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Product Review: CD-R King Flash / Strobe (TT520)

Purchased the CDR King TT520 a few weeks back and put it to the test, using it in tandem with my YN467.

Photos featured on this article: Atoy Llave’s Daily Driver: R34 Nissan Skyline by Atoy Customs

Front Quarter View

Camera Left: YN467 Flash via Radio Trigger
Camera Right: CDR King TT520 Flash triggered using S1 mode (optical slave)
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Rear Quarter View

Camera Left: CDR King TT520 Flash triggered using S1 mode (optical slave)
Camera Right: YN467 Flash via Radio Trigger
Atoy Llave R34 Skyline Daily Driver Atoy Customs Custom Pinoy Rides pic2

My observations:


1. The TT520 is more powerful than the YN467, hence why I used it to light the broad side of the car.
2. The color temperatures are different. It seems the YN467 is a tinge warmer than the TT520, even if they have the same declared color temperature ratings.
3. Under bright ambient light, the TT520′s optical slave function does not work. Well, same with the YN467.
4. TT520 remembers the last setting you left it at when you turn it off and turn it back on again. Not so with the YN467.
5. TT520′s flash foot is plastic, as compared to the YN467 which has a metal foot. So I’m a bit more careful with the TT520.

I’ve had about 200 or so frames with it already and I’m happy with the TT520. As much as possible, I just don’t fire it at full power hoping to extend its useful life. I will probably purchase another one or two as my third and fourth strobes, using the TT520′s as my main, fill, and kicker, and will just use the YN467 as a hair light or background light something hahaha! But of course, if I have to shoot with a flash mounted directly to my camera’s hotshoe, I will be using the YN467 due to its TTL function.

How about you? Have you tried using the CD-R King TT520? I’m interested to hear about your experiences. Do share them on the comments below.

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