YongNuo have published the Manuals and full details on the long awaited YN-622N for Nikon. And the YN-622N (Update – now available) from around $85 for a set of 2 transceivers.
The YN-622N are fully featured ITTL and Remote Manual 2.4GHz radio transceivers, with FP HSS to 1/8000th and Rear Curtain Sync. They are capable of controlling up to 3 separate groups of remote slave flashes, with or without a master controller, or master flash, mounted on top of the transmitter. Manual power levels or Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC) can be adjusted in full or 1/3rd stops, allowing ratios to be created when using ITTL.
For the many people hoping the Nikon version would match up to the features of the already very popular YN-622C for Canon, there is some good news, and some slightly less good news -
Without an extra master unit on top of the YN-622N transmitter on-camera, everything (manual power control, and ITTL flash exposure compensation for 3 groups) all needs to be controlled through the 3 small buttons available on the sides of the YN-622N. And there is no display showing the current settings, so you’re basically bumping manual power levels, or flash exposure compensation, up and down blindly.
Some good news there though, is that YongNuo where at least able to shoe horn that much functionality into the current physically limited design. And the YN-622N transmitter alone may be quite usable for remotely adjusting flashes, particularly using ITTL (a number of flashes in manual may be more cumbersome). So for as little as $90 or so you can at least get started, and possibly add a master unit on top later for more control. To put this into perspective, the much higher priced and similarly functioning PocketWizard TT5 has no extra function at all beyond one group in ITTL without a master unit mounted on top. So it is still very impressive that YonNuo have managed to squeeze more function into the YN-622N alone.
The really good news though is that using an extra master unit mounted on top ot the YN-622N transmitter, like an SU-800, or SB-910 Master flash unit, that you actually have more control than the Canon version. The SU-800 etc allows you to Mix TTL and Remote Manual in any of the 3 groups, which the Canon version can’t do as its limited by the camera menu system. The SU-800 interface is also much better and faster than the Canon menu system.
Compatible Nikon flash units with mater controller built in are the SB-700 / 900 / 910.
NOTE – the Nikon SB-800 flash unit is NOT compatible as a master unit on top of the YN-622N. It does generally work alraight as a slave on a YN-622N as a receiver.
UPDATE – YN-622N-TX
YongNuo have now announced a new YN-622N-TX transmitter unit coming for the YN-622N (and YN-622C)
UPDATE – YN-568EX II for Nikon (NOW POSTPONED) -
UPDATE – The YN-568EX II for Nikon has now been postponed, with no expected arrival time set.
YongNuo have announced the new YN-568EX II which also has a master (or commander) built in.
The new YN-568EX II is the same as the current YN-568EX TTL and HSS enable flash, which you can see a full review of the Canon version here.
Back to the YN-622N, the full features as previously stated remain the same -
The YN-622N will have full control in Remote Manual or TTL, in 3 separate groups. Manual power levels or FEC (flash exposure compensation) can be adjusted in full or 1/3rd stops. This allows ratios to be created when using TTL.
1. - Master on Top – With an SU-800, or Master flash unit (set to master mode), mounted on top of the YN-622N Transmitter, it will use the master units settings (Flash Mode / Power Output / FEC etc). The flash mounted on top of the Tx can be used in TTL / Manual / or Multi RPT mode.
2. - No Master on Top – Without a master device on top of the Tx, you can also set the FEC/Manual Output (1/3 or 1 stop) of 3 group A/B/C.
3. - Smart triggering - settings can be made directly on the flash unit itself (equal to the current mixed mode of the YN-622c).
4. - FP HSS, Rear Curtain Sync etc - 1st Curtain Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Auto FP HSS to 1/8000th, Red Eye Reduction, and Modelling Flash are all supported.
5. - AF Lamp (Auto Focus Assist Lamp) (Can be disabled if not necessary).
6. - In TTL mode the YN-622N works in the way of Nikon CLS. That is each group is metering separately.
7. - 3 Groups, 7 Combinations.
If you’re not familiar with the current YN-622 at all, the recent Canon version YN-622C were somewhat of a breakthrough in price and performance of inexpensive TTL radio triggers. Bringing the convenience of remote flash control from the camera, in both ETTL and Manual Power setting, to a very affordable level. With a retail price around $80 – $95 they are the lowest priced TTL capable radio triggers currently available, though still offering a lot of capability for that low price.
The Pixel King may appear similar, but their features are much more limited. The YN-622N are more depended on an extra master unit, actually more similar to the much higher priced PocketWizard TT5. So they are still impressive value for what they offer. Build quality is made to a price, though still quite reasonable, while the electronic engineering is becoming very impressive.
For those more technically inclined you may be interested to know that YongNuo have had take full control of the remote speelight in ITTL mode, even while doing remote manual power setting. So the slave flash is always set to ITTL, even for remote manual setting. This is more similar to the current Phottix Odin (for Canon or Nikon), than the YN-622C for Canon which was able to follow Canons own protocol much more closely. Nikon have obviously made things a little more difficult. So there is a pre-flash in remote manual use as well, and this is the same for the test fire button.
NOTE – Light Meter Use – As just mentioned above, the YN-622N put out a pre-flash any time the receiving flash is in TTL mode, which it needs to be for remote manual control as well. And the test fire button also puts out the same pre-flash if using remote manual. So this is not looking good for light meter use, unless your meter can actually ignore the pre-flash (which from past reports has not been common). So light meter use may not be possible at all when using remote manual control.
If you set the flash to manual directly on the flash itself, that should be ok. But you loose remote manual control then (or TTL).
The YN-622N instruction manual and quick start guided can be downloaded here -
Or see the YongNuo - Website page
Compatible Slave Flash Units
YongNuo Compatible flashes are any of the EX series for Nikon (except the YN-560 EX). There are older models from the YN-465, YN-467, YN-468 II, but they are limited in power and a little dated now compared to the current units. If you’re looking to buy now the the best options are -
YN-568EX – (from $185) – Full power ITTL and HSS (but no HV battery port)
YN-500EX – (from $140) – 1/2 stop less power & smaller – ITTL and HSS (no HV battery port)
YN-565EX – (from $150) – Full power – and has HV Battery Port – ITTl (but no HSS)
Compatible Master units -
Nikon – SU-800, SB-700, SB-900, SB-910 [ Note - SB-800 is NOT compatible as a master ]
D600, D700, D800
D70, D70s, D80, D90
D200, D300, D300s
D3000, D3100, D3200
The D3 and D4 are not listed as compatible at this stage, but this may be because YongNuo have not tested with them as yet.
Price and availability
The YN-622N for Nikon are available now -
If you’re based in the US or UK purchasing from a local seller on Amazon is a good option if possible, as you receive them quickly and, they have an excellent 30 day fast and hassle free return system if there are any issues.
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