I have Canon's 600EX-RT II, so shouldn't I add a YN600EX-RT II instead of a YN-E3-RT or ST-E3-RT?

by Mason   Last Updated February 13, 2018 13:18 PM

I'm a n00b (in fact I have literally never used a flash before other than my phone's LED thing) but I have to shoot an indoor thing next week, where I'll need a remote flash (I mean, on a stand, detached from the camera).

Lacking time to properly research, I just googled "best flash for Canon" and ordered the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT. Cool, but I need to trigger it when not on the camera.

The flash was like $600, so I was sort of appalled to find Canon's remote trigger gizmo (the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT) is almost $300... wow, half the price of the flash, with no flash!

So naturally, I googled "wtf ripoff canon flash trigger" and found the Yongnuo YN-E3-RT knockoff, which here in Japan I can buy for about $90. Not only is it way cheaper, but it apparently has an infrared autofocus-helping light for use in dark environments (might be useful in my upcoming dark indoor event).

I had almost pressed the order button when I saw the Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT II, which instead of a knockoff of the Canon flash trigger, is a knockoff of the Canon flash itself! And it is around $120.

So unless I have misunderstood something, for $90 I could have my Canon flash and a trigger with infrared autofocus help light, or for $120, I could have two flashes, and the Canon flash also has the autofocus assist light, so I could keep that on the camera (either using it as a flash+trigger, or just as a trigger), and use the Yongnuo as the remote flash set up near the subject of the photos.

If that is true, it is a no-brainer (for my use case and $30), but like I said, I have never used a flash before nor even ever googled it — so I lack confidence in my conclusion. But I have to order something soon.

Oh, my camera is a Canon 6D Mark II. And I am in Japan, so prices tend to be maybe slightly higher than some places.

Thanks for any pointers/advice!

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