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I have a Canon 80D and I use 3 yongnuo triggers to trigger off-camera flashes.

But even though the trigger on the camera will flash when I press the trigger button, it will not flash when I press the shutter button. The main trigger is on TX and the flash triggers are on TRX. The main trigger is sitting on the camera's hot-shoe correctly and is clean.

This is not the first time I've used these triggers but it is the first time something is wrong. ALL batteries are fully charged.

What am I doing wrong?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Is external flash set to "disabled" in the 80D's menu? \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    May 25, 2020 at 11:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Related: My Godox flash won't fire off-camera. What should I check? \$\endgroup\$
    – inkista
    Jan 20, 2021 at 23:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ Which yongnuo triggers are you using? RF-603 II? RF-605? YN-622? What flashes are you using? (YN-560IV, 580EX II?). Do you know if your batteries are good as well as charged? Did you check that everything is set to the same channel? How is the flash set up on the trigger? \$\endgroup\$
    – inkista
    Jan 20, 2021 at 23:40

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You need all triggers on TRX. Period.

Here is the break down for what will happen with different trigger settings:

Trigger on TX: pressing the button fires all flashes on a trigger with TRX setting, as well as any flash mounted on the trigger itself. It does not trigger any camera, not even a camera connected to the camera trigger output. The hotfoot contacts will have the same effect. You can use a trigger on TX on a camera that gets its shutter signal from somewhere else. When pressing a button on such a trigger, it is a flash setup test button but triggers no camera.

Trigger on TRX: pressing the button will trigger all cameras connected to the camera output (2.5mm TRS) of a trigger with TRX setting. It will not trigger any flashes. When the hotfoot gets triggered, however, it will trigger all flashes on a trigger with TRX setting, including the trigger with triggered hotfoot itself.

So basically the rule is: if you are remote triggering a camera, all triggers need to be on TRX setting. Including the one you are triggering the camera from. If you put it on TX, you can use it for triggering all flashes without involving the camera. For test purposes, or because you put it on a different camera and want to take a picture with your flash setup on that camera (using timer or just its normal shutter button) without triggering the other camera.

A trigger on TX will never trigger a camera, but only flashes.

Counterintuitive to some degree, but very useful.

EDIT: after rereading it would appear that you are not actually triggering the camera remotely and your switches are set up correctly.

The answer for that case is: check that the camera has flash enabled and set to "external" and that the flash trigger is fully pushed onto the camera hotshoe. The pins on the Yongnuo trigger have comparatively strong springs and comparatively shallowly rounded contacts. It is very easy for the trigger to feel stuck before it has indeed been pushed fully on.

In particular, the locking sleeve should be fully up before pushing on in order to have the locking pin fully retracted.

Here with locking pin retracted:Locking pin retracted

Here with locking pin out:Locking pin out

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General list of things to check when troubleshooting radio flash triggering:

  • Are the batteries in everything in good health, as well as charged? Over their lifetime, rechargeable batteries can lose the ability to hold charge.
  • I know you checked, but is the transmitter unit seated fully forward into the camera's hotshoe in the right orientation (yes, it's possible to put it on backwards), with all the pins on the footing meeting all the contacts on the hotshoe? If the sync connection (the big contact in the middle of the hotshoe square) is being made, the flash won't fire; if the sync is making contact, but all the other pins are not, then typically the flash fires at full power in TTL.
  • Are the transmitter (Tx) and receiver (Rx) units set to the same channel? If there are ID codes, do the codes match?
  • Are your camera's flash settings correct?
    • Flash is not disabled/off.
    • Electronic or silent shutter is not set
    • Wireless functions are not being used with an incompatible triggering system (most wireless flash functions in cameras are for a smart optical system and will not work properly with add-on 3rd-party radio triggers). Yongnuo's 622 triggers can probably use the Canon flash menu settings, but YN-560/60x gear cannot.
    • That there's no nearby radio interference (i.e., try switching channels or moving to a different location)
    • If you're using groups, are those groups set to be on and active on the transmitter?
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I have G15 with Neewer triggers and had the same problem. All I did was make sure I set the camera to single shot and then it worked fine.

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I had the same problem and spent a good amount of time over a dumb mistake.

Make sure your camera is not in auto mode.

Also check the wireless ID for both flash and receiver.

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