Use of Nikon D610 with Metz44 and Yongnuo triggers YN 622N

This post is just a brief description on how to use the Yongnuo triggers with a Nikon camera and a non-Nikon speedlight.
I am not sure why anyonw wants to be equipped with such an odd combination of equipment, but I ended up owning those nice pieces of hardware and I thought it would be better to make them work together.
As I couldn’t find anything on the web and needed to learn it the hard way, I thought it would be nice to share.
My current configuration is:

Nikon D610 camera
Metz 44 AF 1
Yongnuo set of triggers TX/RX YN 622N

(please note that it might be the same issue and the same solution with other combinations of cameras and flashes)

I bought the Metz 44 as a cheap replacement for a Nikon professional sppedlight.
It works well, except you should know the TTL function is mostly useless.
If you plan to use a TTL flash on your Nikon camera, buy a Nikon flash.
However the Metz will happily (more or less) work with the infrared Nikon system.
To make it work via IR, which will ensure you that the flash can be separated from the camera but NOT too far away, you just need to select SL (slave) on the flash and CMD (commander) on the camera menu.
Channel always 1.
The base of the flash will blink slightly, meaning it is ready to receive the input from the camera.
However, I am pretty sure it will not flash the very first time you try, and the reason is that the internal Nikon camera flash has to be up and running, too.
Therefore there is NO way to us the flash remotely without having to flash with the camera, too.
That means that if you are planning to have say only one source of light sideways, you are in trouble.
Moreover, depending on distance and orientation, the flash might not fire at all.

So, the only viable and quasi-professional solution is to get a couple of triggers.
Triggers are simply a couple (at least) of trasnmitter/receiver.
The trasmitter (TX) will be inserted in the camera slot where usually a flash is, and the receiver (RX) is the base for the flash.
The receiver, in turn, can be easily positioned on a tripod with an accessory, or just placed on a table or any other place to support the flash.
With two triggers, a flash can fire as distant as 100m (they claim). More likely a 10/20m distance can be achieved.
Moreover a single TX can support several RX, thus several flashes, therefore you can easily combine them to achieve a more professional control on lighting.

However, there a couple of catches you should aware of.
First of all, unless the flash is Nikon, forget TTL.
The flash will only work in manual, thus you are lilmited with the range of power onboard to the flash, and for the Metx 44 AF 1 that means only FOUR choices: full power, half power, 1/8 and 1/64.
You need then to play with distance and aperture to get something in between.

Then, the most annoying issue and the very reason why I am writing this note, is that unless you turn on the devices in the EXACT sequence, the flash won’t fire.
The test button might work, but the camera will not be able to send impulse to the flash through the TX/RX Youngnuo YN 622 system.
Don’t ask me why it work this way, but I learned it the hard way, as I told you.

So, first of all flash shall be set to M (manual)
Camera shall be set to CMD (commander) channel 1 (this latter point should be irrelevant, but you never know).
Both TX and RX shall be set to the same group/channel.
Usually everyone uses group A/channel 1 but if you happen to be close to other photographers with the same gear you might want to change the group/channel, as long as they are the same on both TX/RX devices.
On the TX, group A shall be set to TTL.

Now that everything is set, turn everything off, and turn it on in this exact sequence.

1. Flash
2. RX
3. TX
4. Camera

If everything is fine, once the camera is on a green led will blink on the group side (right) of the RX.
If the green light is not blinking, the flash won’t fire.

If you follow these instructions, there is a high probability that your shooting will proceed seamless.

Hope it helped.

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