About six years ago I bought a set of Yongnuo 622C Wireless ETTL Flash Triggers, and these are some of my thoughts about how they’ve held up through years of professional use in a variety of settings, and some tangents on gear that is made in China.
Occasionally on the floor at The Camera Store, I’ll hear the words ‘Made in China’ which is often synonymous with something that means ‘of lower quality.’ I want to make sure to state that this isn’t always the case – but sometimes, it is. It’s not necessarily wrong, but it’s not always right either.
Since getting into the flash game, Chinese companies have started to really change the industry, and I’m always excited to see what they do next. From Yongnuo’s 50mm 1.8 for Canon EF mount as well as Laowa’s interesting lenses and Godox’s excellent lithium powered flashes, Chinese companies certainly have the right idea to start cutting into the market share. However, I digress – let’s talk about the YN-622C.
The triggers have borne the brunt of quite a bit of punishment for me. Once while working on an outdoor portrait session for a couple, my light stand was taken by the wind, and smashed hard into the asphalt. I brushed it off then, fully expecting to write off everything on the stand – the transceiver, as well as a YN568 EXII Speedlite. After picking up the pieces and finishing the session with the couple sans flash I went home and inspected the gear, and the transceiver was no worse for wear while the speedlite was destroyed. I managed to pop the head of the flash back onto the body and I’m still using it today with some tape – although it can no longer rotate its head to stand upright.
Since then, I’ve been using the triggers on multiple sessions, and they have never shown any sign of stopping. I’ve used them across multiple different systems, albeit without TTL capabilities – and even then they always fire with very little fuss.
Admittedly, transceivers and receivers don’t go through a terrible amount of wear and tear – and should reasonably last a lifetime as long as they aren’t spending all of their lives in adverse or extreme conditions.
What I’m trying to say is that despite the ‘Made in China’ sticker, these products are the real deal. Obviously your mileage may vary, but I find myself recommending Godox and Yongnuo products time and time again – whether the client is an amateur photographer just looking to get into strobes, or if they’re an veteran looking for some new speedlites or receivers. The cost and quality of these products only keeps the market healthy – to ensure that sometimes, as the consumer, we win.