YongNuo YN-568EX FP HSS Flash for NIKON – Now Available

Now available for Nikon – The YN-568EX flagship TTL flash from YongNuo is the lowest priced FP HSS (High Speed Sync) enabled flash currently available, allowing camera shutter speeds up to 1/8000th of a second.

YongNuo YN568EX for Nikon

Feature wise the new YN-568EX is now coming much closer to the original Canon/Nikon and other 3rd party Japanese flashes, and at a considerably lower price.

The main things lacking compared to the higher priced offerings are mainly just the wireless master control (which is not really needed so much anymore), lack of USB port for firmware updates, and no external battery pack port.

 

The Nikon version YN-568EX sports new Gold lettering, instead of the usual silver seen on the Canon version. Otherwise the features are very similar, and a full review with a lot more detail can be seen HERE with the YN-568EX review for Canon.

 

YongNuo YN568EX Nikon

Great Features –

  • HSS (FP high speed sync) for shutter speeds to 1/8000th of a second
  • Good Power – only around 3/10th of a stop off the top end Canon/Nikon alternatives
  • Fast Recycle – from 2 – 3 seconds at full power
  • Both Canon & Nikon Optic Wireless slave functions built in.
  • S1 & S2 simple Manual optic slave – for regular or TTL pre-flash
  • Sound Beep – indicates recycle ready and low exposure
  • + or – 5 stops of Exposure Compensation in ETTL
  • 1/3rd and 1/2 stop Manual power adjustment, even both methods combined
  • 2.5mm Sync Port – Instead of the troublesome traditional PC sync port
  • Full Head Swivel 180 degrees left and right
  • Powerful AF assist light (though centre focus point only)
  • Regular simple shoe locking ring – no complex lever system to break
  • Settings saved automatically
  • Instant switch on/off option

 

Limitations –

  • No external High Voltage Battery Pack Port
  • No USB port for firmware updates
  • No Canon/Nikon Optic Wireless Master control
  • Possible compatibility issues with non YongNuo TTL radio triggers
  • AF assist light is centre focus point only, and can even miss that at close distances.
  • No distance scale in Manual mode
  • No Auto exposure mode (Auto is the old method before TTL)
  • No weatherproofing

YongNuo YN568EX Nikon

 

We know the Nikon version of the current YN-622C TTL trigger for Canon is also on the way.

The interesting thing here will be whether the Nikon YN-622 version will actually support remote control of I-TTL ratios and Manual power levels, as Nikon does not have the same flash control camera menu the Canon system and YN-622C rely on to enable these functions.

This also make us wonder if there may even be some extra hidden ability in this flash unit even over the Nikon flashes to help enable those features.  Thats only speculation though, and off course we won’t know until the Nikon version YN-622 are available.

 

YN-568EX and YN-622C

Compatibility –

The YN-568EX is stated as compatible on the camera hotshoe with –

Nikon D4, D3x, D3s, D3, D2x, D800E, D800, D700, D600, D300s, D300, D200, D7000, D90, D80, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3100, D3000, D60, D40, D40x

 

One thing to note though for early adopters – the original Canon version 568EX release had a few minor software bugs, one of which was compatibility with a few older camera models including the original 5D. This meant that owners had to return the units for exchange or firmware update. Those issue have now been resolved in the Canon versions available now.

On the positive side the Canon YN-568EX release is the first time we have not seen any failures reported, which is a much better sign with regard to reliability and build quality.

 

Price and Availability –

The Nikon YN-568EX is available now from the official YongNuo Ebay Store for US$185 shipped.

A local seller on Amazon is also a recommended for good prices with fast easy exchange/returns if there are any issues.

 

The other main current similar, but lower priced, YongNuo flashes are –

  • YN-565EX – aprox $150 – similar to the 568EX but without HSS, and with an External Battery Pack Port.
  • YN-560EX – aprox $100 – Manual flash only on-camera, but a full TTL slave to the Canon & Nikon optic wireless systems (No HSS)
  • YN- 560     – aprox $45 – just $45 on Amazon this is likely the best bang for buck fully manual strobist flash currently available
  • YN-560 II – aprox $70 – an upgraded version of the base 560 version above, just adding an LCD screen instead of basic LED lights.

 

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40 Comments
  1. adrian 5 years ago

    Question: Does the LCD display light stay on if you wanted it to like the Nikon.

    I prefer to have my LCDs lit up continuously, not having to push a button each time.

