YONGNUO YN968N – Speedlite for Nikon Now Available

YongNuo YN968N

 

YongNuo have released the YN968N Speedlite for Nikon, a fully featured iTTL flash, now providing an on-camera YN622N radio Master mode, which the previous YN685N do not offer.

A USB port also now allows direct user firmware updates.

Like the YN685N, the YN968N also provide radio Slave modes for both the YN-622N and RF-603 / YN560 radio systems.

So current compatible radio Slave units to the YN968N include –

Compatible radio Master units to the YN968N (set to YN622N slave mode) include –

Compatible radio Master units to the YN968N (set to YN560 slave mode) include –

NOTE –

  • The YN622N system provides TTL, HSS, Remote Manual, and Multi
  •  The YN560 system only provides Remote Manual, and Multi functions

 

YongNuo YN968N

 

YONGNUO YN968N FEATURES

 

  • Guide Number (GN) 60 Metres at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Flash Mode – iTTL II /M / Multi
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • 1st Curtain Sync / 2nd Curtain Sync
  • FEC – 1/3rd Increments
  • Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 Output Control (1/3rd increments)
  • 20-105mm Auto and Manual Flash Zoom
  • YN622N – Radio Master and Slave Modes
  • YN560 – Radio Slave Mode
  • Flash Groups – A/B/C/D/E
  • Channels – 7 (YN622N mode)  – 16 (YN560 mode)
  • Canon & Nikon Optic Wireless Slave Modes (No Master)
  • Groups – A/B/C
  • Recycle Time – Approx 3 Seconds at Full Power
  • Custom & Personal Functions
  • Sound Prompt
  • Heat Protection
  • LED Light – Adjustable
  • AF Assist Light
  • Head Tilt 90 / -7 Degrees, Swivel 180 Degrees Left & Right
  • Tilt Swivel Lock Button
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Screen
  • Bounce Card & Wide Angle Diffuser
  • Fast Clamping Foot
  • External HV Battery Port
  • USB Port
  • PC Sync Port
  • Power – 4 x AA Batteries

 

The YN968N’s built in LED light provides adjustable power levels, as well as a built in diffuser panel, and CTO color correction panel.

Flash head zoom is limited to a maximum of 105mm though, where various other YongNuo speedlite models provide 200mm zoom.

 

YongNuo YN968N

YN968N RADIO MASTER FUNCTIONS

USING RECEIVER – YN968N, YN685N, YN622N / II

  • iTTL /M / Multi
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • 1st Curtain Sync / 2nd Curtain Sync
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 stops)
  • Remote Flash Power – 1/128 – 1/1 (1/3rd increments)
  • Remote Flash Zoom 20-200mm – Auto and Manual
  • Group Control

 

YN968N RADIO SLAVE FUNCTIONS

USING TRANSMITTTER – YN-622N / YN-622N-TX / YN968N

  • iTTL /M / Multi
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • 1st Curtain Sync / 2nd Curtain Sync
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 stops)
  • Remote Flash Power – 1/128 – 1/1 (1/3rd increments)
  • Remote Flash Zoom 20-105mm – Auto and Manual
  • Group Control

USING TRANSMITTER – YN560-TX / YN560 IV / YN660

  • Remote Flash Power – 1/128 – 1/1 (1/3rd increments)
  • Remote Flash Zoom 20-105mm – Manual
  • Group Control

USING TRANSMITTER – RF-605

  • Fire the Flash
  • Group Control

USING TRANSMITTER – RF-603 II / RF-603

  • Fire the Flash Only

 

YONGNUO YN968N SPECS

                              

Circuit design: Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT)
Guide No.: 60 (ISO 100,105mm)
Flash mode: TTL, M, Multi
Trigger mode: Settop mode, radio wireless master mode, radio wireless slave mode, wireless optical slave mode (SC,SN,SC&SN,S1,S2)
Zoom: Auto,20,24,28,35,50,70,80,105
Vertical rotation angle: ‘-7~150 degrees
Horizontal rotation angle: 0~360 degrees
Power supply: 4xAAsize batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable)
Lighting times: 100~1500 times (AA alkaline cell used)
Recycle time: Approx 3s (AA alkaline cell used)
Flash 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
LED Color temperature: Apporx. 5500K
LED luminance: Apporx. 300lux(1m)
Optical transmission: 20~25m indoor, 10~15m out door
Radio transmission: Up to 100m
Additional features: Master flash, high-speed sync, second curtain sync, FEC, FEB, FVL, the electronic flash head zooming, sound prompt, automatically saving setting, PC port, power saving mode, overheat protection, custom unctions (C.Fn), personal functions(P.Fn).

