This is somewhat a multi-part question, mostly related to my split-decision on whether to buy a YN560-II (or a several of them) for much less money than buying Canon alternatives (one Canon 580EX II and another or multiple Canon 430EX IIs).
I'm concerned on maintenance and repair and whether it is possible or justifiable to repair Yongnuos if something goes wrong versus repairing Canons.
To some it may sound like nitpicking, but I would like to get into multi-light off-camera photography and as I am just starting budget is an issue.
My actual questions:
- What are the most common issues that would require repair of a speedlite?
- How often did you need to repair your units? I know this is too general, but a ballpark figure, yearly, once in 5 years or never would give me a good idea...
- As Yongnuo should be "a copy" of Canon is it much different for maintenance and repair? Because what's good about a cheap flash that no one will repair when it breaks?
I plan to use these to shoot something around 500 exposures or less a month. And TTL is not an issue because I prefer to use manual mode.