    Thanks.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Adrian,

      Looking at the flash, as far as I can see there is only an option of 7, 15, or 30 seconds for LCD illumination. I will have to check the manual, but I think you may be out of luck with that one.

  2. john 5 years ago

    I’ll put it simply –

    I cant afford Original Nikon Flash, so if I buy 2 Yongnuo flashes for Nikon D3000, will the one mounted on camera will work as master to trigger the slave or not?

    Or will it need Yongnuo or other brands wirless trigger to control both flashes?

    John

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi John,

      As a basic manual flash off camera, with no remote control or TTL they will (using the flashes built in optic slave).

      Otherwise for any remote control or TTL, no, YongNuo have no master unit built into their flashes yet.

      The YN-622N ITTL radio trigger for Nikon will be out very soon so for another $86 or so you have much more reliable radio based control which can have one of both flashes off camera.

  3. Kiyoung 5 years ago

    Question: I have Pixel King wireless trigger and receiver.
    Does this flash work fully with Pixel King.
    It is hard to find any report of it.

    Thanks.

    Kiyoung.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Kiyoung,

      It should work, but having said that, much more often than not, when someone is having an issue with the triggers its when another third party flash like the YongNuo is being used together. The YongNuo YN-622N will be out soon and has much more function than the Kings. I realise it doesn’t help when you already have the Kings, but that would be a much safer option when it comes to compatibility with the 568EX. Thanks.

  4. Alvin 5 years ago

    When mounted on the Nikon D7000 the flash fires 3 times before the shutter opens on the fourth flash. It’s very annoying, and also causes you to miss shots. It does this in ittl, manual, and multi. Could the flash be defective or is there a setting in the flash, or D7000 to shut it off?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Alvin,

      Unfortunately I don’t really know the answer to that one. I really can’t think of an instance you would be able to clearly see the flash fire 3 times, if it was pre-flash it would be much faster. Firing correctly on the last shot sounds like rear curtain sync is involved in some way, and firing a number of times is multi. I’d check to make sure you have rear curtain sync off on the camera, possibly try a complete reset of the camera settings, and the flash. Unless you have some quite unusual setting there though it does sound like you may have a faulty unit. Thanks.

      • Alvin 5 years ago

        ” You are a lifesaver ” It was not the rear curtain sync, it was the red eye reduction setting. I turned it off and problem solved, back on- problem back. Thanks so Much, I had searched for weeks on Youtube, and the web trying to find the answer to the problem.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 5 years ago

          Great to hear you got it sorted out, I’m not familiar with Nikon’s red eye reduction, maybe that is the way its meant to work with the pop up flash as well. With Canon it does something similar firing early, but I don’t think 3 times. Good to hear you have sorted anyway though, thanks.

        • Leslie 2 years ago

          Nikon offers a Red-Eye Reduction sync mode. This is regular front curtain sync, but it delays the shutter about a second while the flash flashes about three times, trying to cause the subjects eye pupils to contract smaller, hoping to prevent or reduce the red eye. You may not like that. 🙂 Don’t forget it if you turned it on.

  5. Lars 4 years ago

    Hey guys,
    Is the only difference between the Nikon and the Canon model the color of the font?
    I’m just asking because I ordered yesterday the 568EX for my Nikon and I got the “white font model” from amazon. So I guess this is the wrong one.

    Thanks for advice.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Lars,

      Yes that’s the wrong one unfortunately, it won’t work in TTL on your Nikon cameras, only in manual.

      It has wireless optic slave for both Canon and Nikon, but its not compatible with both when attached to the camera hotshoe. Thanks.

  6. Arty 4 years ago

    Hi,
    i heard that there”re some sync problems with nikon fp.
    The flash doesn’t work in wirless ttl mode with nikon cameras in high sync.
    You know something about it ?

  7. Dan 4 years ago

    What’s the difference between the canon version versus Nikon version of this flash? Just the difference in text color on the plastic (gold versus silver)?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Dan,

      They have the same function, but dedicated for either the Canon or Nikon TTL systems.

      There is a MK II version available for Canon which has an optic wireless master function, which the MK I don’t have. The Nikon version MK II has been postponed for now. Thanks.