 

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

YongNuo YN968N Speedlites for Nikon are available now from approx $119 –

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YongNuo – Website

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32 Comments
  1. Sheldon 2 months ago

    Now all they need to do is make a decent strobe and I’ll be happy.

  2. Stijn 2 months ago

    Just to be sure: could I use this to radiotrigger off camera YN560iii’s (in manual) while the yn968 is placed on camera in TTL?

  3. Author
    Flash Havoc 2 months ago

    Hi Stijn,

    No, unfortunately the YN968N do not have any YN560 Master mode, only a YN560 Slave mode.

    • Stijn 2 months ago

      Thanks for the fast response. So that means the Yn968 can be triggered by a 560, but not the other way around?

      That would be a bummer… 🙁 I’m still looking for a solution where I can place a master flash on camera in TTL and trigger some off camera flashes in manual (remote adjustable) power through radio… Do you know of such a combo for Nikon?

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 1 month ago

        That’s correct, the YN968N can be triggered and manually controlled by a YN560 III/IV series speedlites, but not the other way around.

        You could still use the YN968N as the on camera master, you just need to use YN685N (or other YN968N) as the slave flashes instead of YN560 III/IV.

        So YongNuo are basically squeezing another $40 out of you for each slave flash. And making the whole system very confusing for that privileged 🙂 You do get TTL in the slave flashes then though.

        The other main option is the Godox system, which are fully compatible between the remote manual and TTL systems. Their YN560 IV alternative then are the TT600, which cost a little more at $69, though they also provide HSS with the right transmitter, or master speedlite like the TT685N or V860II-N.

        • Stijn 1 month ago

          Thanks for the awesome reply Flashhavoc! 🙂

  4. derrucj 2 months ago

    Hello FH,

    I have a questions and slight dilemma. I have both YN flashes and some godox. YN’s I have the 560-iv two of them. Godox I have 2 ad360 manual flash, and I picked up a V860n ttl ver. 1. I like the idea of being able to control all of the godox with 1 transmitter. But did not want to put my ad360 at risk for some shoots. I like the V860 ttl with the rechargeable battery. I like the concept of the new 968 but if I understand it correctly I cannot remotely change the power up and down on my 560-iv with the new YN. 968, am I understanding this correctly?
    It would be great to add the new flash as my master and then when needed my other 2 could be my accent light. I need radio not slave for outdoor and indoor

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 month ago

      Hi derrucj,

      That’s correct unfortunately, you can not remotely control the power levels of YN560 IV from the YN968N.

      Considering you already have 3 Godox strobes the most convenient option really would be to trade your YN560 IV’s and go with all Godox lights.

      If you want the Lithium-ion battery then the V860II-N would be the master flash on camera option. Otherwise the TT685N are lower cost.

      You would then need to add 2.4GHz XTR-16 / XTR-16s receivers to your AD360, and V860N for slave use.

      For more inexpensive remote manual speedlites you could add the $69 TT600, which have radio receiver built-in (and provide HSS as well). V850II are the Lithium-ion version.

  5. Justin 2 months ago

    Looks cool. Shame it took so long. I already sold off my Yongnuo gear and switched over to the Godox x1 system. Fully invested there now. Speedlights, ad360s, and studio strobes.

  6. Flash Bulb 2 months ago

    YN968C would complete the 622 series for Canon.

  7. Daniel Bottner 2 months ago

    Looks like a great flash, simplified to some extent in intelligent ways from a performance perspective. I have a D600 which seems to have issues with some in flash RF transmitters. I hope Youngnuo has solved those issues in the YN968N. I have eight YN560-III’s which have very dependable.

    Has anyone checked the spectral power output of the LEDs in these speed-lights . . . ?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 month ago

      Hi Daniel,

      You may already realise this, though just in case, the YN968N can not fire and control your YN560 III”s, as the YN968N do not have a YN560 Master mode.

      So in that respect YongNuo are continuing to make things difficult. Its still a major step forward for YN622N user though.

      Sorry I’m not sure about the LED output.

  8. Daniel Bottner 1 month ago

    Thanks for your sharing your knowledge.

    I would only be using it to trigger the YN560-III’s, not really interested in the remote output power control.

    So I understand it can not fire & control.

