Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 1

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TuckerUK Senior Member • Posts: 1,812
Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 1
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So, now the proud owner of a D200, I searched around for my Nikon MC-30 10-pin remote control that I used with my F90. Not being able to find it, and with an important trip coming, I am forced to look for a replacement. Unlike the early 1990s when I purchase my F90 and the MC-30 was the only choice, I find there are now a multitude of wired, IR wireless, and RF wireless options available. A couple of days spent reviewing all the available products led me to believe that the Yongnuo YN-128 wired/RF wireless remote control would suit my needs. I’ve not seen a comprehensive online review of this product, so thought I’d write my own:

Packaging is entirely adequate, with perhaps not quite the pizzazz of what we’re used to in the occident. There are two parts to the remote, the remote handset/RF receiver, which can be used as a standard wired remote, and the tiny RF handset. The 10-pin connector on the wired remote attaches easily to the camera socket, and locks positively with the collar as per genuine Nikon 10-pin accessories. A battery is supplied which fits into the wired handset, but is only needed for RF use. The battery is completely covered with a thin plastic with must be removed before insertion. Word of warning: A quick search of the web will show many people have not noticed the covering and presumed that their product was not working. There are two LED lights on the receiver which come into operation during RF use. The RF handset has a telescopic aerial extending to just over 12cm (just under 5 inches). The aerial feels quite well made. The RF handset has one LED.

Quality of build and plastics used is very high indeed. I’d actually rate this almost on a par with Nikon, who are well known for their excellent choice of plastics. However, the coiled lead is a little thin in gauge for my liking, and the insulation material feels a little too cheap and plasticy. Were Yongnuo to upgrade to the kind of flex that Nikon use for their products I’d have no hesitation in marking 10/10 for overall build quality.

As already noted, the wired remote lead attaches positively and securely to the camera 10-pin socket. The larger of the two buttons on the handset is the two-stage shutter release. Operation of the pleasingly soft button is very smooth, with the first pressure activating metering and auto-focus, and a gentle damped click signalling the second stage shutter release, all as per the camera body. The coiled lead measures 430mm relaxed, comfortably stretching to over 1200mm. That’s about 17 inches stretching to 48 inches in old money. Not much more to be said here, it works!

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OP TuckerUK Senior Member • Posts: 1,812
Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 2

Wireless Use

Again, as already noted, the wired remote lead attaches positively and securely to the camera 10-pin socket, but now the RF receiver can be mounted on the camera hotshoe. The receiver can be mounted facing forwards or backwards in the hotshoe, and I suspect five minutes spent on the plastic mounting foot with a file or sharp modelling knife would also allow mounting left or right too. Thankfully Yongnuo has decided to stick with the secure tried and tested threaded collar flash foot locking method, not the woefully inadequate (in my opinion) flash-wobble-in-the-wind Vivitar/Nikon switch method as used on the (e.g.) SB-600/SB-800/SB-900. The receiver is switched on using the smaller of the two buttons on it, which illuminates a red LED on its front panel. The RF handset can be switched from normal to timer mode (approx. 3 second delay. Much like the receiver/handset, the RF handset button is smooth and well damped in use. The handset LED illuminates green for the first stage metering/AF mode, turning red for the second stage shutter release. A second LED on the RF receiver operates in exactly the same way.

Inclement weather precluded any outdoor testing, but a quick series of interior tests indicated 100% reliable operation at a distance of 15 metres (48 feet) through four solid brick walls.

I bought mine from ukhighlandphoto, an honest UK eBay seller who leaves very prompt feedback upon payment, and who delivered next day. I paid £23.40 inc. P&P for the privilege of having a UK seller to deal with should any problems arise (this being a RF product, and with frequency allocations being so tightly control here in the EU/UK). The exact same item is available from China for far less.

I could find no markings on either unit to indicate what frequency they were using. E-mail to the seller bought an immediate reply stating 433Mhz, which fortunately is a frequency that is legal to use in the UK. However, this product carries no CE Marking, and as such, although perfectly legal to purchase and own, in theory is illegal to sell in the EU.

All in all, very highly recommended. Just a case now of seeing how reliable the unit is long term.

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Sandozer Contributing Member • Posts: 800
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 2

Excellent review Geoff, and agree that for the money an excellent RF remote.