  8. Steven 4 years ago

    I’m wondering if YN 586EX (Nikon)’s flash power output (i.e., FEC) can be controlled from the camera’s wireless i-TTL commander menu. From http://flashhavoc.com/yongnuo-yn-568ex-review/,

    “The YN-568EX has both Canon & Nikon Optic Wireless slave functions built in. This means it will operate as a full TTL/HSS slave unit off camera, controlled by the master (or commander) units built into all recent Canon and Nikon DSLR camera bodies”

    It seems to be so. However, I played with my newly arrived YN 586EX (Nikon) and can confirm that the FEC values that I put in the camera’s wireless i-TTL commander menu has zero effect on the flash power output. However, I could trigger (fire) the flash off camera without issue. Is mine a defective unit or is it just a limitation of YN 586EX (Nikon)?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Steven,

      You should definitely be able to adjust the FEC through the cameras ITTL commander menu.

      Have you been able to adjust the manual power output of the flash from the same menu?

      I’m wondering if you may not have the flash set to S1 or S2 slave mode?, in which case it would fire, but you have no CLS / menu control then.

  9. Raul 3 years ago

    Hello,

    I have a D7100 and I’m currently looking for a flash to do off camera flash shooting, that supports Auto FP (HSS). Will this flash work just with the D7100’s commander mode or will I need the YN622N to trigger it? (I think what Steven said proves it should work, but then again he seemed to have problems with it).

    Also, amazon only has the “CE Compass Yongnuo Professional YN-568EX for Nikon” instead of plain old “YN-568EX for Nikon”, is this just a fancy name or a v2 of the same flash? (because the canon version is still found as YN-568EX and YN-568EX II for canon).

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Raul,

      I’m not that familiar with Nikon so I’m not exactly sure if you can use HSS off camera via the Nikon optic wireless system. Canon does not support that though, and they do require TTL radio triggers for that. Bright ambient light is generally when you want to use HSS though anyway, and that’s where optic systems can be a hassle.

      The CE Compass flash would be exactly the same as the other YN-568EX’s for Nikon. Sellers just put their name in the listing so they get more publicity. I’ve never gotten my head around Amazon’s strange system, or why other sellers piggy back onto a listing named like this. But it would save a lot of hassle if Amazon didn’t allow this unorthodox naming of products.

      Hopefully some Nikon users can confirm if HSS is possible off camera with Nikon AWL/CLS. Thanks.

      • Raul 3 years ago

        Bought the YN568EX, it does work with plain old commander mode alone~ still trying to work out the TTL on it though. But connectivity wise~ no issues what so ever 😀

        • AgriAgri 3 years ago

          Hi Raul

          I’m about to purchase Yn568ex(Nikon) for my D7100. But since I couldn’t get answers on certain areas for example TTL & FP (High Speed Sync) – OFF CAMERA without triggers (YN-622N); I’m holding back my purchase until I get some concrete answers.

          Pls let me know if this speedlight can work in TTL and also in FP (High Speed Sync) – OFF CAMERA using only Commander Mode with Nikon D7100’s Built in Flash [without any triggers (YN-622N – for Nikon)].

          Looking forward to your feedback soon. Thanking U in advance

          Agri

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 3 years ago

            Hi Agri,

            I’m not an expert on Nikon gear unfortunately. If this was Canon the answer would be no. With Nikon as far as I understand HSS can actually work with their AWL / CLS, and the pop up flash. Though this may depend on camera model etc as well.

            Bottom line is if the SB-700 / SB-910 can do this with your camera, then its 99% safe the YN-568EX will as well.

            (I will google this myself later, but just trying to give you something to work with now) Thanks.

  10. Shelly L 3 years ago

    Is the the Nikon version Yongnuo 568 EX ll compatible for Nikon D5000 to use off camera without a trigger
    Also is it compatible at all with Nikon D5000 off camera in ittl mode or any mode.

    My goal was to get a Yougnuo that is compatible with Nikon D5000 off camera.

  11. Shelly L 3 years ago

    Hello again,

    Really need to make sure I get my question in and understood. Does the YN-568 EX ll available for the Nikon D5000

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Shelly,

      Sorry for the slow reply (I’m still working through them slowly).

      There is no Nikon version YN-568 EX II available as yet, only the YN-568 EX, which does not have a commander / master mode.

      The D5000 does not appear to support HSS (High Speed Sync) either, so you could save some money just getting the YN-565EX II instead, which does not support HSS either. (Provided you’re not going to upgrade cameras soon).

      The D5000 also does not appear to have any commander built in for optic wireless flash off camera. So you would need radio triggers like the YN-622N (and best to get the YN-622N-TX as well).