    Can it simply fire (trigger) the YN560-III from the YN968N – or – would I still need the RF605N for the fire (trigger) aspect of the system ?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 month ago

      No, unfortunately you can’t fire the RF-605 either, you would have to use YN622N receivers just to fire the YN560 IV, with no remote control at all.

      And to use separate receivers with the YN560 IV you need to disable the radio mode, so you can’t even use an extra YN560-TX in hand to control their power levels.

      So its a bit frustrating the way YongNuo are providing half intercompatibility between the systems, it would almost be better if they just kept them completely separate than making it very confusing like this.

      A this point I have to think they are likely doing this intentionally so you can’t cheap out on lower priced slave flashes and receivers for the YN622 system. They could get away with that thinking a few years ago, but now its just costing them sales as people get the jack of it and switch to Godox.

      Same reason there is no TTL Master speedlite to even just fire and control the manual YN560 slaves. Theres definitely no technical excuse for not at least having that flash available. (The real solution though is to make both systems fully compatible, and delete all the unneeded duplicate flash models).

      • Daniel Bottner 1 month ago

        So . . . I did some more research, you are absolutely correct, need to rebuild my system with a Gordox system. The Gordox TT685N looks like a good place to start.

        I have eight new YN560-III & four new RF605’s I would still like to use.

        The solution: remove the hot-shoe from a RF605 & rewire the center trigger pin to the PC sync output connector. Connect the YN605N radio to the flash sync port. This way I will have a low profile transmitter to velcro to the Gordox TTL flash head.

        No technical reason for Yongnuo to do this, the division & incompatibility of their product lines devalues the whole Yonguno product line.

        • Daniel Bottner 1 month ago

          Update . . . the photo sync port needs to be isolated from the TTL . . .

          The photo sync port on the camera works.

          Plugging into the flash sync on the flash does not work.

          Another option is to hook the RF605 to a light slave ( hot shoe type light slave ).

          Mount this unit on top of the flash head or on your camera bracket.

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 1 month ago

            You should drop YongNuo an email and tell them you have 8 YN560 III/IV and (like many other people) need an on-camera TTL master flash to fire and control them, otherwise you will need to give up on Yongnuo and move to Godox.

            They need to hear it from customers as they just think I’m criticizing them all the time.

            • Daniel Bottner 1 month ago

              I have e-mailed Yonguno stating:

              I have eight YN 560-III’s, looking to purchase a Yonguno ITTL flash with a RF trigger to compliment my system.

              I will post their response as soon as I receive it.

              Note: The incompatibility in the YN-968N ability to communicate with the YN-560-III is a software issue.

              I am a hardware guy, so … I create hardware solutions, however a good software programer could fix this software.

              Maybe Youguno will provide a software update to restore compatibility within their system for a price. It’s all about money.

  9. Jason 1 month ago

    Lets say you had 3 or 4 of these communicating via radio, can they do a mix of manual and ttl controls at the same time among the group?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 month ago

      Hi Jason,

      Yes that should be fine.

      And you should be able to do the same using YN685N as the slave flashes as well (with YN968N as Master on camera).

  10. jim 1 month ago

    Do FH not get a copy to review?

  11. Glenn 1 month ago

    Looks a decent piece of kit. I’m a wedding photographer using Canon kit, is there a Canon version? and how exactly is the LED function used?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 month ago

      Hi Glenn,

      Yes there is a Canon version – YN968EX-RT.

      As the name suggests they operate on the Canon RT radio system though, not the YN-622C system.

      The YN600EX-RT II are a lot more popular (though don’t have the LED light), I would guess mainly because the YN968EX-RT were about 50% dearer on release (and still around $20 more now). Though the YN600EX-RT II do zoom to 200mm as well.

      I think the YN968’s LED is simply manually operated by a small button located next to the LED’s.

  12. Gobidharma 1 month ago

    Hello, I am wondering this or any other speedlight in the Yongnuo line are capable of doing off-camera Multi-mode shooting either using the YN622-TX controller or this speedlight as a master controller. I have an idea for a shot, and so far I’ve only been able to access the multi-mode with on-camera flash. I currently have the YN622-TX, several YN622 transceivers, a YN685 and several YN568’s.

  13. Russ 4 weeks ago

    The scariest thing for me is how much things have changed for Yongnuo in the market. There was a time when Yongnuo unveiling a major new TTL flash would have generated tons of excitement. They’re really slipping market wise, but just don’t seem to realize it and/or accept that fact yet.

