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Yongnuo RF-603 2.4GHz Wireless Flash Trigger/Wireless Shutter Release Transceiver Kit for Canon Rebel 60D/350D/450D/500D/550D/600D/650D/700D Series (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Works as a wireless shutter release control to trigger your camera
- Transceiver System - works as a wireless flash trigger and receiver
- Each RF-603 is designed to work as trigger and as receiver
- Compatible with Canon Rebel 300D/350D/400D/450D/500D/550D/1000D Series cameras for shutter release control
- Includes (2) RF-603 transeivers (1) C1 shutter release cord
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|Item Dimensions||1.5 x 4 x 6 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.4 pounds|
|Style Name||International Warranty|
The brand new RF-603 is a remote shutter release as well as a multi-functional radio flash trigger which can synchronously trigger flashes and studio strobes. Through the transceiver based system each item can be used flexibly as trigger or receiver. Only 2 AAA batteries are required as power source for each item. The 2.4GHz wireless frequency is suitable in most countries and guarantees high speed, distance and stability. Within capacious areas, the remote control distance may reach to 100m. The synchronization speed can reach to 1/320, depending on the situation it may reach to 1/250 or less. A set consist of 2 equal transceivers. Both of them can be a receiver as well as transmitter. It can trigger 1 flash with one set, since one serves as trigger and one as receiver. You can also buy additional transceivers to trigger 2 or more flashes at the same time. Includes (2) RF-603 transeivers (1) C1 shutter release cord
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HOWEVER - DO NOT BUY THESE...buy the ones at the bottom of this review. WHY?
They have no locking mechanism for the lower shoe and the power switch is difficult to access without removing the flash unit.
Within a few minutes of using the the trigger on my camera body (on a tripod), someone bumped the tripod and the trigger fell right off with my 600ex attached to it. :-( Because there is no locking mechanism on the shoe of the transceiver, it slides easilly in and out of place. The person didn't tip the tripod...they merely bumped it and any kind of lock on the shoe would have prevented this major issue.
Next, I cannot access the trigger's power switch without taking the flash off. That's a major hassle.
These issues were resolved with the new design in the "mark II" version. the new version has a lock for the lower shoe and the power switch has been moved to the side.
I am returning the RF603's and purchasing the RF603 II's, like the ones shown at this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HCB5CPS/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
For its price under $30, you get two trigger/receiver/transceiver and a shutter release cable. These do take two AAA batteries each, so as always with my electronic equipment, attached the Eneloop batteries and they work perfectly.
I. TEST ONE Wireless Flash Trigger (Transceiver on Camera, Receiver on Flash)
Attached one to the hotshoe mount of my Canon T3i (note: If you are buying this for a Canon, make sure you choose the right version, Rebel or non-Rebel) and turned on the power.
Before you attach the flash, turn on the other receiver. (note: This is one thing that many people don't like and this is a matter of convenience and is subjective to the individual. The problem is that the on/off button is right on top of the unit and if you attached to your flash, if you have bigger fingers, you can't turn it on and off with the small gap between the flash and the receiver. You need to detach your flash, turn it on then attach it. You just have to get into the habit of turning it on, before putting the flash on).
Attached the other to a flash and with the flash on, you will see two lights. I went ahead and took a picture and sure enough, each picture, a flash went off and you can see a red light on the receiver to show that it is receiving the message.
I will say that I tried this on a Canon Speedlite, worked perfectly, even an older Speedlite 199A from the late '70s worked. Tried it on a Yongnuo flash, worked perfectly. Tried it on a Sunpak DigiFlash 2800, it didn't work. Looking at the strobist community, the majority of a lot of modern flashes do work but I would definitely research if your flash works on the RF-603. You may find information that it works on a RF-602 (the previous version) and if that is the case, more than likely it will work on the 603.
I tested it from various locations and it worked perfectly! So, first test was a success!
Also, I just want to add that with some flashes that are high on voltage and you DON'T want to put on our camera hot shoe, you can you them on these 603's without risking your camera.
II. TEST TWO - Wireless Flash/Studio Flash Trigger Sync
This was pretty much a test of multiple flash as I did purchase two pairs of the RF-603. And sure enough, with each flash having its own receiver, I was able to trigger the slave flash perfectly with my Canon T3i.
Second test was a success! Note: I don't have Alienbees or high-end strobe lights, but you may want to do research on the strobe community for reviews.
III. TEST THREE - Wired/Wireless Remote Shutter Release
I do a lot of Macro and there are times where I can get a shot right if I press the trigger on my own. You need a wired or wireless trigger and I tested it without one, it worked. Connected the shutter release cable from my T3i to the trigger, worked perfectly.
So, third test was a success.
Sure enough, the Yongnuo RF-603's worked perfectly. The question is how long will they last, I don't know but others have had situations ala YMMV. While these are just minimal tests and short duration photography work using this kit, so far, everything has worked perfectly.
It's important to note that people do have a problem with the location of the on/off button and one just has to remember to turn it on before attaching the flash. The other is that there is no mechanism lock on the shoe foot. So, if you are putting these on a bracket/light stand, you just want to make sure that you be careful. Also, do your research online and watch videos online to see how people were able to overcome that problem. But it's a simple fix.
I also have to add that the transceiver must be on the camera's hot shoe to work. I know some people don't like that...so, it's up to you. I don't mind it on my camera hotshoe.
And last, just remember that if you go through buying this kit, purchase it for the right Canon camera as there are two difft. versions available.
