Yongnuo, the Chinese lighting manufacturer, has finally shown off its YN560-TX wireless flash commander.
You can use the YN560-TX simply as a 16-channel flash/camera trigger, or combine it with your YN560-III Speedlites and control their power with 1/3-stop precision for six independent groups of flashes from the LCD control panel. (This is what the previously-unused “GRP” button is for.)
The new advanced capabilities should breathe new life into photographers’ YN560-IIIs, which until now have only supported basic manual triggering.
Whereas most flash systems only support two, three or maybe four groups of flashes, the fact that the Yongnuo protocol provides six (ABCDEF) could make for a unique selling point. The YN560-TX has a specified operating range of 100 metres and runs on two AA batteries.
Compared with the recently-released Cactus V6, or the high-end Phottix Odin, the YN560-TX’s power control capabilities only apply to a single model of flash, the YN560-III — though more products may appear in the future. For a budget-conscious photographer the Yongnuo system could be attractive: the YN560-III is a very affordable $70 or so and auxiliary RF-602/3-series receivers are cheap as chips.
Despite the E-TTL contacts on the hotshoe foot, there is no automatic exposure metering or autofocus assist lamp, and the most camera-brand-dependent feature on offer is flash-wakeup for the RF-602-series receivers.
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