YongNuo YN-560 III – Review – Changing the Game

The YN-560 III is the latest version of YongNuo’s flagship manual speeedlite, and its the first all manual speedlite with a radio trigger receiver built in for firing the flash reliably off camera. Compatible with both the existing and very popular RF-603 II, RF-603 and RF-602 radio triggers.

UPDATE – 26th June 2014 – YongNuo have now released the YN560-TX tranmitter unit, which provides remote manual power control, and remote flash zoom, with the YN-560 III flashes. All via the radio receiver already built directly into the YN-560 III flashes.

YongNuo YN560-TX

 

This is one flash I really don’t need to talk up, as YongNuo have had are hard time keeping up with demand as it is. And for good reason.

 

 

Canon where basically the first to recently introduce radio based remote triggering into their own speedlite system, which has been extremely successful. But that is a relatively high priced full TTL system, where the YN-560 III is just a simple manual flash with a basic receiver (just to fire the flash) built in, and selling from around just $85 (now $70) each.

The built in receiver of the YN-560 III has big practical advantages, because you simply don’t have a lot of extra pieces of gear and extra batteries to constantly transport, organise, set up and manage. That’s all built into the flash. So all you need is the one small transmitter unit to fire as many flashes as you like. Of course it saves money too without all those extra receivers and batteries.

Another big advantage is that you don’t have anything mounted to the foot of the flash making it higher in umbrellas and generally less stable. Or alternatively extra cords (to go wrong) and receivers dangling around.

I say this flash is changing the game, not only due to the practical conveniences mentioned above, but also because its already having an impact on the way people consider their gear and radio trigger selection as well.

And furthermore, built in triggering is one thing, but many people are also waiting for remote manual power control in a simple manual flash like this.

UPDATE – 26th June 2014 – YongNuo have now released the YN560-TX, which provides remote manual power control, and remote flash zoom, with the YN-560 III flashes. All through the radio receiver already built directly into the YN-560 III flashes.

 

 

Power and Recycle Time

The YN-560 range of speedlites are full power flashes generally around just 0.2 to 0.3 of a stop lower power than the top end Canon Nikon alternatives. With pretty fast recycle times around 2.8 seconds at full power, and 1.2 seconds with an external battery back (for which they have a High Voltage battery port). Power adjustment range from 1/128th to Full, with 1/3rd or 1/2 stop fine adjustments. Also full zoom head from 24mm to 105mm.

 

Overheat Protection

One important thing I did note straight away, (at least over the MK I YN-560, I’m not sure about the MK II), is that the overheat protection is much better on this model. The 560 III will fire 20 full power shots consecutively, and then slow down to a 15 second recycle before you can take 3 more shots consecutively, and then a 15 second break again. Where the original 560 goes straight into a long shut down if you hit 20 shots continuously, which can be a real problem. For me this update alone is enough practical reason to seriously consider the YN-560 III over the original 560 model.

 

Interface

 

Compared to the YongNuo’s current YN-568EX Flagship TTL speedlite, the YN-560 III doesn’t have quite as big a screen, and it is rather more busy. But its still quite nice, and reasonably easy to see the power levels, which are really the main thing you would be concerned about in general use.
YN-560 III vs YN-568EX

 

Looking a little closer at the display there a couple of new additions over the previous MK II model. In the top right hand corner is the new RF trigger symbol showing the built in radio RX receiver mode is enabled. And in the lower left corner is the radio channel selection number and corresponding dip switch graphic (also indicating the RX mode is enabled).

 

As usual I put the this unit to the idiot test (I’m the idiot), to see how far I could get navigating the interface and operating the flash without looking at the instruction manual first. The added trigger modes do start to make this a little tricky, considering this is really just a simple manual flash. But I did manage to muddle my way through everything, except for the custom functions which are a bit hard to guess. Even there I found the RF-602 / 3 selection which is the only thing that’s vital really to be able to use the flash.

 

Manual Power Adjustments

Manual power adjustment is made in full stops via the left and right curved buttons, and 1/2 and / or 1/3rd stop fine adjustments are independent using the up and down curved buttons. These are hard plastic buttons now which work well, the days of mushy rubber buttons are fortunately over. They are still a lot more fiddly than an off camera should be these days (where you simply want to bump the power levels up and down as easily as possible), but they do the job fine.

 

GRP Mode

In the image above you can see between the “MODE” button and “TRIGGER Mode” button (the 2nd & 3rd buttons in the row of 4), there is GRP printed (meaning group). This group function currently has no use, and is one of the reasons a new transmitter unit (also enabling groups) is very likely to come at some stage.

 

Triggering Mode Button

Pressing the TRIGGER Mode button (the 3rd button in the row of 4) scrolls through the method of triggering the flash, M (or manual) is triggering through the flash foot or PC sync port, S1 is basic optic slave, S2 is basic optic slave with TTL pre-flash ignore, and the last is the built in RX radio receiver mode.

YN-560 III Triggering Mode

 

MODE Button

Once you are in the Radio Trigger Mode (where the the channel dip switch graphic is always displayed) you can then press the mode button to scroll through M – manual, Multi – strobing mode, and the mystery “– –” mode.

The mystery “- -” mode currently has no function –

So this is the mode we suspect may well be enabled down the track via a new transmitter unit, very possibly allowing remote manual power adjustment. Again this is only speculation at this point, but there are strong signs there.

UPDATE – 26th June 2014 – This mode is related to the now released the YN560-TX transmitter unit, which provides remote manual power control for the YN-560 III.

 

Channel Dip Switches

The Channel dip switch graphic indicator is a clever idea, showing you clearly how to set the dip switch positions on the RF-602 or 603 transmitter unit to correspond with the channel number. As you adjust the channel up and down on the flash the dip switch positions change to correspond. Click on the animation below to see the full 16 channel position table.

 

RF-602 / 3 Selection

To select either RF-602 or RF-603 radio trigger compatibility, you will need to go into the custom functions and change the selection there. RF-603 is the default setting. The flash does remember your previous choice though, so you don’t have to keep setting this.

 

Range

 

I’m really quite surprised to say the range with the YN-560 III’s built in radio receiver, is at the least as good as the external receiver, and I’d have to say most of the time even better.

I set the YN-560 III up with an RF-602 receiver attached to the flash foot, and both the internal receiver and the RF-602 receiver easily reached 100 metres line of sight. But placing the transmitter behind my back (only about an inch away) sorts out the better performing triggers pretty quickly, and the built in receiver in the YN-560 III fairly consistently outperformed the external RF-602 receiver. Both were still getting at least 50 meters there, which is still very good range while obstructed.

So building the receiver into the flash body doesn’t appear to have had any negative effect on range at all that I can see at this stage. My other concern was that low battery power levels in the flash may cause lower reliability with the triggers, but I ran the flash until the batteries were empty and this didn’t cause any misfire issues. The built in receiver looks to be a very convenient advantage so far.

YN-560 III Range

 

Ports

 

The YN-560 III has the same High Voltage battery port, and PC sync port as the previous YN-560 models. The HV battery port is very welcome, as an inexpensive external pack can speed up recycle to just 1.2 seconds, and run for 400 to 500 shots. The Flagship YN-568EX TTL flash is unfortunately missing this important feature, so its really a big advantage to have this HV port in an inexpensive manual flash. This HV port uses the Canon compatible plug and cords.

The PC sync port is the standard screwlock PC sync. YongNuo have moved on to miniphone sockets in the YN-568EX, so this is a bit out of date, though with the inbuilt radio receiver it may not get used too often now anyway.

 

YN-560 III Ports

 

The battery compartment and door has been well sorted out since the first 560 model, its very fast and easy to operate having its own sliding track. Batteries are the standard 4 AA’s. NiMH or Eneeloops perform the best.

