Yongnuo YN-14EX Macro Flash

Yongnuo YN-14EX Macro Flash

9 posts
25 Aug 2017
RedChecker
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RedChecker
Anyone used one?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/YONGNUO-Macro-Flash-YN-14EX-Camera/dp/B00G3CEYM4/ref=pd_sim_107_8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=JVSYXSVREJ2ZW6HWDKVG


For the price it's seriously tempting, because while I'll an avid supporter of the sayings 'you get what you pay for' and 'buy cheap, buy twice', Canon's offering (MR-14EX2) is simply ridiculous at £500, and I'm finding it difficult to justify the expense for the odd macro shot I may do (their mk1 model was around the £300 mark when it was still being sold, and so this price hike for the mk2 also irks me).
Posted 25 Aug 2017
EllessePhotography
Photographer
EllessePhotography
Oh yes, I'm a long time fan of Yongnuo. As well as Macro lights, I also use 3 Yongnuo 600ex-rt and 2 686ex-rt along with the Yongnuo YN-E3-RT (the 686 rt is new on the market and utilizes a long life lithium battery instead of AA's)

I had the Canon one on my older 100 macro, but when I changed lens's to the 100 L, I needed a 67mm adapter - Canon wanted £35 for one, so I sold the mr14ex and bought the Yongnuo variant - it came with all needed adapters. I've now sold that and use the Yongnuo YN24ex, a lot more versatile, but twice the price. The yongnuo works just as well the the more expensive Canon.

Only downside to macro light is the harsh lighting they produce (sure you knew that anyway), so you do need to "invent" some sort of diffuser for it. I used some old packing foam that came protecting the screen of a new TV I bought, along with some strips of silver reflective cardboard and the ubiquitous gaffer tape, worked a treat. A quick google will get you plenty of hits

HTH
Lez

http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=147034&sid=d7415b61bf0568b06cf4043be4d2c350
Posted 25 Aug 2017
Edited by EllessePhotography 25 Aug 2017
RedChecker
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RedChecker
Thanks for the reply. For £77 I'll probably give it a go, £499 is way too steep even for a Canon one IMO (~£350 would have been palateable but beyond that it's getting a bit silly imo)

Posted 25 Aug 2017
EllessePhotography
Photographer
EllessePhotography
If you have a decent flashgun, you could also try the Kingfisher diffuser - it works very well indeed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVsxM89LX2M&t=13s

Instead of the PP sheets, I did it with silver mirror card, some translucent PP sheet, foam, and more gaffer tape.

Posted 25 Aug 2017
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
I've got loads of flashguns (2x Canon EX-550, 7x Yongnuo manual flashes and a Profoto 'fashion' ringflash) but I've long wanted a TTL macro ringflash just as a simple 'grab and go' solution if I see the occasional exotic bug in the garden or something (nearly got a photo of a dragonfly sleeping the other day)


Posted 25 Aug 2017
EllessePhotography
Photographer
EllessePhotography
Once you start - it get's addictive lol

Posted 25 Aug 2017
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Yep, no moths in my wallet

Posted 25 Aug 2017
exuphoto
Photographer
exuphoto

I've used their other ones (Canon 580 version) and they're great

Posted 12 Oct 2018
Two_stops
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Two_stops

£500 is a snip, when Sony brought out the A900 the Minolta digital macro flash controller was selling at £800 or more used as it was rarer to see one for sale than rocking horse poo.

Posted 29 Oct 2018
Edited by Two_stops 29 Oct 2018
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