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| p.1 #1 · First Impression: Yongnuo YN-622C vs Pixel King flash trigger |
Normally I am a lurker here, and don't feel like I have much to contribute. But lately I have been frustrated with my flash triggers. I wanted an ETTL RF trigger for outdoors, and for indoors when my speedlites are hiding in my softbox. Canon was just too expensive and I already have 4 speedlites (Canon 550ex, Sigma EF-610 super, 2 Yongnuo 565EX)
I eventually found the Pixel Kings. And, for several months, they almost worked for me. Unfortunately, they had some problems:
a) not compatible with my Canon 550EX
b) no hotshoe for a camera-mounted flash
c) quality control: had to replace intermittent transmitter...2 weeks down while I waited
d) No ETTL ratios
e) useless focusing assist beam (bright led light, often misaligned, blinds subjects)
I thought I could live with these limitations, but...I just ended up frustrated.
So, back on the internet I discovered a new trigger from Yongnuo, the YN-622C. So I ordered 4 units, along with a new Yongnuo 568EX flash for outdoor work (High-Speed Sync). They arrived from China two days ago.
WOW!! These YN-622C transceivers are amazing. They have solved all of the problems that I had with the Pixel Kings:
a) Compatible with all my flashes...work flawlessly
b) hotshoe lets me use it with on-camera flash and with my flash bracket and wired flash while still wirelessly controlling my other flashes.
c) All four units work fine. But if one fails, all can work as transmitters, so there is redundancy.
d) ETTL ratios work perfectly from both my Canon 7d and 5d Mark III with and without on-camera flash.
e) Focusing beam: Useful grid-like pattern. Functions well...better than my ST-E2. I am considering keeping it on the 5D III even when I'm not using flash...for focus-assist in those fleeting low-light moments.
Now if only they had those cute little carry bags that came with the Pixel Kings...
And the icing on the cake is that the new 568EX flash has several improvements over my 565EX flashes, apart from HSS, including improved user controls and (I think) faster recycling.
Obviously this is not a review, nor is it meant to be. But after two days with these triggers and the new flash I have been so impressed that I thought I would share my experience. These are definitely worth considering.