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Jan 03, 2011 13:49 |  #1

Looking at getting into off camera flashes, still early in the learning curve on manually using flashes. Current set up is 400D (spent money on lenses instead, planning on moving up to 7D soon) and have a 580EX II. I've looked at the YN's but know little about them. If I went with the YN's I would probably do at least 2 more flashes and the wireless triggers (RF 602's). If I stick with Canon I would only be able to do one more flash and trigger set up. Interested in your thoughts on the YN's and which model, 468 or 560. Input on the reliabilty of the triggers would be appreciated also.


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Jan 03, 2011 13:55 |  #2

Since you have a 580exII to use on camera and with the 7D wireless controller, I wouldnt hesitate to get the YN560's and the rf602 triggers. Having ettl wireless is over rated to a degree, I spent a lot of money chasing it and now I only use it when I want HSS, and thats fairly rare. The triggers are highly regarded so there is no worry there.




  
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Jan 03, 2011 15:21 |  #3

The ability to set your output VIA the camera menu in the 7D may be a reason to go with a 430EXII, along with having ETTL as an option. The EX580II in the hot shoe gives you that, plus HSS. Not saying which way to go, but if you can use Canon's IR wireless system, it's pretty nice not having to go to each head and adjust. I have 1 - 580EXII and 2- 430EXII, along with the Radio Popper RX junior studios that allow controlling those heads VIA the controls on the RP transmitter.


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Jan 03, 2011 18:46 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #4

I like the idea of all Canon and using their wireless system but, correct me if I'm wrong, but don't they have to be line of sight? I would prefer radio signals to avoid that issue(like a background light behind the subject for instance). Setting everything from the master would definitely be nice though.


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Jan 03, 2011 19:56 |  #5

Nu2this wrote in post #11567014 (external link)
I like the idea of all Canon and using their wireless system but, correct me if I'm wrong, but don't they have to be line of sight? I would prefer radio signals to avoid that issue(like a background light behind the subject for instance). Setting everything from the master would definitely be nice though.

They work pretty well depending on how far away the slave is to the transmitter and whether you can orient the slave IR receiver towards the transmitter. Staying with the 430EXII you have all the options if you get a cheap radio trigger set.


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Jan 03, 2011 19:59 |  #6

The on camera trigger STE somethign does 4 Channels I believe




  
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Jan 03, 2011 20:07 |  #7

kjonnnn wrote in post #11567546 (external link)
The on camera trigger STE somethign does 4 Channels I believe

3 channels
I've got one and I really like it.


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Jan 03, 2011 20:20 |  #8

Nu2this wrote in post #11567014 (external link)
I like the idea of all Canon and using their wireless system but, correct me if I'm wrong, but don't they have to be line of sight? I would prefer radio signals to avoid that issue(like a background light behind the subject for instance). Setting everything from the master would definitely be nice though.

They are line of sight, although inside they can bounce just as light would. But outside in bright light the range is short and the results can be mixed at best.




  
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Jan 04, 2011 04:40 |  #9

gonzogolf wrote in post #11567680 (external link)
They are line of sight, although inside they can bounce just as light would. But outside in bright light the range is short and the results can be mixed at best.

that's one argument for using RF-602 wireless triggers and inexpensive flashes like Yongnuo. Canon needs to have "RF" in the camera body!




  
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