YongNuo YN-565 TTL flash released
The Canon version of the long awaited YongNuo YN-565 dedicated wireless flash, announced in April 2011, is now available for order on eBay for around USD 180. (The Nikon version will according to YongNuo follow in another 3-4 months.)
It is the latest and greatest flash in the lineup from YongNuo, the Chinese manufacturer of inexpensive flash units and triggers.
Its unique feature is that a single unit will serve as a remote wireless flash for both Canon's E-TTL and Nikon's i-TTL.
There will be two models, one for Canon and one for Nikon, compatible with the dedicated TTL hotshoes of each brand. When used as a wireless remote, it will respond to the protocol for either system. In other words, the Nikon version of the YN-565 will be able to receive Canon E-TTL wireless signals and vice versa.
The specifications are quite impressive:
- TTL, Manual and Multi/RPT stroboscopic modes.
- Supports rear/2nd curtain sync.
- Supports FEC/FOLC.
- Can be used as AWL/TTL remote for both Canon and Nikon.
- Two plain slave modes: Standard, and pre-flash ignore mode.
- Zoom 24-105 mm.
- Automatic or manual zoom.
- GN 39m at 35mm zoom, GN 58m at 105mm zoom, ISO 100.
- Metal foot.
- Sound prompt.
- Modeling light.
- Connector for external battery pack.
- Recycle time: 3 seconds.
The biggest omission compared to the Canon 580EX II/Nikon SB-900 is that it can not be Master/Commander, and that it does not do HSS/FP. But otherwise, it offers everything the manufacturer's flash offers, at one third of the price.