Saturday, February 15, 2014

Yongnuo YN-622N-TX Review

I just received my new YN-622N-TX this last week and am very impressed with it.  It creates a much better balance on the camera than a combination YN-622N Transceiver and a Flash, and provides additional functionality also, such as Camera Shutter Triggering and Super Sync.  

Let's back up a bit first, the YN-622N system from Yongnuo is a full featured radio flash trigger system for Nikon compatible cameras and flashes.  It supports full iTTL (think of it as a radio based version of the Creative Lighting System (CLS)) and remote manual control of speed lights across 3 different groups and selecting from 7 different channels.  It supports Auto FP (high speed sync), rear and front curtain sync and most of not all of the other Nikon Flash features (I am not aware of any it does not support).  The TX adds a new dedicated controller to the system.

This controller is nice in that it as an autofocus light, a usb interface for future firmware upgrades, Super Sync functionality (allowing you to adjust timing for use of studio lights with speed lights), and the logic embedded in it even corrects some of the issues that they had with earlier versions of the transceivers working in full iTTL with SB-800s.

My video below goes into some of the history of the YN-622N system as a whole, as well as the 622N-TX controller specifically.  Please post a comment if there was anything I missed.  Thank you.



For additional detail on the Yongnuo YN-622N-TX and other flash products, check out the information on Flashhavoc.com.  Its where I initially heard about the 622Ns and the site provides a ton of useful information (I am not affiliated with the site other than being a fan).

Next week, I should be getting my MagMod speed light system in, and plan to post a video review of that in the next few weeks.

Until then, happy shooting........

- David

5 comments:

paulkeppelphotography said...

Hi David, would you know of a way to have on camera flash in TTL, then use the TX dangling from the camera and a lead either going to the camera or flash so I could control the background ocf?

Scenario,
First dance, I have TTL on camera, and 2 OCF flash either side of the dance floor and want to control the power of those flashes.

David Carrico said...

@paulkeppelphotography: The 622N system is pretty flexible. If you have three 622Ns and a SB700, SB900, or SB910, you can do what you want without a TX dangling. Just put a 622N on your camera, one of the SBs on top and set the SB to commander mode. Then you can control the on camera flash and the off camera ones with the commander menu on the SB. Those commands then get transmitted to the 622N on camera and that then sends the signal out to the off camera flashes. Hope that helps....

JeanPierre Rieu said...
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JeanPierre Rieu said...

Hello, first of all thank you for your interressants articles. I would like, if possible, have information because I have a Nikon D610 and the Yongnuo Yn622 and YN622TX and this system does not work. The channel is properly adjusted, the groups also because my D610 is triggering the SB700 flash. The problem is that with the YN622TX I can only control the zoom setting !!! Indeed, the change of mode (TTL or manual) does not ... In TTLwith the YN622TX and the flash, I can not change the power settings. In manual with the flash and YN622TX no opportunity to also change the settings. A friend has a Canon and it works correctly. My SB700 flash is set to "on" and "TTL" position. A big thank you in advance for your help.

David Carrico said...

@JeanPierre

From what you described, it sounds like you have your channel and groups adjusted properly and you have your SB700 set to TTL. So lets just say you are at Channel 1 and group A. Are you saying your exposure is the same if you have Group A set to manual and you have it at 1:1 for the first shot, and then 1:16 for the second shot (so in essence, the TX is not changing the exposure)? I have heard of some issues in you turn things on in the wrong order. Try turning flash on first, then the 622N it sits on, then the TX and then your camera. Same issue? What is your camera sync speed set at? Are you out of auto ISO, and set at 200 (not that shooting in auto ISO is bad, I am just trying to remove variables). Is your camera set to fully manual (again, just trying to remove variables)? If not, try setting auto-iso off, iso to 200, and shoot in manual, and then try the test above again and let me know how the exposures turn out. Thanks and good luck.