Yongnuo YN568EX II Review.
I as a person understands one fact, that is…”Anyone can learn to use a camera but, not everyone can achieve perfection in photography”. However, giving much more time to learning the scope of light will not only improve but also bring life to your work rather than learning photography itself. Countless times you may have come across photographers that make use of Umbrellas and Softboxes, not condemning their tools though but, ‘’professional photographic equipment’’ specialist like Yongnuo which is a company that specializes in development, manufacturing and retailing of photographic equipment released a Flashlight camera component Yongnuo YN568EX II High speed, Ultra powerful GN master control, Off camera Speedlite, which comes with lots of great features, pretty easy to use and affordable.
Past the initial hype and after our reviews on Amazon which comprises of a different test, we’re ready to tell you that the Yongnuo YN568EX II with HSS (High Speed and Sync) feels like when used as a daily driver for a long period. Hopefully, this would give you a fuller in-depth picture of the potentials of this great gadget.
On paper, Yongnuo YN568EX II has most of the specs you’d expect from a real contender for the best off camera Speed light at the moment from the Power on/off to the Flash Power, Trigger Mode and Flash Zoom. Join us as we run through the features:
High Speed Sync Flash features:
YN568EX II is the first speedlite built to support high-speed flash in China; with high-speed sync (FP flash), the YN568EX II can synchronise with all shutter speeds. The maximum shutter synchronous speed is up to 1/8000.
Compatible with N’s and C’s wireless flashing system:
One YN568EX is able to respectively accept internal flashing of 580EX II, SB-900/800/700, 7D/60D/600D, C
order of N’s internal flashing and ST-E2 wireless signal achieves external TTL and manual flashing.
Large-size LCD display
Flashing function can be checked and set on a more clearly and subjectively basis and can be used more conveniently by Large-size LCD display.
GN58@ ISO100， 105mm
YONGNUO brand-new range of speedlites with high index support TTL, M, Multi flashing model.
Multiple trigger mode supported
YN568EX can be triggered by the camera set-top, built-in or main-controlled flashing command, S1 and S2 pre-flashing.
Supports Motor Zooming（ 24~105mm)
The covered focal length will vary between 24～105mm on the lamp adapter by operating the zoom button on the flashlight.
Comprehensively supports TTL functions
HSS, FEC, FEB, Rear-curtain sync, FE lock, Modelling Light, Canon camera menu accessible.
Remote wireless trigger supported
The YN568EX supports remote wireless trigger function, which makes the Sc/SnS1/S2 mode can be used in outdoor environment and the wireless trigger distance is as long as 15 meters.
Sound prompting system
When the sound prompting system is enabled, the different sound ways will prompt the different working conditions of the speedlite so as to make you focus on shooting only.
Completed with 2.5mm PC Synchronous Interface
It makes things easier on lightening the speedlite synchronously by using PC synchronous line.
Fast Current-Return System
The time for full gloss output current-return will only take you 3 seconds; you can get fast current-return experience even without brand-new batteries, which will just take you 4~5 seconds.
More so, let’s check the full specification in detail according to the user’s manual.
Full Specifications of YN568EXII
Circuit design Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT)
Guide No. 58 (ISO 100, 105mm)
Flash mode M, Multi, Sc, Sn S1, S2
Zoom range 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 80, 105mm
Vertical rotation angle -7~90 degrees
Horizontal rotation angle 0~270 degrees
Power supply 4×AAsize batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable)
Lighting times 100~1500 times (AA alkaline cell used)
Recycle time Approx. 3s (AA alkaline cell used)
Colour temperature 5600k
Flash time 1/200s~1/20000s
Flash control 8 levels of output control (1/128~1/1), 29levels of fine-tuning
External interface hot shoe, PC port
Wireless triggering distance 20~25m indoor, 10~15m outdoor
Additional features High-speed sync, Rear-curtain sync, FEC, FEB, FEV,
The electronic flash head zooming, sound prompt,
Automatically saving setting, PC port, Power Saving
Mode, overheat protection, advanced setting.
