I'm looking to get into an R2 system.. but I'm seeing where the foot is a weak point? (860) Anyone comment on that?

The Sony version has a plastic foot. I think that is a sony issue though. As people are complaining about the same foot (on Sony) with other brands of flashes.
The other V860ii versions (Canon, Nikon) have a metal plate, I dont see them being any more of less reliable than a canon. Didnt the canon 580EX come with a plastic foot at first as well, then they switched to a metal plate?




  
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Sep 13, 2017 12:06 |  #5

Thanks for info about the R2.
So if the Flashpoint R2 is a rebranded Godox, I would go for the Flashpoint R2 as it looks like it is an Adorama brand ?


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Sep 13, 2017 12:53 |  #6

Yeap, Flashpoint is Adorama's housebrand that is rebranding the Godox. But you get the support from Adorama, which to me is worth it if you're in USA.

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Sep 13, 2017 15:00 |  #7

strobe monkey wrote in post #18451307 (external link)
Thanks for info about the R2.
So if the Flashpoint R2 is a rebranded Godox, I would go for the Flashpoint R2 as it looks like it is an Adorama brand ?

If you are going to run Godox flash system (which I have and is highly recommended ) Go with the Flashpoint or the CheatahStand version. Both of those have US support that is fantastic.




  
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Sep 13, 2017 18:00 |  #8

strobe monkey wrote in post #18451307 (external link)
Thanks for info about the R2.
So if the Flashpoint R2 is a rebranded Godox, I would go for the Flashpoint R2 as it looks like it is an Adorama brand ?

Occasionally the Flashpoint brand will add a couple useful items that are extra cost when the unit is purchased as Godox (one of the mono-lights offers a reflector and a case when sold as Flashpoint). And Adorama has efficient shipping and a good in-stock position, so it is worth a look.


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Sep 17, 2017 04:39 |  #9

Ok, I ordered a flashpoint speedlite with ettl, a set of flashpoint R2 and a flash stand. Ordered a Godox softbox from amazon though as adorama doesn't have them.

I hope Helen Oster reads this post because I am having problem opening adorama website on my Samsung tablet... I get SSL connection error.....keeps me from browsing their website while I'm trying to sleep.... : )


I will eventually get a monolight but the speedlite is more compact .


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Sep 17, 2017 07:51 |  #10

strobe monkey wrote in post #18454023 (external link)
Ok, I ordered a flashpoint speedlite with ettl, a set of flashpoint R2 and a flash stand. Ordered a Godox softbox from amazon though as adorama doesn't have them.

I hope Helen Oster reads this post because I am having problem opening adorama website on my Samsung tablet... I get SSL connection error.....keeps me from browsing their website while I'm trying to sleep.... : )



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Sep 17, 2017 07:59 |  #11

strobe monkey wrote in post #18454023 (external link)
I hope Helen Oster reads this post because I am having problem opening adorama website on my Samsung tablet... I get SSL connection error.....keeps me from browsing their website while I'm trying to sleep.... : )

The problem may be at your end. I have no problem opening Adorama's website on my Samsung tablet. You may find some help at http://www.androidcrus​h.com …connection-error-android/ (external link).




  
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Sep 17, 2017 08:58 |  #12

HelenOster wrote in post #18454069 (external link)
How is it that I can help?

John from PA wrote in post #18454072 (external link)
The problem may be at your end. I have no problem opening Adorama's website on my Samsung tablet. You may find some help at http://www.androidcrus​h.com …connection-error-android/ (external link).

I was thinking it was on adorama's end because I have already tried some fixes a few days ago, but I tried a different browser on my tablet and it worked, so it means it is the browser I am using.... thanks


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Sep 17, 2017 09:18 |  #13

strobe monkey wrote in post #18454104 (external link)
I was thinking it was on adorama's end...

Think about it, Adorama probably does a multi-million $$ business by the Internet. If there was an issue at their end, one, they would know about it very rapidly and two, they would fix it very rapidly.




  
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Sep 17, 2017 09:55 |  #14

strobe monkey wrote in post #18450498 (external link)
As per title, and preferably capable of ETTL, are the yongnuo's good and durable ? Or the good old manual 540EZ still better?

I don't know what their quality is like these days, but I've had a Sigma EF 500 DG Super for years and am very happy with it, both in ETTL and manual mode.

I hear very good things about the Adorama Flashpoint products.




  
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Sep 17, 2017 10:00 |  #15

John from PA wrote in post #18454113 (external link)
Think about it, Adorama probably does a multi-million $$ business by the Internet. If there was an issue at their end, one, they would know about it very rapidly and two, they would fix it very rapidly.

Don't be so sure.

I just got done working as a contractor at a large motor vehicle company and one of their websites not only is chronically buggy, the site support people are completely unhelpful and quite rude.




  
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