The flash foot is a single firing pin, and strong metal base with a nice large and simple locking ring and locking pin.

Another big advantage of the built in receiver is the lack of any extra receivers on the flash foot, which normally add height and leverage, creating a weak point and stress on the foot when mounting the flash. Mounting directly to the foot frees up the flash to be mounted in any position, on its side etc without any stress.

Phottix Multi Boom

The bracket shown above is the new Multi Boom 16″ now produced by Phottix.

 

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Radio Triggers

 

The YN-560 III are directly compatible with the YongNuo YN-560TX, and RF-603 II, RF-603, and RF-602 radio transmitters.

The YN-560TXRF-603 II, are generally the best transmitter options though, and will work on any cameras which have a standard hotshoe.

UPDATE – 26th June 2014 – YongNuo have now released the YN560-TX transmitter unit, which provides remote manual power control, and remote flash zoom, with the YN-560 III flashes. All through the radio receiver already built directly into the YN-560 III flashes.

YongNuo YN560-TX

 

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YN-622C / YN-622N

By far the biggest question I already get, is what does all this mean for the popular YongNuo YN-622 TTL triggers?. Are they compatible with the YN-560 III?, if not why not?. Should I buy the YN-622, or YN-560 III and RF-602.

UPDATE – 4th July 2014 – The YN-622C and YN-560 III are not directly compatible, though this is currently going through some changes as seen here.

 

Using Other Radio Triggers

If you already own another set of manual radio triggers, you may be able to combine those as well. Many of the good flash triggers have a pass through hotshoe on top of the transmitter. So if you already have Phottix Strato II, Commlite T320, Cactus V5 etc, you can simply add one of the directly compatible YN-560TX / RF-603 II / RF-602 transmitter units on top of your existing transmitters pass through hotshoe. So you can still fire your existing flashes and receivers, as well as the new YN-560 III flashes all together.

Strato II and RF-602

 

If you don’t have a pass through hotshoe on your existing radio triggers (like the PocketWizard Plus III / II / X) you can use the RF-603 II and mount your other radio transmitter on top of that. Again firing all your existing flashes and receivers, as well as the new YN-560 III flashes all together.

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TTL Flash On Camera

 

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Many wedding and event photographers like to use a TTL flash on camera, and then fire some off camera manual flashes as well. Either to help light up a room, or to light, or rim light the subjects etc.

In this case the flash is taking up the camera hotshoe, so the RF-602 / 3 needs to be connected to the cameras PC sync port via a sync cord. Unfortunately the current RF-602, RF-603, or RF-603 II transmitters do not have an input sync port to plug into directly. So a hotshoe to sync cord is needed to attach to the transmitter foot. That sync cord is then plugged into the cameras PC sync port. (The very original RF-602 Tx did have an input PC sync port).

Bellow is just an example where I have used a straight bracket under the camera, allowing the RF-602 transmitter to mount down to the side near the cameras sync port. Ideally I would velcro the RF-602 transmitter to the side of the on-camera speedlite.

Pass Through Hotshoe Method

If your camera does not have a PC sync port, another option is to use the Meyin RF-604 transmitter which has a TTL pass through hotshoe the flash can be mounted straight on top of. Pass through hotshoes can cause problems after a while when using a heavy flash on top though, and the Myein RF-604 is not the most solid unit to start with. So connecting the transmitter to the cameras PC sync port if possible is the better long term option. The RF-603 II has a manual (not TTL) pass through hotshoe.

If combining YN-622 TTL triggers and receivers as well, you could use the PC sync cord method to connect the RF-603 II TX to the camera , as well as mount the YN-622C on the camera hotshoe, with flash mounted on top of that.

 

Camera Compatibility –

 

Being a single firing pin flash the YN-560 III is compatible with most cameras having a standard hotshoe when mounted directly on the camera .

Off camera, and using the YN-560 III’s built in radio receiver, compatibility will depend on the transmitter unit used. Most cameras with a standard hotshoe can be used with the YN560-TX and the RF-603 II transmitter units.

Virtually any camera with a sync connection or standard hotshoe could be used if using some other form of radio triggers to fire the flash off camera.

 

Specs –

 

  • Circuit design – Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT)
  • Guide No. – 58 (ISO 100, 105mm)
  • Flash mode – M, Multi
  • Trigger Mode – On-camera, S1, S2 pre-flash-cancelled, RX 2.4GHz radio receiver
  • Wireless triggering distance – 100m(2.4G wireless), Optic 20~25m indoor, 10~15m outdoor
  • Channels – 16
  • Zoom range – auto, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 80, 105mm
  • Vertical rotation angle –  -7~90 degrees
  • Horizontal rotation angle –  0~270 degrees
  • Power supply – 4×AAsize batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable)
  • Lighting times – 100~1500 times (AA alkaline cell used)
  • Recycle time – approx 3s (AA alkaline cell used)
  • Color temperature – 5600k
  • Flash time – 1/200s~1/20000s
  • Flash control – 8 levels of output control (1/128~1/1), 29 levels of fine tuning
  • External interface – hot shoe, PC port port, HV battery port
  • Additional features – electronic flash head zooming, manual zoom, sound prompt, advanced setting, automatically saving setting, PC port, power saving mode and over heat protection.
  • Dimensions – 60×73×190mm (Extended state)
  • Net weight – 350g
  • Accessories Flash light (1), protecting bag (1), mini stand (1) and manual (1)

 

Included –

 

  • YN-560 III Flash Unit
  • Padded Case
  • Mini Base Stand
  • Instruction Manual

 

Summary

 

There’s no question the YN-560 III is a great manual flash which offers a lot of convenience and simplicity in an inexpensive package. And its already having an impact on the way many people consider their gear selection, and that’s not even with any remote power control on offer as yet. If YongNuo do introduce remote power control through a new transmitter this may become the most popular flash available.

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Price and Availability

 

The YN-560 III are available now from around  $75 –

Amazon – YN-560 III, RF-603 II  UK – YN-560 III, RF-603 II

Ebay – YN-560 III, RF-603 II

YongNuo Ebay Store – YN-560 III, RF-603 II

 

YN-560 II – (cheaper but without built in receiver) – AmazonUK, Ebay

YongNuo – Website

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296 Comments
  1. James 5 years ago

    Hello,

    I would like to buy RF-603 II radio triggers but I don´t know which type to choose (if Nikon or Canon version)? I have pentax k20d. Can you help me?

    Thank you.

    • James 5 years ago

      sorry for my mistake, I wanted to buy RF-602 radio trigger. Thank you.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 5 years ago

        Hi James,

        You’re much better off with the RF-603 II as you first mentioned, as they are designed for non Canon/Nikon cameras as well (and they are much better deigned triggers in general now).

        It won’t matter whether you use the Canon or Nikon version with the Pentax, so I would just consider whether you may be more likely to use a Canon or Nikon camera at some stage (maybe friends or family etc use one or the other). Thanks.

        • hype 5 years ago

          will the RF-603 trigger combine with the ft-16 able to trigger both the a v850 godox and a regular yongnuo 460

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 5 years ago

            Hi hype,

            I assume you mean stacking the FT-16 Transmitter on top of the RF-603 transmitter on the camera hotshoe?

            If so that should work, but RF-603 have very slow latency and sync speeds, which will be reduced even further to the FT-16 Tx mounted on top.

            So you would be best to use at least one RF-603 II unit as the transmitter, as they are much faster now. Thanks.

  2. Simon 5 years ago

    Great review. I have a Canon eos400d and a Sony Nex5r. I have this flash but would like a compatible remote trigger. Can I get away with buying the Canon specific RF603 II, or will I need 2 different ones?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Simon,

      The RF-603 II is what you need, and its not going to matter if its the Canon or Nikon version with the Sony camera.