    It’s unfortunate because I’d like to see a really strong Yongnuo offering. Instead I’m one of those debating whether it’s time to bite the bullet and change over to Godox. Unfortunately there seems to be a lot of used ones being advertised locally, so who knows.

    • Russ 4 weeks ago

      Clarification. A lot of used Yongnuo flashes being advertised locally, not used Godox…

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 weeks ago

      Hi Russ,

      Yes its pretty tough to compete when Godox have a large fully compatible system on offer now.

      Though just one good cordless 360Ws style strobe in the YongNuo range would really go a long way on its own.

      They also need to get rid of the ridiculous multiple systems and combine the YN560/RF603 and YN622 systems in one simple system. Then delete all the unnecessary duplicate flash models, and build one cohesive system.

      Its really a shame because YongNuo have some of the best radio engineering, and there are companies already making good strobes, just in need of the radio system. YongNuo want to do everything on their own, though they could also be expanding their YN622 system as wide as possible.

  14. Alfred 3 weeks ago

    Please let me know if this is correct. I can use a YN968N on a Nikon D7100 and I could control it with the D7100 without having to mount it first on a transmitter; just mounting it on the hot shoe.
    If I wanted to use one or more YN 968N, or other YN flashes would I have to use a YN 622nTX on camera that would allow me to control power output, zoom etc on each flash? Also, would I have to use a receiver on these external flashes? Sorry for the barrage of questions. Thanking your help in advance.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 weeks ago

      Hi Alfred,

      Yes you can mount the YN968N directly on the camera hotshoe, and use it alone as a TTL flash on the camera, or as the radio master unit to a number of off camera flashes. All without using a separate transmitter between the flash and camera.

      You can use either the YN968N or a YN-622N-TX as the transmitter on the camera to control a number of slave flashes, with TTL, HSS, Remote Manual Power and Zoom control.

      If the slave flashes are YN968N or YN685N then you don’t need any external radio receiver attached to them. If using a Nikon flash like the SB-910 etc, then you do need a YN-622N receiver attached.

  15. Alfred 3 weeks ago

    Thank you for clearing up my doubts and for your quick response.
    Gracias Amigo.

  16. Russ 1 week ago

    Well after some soul searching, I went ahead and ordered in a YN968N flash, so I can now report on some aspects of the flash. My goals for it were quite limited. I mainly use YN560IV flashes controlled by the YN560TX and wanted an additional manual flash, but one that could also do double duty as a TTL flash on those rare occasions when I need it. I don’t use a YN622 controller as I want compatibility with my flash meter (the non-TTL YN560TX solves the metering issues). Plus my camera body doesn’t support HSS so I can’t report on that aspect either.

    Here’s what I can tell you:

    – No surprises in all of the various TTL mode tests that I tried, including TTL hotshoe extension cables and TTL accuracy when the flash was entirely contained within a softbox (using the TTL extension cables), etc.

    – It’s a physically larger flash but it does feel more solid and substantive than the YN560IV manual flashes.

    – Not too surprisingly, the light output from the built in LED lighting is very limited. Don’t expect to put it in a softbox and get any level of modeling light capability.

    – No problems using the same external battery packs that I use on the YN560IV flashes.

    – While the LCD screen is larger, I found it harder to read compared to the manual YN560IV flashes only because the lettering is much smaller, due to the larger amount of information available on the screen. Not surprising as it is a more complex flash unit.

    – I was curious about the “real world” power of the flash compared to my existing YN560IV manual flashes. Putting them all on a zoom setting of 24mm, on full 1:1 powered manual power, and carefully testing them with my flash meter at a distance of 10 feet, I can report that the YN968N (at that distance and flash zoom setting) had about a 1/2 stop lower flash power output than the manual YN560IV flashes. I had hoped that that the power output might be the same, or even higher, as my existing manual YN560IV flashes. No luck there, but that’s the trade-off for having it as more of a “jack of all trades” type flash.

    All in all, it will accomplish the limited objectives that I personally wanted from it. An extra “third line” manual flash controlled by my YN560TX controller, manual mode compatibility with my flash meter, compatibility with my existing external battery packs, and one that would also be my occasional TTL flash when required.

    Just in case anyone finds this info useful!

  17. Russ 1 week ago

    Correction on using the built in LED as a modeling light within a softbox…

    Buried within the personal functions menu is a setting to change the brightness of the LED light. The default is set pretty low. Once I changed the default setting to its maximum brightness, I could get a modeling light that was visible (but low level) when the flash was placed inside a softbox.

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