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Default Anyone had any experience with the YongNuo Speedlites?

I just bought a YongNuo Speedlite YN-560 II for $45. Looks like it's pretty comparable to the Canon 580ex II minus the TTL.

Didn't know if anyone has had any experience. I understand you get what you pay for
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I have a couple. They are sweet for the money. No problems with mine.
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I have a couple. They are sweet for the money. No problems with mine.
Good to hear. Mine should show up tomorrow. May buy 1 or 2 more for off camera flash.
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I've had great experience with them. I'm pretty rough on my gear and have only had one (that I'd had for 3 years at that point) break a battery door in my bag, and now I just keep it held shut with gaff tape. They are rock solid reliable and the 565 that I have does everything that I know how to do with TTL without breaking a sweat.

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Good to hear. Mine should show up tomorrow. May buy 1 or 2 more for off camera flash.
Check out www.strobist.com for off-camera lighting. Lighting 101 and 102 and the rest of his instructional stuff is absolutely amazing.
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Awesome, I was coming in here to post the exact same thread.
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Awesome, I was coming in here to post the exact same thread.
Totally weird.

I got into photography a little about 8 years ago with a Canon 20D and some Vivitar 285HV flashes with pocket wizards and some umbrellas and then eventually just got out of that hobby for the most part and sold everything. My fiance and I are about to get married and we wanted a decent camera for the honeymoon and what not so we both pitched in and bought a T3i. I was looking at used 420ex's because they can easily be had for $100 or under but saw one of the Yongnuo's and started watching some reviews. Either they weren't out 8 years ago or some how I never saw them on forums and what not.

I should either get mine today or Monday since I had it shipped to my office.

I figured after watching quite a few youtubes and doing some reading if it works for a year or so it's well worth the $44 I paid for it.
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Totally weird.

I got into photography a little about 8 years ago with a Canon 20D and some Vivitar 285HV flashes with pocket wizards and some umbrellas and then eventually just got out of that hobby for the most part and sold everything. My fiance and I are about to get married and we wanted a decent camera for the honeymoon and what not so we both pitched in and bought a T3i. I was looking at used 420ex's because they can easily be had for $100 or under but saw one of the Yongnuo's and started watching some reviews. Either they weren't out 8 years ago or some how I never saw them on forums and what not.

I should either get mine today or Monday since I had it shipped to my office.

I figured after watching quite a few youtubes and doing some reading if it works for a year or so it's well worth the $44 I paid for it.
I figure anything under $100, especially under $50 is well worth it if it works for a year or two. I really needed an external flash and didn't want to drop a stack of bills on it. I'm just now placing the order on mine, should hopefully be here early next week.

I'm in a similar boat, was into photography in high school (and this was still using both an old Pentax K1000 and Nikon N75 35mm and developing/printing myself), did shoots at the school sporting events, and a little bit of studio portraits. Then after a few years I just dropped it, didn't have the time and money.

We also picked up a T3i, my wife bought it and a few lenses and filters, she shot maybe 100 pictures with it and then it sat in the case for a year. I've dug it out and started brushing up on my skills again, and am slowly teaching myself about digital photography and to use editing software on my raw images.
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The flash and camera are really for me, my fiance doesn't know the first thing about the camera other than automatic mode. She thinks the internal flash is just fine. I'm by no means even a semi-pro photographer nor do I really care to be. I just enjoy different types of pictures and have a little knowledge on off camera flash. I'm always the person who gets picked to setup the camera setup for family photos and what not throughout the year so this will help a lot.

They also have wireless triggers for cheap - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HO0BYQS/...I1L1VGW6W300EH

I know 8 years ago there were some cheap (like $10 maybe cheaper) dongles that trigger flash by the other flashes.
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I use those triggers too, and they are awesome. Can't do HSS or TTL on those though.
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I've also been thinking about getting one of the cheaper Yongnuo or Neewer macro ring flashes to experiment with, as I'd really like to work on portraits and small objects.

Looking at these:
(Yongnuo LED macro ring flash)
http://www.amazon.com/Yongnuo-MR-58-...cro+ring+flash

(Neewer Macro TTL ring flash)
http://www.amazon.com/Neewer%C2%AE-C...cro+ring+flash

As an inexperienced photographer, is the AB ratio that crucial for macro shots? Or would the static ratio LED Yongnuo be worth a try for cheap?
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My Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II came in today. Can't wait to start using it tonight.
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My Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II came in today. Can't wait to start using it tonight.
What are your thoughts so far?

I still haven't ordered mine, my wife told me to hold off as I might get it or something similar for Xmas.

I just picked up a circular polarizer this weekend, I'm excited to try it out shooting the cars.
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What are your thoughts so far?

I still haven't ordered mine, my wife told me to hold off as I might get it or something similar for Xmas.

I just picked up a circular polarizer this weekend, I'm excited to try it out shooting the cars.
I haven't really been able to use it much. First thoughts are it's powerful, super quick to recharge even at 1:1 power. Build quality is excellent. I haven't held or played with a Canon 580EX so I can't tell you anything about the quality differences but the YongNuo is surprisingly well built. Buttons on the back don't feel cheap at all. Had you put a Canon logo on the front of it and didn't tell me I would have believed it. Just ordered a flash stofen for it.

Comparing it to my Vivitar 285HV's I had 10 years ago I'd say these are the better buy.
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I think that is the brand of a couple I have. They are definitely cheaper made than the caonon 580ex2 and the head doesn't swivel like the canon if I remember right. But I normally shoot with Einstein studio strobes and I bought these as little accent lights and they work great! My favorite thing is the have built in eye slave so as a secondary light you don't have to use a radio receiver on it. Highly reccomend for a secondary light and someone that doesn't mind shooting all manual with no TTL.
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We have had 0 issues with ours, other than they like to get hot after long periods of heavy shooting. Really no major complaints.
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I think that is the brand of a couple I have. They are definitely cheaper made than the caonon 580ex2 and the head doesn't swivel like the canon if I remember right. But I normally shoot with Einstein studio strobes and I bought these as little accent lights and they work great! My favorite thing is the have built in eye slave so as a secondary light you don't have to use a radio receiver on it. Highly reccomend for a secondary light and someone that doesn't mind shooting all manual with no TTL.
I'm actually pretty surprised with how well they are built. I don't have a 580ex to compare it to but in all seriousness it's pretty well built. They do swivel like the canon, they just don't require you to push a button to unlock it to swivel it.
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