      So no you shouldn’t need 2 different transmitters, but I’m not familiar with the Nex5r hotshoe. As long as that fits a regular flash foot it should be ok. Otherwise you may need an adapter with a regular hotshoe?

      Thanks.

      • Simon 5 years ago

        Thanks for speedy reply. Sorry, I forgot to mention I have a hotshoe adapter on its way. The Nex, being Sony, does have a non standard hotshoe.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 5 years ago

          Ok great, you should be fine with the RF-603 II then. Thanks.

  3. M Ng 5 years ago

    Any ideas when the transmitter will be release?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi M Ng,

      Sorry no, I doubt we will hear anything until they are ready to start shipping. Otherwise, as we have seen previosulsy, YongNuo’s estimates are not very reliable otherwise.

  4. Slopush 5 years ago

    Thanks for the great article. Do you know if I my CyberSync (Paul C Buff) senders will trigger this strobe using the built-in slave?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Slopush,

      Thanks for that. Sorry no, only RF-602 and RF-603 compatible triggers will work with the YN-560 III built in radio receiver. Thanks.

      • Slopush 5 years ago

        Good to know- Thanks!

  5. szs 5 years ago

    Hey! Great review! I have the PT-16 radio flash trigger, and it works fine with my two flashes, but i want to buy a third one. Do you think it would work with this one? I have a transmitter, but i don`t know if it is compatible with flash.

    Thanks.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi szs,

      Thanks for that, you would need to attach a PT-16 receiver to the YN-560 III as well. If you do that then they should work. The PT-16 won’t fire the YN-560 III inbuilt receiver though.

      It may be worth looking at trading your PT-16 in for some RF-603 II instead. That way the YN-560 III, and any more 560 III you may get, will not require any receivers. Thanks.

  6. Nathanael 5 years ago

    You mention above that the YN-560 III has the ability to auto zoom but I cannot see how to do that on my unit, either by playing around with it or looking at the user manual. Can you help? This feature would be very useful indeed.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Nathanael,

      If you are meaning auto zoom, as in to follow the zoom length of a zoom lense, then that is not possible.

      Not by mounting the flash on a camera hotshoe anyway, as the flash is only a single firing pin flash.

      The YN-560 III just has power zoom, as in a motor winds the zoom in and out as you change the zoom setting directly on the back of the flash. Thanks.

  7. szs 5 years ago

    Thanks for the reply Flash Havoc! If it works with the PT-16, than i am going to stick with that. Maybe when i`m going to have a bigger budget than i`m going to invest in some RF-603 II-s.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi szs,

      No worries. Keep an eye out for the YN-560-TX. When they are available they should really make it worthwhile switching to the YN triggers.

  8. Eddy 5 years ago

    Hi, just wonder if you could tell what I did wrong on my canon 400D and my setting was M mode 1/200 f5.6
    I found that some of my shots are very dark .Thanks

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Eddy,

      Thanks, you would need to explain what you are doing though as that’s really not much to go on.

      Are you using the flash on the camera, or off camera?, and if so how are you triggering it? Is the flash still firing at all when you have the dark shots? Thanks.

  9. Len Salem 5 years ago

    Hi

    Sorry if this is simple-minded question but I’m not able to find an answer via Google!

    Can I use the YN-560111 as an off-camera flash with a radio trigger ( which?) on a Sony Nex 6 camera?

    When I research this topic elsewhere the writers seldom make it clear that by wireless they mean operated by the on-camera built in flash whereas I am looking for true radio frequency triggering.

    Hope you can help!

    Thanks

    Len

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Len,

      You will need to use an RF-603 II transmitter.

      Provided you can mount that into the Nex 6 hotshoe you should be right.

  10. Sridhar 5 years ago

    Hi ,

    I would like to buy three flash units of Yongnuo 560 III , by this how many RF 603II Transmitters should I buy , Is it three ?? Also by using this RF 603II transmitter can I remotely control the flash power if not how can I achieve this.
    Also one basic question, I live in India and the price of the YN560 III flash is very high over here , so I would like to order it in US or CANADA and my cousins would help me to get it , so here do you see any issues here if I use the US product as the powersupply here it is 230V , 50HZ where as in US it is 110V , 60HZ , or do you think there will be no issues. My body is Nikon D7100.

    Thank you very much for your support.

    Best regards,
    Sridhar.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Sridhar,

      You would only need one RF-603 II unit as a transmitter, as the YN-560 III has RF-603 radio receivers built in.

      It would be a good idea to buy a pair of RF-603 II anyway so that you have a back up transmitter if one has an issue.

      You can’t change manual power levels of the YN-560 III until YongNuo releases a transmitter which will enable this. We don’t know when they will be though.

      If you want remote power control now, it may be better to look at the Godox V850. They cost a bit more though.

      Power supply shouldn’t be a issue with the YongNuo flash, as they use AA batteries. Even the charger for the Godox will work on 230v as well though.

      For the YN-560 III flash its best to use eneloop rechargeable batteries, and a suitable charger. Thanks

      • Sridhar 5 years ago

        Thank you very much for your detailed explanation.
        If you don’t mind could you please clarify my few more queries –

        1) I have checked that YN565 EX has TTL , so I would like to go with this one now should I also require to buy RF 603 for radio triggering , I have seen YN565EX can be triggered from my Nikon D7100 itself than is it really necessary to buy RF603 , if so what is the advantage. Also as in the case of YN560 III it has inbuilt receiver what about YN 565EX ??
        If I compare YN565 EX to YN560III which is better to buy.

        2) Also as you suggested above I would like to buy from EACHSHOT.com as they are providing free shipping to INDIA is it a trust worthy site as the AMAZON.

        3)Which radio trigger to go for RF603 II or RF622N for 565EX flash or 560III flash.

        Thank you very much for your support and time.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 5 years ago

          Hi Sridhar,

          The CLS / AWL commander built into your D7100 triggers the slave flashes through light pulses sent from the cameras pop up flash.

          This optic wireless system is best indoors. Outside in bright light you need direct line of sight from the camera to the flashes optic sensor.

          So optic wireless can be very helpful, but its much more limited than a radio trigger. Its much cheaper though if you want TTL off-camera.
          .

          RF-603 II radio triggers only fire the flash, no remote manual control or TTL off-camera.

          If you want remote manual control or TTL off-camera with the YN-565EX you would need the YN-622N TTL radio triggers. And the new YN-622N-TX is a good idea as well.

          The YN-565EX does not have any radio receiver built in.
          .

          Yes Eachshot are a reliable company. But the free shipping to India may not always be the safest option. Most of the time its likely ok, but when there are issues its usually due to the standard postage.
          .

          So for the YN-560 III manual flash, RF-603 II are the best option, as the flash can not do TTL anyway. (You only need one transmitter, as the flash has RF-603 receiver built in).

          For the YN-565EX the RF-603 II will only fire them. And the YN-622N will allow TTL and remote manual power control.
          .

          Also, now that you are considering TTL. Just be aware that the YN-565EX does not have High Speed Sync (HSS). You would need the YN-568EX for HSS. But the YN-568EX does not have an external battery port.

          Thanks.

          • Sridhar 5 years ago

            Hi ,

            Thank you very much for your repsonse and detailed information, I have one final query –

            1) which option do you suggest below to buy –

            Option 1:

            YN 560 III – 2 quantity
            RF 603 II – 2 quantity

            or

            Option 2 :

            YN 565 EX – 1 quantity.
            YN 560 III – 1 quantity

            and regarding triggers – If I buy YN -622N two quantity can I use this trigger for both YN565EX (trigger and manual flash control) and YN 560 III(Flash trigger only) or do I need to buy RF 603 II for sure for the YN 560 III .

            which is the best option out of this two.

            2) Apart from flash I would also like to buy some good budjet fitted strobe – which monolight strobe do you suggest for this for a price of 100-120 $.

