YONGNUO – YN-565EX II – Now Available (Minor Update)

YongNuo have released the YN-565EX II flash for Canon ETTL DSLR’s. The MK II version being only a small update on the original and still very popular YN-565EX.

YongNuo are saying the function of the MK II model is exactly the same as the original YN-565EX. And there is no Canon or Nikon Optic Wireless Master mode added (as was the main update to the higher model YN-568EX II).

What has changed is an updated LCD screen layout, with what appears to be a larger clearer numbers. Though at the expense of the flash distance scale, which now appears to have been left out.

This is the Image below is shown on the YongNuo Website, though I don’t think it is quite correct. As the LCD diagrams in the YN-565EX II manual show a new screen layout, and not the original screen as shown below.



The YN-565 EX II user manual shows the new display, as shown here bellow the original YN-565 EX layout –


YN-565EX II Comparison


Also added to the display are Icons for Low Battery Power, Sound Prompt, and Overheat Protection.



The full original YN-565EX screen layout can also be seen here.


The YN-565EX was at one time YongNuo’s flagship, full powered, TTL flash model. Until the later YN-568EX was released having a HSS (High Speed Sync) function.

The YN-565EX, and now YN-565 EX II, still remain one of YongNuo most popular flashes though. This is because they offer an economical option for people not requiring HSS. But also because they have a high voltage port for external battery packs, which the higher model YN-568EX unfortunately lacks.

If HSS is not required, the YN-565EX II also provide one of the best economical options to use off-camera with the YN-622C TTL triggers, providing TTL, Remote Manual power control, and Second Curtain Sync.


The Current YongNuo top end TTL flash line up basically goes like this –

YN-568EX II – HSS – No External Battery Port – Optic Master & Slave (around $105)
YN-565EXIINo HSS – External Battery Port – Optic Slave only (around $86)
YN-500EX – HSS –¬†No¬†External Battery Port – Optic Slave only (around $85)


Price and Availability –


The YN-565EX II are available now from around $85 –

Amazon, UK, Ebay, YongNuo Ebay

YongNuo – Website


  1. nixland 7 years ago

    I wonder why Yong Nuo remove the battery port on YN-568EX II ?

    • Ivan 7 years ago

      I would speculate that this is a cautionary measure. HSS mode is stressing for the flash in terms of power output -> more heat dissipation. External battery packs make it possible to reload/shoot faster and thus HSS+8fps shooting greatly increase possibility for overheat.

  2. Morgan 6 years ago

    Did they only make a Canon version of the 565-II?

    Cannot find the Nikon version anywhere.

    • Dodger 6 years ago

      These flashes are suitable for both canon and nikon dslr cameras

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 6 years ago

        There will be separate Canon and Nikon versions.

        I don’t think there are any MK II Nikon versions available yet.

        • Dodger 6 years ago

          Ah… my bad…

    • Fahad 6 years ago

      nopes, yn-565EX ii is only for canon, but shortly they will also release for nikon.

  3. jon peckham 6 years ago

    I wonder if it will work with my odin wireless flash triggers?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Hi Jon,

      I’m not sure if anything has changed, but YongNuo TTL flashes are not generally compatible with the Phottix Odins. That’s a combination generally best to avoid.

  4. Armand 6 years ago

    Just ordered this 565 EXII.
    Question, I own a YN560-III and use the 603c trigger, will that by any chance work with the 565 EXII?
    If not, what Yongnuo trigger will work with the EXII ?

  5. Steven 6 years ago

    Doing some research it appears that the YN565 EX II is being sold with a distance scale. This seems misleading. Most serious photographers would want to see a distance scale in a flash of this calibre as some prefer to use Manual or find it necessary to do so at certain times. To leave the distance scale out seems a serious omission but it appears that the product is being marketing as having a distance scale same as the previous version YN565. The photographs suggest that you are actually seeing the new version as it clearly states on them that it is the YN565 EX II so is there an attempt to mislead going on? I would be very unhappy if I received a unit without a distance scale on it as it is a feature I would look for and would be happy to buy after being reassured in a photograph that it is actually present on the unit. I would prefer the original Yn565 EX as I found the unit be excellent and not in need of changes..

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Hi Steven,

      I still haven’t seen a YN-565EX II in person myself, so I’m not 100% sure what the situation is. But I think all indications so far are that there is no distance scale on the MK II model.

      Somehow YongNuo appear to have photographed an early sample or something like that, which is actually the old flash design with MK II printed on it.

      I don’t think they are trying to deceive anyone, just being sloppy with the images (which is nothing new for YongNuo).

      If anyone has the MK II flash could someone please take a picture of the LCD screen in manual mode please?

