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.
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.
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
- 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
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.
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.
Related Articles –
- YongNuo YN-568EX TTL & HSS flash Review
- YongNuo YN-622C ETTL Trigger Review
- Budget Slave Flash Option for the YN-622C
- TTL & Remote Manual Radio Trigger Guide
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