            3) Finally regarding shipment do you think AIRMAIL is good (4 $) or do you think I should go for FEDEX or some thing else and also do they ship directly to my home address or do I need to collect from post office or so..

            Thank you very much again for your time and support.

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 5 years ago

            Hi Sridhar,

            You can use a YN-622N as a receiver to simply fire the YN-560 III.

            For your option 2, you would need three YN-622N.

            But you would be better off with two YN-622N and a YN-622TX as transmitter.

            Your really much better of with two YN-565EX though if going with option 2. So you have full remote manual control and TTL with both flashes.
            .

            It would be best to ask EachShot which shipping they recommend for India.
            .

            Its very hard to get any good studio light for $120.

            Maybe a Godox 200WS light.

            The Godox GS300 are pretty decent for $160.

            Thanks.

          • Sridhar 5 years ago

            Hi ,

            You are awesome for your quick replies as you suggested I will go with two 565 EX flashes.

  11. Diane 5 years ago

    Thanks for the informative site.

    I have a Nikon 600 camera and SB-910 flash. I am looking to add more flashes to my kit and saw this option. would the mix work on manual? If so, what would I require?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Diane,

      Thanks for that. If you only want to fire the flashes in manual, with no remote power control, all you would need is a pair of RF-603 II for Nikon. One RF-603 II would be used as the transmitter on the camera, and the other attached to the foot of your SB-910. The YN-560 III then have their own RF-603 radio receiver unit built in.

      A coming YN-560-TX should allow remote manual power control with the YN-560 III flash, though we don’t know when that will be available. If your really after remote control now, its worth looking at the Godox V850 as well. Thanks.

      • Darren 5 years ago

        I am curious to know if anyone has had any success slaving the SB-600 to the YN-560 III? I would love to save a few bucks at this point in time and not get anymore RF-603 II’s.

        Thanks

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 5 years ago

          Hi Darren,

          I don’t have an SB-600, but a quick Google search tells me that it doesn’t have a simple optic slave built in.

          And whats more it has very low sync voltage that has issues with external optic slaves sometimes.

          So your likely going to save yourself a lot of hassles, and get a much more reliable signal, just going with another RF-603 II.

  12. Deborah 5 years ago

    Hi there,

    Good review, but….. I am a complete novice – very new to flash and rubbish at understanding the techy stuff! I have a Canon 5D Mark II and a Fuji XE-1 and would like to buy my first flash unit. I have heard (and now read!) great things about the new YN 560 III

    I obviously would like a flash unit that is compatible with both my cameras, plus a (compatible) trigger / receiver set which will enable me to work in a studio set with a 2 or 3 light set up.

    Please can you help me by telling me what I need to buy and perhaps direct me on what is needed where! You may also be able to direct me to some good instruction on the general subject of use of flash on &off camera?

    Sorry these are such basis questions, but if I don’t ask now, it will never happen!!
    Many thanks

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Deborah,

      There is not really much to it with the YN-560 III. All you need is one RF-603 II to place on your camera hotshoe. The flashes have the receiver built in, so there’s nothing much else to connect anywhere.
      .

      If you would like remote power control from the camera though (which sure helps when learning) the Godox V850 are nicer option for a little bit more.

      Again all you need is the Godox FT-16 transmitter to place on your camera hotshoe. And the FT-16s receivers clip on to the side of the flash. Changing flash power levels from the transmitter is dead simple then.
      .

      Regarding 2 or 3 lights in the studio, I’m not sure if you mean more studio lights, or the YN-560 III speedlites? Studio lights have a built in optic slave though anyway, which will fire from the light coming from your speedlite.

      If you mean using the speedlites in your studio, then that’s even more reason to go with the Godox V850. As changing AA batteries in the YN-560 III all the time is not much fun. The V850 will go for hours on one battery charge.
      .

      For a guide to flash photography – neilvn.com/tangents is very good. See “flash photography techniques” near the bottom on the right menu.

      You can start with the flash on the camera to get familiar with the basics there, and then start moving the lights off camera. Its very easy to fire the flash away from the camera with the radio triggers mentioned above though. Thanks.

      • Deborah 5 years ago

        Hey!
        Thank you so much for taking the time to provide a comprehensive reply – really appreciate that! I think that I will probably go with the YN-560 III with the RF-603 II receiver, as I only want to buy one speedlite for now…… UI will link it to my 2 x studio Elinchrom D-lites (which as you say, will have optic built-in slaves, so will fire from my new speedlite…..I am getting excited now!

        I will also have a read of the neilvn.com/tangents that you suggested and any other good flash photography guides / Youtube clips? – if you can think of any? Many thanks again – really appreciate your knowledge! Deborah

  13. Ribamar 5 years ago

    Adquiri um YN560-III, ele é compatível com a Cannon EOS Redel T31? desculpe a minha leiguice, mais não consigo configurar , isso é, se for compatível.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hello Ribamar,

      Yes the Canon T3i is compatible, but you will need an RF-603 II transmitter to fire the flash away from the camera.

      On the camera hotshoe the YN-560 III is just a simple manual flash, no TTL function.

      • Ribamar 5 years ago

        Pois é…junto ao flash eu ganhei um transmissor RT-04, o que eu acho que não é compatível.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 5 years ago

          Yes only RF-602, RF-603, and RF-603 II are compatible.

          RF-603 II would be the best option at this point.

  14. Wick Smith 5 years ago

    Using a pair of 603 triggers, you can do remote light painting by having a trigger mounted on the flash trigger the camera, which in turn triggers the flash. Can this 560 III do something like this?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Wick,

      Not that I’m aware of.

      But I think all you would need to do is place one RF-603 on the flash you are triggering the camera with, just as you did before.

      Any other YN-560 III should then still fire through their built-in receiver.

  15. Sal 5 years ago

    Hi
    I have a simple query. I got a Canon 70D, Thinking to buy 2 x YN-560 III . Would I really be needing a trigger ? If so which one. 70D has a wifi. And If I m not mistaken YN-560 III has a wifi as well.
    How am I gonna manage ?

    Thanks in advance

  16. Author
    Flash Havoc 5 years ago

    Hi Sal,

    Sorry no the YN-560 III does not have wifi, and the the 70D built in flash transmitter is not wifi either.

    The YN-560 III has a basic optic slave which will fire from the light coming from the 70D’s pop up flash. But that is basically limited to line of sight, and works best indoors.

    So if you want to take advantage of the YN-560 III’s built in radio receiver, then yes, you would need an RF-603 II as a transmitter on the camera.

    You could get by with a single RF-603 II unit, though its a good idea to buy the set (pair) so you have a back up transmitter if there are any issues. And the second one can be used as a shutter release as well. Thanks.

    • sal 5 years ago

      Thanks for your reply. Alright , I get it that the wifi wont work as transmitter.

      Can you help me in buying please. I want to buy two YN-560 III, So I would need two RF-603 or one ? and In my country RF-603 is out of stock so can I buy RF-602/C instead ?

      Thanks in advance.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 5 years ago

        Hi Sal,

        You only need one RF-603 as the transmitter unit. Though it helps to have a pair so you have one as a back up. The second one can also be used as a shutter release at the same time. But one RF-603 is all that is needed to fire both of the YN-560 III.

        Yes you can use RF-602, RF-603, or RF-603 II.

        RF-602 come as a transmitter and receiver set though, and you only need the transmitter.

  17. eugenia 5 years ago

    Hi!! I have a canon 1100D and I want to buy the YN-560 with the RF-603 II transmitter. I had no idea that I can use a second unit as a shutter release. That function will work on my camera? how do you set that? and if I release the shutter with the second unit, the flash its gonna be trigered as well?
    thanks for your time!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Eugenia,

      I assume you mean the YN-560 III (you can still use a YN-560, though it requires a separate RF-603 II etc radio receiver, where as the YN-560 III has the radio receiver built in).

