YongNuo YN-565EX

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This dedicated flash for Canon and Nikon has an impressive list of features. It has, for instance, rear/2nd curtain sync, FEC/FOLC, and modeling light. (However, FP/HSS is missing.)

It can be used as a TTL remote for both Canon and Nikon, with three groups (A-C) and four channels (1-4). 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 is two different models, one for Canon and one for Nikon, compatible with the dedicated TTL hotshoes of each brand. But when used as a wireless remote, it will respond to the protocol for either system if set to “CN” wireless mode. In other words, the Nikon version of the YN-565 will be able to receive Canon E-TTL wireless signals and vice versa. It also has “C” and “N” modes if you prefer the flash to respond to only Canon or Nikon masters respectively.

A strange remark appears on p. 20 of the user manual: “This product has a designed light head zoom range of 24-85 mm, and is currently not compatible with full frame camera system. ” Beside the fact that the zoom-head range is otherwise listed as going from 24 to 105 mm, this is the first flash I've seen that optimizes the zoom head for the DX/APS-C crop format.

May use YoungNuo external power packs SF-18C or SF-17C.

Specifications

For dedicated flash systems: Canon, Nikon.
Head: 15, 24-105mm coverage, power zoom (w. manual override).
Swivel & tilt: 270° swivel, -7° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: TTL, Varipower, RPT.
Manual settings: 1/1 to 1/128 in 1/3 EV steps (22 steps).
Wireless modes: Remote (dedicated), Plain slave, Digital slave.
Features: Sound, LCD, Metal foot, Sync. socket, Ext. power, Strobist.
Trigger voltage: 3.3 volt.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Flash duration: 1/200 sec. @ 1/1 (full output).
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 60 x 190 x 78 mm, 380 g.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=max
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):394258
GNs taken from p. 62 in the manual.

Price: USD 175 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 2011-today.

For a detailed explanation of the above specifications, see the guide.

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Brand profile

Key info

HQ: Shenzhen, China
Web: Global

YongNuo is the brand name for a line of products sold by Hong Kong Yong Nuo Photographic Equipment Co. Ltd., which is the Hong Kong-based marketing subsidiary of Shenzhen YongNuo Photographic Equipment Co. Ltd., a Chinese company that designs and produces photographic electronic equipment. It is best known for its aggressively priced radio triggers and flash units.

YongNuo has an official online store on eBay.

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