Overall, this is a fantastic kit for those on a budget. Do you get what you pay for? I can tell you that you are getting way than your money's worth as you are getting two in a kit and they do the job perfectly. If you want reliability, then there is the more expensive Pocket Wizards which are over $200+ and higher for just one.
So, it all comes down to your budget. For me, these work perfectly for now and it allows me to focus my budget towards better glass and for future, better studio lighting.
For under $30, the Yongnuo RF-603 gives you more bang for the buck! Highly recommended!
- The flash control is manual only. Be ready to go around your flashes to adjust. Considering the price it is absolutely acceptable and expected. (Come on, Yongnuo, make me lie and release an ETTL version for the same price, I'll buy 6 immediately!)
- The RF-603 does not feature a locking mechanism on the hot shoe attaching to the camera. I have nearly crashed a 580 Ex-II connected on top of one of these thanks to this omission. This is the only minus I am willing to retain considering the price, although admittedly in the majority of cases the cold-shoe you attach the RF-603 to will have such locking mechanism.
- The RF-603 does not have master and slave units: they are all equal in functionality and can all be used as master or slave or to trigger the camera remotely (a very nice feature).
- Up to 16 photographers can be controlling their flash with RF-603 at the same time without interfering with each other provided they set theirs to different channels. The channel is set on a DIP 4 switch in the battery compartment and all RF-603 that need to communicate need to be on the same channel. For now, just pick any combination and assign it to all your RF-603.
- HOWEVER the RF-603 are not all the same. They behave the same, but there are flavors: the RF-603 N (for Nikon) and the RF-603 C (for Canon) have a different pin-out for the contacts in the hot-shoe, simply because the Canon and Nikon hot shoe contacts are different.
You will need the right contacts for the camera you use - however normally it should not matter with what flash you use them as only the trigger is used and this one is the same regardless of the brand.
- Then there is the matter of the remote control of the camera. Here the problem is that not all Canon cameras use the same plug for the shutter release (the one you use in pause B for Bulb). This determines the nature of the cable that comes with your pair of RF-603 C: RF-603 C1 has the cable for the rebel etc, and RF-603 C3 has the cable for the 7D, 5D, 1D etc.
So, make sure you buy the set you need for your camera brand and model.
How you use them:
- Make sure all the RF-603 are on the same channel (set in a DIP-switch in the battery compartment).
- Switch on all the RF-603 and THEN attach the flash you want on the top hot-shoe. Some people complain that the power switch is badly placed; it doesn't bother me.
- If you have studio strobes, you can connect each to the PC sync connector at the back of a RF-603 with a cable that you will have to procure separately.
- Connect a RF-603 on your camera hot shoe and if you want to control the camera remotely, plug the shutter release cable between the 603 and the camera.
Pressing the shutter on any RF-603 within range and on the same channel will take a picture, firing all the flash attached to any RF-603 on that channel within range.
That includes a RF-603 not connected to anything, so if you have a spare you can trigger remotely the camera and flash without a problem.
If it does not work, you can check the following:
- Do all 603 have fresh batteries?
- Are they all switched on?
- Are they all on the same channel?
- Is the one connected to the camera plugged in on the hot-shoe?
- Is it connected to the bulb port? (Only necessary to remote control the camera)
- Ar they all in range? (Yongnuo claims 100m but I wonder under what circumstances I would need that much...)
- Do you have more than one remote controlled camera?
I have two sets: a RF-603 C1 and a RF-603 C3 to have a shutter release cable suitable for each of my cameras. All transceivers are identical and interchangeable and interact very nicely; no problem at all. I didn't even have to read the doc as I had picked up how to use these from the reviews here on Amazon!
The one thing that does not work is remote controlling two or more cameras at the same time: the first one to shoot gets the flash; the other one is left in the dark. This is expected and normal. As long as you have no more than one camera on remote control you are fine.
Someone was complaining that the master RF-603 (attached to the camera) still had to be on the hot shoe of the camera in addition to being connected to the bulb port.
This is expected: not all cameras will trigger at the same moment when the shutter is pressed; for instance if you are in AF, your camera will want to focus before releasing the shutter and that may take a variable duration.
The RF-603 connected to your camera "presses the shutter release button" through the bulb port (the cable), then the camera triggers the flash when its first curtain is down. The RF-603 has to be connected to the hot-shoe to sense that flash trigger and share the information with its buddies that are actually connected to the flash.
Edit on June 11th 2013
In the original review I mentioned that remote-controlling the flash still required having the wire plugged in. Alana Right pointed out in the comments below that this was erroneous and indeed, I tried all the combinations of Canon body and flash I have at hand, and only one in one special case does seem to require the cable (most of the time). It turns out that you may want to make sure that your cold shoe does not short the contacts below the RF603 but otherwise the Canon bodies will trigger the remote flash even when not connected through the remote wire.
All in all unless of course you want to remote-control your camera, you don't need to plug in the remote control wire, essentially making the RF603 C1 and C3 entirely compatible as for flash triggering.
This also means that unlike mentioned in my original review, the RF603 is compatible with using a cable for shutter release.
Thanks again to Alana for taking the time to point this out.
Finally I have not tried mixing RF-603 C with RF-603 N. I would be surprised that they don't interact seamlessly as long as you attach a 603 N to any Nikon camera and a 603 C to any Canon camera, but it would be worth the experiment.
Addition in May 2013
The Yongnuo RF-603C1 works just fine with the Canon G15.
It triggers both the camera from a remote, and remote flash from the geared-up camera.
Of course considering the size of the G15 it looks a little funny but, oh, well.
I attach a picture.
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