YongNuo have released the long awaited YN-622N for Nikon. And they are now available from around $80 for a set of 2 transceivers.
UPDATE – June 2015 - YN622N II are now available. The MK II version now provide quick release lever locking hotshoes, and most importantly add USB ports for firmware updates.
Also an additional 603-RX communication mode has been provided. This mode allows RF-603 compatible transmitter units like the RF-603, RF-603 II, RF605, and YN560-TX, to simply fire the YN622N II receivers. Unlike the Canon version, no remote power or zoom control are possible in 603-RX mode.
UPDATE – March 2016 - The YN685 N speedlite with YN-622N radio receiver built inside are now available.
The YN-622N are fully featured ITTL and Remote Manual 2.4GHz radio transceivers, with FP HSS to 1/8000th and Rear Curtain Sync.
They are capable of controlling up to 3 separate groups of remote slave flashes, with or without a master controller, or master flash, mounted on top of the transmitter.
Manual power levels or Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC) can be adjusted in full or 1/3rd stops, allowing ratios to be created when using ITTL.
Unlike the YN-622C for Canon, which can be controlled through the cameras menu system, using the YN-622N alone as a transmitter on the camera can be very limited, as they have virtually no interface to display or control settings.
The solution originally had been to mount a Nikon SU-800 transmitter unit, or master flash like the SB-910, on top of the transmitter unit on the camera. Which could then act as the master interface for the YN-622N triggers.
YongNuo since released the YN-622N-TX transmitter unit, which provide a full LCD interface directly on the transmitter.
And a YN-685 N slave flash with YN-622N radio receiver built inside is also available. So no external YN-622N receiver is needed when using the YN-685 N flashes.
MASTER FLASH ON-CAMERA
Original Nikon flashes like the SB-700, SB-900, and SB-910, can act as a master unit when mounted on top of a YN-622N transmitter, on the camera hotshoe.
(NOTE – The Nikon SB-800 flash is NOT compatible as a master unit on top of the YN-622N. They do generally work ok as a slave on a YN-622N as a receiver).
Though strangely YongNuo have not released a similar flash of their own with master interface built-in (as they did with the YN-568EX II for Canon).
At the time of writing this update (August 2016) the YongNuo YN685 N flash provides an “Extended Display Mode”, when used with the YN-622N II as transmitter.
The YN685 N do not directly provide any radio master functions. Though when mounted on top of a YN-622N II transmitter, the YN685 N can be set to Extended Display mode, where the flash then provides a more convenient control panel and LCD display for the YN-622N II transmitter.
YN-622N FEATURES -
The YN-622N will have full control in Remote Manual or TTL, in 3 separate groups. Manual power levels or FEC (flash exposure compensation) can be adjusted in full or 1/3rd stops. This allows ratios to be created when using TTL.
1. – Master on Top – With an SU-800, or Master flash unit (set to master mode), mounted on top of the YN-622N Transmitter, it will use the master units settings (Flash Mode / Power Output / FEC etc). The flash mounted on top of the Tx can be used in TTL / Manual / or Multi RPT mode.
2. – No Master on Top – Without a master device on top of the Tx, you can also set the FEC/Manual Output (1/3 or 1 stop) of 3 group A/B/C.
3. – Smart triggering - settings can be made directly on the flash unit itself (equal to the current mixed mode of the YN-622c).
4. – FP HSS, Rear Curtain Sync etc - 1st Curtain Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Auto FP HSS to 1/8000th, Red Eye Reduction, and Modelling Flash are all supported.
5. – AF Lamp (Auto Focus Assist Lamp) (Can be disabled if not necessary).
6. – In TTL mode the YN-622N works in the way of Nikon CLS. That is each group is metering separately.
If you’re not familiar with the YN-622, the Canon version YN-622C were somewhat of a breakthrough in price and performance for inexpensive TTL radio triggers.
Bringing the convenience of remote flash control from the camera position, in both ETTL and Manual Power settings, to a very affordable level.
With a retail price around $80 a pair they were the lowest priced TTL capable radio triggers available, though still offering a lot of capability for that low price.
For those more technically inclined, the YN-622N have had to take full control of the remote speelight in ITTL mode, even while doing remote manual power setting.
So the slave flash is always set to ITTL, even for remote manual setting. This is more similar to the Phottix Odin (for Canon or Nikon), than the YN-622C for Canon, which are able to follow Canons own Optic Wireless protocol more closely.
Nikon have obviously made things a little more difficult though, so there is a pre-flash in remote manual use as well, and this is the same for the test fire button.
LIGHT METER USE - As mentioned above, the YN-622N put out a pre-flash any time the receiving flash is in TTL mode, which it needs to be for remote manual power control as well.
And the test fire button also puts out the same pre-flash if using remote manual power control. So using a light meter is not easy, as they will only meter the pre-flash.
One work around is to use the cameras flash exposure lock button, to fire the pre-flash separately to the actual flash going off with the camera shutter, so that the main flash can be metered separately.
If you set the flash to manual directly on the flash itself, there is no pre-flash. Though you lose remote manual control then.
COMPATIBLE SLAVE FLASHES
YN-685 N – Built-in YN622N radio receiver, Full power, ITTL and HSS, with HV battery port
YN-568EX – Full power, ITTL and HSS (but no HV battery port)
YN-500EX – 1/2 stop less power & smaller – ITTL and HSS (no HV battery port)
YN-565EX II – Full power – and has HV Battery Port – ITTL (but no HSS)
COMPATIBLE MASTERS –
Nikon - SU-800, SB-700, SB-900, SB-910 [ Note – SB-800 is NOT compatible as a master ]
YongNuo – YN-622-TX – Now Available
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY -
The YN622N II for Nikon are available now from around $79 a a pair –
YongNuo – Website
YongNuo – YN-622N-TX
YongNuo – YN-622C Review