      • Steven 6 years ago

        Thanks for your research and answer. It was helpful.Is there anything on the display which indicates a flash distance at all and whether it is in meters or feet? If not then I have to ask how do you use the Flash in Manual Mode and how do you know if the flash power is sufficient to reach and successfully light the subject? I would think that it would be difficult without a flash scale on the flash unit. The only other way you would know is if you did a calculation , use a flash table with these values already in, or use a flash meter. It would appear then that the YN565EX II is good as a dedicated TTL flash and not useful at all in manual mode as a manual flash unit. Even in TTL though you would still need to know that the flash power is sufficient at the respective ISO value to reach your subject at the selected f-stop value. This is why we have a distance scale to make these checks before taking the photo. Has the Mark II another way of giving this information to the photographer?

        The previous original version of YN565EX was based on tried and tested Canon design and Canon always gave the distance scale on their flash for the reasons given above. I really don’t mean to trash this version II as some people may be well pleased with it. However ,to me, with the new changes made in the Mark II version, it appears like a great deal of functionality has been sacrificed simply for design and aesthetics. Functionality has been lost and not gained with the changes made. The mark II would appear to be useless in a Manual Mode and questionable in TTL mode as well ( without knowing and being sure of flash to subject distances).

        I would be glad to hear any difference of opinion.

  6. Ash 6 years ago

    I can confirm that there is no distance scale on the YN565EX11.
    I have both models and they are working very well.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Thanks Ash, at least we can finally confirm that. Thanks.

  7. daniel 6 years ago

    hello how are you?
    great articles abou flash and triggers, i have a YN 565 ii and i want to buy a trigger.
    what you mean when you mention, its provide one of the best economical options to use off-camera with the YN-622C TTL triggers?
    can I use YN 622c or YN 622C-TX with no receiver on off camera flash?

    thank you
    have a nice day

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Hi Daniel,

      At the time of writing this no. You would need a YN-622C as receiver attached to the flash foot.

      There are currently no flashes with YN-622C compatible receiver built inside.

  8. Wolf 6 years ago

    – YN 568EX II with Pixel King trigger issue –
    My YN 568EX II works well with the Pixel King & Pixel X triggers.
    When the radio transmitter is attached to my Camera (5D Mk III), I press the shutter button and the flash with the receiver fires as expected.
    The only problem is, when I use the transmitter off camera (handheld).
    The flash fires, but not at the power setting that I dialed in the transmitter.
    My light meter showed me that no matter what power setting I dialed in the transmitter, the flash always fires at a constant power level. This power level is always the same.
    This is a big inconvenience because it seems that I have to take photos when I only want to meter the light.
    With the Pixel Mago flash however, it works!
    I can use the transmitter handheld to fire the flash at the power level I want.

    This is a big issue for me and I hope Pixel and/or Yongnuo will take care of that soon.

  9. fernando 6 years ago

    how can i check my battery level Yn565ex II

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Hi Fernando,

      If the YN-565EX II does not have a battery indicator you will only know when the batteries are running low when the recycle time starts to increase (at higher power levels).

      Its best to use rechargeable batteries like eneloops in these flashes, so if you get a smart charger they will show the battery voltage remaining when you place the batteries in the charger.

      Battery level indicators are nice to have, and they give some indication, though they aren’t particularly accurate. So not having one is not something I would personally be that concerned with.

  10. Jose 6 years ago

    guys, i got canon 5d. mark 1, i got flash yn565ex ii, my camera doesnt work with this flash, but with my 1100d, it work, i dont know why…:(

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Hi Jose,

      I’m not sure about that. Can you try loosening the flash lock down ring and wiggle the flash around in the cameras hotshoe to see if its not a contact issue. Also make sure the flash is pushed all they way into the hotshoe.

      Otherwise can you try cleaning the 5D’s hotshoe as well with some Isoproply alcohol or similar.

      I’m not aware of compatibility issues with the original 5D, though it could be possible.

  11. Vasanth 5 years ago

    Hi Flashhavoc,

    i recently acquired on of this unit, the flash is great on the Camera Hotshoe, but it seems like it is not working properly with YN622C trigger, the problem is the flash does fire, no prob on it, the ETTL info is passing through i guess but not the Zoom info, i have a YN685C and Godox V860C, Yn685c able to get the Zoom information so does the Godox Flash but strangely the YN565EX II stays on full Zoom 105, i have doubled confirmed the Zoom is not in Manual Mode and when the auto focus is achieved on camera around 70MM zoom, the other 2 flash received the info and i can see the Zoom Length changed as well as the Zoom head change sound is visible but for this unit i can’t get any indication of the change, have any1 face this issue before?,

    P/S: no issue using the flash directly on the flash hotshoe on ETTl Mode without 622C transmitter.

  12. Hamza 5 years ago

    how can i slavf yonguo yn565 II and rf 603c II

  13. Hamza 5 years ago

    how can i slavf yonguo yn565 II and rf 603c II. Coz i cant make it

  14. utan 3 years ago

    Dear Flashhavoc,

    I am using YN 568EX-II on Canon 5D mark IV. When i use HSS in M mode, HSS stop accidentally, the shutter speed down to 1/200 only.

    Please me help to solve this issue.

    Thanks and Regards,

  15. Artur 3 years ago

    Not working with my 1ds mkII.

  16. Neil 3 years ago

    Will this work with Hahnel combi tf

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