Yongnuo YN460-RX TX

Started Jul 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Michael Thomas Mitchell
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Yongnuo YN460-RX TX
Jul 19, 2012

This wireless TTL combo has been around for a little while now, but I've heard absolutely nothing from users, nor seen any real reviews. It seems like a potent little system, though admittedly with some limitations. And the price isn't too bad, too.

The YN460-TX is a hotshoe-mounted wireless controller. The YN460-RX is the dedicated flash. The controller supports three separate groups with wireless radio: T1, M1 and M2. The T1 group appears to be a genuine TTL-functioning group. That is, wireless off-camera through-the-lens metering via radio, as opposed to optical, signaling. Groups M1 and M2 and full manual control. from 1/1 to 1/64 in one-stop increments. The TX commander can control up to 16 RX flash units simultaneously. They are rated to up to 200 meters.

The benefits of this system should be obvious: radio wireless TTL and manual control of 3 separate flash groups. No running back and forth to the units to set the controls, and no worrying about optical distance/line-of-sight limitations. All this without separate receivers.

The limitations are also pretty clear: TTL operation of only a single group. Plus, there is no choice of flash unit... only the YN460-RX. Thankfully, it's a decent flash, and at under $100 isn't terribly expensive, but it appears that other flashes will not work within the system as a whole. Finally, the flash unit itself does not support external power. Of course, a cheap and easy way to boost output is to simply use two flashes on a single bracket.

Both commander and flash run about $100 each on ebay. Thus, a nice 4-flash system could be built for less than a single 580EXII. Not bad. At the very least, it would make an effective 2-group full manual system if TTL is not desirable.

This is somewhat of a unique system at this pricepoint. Not as capable as the new Canon system, but the new Canon system costs FIVE TIMES as much. Has anyone else read about this, seen a review, or even used it??

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