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#1 arch_202

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 05:07 PM

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This month I decided to make an investment in a Yongnuo flash system based on high praise from this forum and others. I have 2 YN560 IV flashes, and a YN560-tx trigger, all in the cannon version and in use on my xt-1.

 

Flashes fire fine while mounted directly to the hot shoe, and connect and can be fired from the 560-tx while mounted to my xt-1. But the flashes will only fire once from the tx. I'll fire the shutter and the tx will pop both connected flashes, wait a few seconds (adjust the model, the lights, ect), and then try and fire a second shot, but the flashes won't pop. The blue LED lights up fine on both flashes, as if the tx is still connected appropriately. They will only fire again once I adjust a power/zoom/group setting on the tx trigger. I've gotten into the habit of just bumping the power up then down on the tx before each shot, just to get the flashes to fire. But this poses a problem when I need to take multiple shots quickly, or if (as is the case when I have no model...) i'm taking self-portraits and am operating from the fuji camera remote app. 

 

I then tried operating the flashes in trx mode, firing with one flash on the camera and one off. Same thing. The flashes will fire once from camera release no problem, but will not fire again until I adjust a setting on either flash. Optical slave mode fires consecutive flashes no problem, and the pilot button works consecutively no problem as well. My suspicion is that they're wating for a half-press wake up signal from the tx before each flash release, but since I'm operating from a fuji camera, the wake-up signal on half-press is not supported, and it doesn't send it. 

 

I've scoured the forums and tutorials around the web to see if i'm doing something wrong. I've set what I think are the appropriate settings (same channel and groups on all connected flashes/trigger, flashes in rx mode, single flash, camera not in silent mode, manual shutter, single shot, live-view off). I even ordered a second trigger, but when that arrived yesterday and operated exactly the same way, I reached a particular level of despair. I'm considering returning it all and abandoning off-camera flashes for the time being.

 

Any and all help is welcome and appreciated. Thanks!



#2 JacksonXNY

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 12:17 AM

Im surprised this post has been up this long with no Reply. Im Actually experiencing the same problem and i cant seem to diagnose the issue. Did you get it solved?



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 06:54 PM

In fact I did not.

 

I contacted a yongnuo retailer, and he said he had never encountered this problem before. Since then I've tried updating the camera's firmware since there were a lot of improvements to the flash menu, but still no luck. I had already passed the deadline for returns, so i'm stuck with them i'm afraid :/ 

 

Let me know if you figure any of it out!



#4 Adam Woodhouse

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 09:33 PM

That sounds really odd.  I have the Nikon version (which I don't think it matters as it just uses the center pin to fire) and have the Tx on the camera and the flashes off to the side on a small light stand.  I can shoot away and each time the flash will fire fine (as long as it has time to recharge).  It was that way when I had them on my Nikon bodies, and the same works for my XT1 and XT2.

 

Camera body is mechanical shutter only.  Make sure you are not using either electronic shutter or MS+ES.  I think I remember someone commenting once that if ES is enabled at all, flash can be a problem.


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#5 JacksonXNY

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 11:29 PM

In fact I did not.

 

I contacted a yongnuo retailer, and he said he had never encountered this problem before. Since then I've tried updating the camera's firmware since there were a lot of improvements to the flash menu, but still no luck. I had already passed the deadline for returns, so i'm stuck with them i'm afraid :/ 

 

Let me know if you figure any of it out!

 

UNREAL.... IDK what in the world is going on. the only thing that just came to my head is that it may be the type of battery just mayyyyybe the issue but i gotta try it and see... this sucks because it works flawlessly with my X100S.. how the X-PRO2 being a better and Pro level Fuji X system not work with the same flashes.. that makes me scratch my head hardcore and its very frustrating..



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 11:46 PM

Same. I tried changing my batteries with more expensive ones, but still no luck. I had originally thought that the flashes/trigger were waiting for an additional signal from the camera on half-press. I had heard that was an unsupported feature on fuji cameras, but I haven't found a way to test that theory. It also would make less sense if you've operated these successfully on another fuji camera..... But still. I can't find any features/settings on the flashes that adjust the signals that they receive. The only thing remotely close is the transceiver modes, but changing those just causes them all to stop working completely. It seems to only be a problem when they are connected wirelessly. Slave mode works fine. 

 

My computer engineer roommate has tossed out the possibility of signal interference, and i'll admit that I don't have the knowledge to check him on that, but it seems to me like if there was interference they wouldn't be firing at all.

 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

That's all I got.



#7 JacksonXNY

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 03:08 PM

Same. I tried changing my batteries with more expensive ones, but still no luck. I had originally thought that the flashes/trigger were waiting for an additional signal from the camera on half-press. I had heard that was an unsupported feature on fuji cameras, but I haven't found a way to test that theory. It also would make less sense if you've operated these successfully on another fuji camera..... But still. I can't find any features/settings on the flashes that adjust the signals that they receive. The only thing remotely close is the transceiver modes, but changing those just causes them all to stop working completely. It seems to only be a problem when they are connected wirelessly. Slave mode works fine. 

 

My computer engineer roommate has tossed out the possibility of signal interference, and i'll admit that I don't have the knowledge to check him on that, but it seems to me like if there was interference they wouldn't be firing at all.

 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

That's all I got.

 

I got and reply in message on Reddit from a fellow with the same issue. He stated he changed either the Flashes or the Transmitter. he did not specify but replied to ask if it was the TX or the flashes. I'm putting my money on the TX because i don't understand how i get 2 NEW flashes from the box and and they both behave the same... so i would think that we Should replace the TX and hopefully thats the issue... I would love to think that it would be because there little to no information about this problem online.. so i feel almost very alone on this issue... 



#8 JacksonXNY

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 03:15 PM

WOOOOOAH... I was Wrong.. the person replied and said he exchanged the TX 3 times and still had the issue. he said it was the Flash UNIT..... so my fellow people... exchange the dam FLASH unit until it works with your X-Pro2 X-PRO 2 or X-T2... 

 

Cheers.. 



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Posted 26 April 2017 - 06:51 PM

I'm having the same issue with my X-Pro2 and the Yongnuo 560TX triggering a Yongnuo 560IV flash.

 

My non-optimal work around is to adjust something on the transmitter in-between each shot, if I just change the power up and then down again and then it will fire the flash. The next shot I have to make some adjustment again for it to fire, otherwise it doesn't. It seems to be something needs to keep the two units awake.

 

 

 



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:38 AM

I'm adding a +1 on this issue.

 

I'm using and XT-1 with the same TX + 2 560IV units. Mine has a slight variation of issue in that the flash(es) will trigger and fire great for quite a while and then all of the sudden they stop firing on shutter release. However, when I press the test button on the TX they DO fire. Odd. So it's not the TX to 560IV communication it would seem nor the flashes. So I'm going to put out the idea that there is something going on with the signal that the fuji is sending to the TX. Does this idea jog someone's imagination?

 

When they do work I'm loving them...but have to figure out a way to get them consistent....they stop a shoot in it's tracks when they do this. 

 

Also I'll have to try to the power up then down idea tomorrow.....didn't think of that today or Tuesday when this happened. 

 

Happy shooting

Dan

 





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