Yongnuo Flash & Triggers


swarf

Link Posted 13/03/2018 - 11:23
I'm interested in doing a bit of experimentation with using flash. I'll principally be working in manual mode so can anyone recommend which of the Youngnuo flash units and triggers will work with my K-5iis?

I'm avoiding the Pentax flash units as they are far too expensive for my pocket. However, a Canon using colleague only uses Yongnuo as his speedlights and strongly recommends them as excellent value for money but he didn't know which models work on Pentax.

Phil
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pschlute

Link Posted 13/03/2018 - 11:48
I don't know anything about the Youngnuo units I am afraid. But I can recommend the Cactus V6II triggers combined with Cactus RF60X flash unit.

The RF60X has a built in radio receiver so you only need one trigger for the camera hotshoe. You get full flash control directly from the hotshoe mounted trigger, and can operate in manual or P-TTL mode. It works very well for me.

You also get HSS capability
Peter



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Last Edited by pschlute on 13/03/2018 - 11:49

Chrism8

Link Posted 13/03/2018 - 11:51
If your working in Manual, anything with a centre pin will work, I used a Nikon flash on my K5ii last year on manual with no issues.

Maybe worth looking at Cactus as well, the RF60x is a decent flash at 155 ish and the triggers are 79 ish and enable you to work at sync speeds up to and including 1/4000 sec, decreased flash range obviously.
Chris

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McGregNi

Link Posted 13/03/2018 - 11:58
https://www.pentaxforums.com/content/uploads/files/1/p1634/Supplement%20to%20the...

Phil, there's a link to my "Supplement" pdf from my "Pentax Flash Guides" .... This has a detailed section on off-camera technologies and specific products within each category that are compatible with Pentax DSLRs. Within the "Radio Manual category it details the Yongnuo flash and trigger models needed.

I do agree with Peter and Chris for a bit of extra money the Cactus offering provides some exciting additional features, however for basic manual control over multiple flashes from the camera, then the Yongnuos still offer good value.
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 13/03/2018 - 12:02

pschlute

Link Posted 13/03/2018 - 12:39
One advantage the Cactus RF60X has over the Pentax flash units is the 1/3 stop increments in manual output control. (Perhaps the Yongnuo flash does too ?)

This is a real advantage if you mount the flash on-camera, as the Pentax units only have whole stop graduations in manual.

It is less of an advantage if you use the cactus triggers as they can manually power the Pentax flash units in 1/3 stops.
Peter



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Algernon

Link Posted 13/03/2018 - 13:25
For manual use mintish Pentax AF500FTZ takes some beating.

Power settings are usually just a marketing gimmick.... they are rarely accurate. So no point in going for anything less than full stops. Buy a flash meter to check them.

Some of the smaller Pentax flash units from years ago were spot on with the power settings.

For flash triggers I like Comtrig although they are now a 5 year old design. Probably recent stuff might be better depending on your budget.

http://flashhavoc.com/commlite-comtrig-t320-review/

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Algi

stub

Link Posted 13/03/2018 - 14:35
If you want to use Yongnuo. I can highly recommend the YN560III or the YN560IV. They are cheap manual flashes with the advantage of a built in receiver. So coupling them with the TX560 trigger will make a great system. For On or Off camera use, for the Pentax K5II. The trigger enables remote setting of the flash unit power. From the camera hotshoe. Ideal when the flash unit is inside a softbox. Can increase or decrease in 1/3rd steps. But does not incorporate a High Speed Sync setting...
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Last Edited by stub on 13/03/2018 - 14:48

Algernon

Link Posted 13/03/2018 - 19:12
I didn't realize the Yongnuo guns were so cheap For a cheap system they look ideal. Changing the power by walking to the gun can be a bit of a chore if it's in a light box.

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Algi

stub

Link Posted 13/03/2018 - 20:10
From 1/128 to full power. They are ideal for beginners or occasional users..

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swarf

Link Posted 13/03/2018 - 22:21
Thanks for all the advice, it's much appreciated. I now have an idea of what to put on my next birthday list!!!

Phil
K-5iiS; K-r; ME Super; ME; DA* 16-50 f2.8; DA 18-135 WR; DA 55-300 WR; FA 50mm f1.4; A50mm f1.7; DAL 18-55mm; M40mm f2.8; + assorted non-Pentax lenses

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slovell1

Link Posted 14/04/2018 - 22:00
I just bought a Yongnuo YN585EX TTL to use with my K5 and I should have it next week. I'll let you know how it goes with it.
Sam
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