      Yes you can use a second RF-603 II as a shutter release. And it will fire both your camera shutter and the remote flash in sync.

      The RF-603 II on your camera hotshoe is simply connected to the cameras shutter release port as well. Set that to TRX mode, and TRX mode for the RF-603 II in hand as the remote release trigger. And the flash is already set as a receiver. Any flash on RF-603 II receivers would also be set to RX mode.

      You will need the C1 version RF-603 II for the 1100D compatible shutter release cable. Thanks.

  18. rey 5 years ago

    Hi flash havoc,
    Im planning to buy flash as my second flash backup for my camera d80 ive sb900 which was very exhausted and its own its way for repair, i used it usually for fast shooting of wedding and school graduation, wud u help me a bit of what wud be best il buy, yn 560, sb 700, or phottix mitros for nikon. That it cn be my back up to my sb 900 or vice versa that they cn booth trigger each other incase of me needing to use a slave in my shoot. Hope u can help me decide… thnk u

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi rey,

      Do you need a TTL flash?, as the YN-560 III is only manual.

      Most manual flashes have a simple optic slave, which will allows them to fire from another flash. And the YN-560 III has an optic slave as well.

      If you’re just after a manual flash I think one of the best at the moment would have to be the Godox V850, its inexpensive, well made, and the Lithium-Ion battery is fantastic.

      If you need TTL, then yes the Phottix Mitros would be a good solid alternative to the SB-900. The SB-700 are nice as well, though they don’t have a port for an external battery pack.

  19. Britz 5 years ago

    Does this have a TTL function? And is it compatible to sync to a Canon 7D?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Britz,

      Sorry no the YN-560 III does not have a TTL mode.

      Yes they will sync with the 7D, but using manual power levels only. Thanks.

  20. ashton 5 years ago

    Any word on the release of the dedicated trigger for the 560 III? I have Paul C. Buff Cyber Sync triggers, can I use it with the 560 III?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi ashton,

      YongNuo customer service replied to one persons question saying around April – May.

      But I really don’t think you can rely on any time estimates until the units are really actually just about to ship. As they could easily put them off again for anything that comes up in the mean time.

      Yes the Paul C. Buff Cyber Sync triggers should be fine to simply fire the YN-560 III. You need a receiver attached to the flash though. Thanks.

  21. Paul 5 years ago

    I use 560iii’s as part of a portable studio setup but have been thinking about upgrading my light meter to a sekonic 478dr. My question is can the sekonic with its in built wireless trigger, trigger the 560iii? If not can you recommend a light meter than can if any.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Paul,

      The Sekonic meter is only directly compatible with PocketWizard radio triggers.

      So you could use any PocketWizard receivers attached to the YN-560 III to fire them through the light meter.

      But you won’t get any power level control of the flashes through the meter unless you use TT1 / TT5 with compatible TTL flashes. So using the YN-560 III, the PocketWizard Plus X, or Plus III, receivers would be all you would need (or there is no advantage with the TT1 / TT5).

      Otherwise you can simply fire the flashes via an RF-603 II test fire button, and set the Sekonic to meter the light as it detects the flash go off.

      I don’t think other flash meter brands have any interface with radio triggers. Thanks.

  22. Hasan 5 years ago

    I have below scenario .. want to know if YN 560 III will work with or not

    I have Canon 600D, Canon EX580, Godox TT660 and Godox trigger CT-04 CT

    The normal way of making both flashes fire at shooting I’m using is :
    attaching trigger to Camera,
    receiver to Canon EX580 and not setting it to master nor slave,
    making Godox TT660 on S1

    Now if I added the YN 560 III in that environment and adjusting it on S2 ..
    Will it sync and fire with the other two flashes ?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Hasan,

      You would set the YN-560 III to S1 slave mode as well, and it should work just like the TT660 does set to S1.

      S2 is for when the flash acting as the trigger is set to TTL. As TTL produces a pre-flash, and the S2 mode ignores the first pre-flash and fires on the second main flash (which is then in sync with the camera shutter). Thanks.

      • Hasan 5 years ago

        Thank you for fast response 🙂

  23. Damian aka DSLRnerd 5 years ago

    So please confirm:

    1. The new YN622C-TX will control output my Canon 580exII on a YN622C?
    2. The new YN622C-TX will control output of the YN560III flashes?
    3. Does the YN622C currently control output of a YN560II?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Damian,

      That’s…

      1. Yes
      2. No
      3. No

      Thanks.

  24. Joey 5 years ago

    Hi, i just want to know how to set up my canon 7D with the YN 560 III? i tried everything but it doesnt fire.

    Thank you so much

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Joey,

      Sounds silly, but the first thing to check is that you are putting the flash in the hotshoe the right way? (it has been the issue a number of times before).

      Another is to wiggle the flash in the hotshoe a bit, as the YN-560 III has had some issues sometimes simply making contact with the camera.

      From a function point of view, you will need to make sure the flash is in Manual mode, and not in S1 or S2 slave modes. Also it should not be in the radio slave mode, so the dip switches should not be showing on the LCD screen.

      Hopefully one of those may help? Thanks.

  25. Michael 5 years ago

    Do you know if the YN 560iii is compatible with the Pixel TD-381 external battery pack. The 381 does have the Canon plug. I have this set up but unable to tell if it is working. I am able to connect the battery pack to the flash but the 560iii does not seem to have a custom setting to allow me to NOT rely on the batteries in the flash unit. I saw a video where the YN 580EXii had a custom setting that allowed one to not use the batteries in the flash unit and rely only on the external battery pack. Any help you can offer would be great.

    Your review of the 560iii is great and I did end up buying four of them. I just hope I can work out the external battery pack issue.

    Thanks.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Michael,

      The Pixel TD-381 certainly should work with the YN-560 III, I’ve tried this combination a number of times and had it working fine.

      As soon as you plug the TD-381 into the flash it should automatically start recycling much faster (around 0.7 seconds at full power with Sanyo Eneloops).

      There is no option to use external batteries only with the YN-560 III, but that doesn’t really matter that much because its the overheat protection that’s ultimately going to slow you down eventually anyway.

      Using the external batteries only, slows the recycle a little, and means the on board batteries don’t get hot. But with the external pack you’re going to hit over heat protection limits anyway before the internal batteries get all that warm even. On their own they can get very hot! So your not missing much there.

      I don’t know if you have tried the pack with any other flashes to know if the pack itself is working ok? All I can suggest is to make sure you have the batteries all in the correct order, and the battery tray properly closed (the LED lights should display).

      Also make sure the plug is pressed into the flash port properly, as those ports are tight and maybe you haven’t pushed the plug in all the way. Other than that I would want to try the pack on another flash. Thanks.

  26. Ed 5 years ago

    I just bought 2 yn560 III to use with my nikon sb900. I also bought the yn-622n iTTL triggers. When I place the yn 560 III in the S2 slot on the the 622n it will not fire. When I put them in Multi they fire. Do you know what would cause this to happen? None of the flashes fire when I put them in the RX mode using the yn 622n. Why is that?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Ed,

      Unfortunately the YN-560 III and YN-622N are 2 completely different systems, and not directly compatible.

      If you place a YN-622N on the foot of a YN-560 III all it will do is fire the flash, no remote control of any sort. And the flash must be in manual mode, not S1 or S2, or the radio receiver mode (so the channel dip switches on the LCD screen should not be showing).

      There are currently no flashes with a YN-622N receiver built in. And to use TTL or any remote manual functions with the YN-622N you will need a Nikon compatible TTL enabled flash, like the Nikon flashes or the YongNuo YN-568EX or 565EX (which doesn’t have HSS).

      There will be a new transmitter available eventually which will allow remote manual power setting with the YN-560 III, and using its built in radio receiver (so no other receivers are needed). That is manual only though, no TTL or HSS etc. Thanks.

