YongNuo will release a new YN-622-TX controller unit with built in LCD screen and user interface for use with the current YN-622 TTL and HSS triggers.
UPDATE – Now Released!
The new controller will be a stand alone transmitter unit mounted directly onto the camera hotshoe, (not on top of an existing YN-622 pass through hotshoe, like current Nikon master units need to be).
YongNuo have received a lot of feedback regarding the limited user interface on the recently released YN-622N triggers for Nikon. And listening to customers concerns they have fast tracked a new transmitter unit with built in LCD interface to be available in October.
There are not many details yet as to what exactly the new transmitter will be like, other than –
- Canon and Nikon versions coming
- Stand alone transmitter unit
- LCD screen and user interface
- Full control of current YN-622 receivers
- USB port for firmware updates!
- No Pass Through Hotshoe
And they will obviously allow full control of the flash system directly through that built in user interface.
The image below is just a photoshop mock up example of what the new YN-622 TX could be possible be like. We don’t know yet if it will take this format though. It could possibly also be an upright style unit more like the Phottix Odin. It won’t be in the format of the new Pixel King Pro which still allows a flash to be mounted on top.
Just to be clear, the new YN-622-TX will be a stand alone transmitter unit, able to control the current YN-622 transceivers (being used as receiver units).
So if you have an existing set of Canon or Nikon YN-622 triggers, purchasing the new transmitter would simply mean you will have an extra receiver unit to use then as well. And the existing YN-622 transceivers can still but used as transmitters as well if desired (just as they are now).
With the Nikon YN-622N, if you prefer to have a flash mounted on the camera as well, the Nikon version of the YN-568EX II flash unit with master control function should also be coming soon as well. That will mount of top of an existing YN-622N transceiver, mounted on the camera hotshoe, and provide a full remote flash control interface.
UPDATE – The YN-568EX II for Nikon has now been postponed – there is currently no set expected arrival for this flash. The Nikon SB-700, SB-900, or SB-910 would be the most suitable alternative for now.
Current compatible master flash units for the Nikon version YN-622N, are the Nikon – SB-700, SB-900, SB-910. As well as the Nikon SU-800 controller. [ Note – SB-800 is NOT compatible as a master ].
Canon YN-622C users can simply use the cameras current built in flash control menu to make adjustments. Even though that offers a lot more control and feedback than the Nikon YN-622N (without a master unit on top), it’s still a lot of hard work on your thumb navigating menu’s etc if using manual power settings. So a new transmitter with built in interface will be a lot more convenient and a welcome addition for Canon YN-622C owners as well.
Canon users can also mount a flash on camera as shown above, but a master function in the flash serves no purpose there, and is not required.
The YN-622C and YN-622N are currently the lowest priced TTL, Remote Manual, and HSS enabled radio triggers available, and incredible value for the price. If you had any concerns about the lack of control interface, you can rest assured now there is a solution coming soon in the new transmitter unit.
For Nikon owners who can’t wait until October, the Pixel King Pro for Nikon will also be available in just a couple of weeks (at a higher price though).
YN-568EX II Canon – UK – (HSS, optic master – no external battery port) (issues reported in some Mk II model)
YN-568EX Canon – UK – (HSS – no external battery port) (no issues as reported in MK II above)
YN-565EX Canon – UK – (external battery port – no HSS)
YN-500EX Canon – UK – (HSS, 1/2 stop less power – no external battery port)
The Phottix Mitros Flash units also appear to be quite compatible with the YN-622