I’ve been told recently that I wasn’t much talking about “gear stuff” on my blog. So, I tried to correct this, I hope you’ll like it.
For my style of photography, I absolutely need flashes. The size and power may vary with my needs.
One thing is for sure, for lots of small job, the Canon 580EXII is the ideal tool: lightweight, small in size, weathersealed and relatively powerful. The downside is its price (and in these days, 400€, especially when I have some other stuff to buy in mind, may be expensive).
So the idea came that since I shoot 95% of the time in manual (camera and flash) do I really need a speedlite with the E-TTL fonctionnality? After a quick search on the internet, I’ve found a small chinese company Yongnuo who’s selling speedlights that look very much like my Canon 580EXII speedlites.
Among the interesting characteristics, you have:
- Minimum power of 1/128th.
- Guiding number (GN) announced of 58 @ 100iso (which is identical as the Canon 580EXII or Nikon SB-900)
- two manual modes
- recharge after complete discharge of only 3 seconds
- one PC port sync (very important to trigger the flash from a distance!)
- one external power pack socket
(Note: this image comes from the website www.speedlights.net – don’t hesitate to go to this webiste, they have tons of useful information!)