  27. David 5 years ago

    Hi,

    thanks for the great review. I am relatively new to the world of flashes and i have a (probably dumb) question.

    can this flash be triggered remotely through the RF-603-II at any point during the exposure and as many times as you like? i dont’ want the flash to be a slave to the camera as i am looking to purchase this mainly for light painting.

    many thanks

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi David,

      Yes you could just hold the RF-603II transmitter in your hand, and use the test fire button to fire the flashes as often as you like. Thanks.

      • David 5 years ago

        awesome! I thought that would be possible, but it’s always good to find out for certain. Thanks so much for getting back to me!

  28. L SRIDHAR 5 years ago

    HI ,

    Is YN 560 III Compatible with Nikon D7100.
    I just bought the YN 560 III and attached to the hot shoe of Nikon D7100 and when I press the shutter button the YN 560 III is not flashing , test flash using the PILOT button is working on the YN 560 III.
    Do I need to change any settings in my cam. In buitl flash of Nikon D71000 is working properly ,
    The only option I see to change settings in the body is in the bracketing / flash menu.
    Which settings should I keep to make the flash working atleast in the hot shoe.

    2) Even I tried with RF603 II connected to the hotshoe of cam , and flash is set to RF 603 ,in advanced options , only flash is working by pressing the test button on the rf 603 but flash is not working when I press the shutter button on the cam.

    Please suggest if I am doing some thing wrong or if YN 560 III itself is not compatible with Nikon D7100.

    Best regards,
    Sridhar.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi L SRIDHAR,

      I don’t think there would be any compatibility issue with the D7100 camera.

      Though I’m not that familiar with Nikon cameras and there could be a setting somewhere, as it does sound like your hotshoe is somehow being disabled there.

      But also –

      For the flash to fire via its foot (mounted on the camera hotshoe, or on a radio trigger receiver etc), the flash must be in M manual mode, not S1 or S2, and not in the radio receiver mode. So you shouldn’t see the channel did switches on the flash LCD screen.

      2) So the flash is firing off-camera via the RF-603 as transmitter?

      Have you had any other flash or trigger firing on the the D7100 hotshoe yet? Thanks.

  29. Matthew 5 years ago

    Hello!

    Is the YN-560 III compatible with the YN 622 if the flash is mounted on a YN622 receiver? Do I understand correctly that I wouldn’t be able to change the manual output of the 560 II from my camera with the YN 622 mounted, correct?

    I would like to know if this scenario is possible:
    1. I use a YN-622 to trigger two off-camera YN-560 III flashes using connected YN 622 receivers so that when I fire, the off-camera flashes fire as well as my camera mounted flash.

    2. At the “same time”, my assistant uses a YN 603 II to trigger the internal receiver on the flashes, so that when she fires, the off-camera flashes fire as well as her camera mounted flash.

    Would the settings of the “Trigger Mode” button interfere with this, so that if I’m in Radio mode, the YN-622s wouldn’t fire the flashes as well?

    If there was a workaround, how would setting the flash power work? Could I just do it manually?

    Thanks very much!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Mathew,

      You are correct, there is no remote power control with the YN-560 II or YN-560 III when mounted on a YN-622C as receiver. The YN-622C require compatible full TTL enabled flashes even for remote manual power control. So a YN-565EX flash at least would be a better option there with the YN-622C.

      1. Yes this will work. Though assuming this may be for weddings (as you mention an assistant shooting as well), the flash on top of the pass through hotshoe may not be the ideal for a long term reliable solution.

      2. Sorry no, the radio receiver mode in the YN-560 III disables firing via the hotshoe at the same time. I tried the PC sync port in the flash as well but that won’t work at the same time as the radio receiver either.

      Also I’m not sure if you are aware that the RF-603 II does not have a TTL pass through hotshoe, just a manual one. So TTL flash on camera would not be possible there.

      The Godox V850 may be an alternative for a manual flash option. That will fire via its clip on radio receiver (which also does remote manual power control) as well as via the foot, and the sync port at the same time.

      So with the V850 you could actually attach a YN-622C receiver via the PC sync port, and an RF-603 II on the flash foot. And you could both have a Godox FT-16 transmitter in pocket for changing the power levels.

      If you’re not using any TTL flashes off camera, I would suggest the Phottix Strato II are one of the better pass through hotshoe trigger options.

      Otherwise you could go all TTL Triggers/Flashes. Thanks.

  30. seng 5 years ago

    HI
    I am interested in a second flash to go with my Olympuns FL36. I currently use Panasonic G6. Should I go for 560-Iiii with RF602 or better off with the TTL flash model?
    Regards
    Seng

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi seng,

      If you go with the YN-560 III, then the best radio transmitter currently would be the RF-603 II.

      The YN-560 III currently has no remote control or TTL function, so its manual only, and power setting must currently be adjusted directly on the flash.

      The advantage of the radio though is much greater range, without the restriction and hassle of line of sight, and using the pop up flash as the trigger.

      So another Olympus/Panasonic TTL flash would provide more control from the camera, just more restricted range and line of sight / low light needed.

      Another current option would be the remote manual Godox V850. They at least provide easy remote manual power control from the transmitter on the camera hotshoe. Thanks.

  31. Ben 5 years ago

    I have a nikon d610 camera with a sb910 flash, and I use impact to triger the flash. I will need extra flashes, I don’t know if YongNuo YN-560 III is compatible with my equipment, can I use the impact to triger this flashes?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Ben,

      You can use Impact radio triggers to fire the YN-560 III as long as you have an Impact receiver attached to the YN-560 III flashes.

      The YN-560 III have RF-602 / RF-603 compatible receivers built in though, so you may be better off just grabbing a set of RF-603 II as well. One RF-603 II would act as transmitter to fire as many YN-560 III as you like. Then the second RF-603 II would act as the receiver for your SB-910.

      As mentioned above though, its also worth considering the recent Godox V850, as they are fantastic remote manual flashes with their own inexpensive radio system. Godox Cells II can then be used as receivers to fire the SB-910. Thanks.

      • Ben 5 years ago

        Does this flashes fire with a flash from other flash?

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 5 years ago

          Hi Ben,

          Yes the YN-560 III has an optic slave built in.

          There are 2 modes, S1 and S2. S1 fires from regular manual flashes, and S2 works with TTL flashes which produce a pre-flash. So you can use manual or TTL flashes to optically trigger the YN-560 III. Thanks.

  32. FlashChill 5 years ago

    Fantastic job here, Havoc! You are a treasure with your dedication to answer everyone..

    Could please help me through this simple question.
    I have D80 Nikon with built-in flash which can control slaves (as I understand).
    Also I would like to buy YN-560 III.

    1. Do I need to buy an additional radio trigger (I have one for using with Dynaphos strobes)?
    2. If so does RF-603 II should be my choice? How many to buy?

    Thank you very much preliminary!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi FlashChill,

      Thanks for that. If you go with the YN-560 III you will need a radio transmitter, and yes the RF-603 II would be the best option at the moment.

      You would only need a single RF-603 II to use as the transmitter to actually fire the YN-560 III flashes. Though you might like to get more RF-603 II to use as receivers on your Dynaphos strobes as well. They would likely have simple optic slave built in though as well.

      The RF-603 II will only simply fire the YN-560 III at this stage. A new YN-560-TX yet to come (eventually) will allow remote manual power control.

      The Godox V850 are also really worth considering though as well, as the remote manual transmitter is available now, and they are killer flashes for the price.

      If you want to use the D80’s commander to control speedlights instead via the optic wireless, then the YN-560EX are another relatively inexpensive option. But optic wireless is pretty limited compared to radio. Thanks.

  33. David 5 years ago

    I cannt for the life of me trigger this flash remotely!

