But lets move on and see some specs about this new yn565EX flash:
- TTL Flash with very powerful guide number GN58 @ ISO100, 105mm, support TTL, M, Multi mode
- Auto and manual zoom functions 24-105mm focal length
- Full support TTL Functions FEC, FEB, Rear-curtain sync, FE lock, Modeling Light, Menu Access of Canon camera
- Charging Socket for External Flash Pack
The YN-565 is actually is their version for the Canon 580EXII.
When you look for Canon brand flash for under 200$, you’ll only find the Canon 270EX who is a light one, but very low power. The amateur flash will be the 320EX (220$) or the 430EXII (+250$), those ain’t cheap.
Update (18/01/2013) : There is another YN flash that might interest you in this price range – YN500EX previewed here. The 500EX is less powerful, but can do HSS (if you need it), and is a bit smaller.
Here is my review for the YN565EX:
PROS – What I like in the YN565EX review here:
- High power- GN58 is what canon offers with their 580EXII.
- Low weight – it weights less than the Canon 580EXII, although same size.
- Build quality – I must say that it looks very solid and I’m one that is used for Canon flash (no Vivitar and other 3rd party brands).
- Accuracy – This is the most important flash feature, I tested it for couple 100′s clicks and it looks very solid.
- Sound – It makes a beep while charging and ready sound (some my like it and some won’t).
- Slave modes – Has the S1 and S2 like their other flashes, but the big news are about their wireless control! It can be a wireless slave to the master Canon580EXII (I didn’t checked it yet with the 550EX , but I think it will work too).Being able to get an ETTL wireless ability from a 3rd party flash is a surprising feature, you could get thi one to work in groups and channels.
Cons – What I miss in the YN565EX:
- The big bummer with the YN-565EX is the fact that he can’t sync fast (FP), so if your camera syncs 1/200th sec like my 5DMKII, thats the fastest shutter speed you can get here.
- I must say that I found some flaws in the YN565, but mostly because I’m used to my 580s.
- The YN565 has a hot-shoe lock like the 580EX – a rotation ring, not a lock gask like the 580EXII.
- Yongnuo copied well the buttons in the swivel head, but its not a lock button like in the other Canon flashes.
- The worst manual ever seen for any device on earth!!! But there is some funny sides to that – they actually used the same ducks diagrams for the wireless section as in Canon’s manual… There are pages there that you’d think that my 3 years old boy can write better. Guys, you decided to play the pro background – put some more minutes in the manual…
YN565EX – Bottom line:
This flash is packed with features- high power, recycles fairly fast, has all the strobist features you’ll need (even a pc sync),ETTL and a very good price (about 160$) you could buy 2.5 YN565s at the price of one 580EXII…For normal use=home use and personal (not wedding photographer that flashes about 2000 per night) this unit is a very good option, especially if you consider Canon unit…
I must say that I was sure that with the wireless control that puts this flash in a very apprising status, there will be also high speed sync, but no!!! This is my only disappointment from that flash. It costs less than the Nissin and Sigma who are the leading 3rd party “pro” flashes out there, but has the same and more features. This isn’t just a strobist flash but also a useful flash for 160$ bucks.
If you have any questions about the YN565EX please feel free to comment here, you’ll get fast personal answer!
If you don’t need the TTL and wireless features, you might want to read my review for the YN560-II a very affordable strobist flash for less than 80$!!!
Click to view the english YN565EX user manual (or right click and save as to download)
Videos and instruction for the YN565EX:
How To shut Down The Beep Sound:
In general you’d have to press the Fn. button (Function) . By pressing the up/down buttons you’ll get to function number 14, then press the left/right button and switch the setting from (on) to (–).Here is a short video: