YongNuo YN-500EX TTL & HSS Flash Released

YongNuo have released the new Speedlite YN-500EX, their second HSS enabled flash unit following the recent flagship YN-568EX . Very much resembling Canon’s 430EX II, its clear the YN-500EX is aimed to be the  smaller brother to YN-568EX.

The YN-500EX has a lower guide number of 53, compared to 58 of the YN-568EX, and a PC sync port instead of the updated 2.5mm sub-mini sync port found in the YN-568EX. Otherwise they both have quite similar functions, and both being E/ITTL slave units to the Canon and Nikon optic wireless systems. The YN-500EX does also have new illuminated buttons as well.

There is still no HV battey port for external battery packs, or master function. That’s similar to what you would expect from a 430EX II though anyway. Recycle time is stated at 3 seconds at full power, which is in line with the the YN-568 EX and 430EX II as well.

Like the YN-568EX, the 500EX has a a number of slave options for wireless off camera use, the Canon/Nikon optic wireless system, as well as basic optic slave mode which is triggered by the light from other flash units. That includes S1 and S2 TTL pre-flash suppression mode. Using the Canon or Nikon optic wireless, a camera with built in commander can be used as the controller, or separate master units like the Canon ST-E2, Nikon SU-800, or external flash units with master function built in.

Screen layout looks similar to the YN-568EX, though the LCD is considerably smaller. Like the YN-568EX there is no manual flash distance scale available again either. New larger buttons are back lit which may be easier to navigate in the dark.

YN-500EX Battery Door

A metal foot and regular locking ring have become fairly standard now with YN flashes. The YN-568EX foot is a little smaller than the original Canaon/Nikon units, leaving some movement with the flash in the camera hot shoe. Its likely the 500EX will be the same but its not a big issue.

YN-500EX Foot

 

The YN-500EX is clearly designed as a 430EX II, or Nikon SB-700 alternative. I get the feeling though this flash was likely on the drawing board and in development before the YN-568EX, which is much more of an original design and not mimicking the Canon flashes. The old PC sync port supplied instead of the later 2.5mm sub-mini jack also indicates this was likely an older design.

The first listing on Ebay at $157 likely indicates a price point around the $140 to $160 mark, compared to around $185 for the YN-568EX.

So is the YN-500EX a worthwhile cost saving over the YN-568EX, to justify a drop in power, and save a little in size? For off camera use its probably not worth sacrificing any power, unless there was a substantial saving. For direct on camera fill flash where you don’t always need so much power even in HSS, and for may people starting out or just after some occasional on camera flash use, the YN-500EX may be just fine. Its certainly a nicer option than all the older YongNuo lower end TTL units like the YN-467 and YN-468 etc.

 

The YN-500EX is not really the ideal budget option for the YN-622C or YN-622N TTL radio triggers many people have been hoping for though. The HSS adds considerable cost, and any drop in power makes the HSS less usable off camera anyway. Though the YN-500EX probably will have to fill that lower priced option for the moment. I do think we will still see a more purpose designed budget YN-622C slave yet to come. For now, spending the little extra on the YN-568EX is likely still the better option (or YN-565EX if you need a HV battery port and not HSS).

YN-622C

Price and Availability –

The YN-500EX should be available soon on the YongNuo Ebay store, expected around $160.

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YongNuo Ebay Store

12 Comments
  1. the flasher 7 years ago

    hmmm…. i’m still waiting for for HSS and HV plug to appear on the same flash…. very frustrating indeed!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 7 years ago

      Yes I think YongNuo are aware people are holding out for a HV port, my guess is it won’t be long before we see a YN-568EX HV port version.

      This may not be the flash many off camera users are waiting for just now, but it does bring HSS to a more affordable level again, so no doubt it will be quite popular for many on camera users.

  2. .Paul B 7 years ago

    I would like to see yongnuo jump a bit to a YN-568EX with RF wireless driving iTTL & HSS for Nikon….
    I know this is just a SB700 match up, but they would really grab the market by getting a YN-568EX RF model on the street.
    Photographers would clean bags out for them.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 7 years ago

      Hi Paul,

      I think its only a matter of time now, but I would really want a USB port for firmware updates with something like that. YongNuo are consciously trying to keep the price low by avoiding that but it could cost you in the long run.

  3. Nat 7 years ago

    Hi!
    Do You have any information about the YN-500EX Nikon version?
    I’m very impressed about this flashgun.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 7 years ago

      Hi Nat,

      The Canon version is not really available yet either, it should be in the next few weeks though. The Nikon version is usually not that far after. Thanks.

  4. Steve 6 years ago

    Hi there, I’m fairly new to DSLR photography and have a Canon 600D. I’m looking for my first flash, with a view to getting a 2nd flash when I can afford it. I would like both flashes to be ETTL and HSS enabled to cover as many bases as possible. I’ve done a lot of research and I think I’ve found the correct path. I’m entertaining getting the YN500EX first, using it both on camera and off camera for a while. Then when I can afford a second flash I’ll go for the YN568EXII and use it mainly off camera only, because I think it would be too bulky for the smallish 600D body to use on camera. I’d like to save money by not purchasing the YN622C units if possible.

    I have a few questions – I have found some conflicting information which makes it difficult to know for sure, and I didn’t get a response when I emailed Yongnuo directly.

    1. Using the YN500EX as a slave, and the 600D as a master with it’s on board flash up but disabled, can the YN500EX utilize HSS? (I learned the YN568EX can do from your review).

    2. Later when I have both flashes, is there any reason why I couldn’t utilize HSS simultaneously with the YN500EX on camera, and the YN568EXII off camera triggered by the 600D as a master?

    3. Finally, can both flashes be off camera slaves to the 600D simultaneously?

    Your help would be GREATLY appreciated

    Many thanks, Steve

  5. Rahul 5 years ago

    Can you use Yongnuo 500EX and Yongnuo 622N on Nikon D800?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Rahul,

      There is no Nikon version of the YN-500EX at this stage. So all you would be able to do with the Canon version on a Nikon YN-622N is simply fire the flash in manual, no TTL or remote manual power control etc. Thanks.

  6. Knut 5 years ago

    Two 500ex or one 568ex ii? Will use flash(es) for hss together with another two 430ex ii on my 1ds3 and yn622c-tx and 4x622c.

  7. Jadzia 5 years ago

    Hi, I’ve been pulling my hair out over these flashes. I know there isn’t a Nikon version but I read that they are still compatible if you use the YN622 transceivers… I was wondering if you could verify this…?
    I know I’m a bit late to the party, but any help with regards this would be very much appreciated!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Jadzia,

      Sorry no a YN-622 are not going to help with Canon to Nikon compatibility. To use the YN-622N you will need a compatible Nikon ITTL flash. The main options from YongNuo are the YN-568EX, or the YN565EX if you don’t need HSS.

      If you’re looking for something more economical the Shanny SN600N are reported to work with the YN-622N. They are around $90 shipped and provide HSS as well.

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