    I have the 560 III and the RF 603C and put the flash unit into RX mode. I’ve also checked that it’s configured to use the RF 603 in the custom functions but it’s not triggering! I’ve tried playing with the dip switched in the remote trigger but that doesn’t help. I’ cannot figure out how to change the channel on the actual flash either! It’s driving me bonkers!

    If you could offer any help or guidance that’d be magic! I want to throw it out the window at the moment! 🙂

    • David 5 years ago

      I should probably clarify that I want to trigger the flash using the remote trigger when it’s in my pocket NOT only when it’s attached to the hot shoe

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 5 years ago

        Hi David,

        Unfortunately you can’t fire the original RF-603 off the camera hotshoe (unless you do some modifications).

        You would be best to simply pick up an RF-603 II unit for Canon.

        • David 5 years ago

          you sir, are a legend!

          I finally figured that out after lots of searching and messing around 🙂 I’ve now ordered the said RF 603 II’s. Happy days.

  34. Guclu 5 years ago

    I bought two yongnuo 560 iii, i want to use them as twinlight ,with 600 d canon
    Is it possible to use them with 600 d wireles flash controller or should i buy a receiver and transmitter for using them both?
    If i could use with my canon wireless controlller can you give me an information how to ?

    Waiting your reply
    Thanks for all

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Guclu,

      No you can’t use the Canon optic wireless master to control the YN-560 III.

      The YN-560 III do have a basic optic slave built in though. So you can set your 600D flash to manual, and use that to trigger the YN-560 III on S1 optic slave mode.

      The more convenient way to go would be to purchase an RF-603 II as radio transmitter. The YN-560 III have the radio receiver built in.

      When the YN-560-TX arrives that will be a better transmitter unit to control the YN-560 III, but until that is available the RF-603 II would be the best option. Thanks.

  35. dipesh 4 years ago

    Hi.

    I am planning to buy yongnuo 560-iii for my sony a58. I want to use them as off- camera flash in manual mode only .Will RF 603 work with the new sony a58 or a99 multi shoe interface ? If not can anybody suggest some wireless trigger other than RF 603,which will work with 560-iii?

    Help please.!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi dipesh,

      The RF-603 II is the transmitter you will need.

      There is one report of the Sony A7 working with the RF-603 II directly in the Multi Interface Shoe. So they should be OK with other cameras with Multi Interface Shoe as well.

      If you do try them though, please report back in the RF-603 II thread if you can confirm these thanks.

      It shouldn’t matter whether you use the Canon or Nikon version RF-603 II. Thanks.

  36. quadra605 4 years ago

    Pregunto: para el radio disparador RF-603 (Nikon) es sólo el aparato que se conecta a la cámara o viene otro que se conecta al flash. Tengo un YN – 560 III para nikon d3000. Gracias y disculpe por la pregunta tan básica…

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hello quadra605,

      Yes you would only need one RF-603 II unit to go on the camera hotshoe. The YN-560 III has the compatible radio receiver already built inside the flash. Thanks.

      In Google Spanish –

      Si usted sólo necesita una RF-603 II unidad para ir en la zapata de la cámara. El YN-560 III tiene el receptor de radio compatible ya construido en el interior del flash. Gracias.

  37. shan 4 years ago

    i have a Nikon d7100, plz advise to me who the best yongNuo speed light flash in minimum price best for me i am new comer in photographer felied

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Shan,

      If you want the flash just for off-camera use, then the YN-560 III and an RF-603 II transmitter would be a good choice for minimum price.

      If you would like a flash for on-camera use as well, then a TTL capable flash would be a better option. The YN-568EX is the best YongNuo currently offer, and has HSS (High Speed Sync). The YN-565EX is a little cheaper but does not have HSS.

      (HSS allows you to do fill flash in bright light for portraits etc. If you like to shoot portraits outdoors this is really handy for an on-camera flash. Otherwise some people do not use HSS that much. If your budget can afford the YN-568EX though its best to have this to experiment with at least). Thanks.

      • shan 4 years ago

        thanks a lot for replaying

  38. Jerry 4 years ago

    Hi,
    Is the YN-560TX already available?

    Greetz,

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Jerry,

      No the YN-560-TX is not available yet. There is no indication of when they are likely at this point unfortunately. Thanks.

  39. Nick 4 years ago

    Hi
    Firstly, I don’t think I have ever come across a site that has such thorough and frequent responses; and secondly, what a fantastic in depth review. This is my first trip to this site and it won’t be my last. Big ethereal pat on the back!

    I have just bought into the Fuji X system with an XPro-1 and an X20. Loving the retro feel and the output is awsome. I still use my Canon system (twin Canon 60Ds) but it is heavy in comparison. So, I am looking to a more portable system for off camera / out of studio lighting and looking to buy 3 x 560 III plus the RF 603II C1 . I am therefore wondering if there will be any compatability issues with the Fujis. Will I be able to use the same three flashes and transceivers for both systems?

    Any info gratefully received as I couldn’t find much else out there re Fuji X system and Yongnuo products.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for that. Yes you should be fine with the RF-603 II on both the Fuji’s and the Canon’s.

      If you may not be familiar you might like to have a look at the Godox V850 though as well. Other than the transmitter being pretty high profile on those smaller cameras, the V850 offer remote manual power control already, as well as other nice features and build quality. Thanks again.

  40. Nick 4 years ago

    Thanks for the swift response, much appreciated; but having mentioned the Godox V850 I decided to do a little more research. OK, so I am still happy with my initial set up idea but… would I be able to use the new Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter with the YN 560 IIIs while awaiting the new
    YN-600EX-RT Flash unit? (the YN-600EX-RT Flash unit would be my preferred stand alone unit for cam mounted flash on the Canons).

    I will now leave you in peace…until I find more useful stuff to enquire about 😉

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Nick,

      No worries, the YN-E3-RT will not fire anything but the 600EX-RT at this stage though unfortunately.

      YongNuo have created 3 popular systems now, and all incompatible unfortunately.

      • Mark 4 years ago

        It’s been too long since Yongnuo announced their vapourware YN-560III TX remote triggers.

        I bought 3 new 560III’s when the remote power capable trigger was announced back in August last year, on the promise of the remote’s arrival by the end of the year. Well that date has been and gone and I’m still waiting and watching other manufacturers roll out ever better remote manual power flash systems.

        To add insult to injury, one of my 3 units has died, making my 3 x $80 units effectively worth $120 / unit. For that money, I could be using Godox or Cactus and already have remote power adjustment.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 4 years ago

          Hi Mark,

          Yes its been very disappointing. I actually heard some rumours likely going back 12 months now, that YongNuo had shut down something like 5 factories. I don’t know how true that is, or even how relevant it would be to their total production capability. But from what we have seen, it certainly appears like they have cut back considerably on their production ability.

          So just based on what we have seen I would expect new products are only going to trickle out fairly slowly. Your point about the reliability / value over time is really worth considering as well. Particularly now there are other options like Godox and Cactus available. The Godox flashes are a bit dearer, but I still think the quality, and therefore value for money, is better overall. Particularly when you’re investing in a system with a number of them.

  41. Ray 4 years ago

    What’s the fastest shutter speed I can use with this flash on and off Camera? My Camera body is Canon 5D mk3 and I ordered this flash with a pair of RF-603 II.

  42. Siven 4 years ago

    I am using EOS60D with 430EX, now i would like add another flash. Can I use YN560III with 430EX, if it is possible how can I?

  43. Rick 4 years ago

    Hi. I just bout the YN 560 III and I cannot figure out how to get the built-in flash of the camera not to activate. It seems there must be some kind of setting on the camera that I have to change? I have a Nikon D5100.

