Triggering the Profoto B1 lights with Canon 600ex-rt’s via yn-622C
Since purchasing my Profoto B1 lights, I do miss multiple light setup’s indoors for studio shooting. I can’t really afford another one or two Profoto B1 yet so I thought it would be awesome to be able to use the b1’s with the Canon 600ex-rt’s together. The B1 will still be the main light, but the Canon 600ex-rt’s will be enough power for so sort of rim lighting.
The Profoto TTL Air remote sits on top of the camera’s hotshoe so there isn’t a pass through for the Canon ST-E3 (I’m using the YN-ST-E3 instead) and the St-E3 doesn’t have a pass through hot shoe either. I could use the optical slave on my B1 and use the 600ex-rt to trigger it, in fact, I did on an night engagement shoot recently. It’s a waste to use my B1 as an optical slave flash, so I wanted a solution where the B1 to still be my main key light.
I should have kept the Pocket Wizard TT5’s and TT1’s as this could have resolved my issue but I was on a selling spree of my Einsteins and someone wanted to buy my 2 TT5 and 1 TT1 Pocket Wizard triggers. After selling them, I realized, maybe I should have kept them.
I did some research and a one particular article mentioned the YN-622C triggers will work (with ETTL or manual mode). I’m sure there are other triggers that will work and have a pass through hotshoe without ttl. But TTL’s so convenient. I went on amazon.ca and searched for the YN-622C triggers, and Cowboy Studios Canada had a pair for $85. That’s a fraction of what one single pocket wizard tt5 would cost.
It arrived at my door about 4 days later and I had a chance to test it out today. It didn’t work!!!!, when I pressed the test button, it’ll trigger the air remote and trigger my b1, but when it’s mounted on my Canon 5dmk3, the signal wasn’t getting passed through. I did some manual reading, google research, then I realized one thing, the Profoto Air TTL remote kept going into HSS mode. So with that, I turned off the HSS mode on my camera flash setting and BAM everything works.
The YN-622C transceiver is sandwiched between the Profoto Air TTL remote and the camera. I did a few quick tests and everything is working perfectly. The advantage of having the Canon 600ex-rt as a kicker or rim light is, it’s super light weight, and I don’t need a heavy duty light stand, which I can move around freely, especially when I am shooting a portrait session outdoors solo without an assistant.
The real test will be on Sat. when I try out a shoot with the 2 light setup. I do have 2 Canon 600ex-rt’s so I’ll need to purchase 1 or more YN-622C transceiver. The Canon 600ex-rt wireless system with the ST-E3 works perfectly fine but I needed a way to combine two systems together with the Profoto lights.
I’ll be purchasing two more YN-622C transceivers later (at $85 CAD + $5 shipping, it’s a great deal) and I’ll be trying out some YN-600-ex-rt’s for $150 CAD at a fraction compared to the Canon 600ex-rt’s at a retail of $550 CAD + taxes. I’ll be keeping my two Canon 600ex-rt’s but will try to add 2 YN-600ex-rt’s and see how they fit.
Inside the studio, multiple flashes are a lot of fun to play with. Outdoors, it’ll be mainly my Profoto B1 and I’ll try it with the 600ex-rt also as a rim light.
I’ll report back after my next shoot to see how things work with this two light setup and how the triggers are with this hybrid system.