Dimensions 60×73×190mm (Extended state)
Net weight 350g
Accessories Flashlight (1), protecting bag (1), mini stand (1) and manual (1)
Choosing the best Flashlight gadget adds professionalism to your beautiful photographs, and when shopping for an outstanding Speedlite for the price, I recommend you pick Yongnuo YN568EX II and alternatively YN560EX IV which is another nice product from the same company, click here to check the full review of this product.
There are also more advanced features of YN568EX II ranging from Wireless Flash System to the more advanced Applications.
Wireless Flash System
Technically built to fit in with the latest tech trends and also make things easy by enabling both wireless and manual flashing system. One YN568EX can respectively accept internal flashing of 580EX II, SB-900/800/700, 7D/60D/600D, C-commander of N’s internal flashing and ST-E2 wireless signal, achieves external TTL and manual flashing.
Sc: Indicating that it can only receive a wireless signal from Canon system, avoiding Nikon system.
Sn: Indicating that it can only receive a wireless signal from Nikon system, avoiding Canon system.
Any flash exposure compensation, FEB, FE lock, manual flash, and stroboscopic flash settings set with the master unit will be automatically transmitted to the YN568EX. Even with multiple YN568EXs, all of them will be controlled in the same way via wireless.
The Advanced Application
- Ultra-long-range Wireless Flash: YN568EX can receive remote wireless signal. The longest distance used indoors is 25 meters, and the longest distance used outdoors is 15 meters.
- Flash Exposure Compensation: You can use the exposure compensation function of the camera to compensate flash output so as to make shooting effect better meet your requirements.
- Rear-curtain Sync: You can use slow-speed shutter to produce trailing smear for the object and the flashlight will flash at the moment when the shutter is going to be shut, which means the rear-curtain sync function.
- Flash Exposure Bracketing (FEB): The FEB function is set on the camera or speedlite. For the specific setting method, refer to your Camera Instructions. After the FEB is set, after 3 photos are taken, exposure compensation will be made automatically in the sequence of, for example, “normal à under ß over”. This function helps you improve the success rate of photo taking.
- Advanced Options Setting YN568EX has advanced options function; you can customise speedlite function as you need, set advanced options with button group of the speedlite or camera menu access.
- High-speed continuous shooting: The flash can realise the high-speed continuous shooting function. Please set the camera in the continuous shooting form and then shoot.
Please note: The number of photos that can be continuous shot is related with the output level. Please use the fully charged battery.
- Reflection Flash: Bounce flash means to take photos by making flashlight head aimed at wall or ceiling and using the light reflected back to illuminate the object you photograph so that the shadows on the subject can be decreased to get more soft-natural look.
Please note: Read more advanced features in the user’s manual.
Via feedbacks and customer reviews prior thorough tests, YN568EX II doesn’t pose all perfection as possible problems you may encounter using this speedlite are resolved here:
When using the flash outdoors: For outdoor application, please avoid direct sunlight to the wireless
triggering sensor and ensure normal use of the flash.
Precaution for outdoor use of lambency or gleaming umbrella: The lambency umbrella mounted on the flashlight outdoors may be blown down easily, and the hot shoe of the flashlight may be broken. Please fix the mounting rack or avoid outdoor use.
Maybe you will feel the flash control panel is a bit dim because there is one protective film on the panel; but you can tear it
away to enjoy a clear visual effect.
The flashlight is abnormal?: Few people have complained of abnormality of the flashlight, but it depends on the usage, but if you encounter such bottleneck, simply switch off the power of flashlight and camera, mount the flash light on the hot shoe of the camera, and switch on the power of flashlight and camera again. If the abnormity continues, replace the batteries.
Great lights make your work speak for itself, present itself and tell the story you are trying to narrate. People get thrilled by amazing professional photographs. So YN568EX II has presented enormous features, and it is like we have set the table before you in the presence of your competitors and believe me you might not need to be the tallest in the crowd before being noticed, just do something special, Yongnuo YN568EX II has just given you an edge.
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