Watsonville, California: American photo accessory company Photoflex Inc. have introduced the StarFire manual flash and FlashFire 2.4GHz wireless triggers, their own version of the internationally popular Yongnuo YN-460II and RF-602 systems. Offered on their own or as part of various kits, the Photoflex FlashFire and StarFire are promoted as “paving the way for affordable, quality photographic lighting solutions”.
This manual flash is also known as the Yongnuo YN-460 Mark II and has a Photoflex claimed guide number of 53m (159 feet). Power levels range from 1/64 to full power in whole and 1/7 stop increments, recycling in 4 seconds or less. There is a manual mode for use with cameras and wireless triggers, a simple optical slave mode (S1) and a pre-flash detecting optical slave mode (S2). The tilting, swivelling flash head is fixed at a 35mm focal length.
The StarFire comes with a soft case, tabletop stand and a manual.
These 2.4GHz wireless flash triggers – better known as Yongnuo RF-602s – can double up as remote shutter releases. With a claimed range of 50 metres (164 feet) they have 16 channels controlled via Dip switches. The hotshoe and secure 3-pin connection allows synchronisation with both speedlights and studio flashes. The transmitter takes a single CR2 battery while the receivers use two AAAs.
A FlashFire kit includes a transmitter, one receiver, a 6.35mm sync cord, 3.5mm adapter and batteries. It appears that Photoflex will not offer camera shutter release cables with the FlashFire, but they are available on eBay.
You can find pictures of both the FlashFire and StarFire in action in the following Photoflex Lighting School tutorials:
You can compare the specifications of the new Photoflex products with the original Yongnuo products here:
Where to buy
Photoflex have a range of dealers in the USA and internationally. It is not yet known which countries will get these particular products, nor release dates or prices, but you can find a full list of dealers here.
So why not buy direct from the manufacturer? You can order the YN460-II and RF-602 from China, however some users may appreciate the benefit of local shipping and domestic warranty support from Photoflex. While Europe already has numerous Yongnuo resellers, the USA has missed out until now. Photoflex are also the only ones to offer these gadgets as part of kits with softboxes.