The controller also has TTL , manual , and multi flash modes available for full creative control of a flash unit mounted on the YNC Transceiver. Additionally, the system can utilize 7 channels and 3 groups for setting up multiple flash units easily and efficiently. On the device is also an AF assist beam to help in low-light conditions. Multiple sync modes are available for more specific needs or effects, including 1st and 2nd curtain sync.
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Well, sort of. Pixel released their King triggers to remove this limit, but their development was truncated. Now we have the Yongnuo YNC which seems to fulfil the promise of a full implementation of Canon flash technologies over a radio link. It seems that Yongnuo has not only achieved this objective, but has added a wide range of triggering and photographer-friendly capabilities. Yongnuo have a range of hot-shoe flashes, with a reputation for unreliability.
The design engineer for this device looks like single-handedly rescuing the brand. Each method has its place, and photographers who understand the technologies can get predictable results. The YNC is a tool for both approaches. That still leaves distance, height, angle, relative powers, uneven ambient etc that can make a substantial difference. It is much more accurate than the EV method. The YNC implements the genuine Canon technology in the camera. The YNC does not provide for firmware updates by the user.
The transceiver buttons are hard to find by touch, and are sensitive to accidentally changed settings. Only flashes in group C can be disabled remotely. It is not a significant list of drawbacks. An examination of the case and internal components reveals a high-quality assembly.
The case appears firm. I anticipate a good life expectancy. Because the YNC is designed primarily to implement Canon technologies, a thorough knowledge of both camera and flash manuals is helpful.
Each camera model has its own variations. My verdict: versatile, complex, well-made, suitable for many jobs, and low-priced. Buy it. The author has no association with the manufacturer other than as a paying customer. Some additional samples were received; thanks, Yongnuo. The hot-foot goes into the hot-shoe, e. A cold-shoe holds a hot-foot without making contact with the pins.
Transmitter TX, Controller : The transceiver when mounted on the camera hot-shoe. Transceiver will still act as a Receiver to another transceiver on the same channel. Remote Flash: A flash connected to a Receiver, by hot-shoe or by cable. On-top flash: A hot-shoe flash mounted on the Transmitter. It has some special features. The is rated at only 6 volts on the trigger contact of its hot-shoe. The PC-sync connection can withstand volts. But the YN is bought for its control abilities with a type A camera.
A bit of relevant Speedlite history 1. There was an Accessory shoe on camera to mount a device, and a centre-pin contact to fire the flash. All settings made on-flash. The camera did not know what they were. The camera became more aware of flash settings. Settings still on-flash.
Canon implemented an off-camera system using a Master flash to drive one or more slaves using light-pulse coding. The camera was taught to read the flash settings, and act accordingly. FEC was added to the camera. A better interface was required, and in-camera. Canon designed the flash control menus so that for the first time, ALL settings could be read from itself rather than the flash. This meant major design requirements for the flashes.
All flash settings needed to be digital. A path through the flash hot-foot to the processor had to be created which could set, not just read the flash settings. Settings could now be made either on-camera, or on-flash for legacy flashes.
So, the only flashes which can be controlled by flash menus are ones that have the required communication through the hot-foot. The light-pulse receiver system is not involved. Recharge or replace as required. Some E-TTL parameters will not be saved, such as group fire ratio.
Press the foot firmly forward to ensure all contacts are made securely. The locking pin will engage. Set up transmitter using camera menus: Keep the transmitter in Remote Control mode the default mode. Press the foot firmly forward to ensure all contacts are secure. The channel and group indicators light briefly.
The Status indicator turns steady red. The flash may fire once when turning the on or off. The channel indicator will light for several seconds to indicate the current channel. It is effectively direct-connected to the camera. It must be separately set on-flash as auto or as a manual level. The zoom setting of the On-top flash can be different than offcamera flashes. Set the On-top flash zoom to Auto, so that it zooms with the lens. Using the camera flash control menu, set Manual zoom 24mm — mm so that off-camera flashes keep a constant setting.
Factory defaults will be set. Testing the Lighting Setup The setup can be tested to ensure that all devices are powered up and that the communication is working.
In addition, actual lighting outputs can be metered if manual levels are being used. The flashes in the selected group will fire a test flash. The test fire will be at the level as it is displayed on the LCD of the flash.
The test button will not change the setting of the flash. If Remote control is being used, first press half-shutter to ensure that settings are applied E-TTL will produce a pre-flash, which may confuse the light meter. Trigger with any on the same channel. It may be a hand-held one. They will stay in a live update state until the menu session ends. In Mix mode, the on-flash settings take priority. E-TTL and Manual can be mixed. This is the Factory default mode.
The last-used setting is remembered during power-down. Requires a Type A camera for Manual settings. Channel indicator does not stay lit. Set Fire Ratio to The camera will call for pre-flash, evaluate power levels required, and produce a normal exposure from the two Group B flashes, with fill from the on-top flash.
FEC and Ratio can be controlled from camera. Set Flash Mode to Manual. Use B as main, C as background, A as on-camera fill. Group outputs can be set and adjusted remotely as required. Mix Control Mode Creative lighting scenarios can be implemented by switching the system to Mix mode. It will then stay lit. The settings of the flash take priority. A type B camera defaults to hi-speed sync.
CH indicator shows steady green. Second shooter A second shooter can share the augmenting flashes. Either camera will trigger all s on the same channel, both on-top and off-camera flashes. Your on-top flash will zoom and fire in response to the other camera, Using the Walkabout two-channel technique may be useful also, when sharing flashes.
Remote mode with Class 2 or 3 flashes Dan Kinzie technique Instead of using Class 1 flashes in the basic setup above, use Class 2 or 3 flashes like the YN Einsteins, on stands for augmented ambient or rim light. Connect a Cybersync receiver to each.
Yongnuo Speedlite YN685 Flash
Flashes that will support remote flash control through the camera menu. Manual — You must set the manual power level directly on the flash. Type B Cameras — Because Type B cameras do not have a flash control menu for remote control of the flash units, they should always be set to mixed mode so that Manual power levels or FEC can then be set directly on the flashes units themselves. This also sets the camera to HSS by default so that will start as soon as you go over the cameras x-sync shutter speed.
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Well, sort of. Pixel released their King triggers to remove this limit, but their development was truncated. Now we have the Yongnuo YNC which seems to fulfil the promise of a full implementation of Canon flash technologies over a radio link. It seems that Yongnuo has not only achieved this objective, but has added a wide range of triggering and photographer-friendly capabilities. Yongnuo have a range of hot-shoe flashes, with a reputation for unreliability. The design engineer for this device looks like single-handedly rescuing the brand.