      I’m not sure if another commander capable flash like the SB700 etc may work on the D5000, though that’s a lot more money than a set of YN-622N anyway. Thanks.

  12. Bob Rockefeller 3 years ago

    You mention that the YN-568 does not have a locking lever, suggesting that’s a good thing. I disagree; the locking wheel seems hard to get to and is much more of a PIA to tighten then just switching a lever.

    Bob

  13. Niel 3 years ago

    Hi,
    This review reports that the YN-568ex is compatible on the hotshoe with the D2x. I purchased the YN-568ex but it does not function in iTTL mode, only manual. Has anyone found the flash to work in TTL mode with the D2x?
    Niel

  14. motty 3 years ago

    I would like to know if the 568ex will work off camera with my Nikon d7100 without any additional triggers

  15. adrian 3 years ago

    why i could’t fire my 568 EX (nikon) off camera! whit my RF603N (for nikon) mounted on the camera? i’ve seen many people having this problem and nobody could answer correctly.

    Thanks.

  16. Adam L 2 years ago

    Anyone have issues with their 568 quitting them(flash not firing). I got my 568ex less then 30 days ago. Set it up as a quick studio flash and had the power set to 1/16 or less depending on different factors. I typically have a shutter speed of 1/500 or so but from the word go this flash had trouble keeping up with both my yn 560 and old nikon sb 600. If I fired more then 1-2 shots off of the d750 quickly the flash would beep as though it didn’t have the juice. Fresh batteries didn’t matter. Today right in the middle of a shoot it quit firing all together. No overheat indictor or anything. After the shoot I test fired the flash and I can hear it click off the capacitor but the flash won’t fire at all. I’m shipping it back but was it something I was doing? Anyone else have issues? LIke I said the old yn560 and sb600 have no issues keeping up with me on recycle time.

    Thanks for any advice.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Adam,

      If its just making a very faint click as you press the test fire button, its likely the flash tube has blown.

      Using HSS does certainly stress the flash tube more, though I’m not sure if the flash should have withstood the low power level you were shooting at. It is best to try and avoid HSS if you’re shooting continually though.

      Generally the overhead protection should slow things down though, so it may just be a faulty flash.

  17. Adam 2 years ago

    Thanks. Thats what im hoping.

  18. Suman 2 years ago

    Hi

    Is it compatible with Nikon 5300?

    Regards

    Suman

  19. Joe Weigel 2 years ago

    I just purchased the YongNuo YN568 EX speed light for my Nikon D5200 camera which I have not received yet from Amazon. I meant to order the newer YN568 EX II version with the master flash function capability. But I am not sure I really would use the master flash function since I do not use my camera in a studio setup, and don’t plan to. I am a novice camera user, just leaning. Otherwise I think the YN 568 EX is functionally identical to the YN 568 EX II except for the master flash capability.

    Can you give me some advice on this? If I don’t need the master flash function I may keep the YN 568 EX when it arrives, rather than returning it.

    Thanks

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Joe,

      YongNuo never got to the stage of making a YN568 EX II for Nikon.

      Hopefully at this stage they will go straight to making something like the YN660 with YN-622N radio built in already.

  20. Luiz valmont 2 years ago

    In deciding whether to go for the older 565 or the newer 568, I need your help.

    Budget is as tight as can be.

    I need wireless capability for my flash triggering. So a YN622 will surelly be on its way. But the great big question:

    -> Should I choose the 568 over the 565, will I need only one YN622 or will I still need two?

    I’m asking this because I read somewhere the 568 series is wireless enabled. Maybe it’s “just” optically, which is superb in itself. But being able to get a HSS enable and the YN622 for almost the same price of a 565 + 2 YN622 would be a no brainer for me.

    Again, budget is tight. So 50 bucks is a game changer.

    Thanks in advance.

  21. Angel Rojas 11 months ago

    I just purchased the YN-568EX for my Nikon D2X. As described in another posting by Niel, it does not work in TTL mode, unless there is some trick that could enable that functionality. If so, I would much appreciate if someone can help me on that.

    Thanks.

  22. Tom 10 months ago

    Hi there, I own a Nikon SB900. I need a second flash unit. I want to remotely control both. Which model of Yongnou can work this way, please?

  23. Junio 9 months ago

    Hello to all,
    someone knows a TTL remote cord model for this flash? (Coupled with a Nikon D810) … SC-28 (or cords of any third party appointed SC-28), does it work in i-TTL mode?
    Than you very much

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