I did a crude range check at work, and found it to be functioning line of sight to around 60 Yards. Not that you would ever want to be that far away from your camera.

Got mine on E-Bay from HK, no problems arrived in a week.

Ian

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ricko5 Senior Member • Posts: 1,344
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 2

Thanks for taking the time to do this, much appreciated.

OP TuckerUK Senior Member • Posts: 1,812
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 2

Thank you Ian. I agree, 60 yards is ample, but I'm still going to have to check maximum range when the weather clears up, just because I hate not knowing!

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Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 2

And thank you for taking the time to respond Ricko, also very much appreciated.

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jafo818 Contributing Member • Posts: 895
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 2

Nice review. Seems to not be available in the US market? Can't find much info about it. Looks pretty similar to the Phottix Cleon model often discussed here, though the Phottix uses 315MHz. All the other claimed specs (320ft/100m, 16 channels, 20,000 shutter actuations) are identical.

Thanks for sharing!
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OP TuckerUK Senior Member • Posts: 1,812
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 2

Thank you jafo, and I agree, this does seem very similar to the US specific Phottix Cleon. Follow this link to a review (a better review than mine no less!) of the Phottix Cleon:

http://www.dpnotes.com/phottix-cleon-n8/

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Roger Glanville New Member • Posts: 6
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 1

Thanks TuckerUK.

I read your review last week and ordered one yesterday for the Sony A350 from the same supplier. Arrived this morning. Works like a dream, but only after taking the plastic wrapping off the battery - I couldn't see it! - and pressing the buttons very firmly.

If I'm allowed to, I'll put this on the Sony SLR page with a link to your review.

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OP TuckerUK Senior Member • Posts: 1,812
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 1

Roger Glanville wrote:

Thanks TuckerUK.

Thanks Roger,

Nice to be able to put something back into the forum after having taken so much out.

If I'm allowed to, I'll put this on the Sony SLR page with a link to
your review.

Of course.

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ekpete New Member • Posts: 3
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 1

Very nice review. I just purchased the same model for a Canon but I did not have the same luck. After installing the supplied battery the lights and the transmitter and receiver seem to be working right but when attached to either my Canon 20D or canon 5D Mark II - nothing. Is there a trick I might have missed?

tomhongkong Veteran Member • Posts: 4,461
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 1

Hi

As it has a 'wired' connection to the camera, does MLU work in the 2 seconds timer (obviously for those bodies which have it)

tom

bwigg Senior Member • Posts: 1,250
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 1

I bought one for my Nikon system and one for my Canon system. I had no problems with my Nikon unit, but the Canon unit would not function and acted just as you have described.

After a little trouble shooting I found the Canon connector was not molded correctly and it would not push in far enough to engage the pins on the camera.

I had to remove a small amount of the plastic on the connector with a file to get it to work correctly.

Other than that they work really good for the $26 they cost me.

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ThaiM New Member • Posts: 23
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 1

Mine just arrived today from eBay.

It works great "when it's NOT on the hotshoe". But as soon as I attach it to the hotshoe, no worky.

How did you file yours? Can you please explain or show a pic? Thank you.

bwigg wrote:

I bought one for my Nikon system and one for my Canon system. I had no problems with my Nikon unit, but the Canon unit would not function and acted just as you have described.

After a little trouble shooting I found the Canon connector was not molded correctly and it would not push in far enough to engage the pins on the camera.

I had to remove a small amount of the plastic on the connector with a file to get it to work correctly.

Other than that they work really good for the $26 they cost me.

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HeatherRowe New Member • Posts: 1
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 Wired/RF Wireless 10-pin Remote Review Part 1

Bwigg - great tip about filing down the plastic for the Canon connector. I was having issues, lighting up but not actually shooting. Your post solved all my problems, well that and the file. Thanks for sharing your solution, money well spent now that it works. Cheers!

fastbilly Junior Member • Posts: 25
Re: Yongnuo YN-128 (the trick, if not working properly)

I found this remote does not work consistently if you do not set it up using the folliowing procedure.

1) Make sure your camera and the remote receiver are OFF.
2) Plug in the remote receiver.
3) Turn on the remote receiver.
4) Turn on the camera.

I found that if you plug the remote in with the camera ON (or the remote ON) it may work once or twice and then stop working. But by following the above procedure (with my Canon 40-D and 50-D) it works every time.

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