As a photographer, there are times when you know you need to grow your skills and there are times when you need to grow your gear. The need to grow skill comes a million times more often than the need for new gear but every once in a while...
Introducing the Yongnuo YN-622N trigger/receivers for Nikons. I've been using the RF-602 trigger and receivers for a few years now and love them. Cheap. Efficient. And cheap. Did I mention they were $99 for a trigger and four wireless receivers? I run my lights in manual so I've never wanted anything else out of a trigger... except AUTO FP. For the non-nikon shooters, Auto FP is nikon's fancy name for high speed sync. Imagine being able to take a picture at f/2.8 and 1/4000 instead of being limited to 1/200 or 1/250.
THAT is the magic that the new YN-622Ns bring to the table.
Look, here's a picture of my coffee table with a flash laying on it's side at 1/4000s and f/2.8 with the flash at 1/8th power:
Amazing that you can even see a light!! For the photographers out there looking for a cheap solution for HSS and wireless off camera flash (without spending PW money) the YN622 looks like a great alternative.
Another nifty feature that my old trigger and receivers didn't have that the 622 does have is the ability to group lights and trigger specific groups. The A/B/C on the right side of the receiver means seven (A,B,C,AB,BC,AC,ABC) potential groups for selective triggering!! Imagine being able to "turn off" a flash from across the reception hall without walking across the reception hall! Setting up your lights in advance means less walking around with a speedlight on a stand and more picture taking!
The 622s can also select up to seven different channels to broadcast on so if you imagine seven different groups per broadcast channel...
So how much will this damage your pockets?? A set of four triggers is... *drumroll*... $152 shipped CONUS. Nice, right!!!
I can't wait to use these fancy new features in an upcoming headshot shoot and a Virginia wedding next month! :D
I'll report back when I have more news about these trigger/receivers! Until then, happy shooting!