OCF is one of those things that you didn't know you needed it until you've used it.
There are countless different options when it comes to OCF for Nikon and Canon, but Sony has always been lacking. Although Sony does offer a great native setup, its price definitely doesn't appeal to everyone!
Yongnuo is a great affordable brand that specialises in Radio Transmitters and Flashes.
Gear Used -
- Sony A7ii
- Yongnuo 560 iii - x2
- Yongnuo RF03c ii - in TX Mode
The YN-560 III and IV are single firing pin flashes and are compatible with most cameras having a standard hotshoe when mounted directly on the camera .
Off camera, and using the YN-560 III/IV built in radio receiver, compatibility will depend on the transmitter unit used. Most cameras with a standard hotshoe can be used with the YN560-TX and the RF-603 II transmitter units.
- Very Cheap (Especially when bought Used)
- Once Setup Easy to Use
- Good Build Quality
- No High Speed Sync
- No TTL
- Lacking Focus Assist Beam
All in all, this little set up has enabled me to have two flashes off camera without wires and in total set me back just under £100 as I bought the flashes second hand from CEX.
The main thing i think is lacking for my needs is HSS, I shoot predominantly outdoors and it's a real pain as 1/200 is the max sync speed. I've found that in some cases /250 can be used but you do start to get the bar of darkness where the shutter can't keep up.
A few examples with one OCF and shoot through umbrella.
Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are about this set up and if you're using anything different!