Backup Plan

Yongnuo RF-602

Some new triggers arrived in the mail yesterday. These are actually backup units for the ones I already have. Delivery takes about two weeks after you order these so as with everything else that can’t be sourced locally you should have some spares or else some very good friends that you can borrow from in a pinch.

I’ve been very happy with these wireless triggers over the past few months and feel like they represent a good value for people just getting into off-camera flash work and may not be willing or able to commit to more expensive systems with additional functions. Yes they are manual only and there is no HSS feature with these, though I did read about a hack of sorts the other day that I am anxious to try that out.

These little triggers just seem to work pretty consistently and have a decent working range. You can also use them as a remote shutter release providing you order the correct cable for your make and model of camera. For about $120 dollars you can buy enough of them to trigger four flashes and have a spare transmitter. I like to use Eneloop low self discharge AAA batteries in the receivers and I usually take the battery out of the transmitter when I am not using it to prevent accidentally draining the battery. These do ship with batteries (disposables) so you are ready to go right out of the box.

I use these triggers for manual flash with my Nikon SB900, SB800 and SB600 flashes. Of course I can always use the Nikon CLS function at close range or where I have a good line of sight between flashes and camera. The radio triggers come into their own when you need to position flashes in odd locations or inside of things where the flashes can’t communicate using the Creative Lighting System’s pulses of light to communicate exposure information. Manual flash allows for the most control while automated flash is good for changing conditions or fast moving subjects. It’s good to have the option to shoot either way.