  44. Tee 4 years ago

    I have a new Samsung EX30 I was looking to buy a flash of it. I don’t know much about flashes and after reading this I realized that You can’t use any flash for any camera. Does this flash work exclusively with canon & nikon…? It sound like this would be a great flash for Me if I could use on this Samsung NX30.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Tee,

      The YN-560 III is a manual only flash. This means there is no automatic exposure metering, so you would need to set the brightness of the flash manually yourself. And then if you change the distance to your subject you will need to adjust the power level again to compensate.

      But yes being a fully manually flash the YN-560 III should work on your camera, and most other cameras. Its mainly flashes with TTL metering that are dedicated to the camera brand and model.

      You can also use the YN-560 III off camera with the new YN560-TX transmitter, again only with manual power setting from the transmitter.

      For an on-camera flash though, most people generally want at least the option of TTL, which for the NX30 looks to be the ED-SEF580A Flash. There may be other compatible Samsung flash models as well. I’m not familiar with any cheaper Chinese options like YongNuo though for Samsung. Thanks.

  45. Floyd 4 years ago

    Hi I have a canon 600D n am looking to pick up a YN560 III. What would be the approx cost of it and what triggers do you suggest i buy for it. The canon 600d has a built in flash trigger but that would work only on a canon speedlite i assume rite.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Floyd,

      The YN-560 III flash has a radio receiver built in. The best transmitter option would be the new YN560-TX. As that provided remote manual power control with the YN-560 III flashes.

      The flashes are around $70, and the transmitter is around $79. Thanks.

  46. Adam 4 years ago

    I was just wondering about HSS with the yn 560 iii unit. Is it possible to do this when it is paired with the yn622 transceiver?

    Thanks,

    Adam

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Adam,

      The YN-560 III does not have any HSS mode. So it does not pulse the flash like a HSS enabled speedlite can.

      Though using the YN-622 as triggers you can use the Long Duration Sync method, as long as the YN-560 III is set to full power. And using full power all the time is the part that makes it unfortunately not all that practical or convenient.

      If using the Canon version YN-622C the fash much be attached to the YN-622C receiver via a PC sync cord to achieve the Long Duration Sync. WIth Nikon YN-622N the flash can also go straight on the YN-622N hotshoe. Thanks.

  47. Suresh 4 years ago

    I am having problem with triggering Four Yongnuo speedlite 560 lll flash units simultaneously with Yongnuo RF 603 Trigger for Nikon on with my Nikon D5200. I did setup all the flash units on same channel with RF 603. One time two flashes will be fired. Other time other two some other time all four. Some times none. It is very haphazard. I am giving sufficient time for the flashes to retrigger. Any suggestions to overcome this problem.

    Thanks in advance.

    Suresh

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Suresh,

      Do you only have the one RF-603 transmitter to try? Or is this happening with other RF-603 as transmitters as well.

      Are the batteries in the RF-603 Duracell or Energizer Alkaline, and fresh ones. Also are the batteries in the YN-560 III flashes freshly charged?

      I’ve never needed to do this, but you could try changing channels to see if that helps, if this may be a radio interference issue.

      If you only have the one RF-603 transmitter, I would try the RF-603 II if purchasing another transmitter (or better still the new YN560-TX). Thanks.

      • Suresh 4 years ago

        Thank you for the reply.

        I tried different channel settings on RF 603 N. I used fresh batteries again and again in both RF 603 N and all flash units. No success. Firing is very random. These flashes fire 50% or less frequently, that too all of them wont fine together. Some times one, some times two and other times 3 fire simultaneously. If there is no other alternative I have to try RF 603 II . Is there any other alternative solution with cable connection to fire all four units simultaneously??

        Thank you

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 4 years ago

          Hi Suresh,

          Ok thanks. Yes sure you could use PC sync cables. It would be hassle to run 4 cables though, and you really shouldn’t have to.

          Its likely just an issue with your current RF-603 transmitter. An RF-603 II should fix the issue, but why not go with the new YN560-TX? as that provided full power control from the transmitter. Maybe grab an RF-603 II as a back up as well.

  48. Wolfhouse 4 years ago

    Flash, Love what you do here. I have a problem. I own the Yongnuo speedlite 560 lll and purchased the Yongnuo RF-603C wireless transceivers to use with my Canon 70D. I have the dip switches all aligned, I am in wireless mode on the Flash unit, when I push the shutter button half way the blue light below the ready light on the flash blinks, which I guess means they are synced? But when I fully depress the shutter, no flash. I read that the transceiver has to be in the camera’s hot shoe to even trigger the flash remotely, but still no flash. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, do you know where I might be able to locate another user manual? Thanks,

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Wolfhouse,

      Thanks for that. Provided you have the flash in M (manual mode) and not S1 or S2, it sounds like you may have an issue with the RF-603 transmitter (possibly like Suresh above).

      This has happened a few times before that the flash shows its responding to the transmitter with the blue light, but still won’t fire. And exchanging transmitters fixed the problem. So its possible you have the same issue with your RF-603 unfortunately.

      If the batteries are low in the flash it may not fire, but other than that it should fire if its responding to the transmitter.

      I’m not sure where you can get a printed manual, but you can download the PDF manual from YongNuo website here. It often takes a while to download, so give it a few minutes before retrying if it doesn’t download at first. Thanks.

      • Wolfhouse 4 years ago

        Thanks, Flash. I bought two sets of these transceivers and will try the other set. And will go to YongNuo’s website for the PDF, thanks again.

  49. Paul 4 years ago

    I have been thinking of getting an external battery pack but I don’t want one that just runs of aa batteries. Can you recommend or suggest one please. I’ve been looking at the goddox pb820. Also do I need to still put batteries in the flash body even when I’m using a battery pack?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Paul,

      Yes you will still need batteries in the flash with an external pack. They don’t drain nearly as fast so regular envelops are fine.

      I think the best bang for buck Lithium-ion packs available are the Godox PB960, or for a more economical option the Sky Eagle or Neewer PB3000. The BP3000 is less than half the price but still a solid 3000mHa (compared to 4500mHa for the PB960). And the PB3000 II has a second port for another flash. You don’t need a 2 into 1 cord to get full power out of the one port like the PB960 either.

      The PB960 is still the best serious option, and the battery packs are exchangeable, but for a more economical option you can get the PB3000 for the price of the PB960 battery pack.

      The PB820 are just 8 regular AA NiMH cells inside (though you can’t exchange them). They are still ok, but only 2000mHa. Thanks.

  50. Guilherme 4 years ago

    Hi Flash Havoc, Thank you for your help and awesome website.

    I own a Nikon D4 and a D600 and 2 YN 560III and I was wondering how I’d use both flashes with HSS. I’m thinking of buying a YN568EX and have it optically trigger the other two flashes. Another solution would be to have a transmitter with HSS capabilities connected to a receiver with one YN560III and having the 2nd YN560III triggered by the first one (having both flashes in manual mode), but I’m not sure if it would work (maybe with a Phottix Strato TTL?).

    Thanks

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Guilherme,

      Thanks for that. The YN-560 III do not have a HSS mode. This mode pulses the flash, so it basically acts like a continuous light source while the cameras shutter is open.

      So the only other option is to use Long Duration Sync method instead (you can read about both methods here), but this requires the flash to be on full power all the time, which is not ideal with speedlites.

      For Long Duration Sync you basically need a TTL and HSS enabled transmitter unit. Often the receivers can be manual as its just the transmitter that is needed to provide the early pre-sync signal.

      You can also attain the pre-sync signal optically, using a TTL and HSS enabled flash on the camera (or possibly on a TTL receiver). Though this is generally not ideal in the bright ambient light situations you would generally want to use HSS.

      So the short answer is you would generally be much better off with more HSS enabled speelites like the YN-568EX, and radio triggers like the YN-622N if you want to use HSS with speedlites. Otherwise you can combine the YN-560 III on the YN-622C receivers, but only using full power (and long duration sync). Thanks.

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