The long awaited YN-622C-TX from YongNuo should be available soon, though it looks like Meike have already released a similar alternative in the new MK-GT600 TTL and HSS enabled triggers.
The Canon ETTL version MK-GT600C are available now from around $90 a set, and a Nikon version will follow.
The MK-GT600C actually appear to have most of the main features of the YongNuo YN-622C and coming YN-622C-TX transmitter combination. Even with the addition of USB ports in both transmitter and receivers.
Though the YongNuo system is quite well refined now, and will very likely still have a number of smaller advantages, like SuperSync, and the ability to mount a flash on camera when needed (with the YN-622C pass through hotshoe).
What may still make the Meike system more appealing for some people though, is that Meike also have their own HSS (High Speed Sync) enabled flash in the MK-600, which are currently available from around just $120. Making the Meike flash and trigger a very economical TTL / HSS enabled combination.
MK-GT600C Features –
- ETTL, Manual, Multi Modes
- HSS up to 1/8000s
- 3 Groups, 4 Channels
- Mix TTL and Remote Manual Groups
- Individual 1/3rd stop Manual Power and FEC adjustment
- Remote Flash Zoom (or Auto Zoom) in 3 groups
- 2nd Curtain Sync
- USB port for Firmware Updates
- AF Assist Light
- Dedicated Buttons for Fast Adjustments
- PC Sync Ports
- 2.4GHz, Up To 100M Range
- Regular AA Batteries x 2
- Battery Level Indicator
Note – Like most Canon version TTL triggers, the MK-GT600 require MK II style Canon flashes to enable full functions, like remote manual power control and flash zoom setting etc.
The MK-GT600 transmitter case loosely resembles the Canon ST-E3-RT transmitter. Though the LCD interface will be much more like the YongNuo YN-622C-TX with 3 groups displayed at once (disregard the LCD display Meike have Photoshopped below).
Meike show in the graphic below how the 3 groups are displayed on the LCD screen, and that TTL and Remote Manual groups can be mixed and used together –
1/3rd stop increments are not shown in the manual power level shown above, though Meike do state there are 1/3rd stop fine adjustments available in manual power adjustment as well –
The transmitter also features an AF Assist Light, USB port for firmware updates, and a PC sync port.
Batteries are regular AA in transmitter and receiver.
The receiver unit adds a hotshoe, and simple Channel and Group LED display –
As well as fast Channel and Group adjustment buttons. Also USB and Sync port like the transmitter.
The MK-GT600C are stated as compatible with Canon DSLR’s, though there is no specific model list provided.
And this is one of the areas where the already well used and tested YongNuo triggers may be a safer option. It remains to be seen how fast Meike may provide any firmware updates that may be required.
Canon EX II and Meike flashes are stated as compatible. Other third party flashes will likely be a matter of trial and error.
And as mentioned previously, Meike have their own HSS and TTL enabled flashes from just $120 in the Canon version MK-600 and Nikon Version MK-910. As well as a number of non HSS enabled TTL flash models.
The MK-600 and MK-910 have Optic Wireless Slave modes (Canon version has a Master mode as well, I’m not sure about the Nikon), as well as an external battery port (which the YongNuo YN-568EX does not have).
As always the devil is in the detail, so we hope to give the MK-GT600C triggers and MK-600 flash a run soon.
I wouldn’t expect the attention to smaller details like the well used and refined YN-622 etc provide, though initial reports indicate the Meiki TTL flashes are providing good results, and its likely the MK-GT600C’s major functions should be pretty decent as well.
(Its very unlikely the MK-GT600C will be directly compatible with the YN-622C, or any other TTL or Manual radio triggers from other manufacturers).
Price and Availability –
The MK-GT600C for Canon are available now from around $93 for a transmitter and receiver set –
Meiki – Website