Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II Manual Flash Review

The YN-560 Mark II is the newest kind of the extremely well-known show YN560 (visit Bob Hobby’s website here). The show was face-lifted in Jan of 2011 already, when Yongnuo included a metallic show feet as well as enhanced electronic devices and qc. What’s arriving now in Dec of 2011 is an entirely new creation with the YN-560 II, and it will substitute the existing YN-560 that’s being removed over time. In the same style as with the also-new YN468-II you can see how Yongnuo’s technicians are paying attention to reviews from customers and force themselves to consistently enhance on their products.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II Manual Flash Review
Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II Manual Flash Review

The most stunning distinction is the new LCD show on the back that’s changing battery power of LEDs of the very first YN-560 show. But that’s not all other more compact developments add a “battery-low” signal for example. Continue reading further below for a walk-through of the new functions. Pricing for the new show is not known at this point but it can be predicted that it will be on the stage of the existing creation, which Marks the YN-560 II should be available for around $70 (US price), or maybe a little bit above during the first several weeks. Examine eBay or amazon to find provides and present costs.

YN-560 II Still a Full-Manual Flash

Please observe that this YN560 II is still a genuine non-TTL display. It contributes a “multi mode” to the full-manual method “M”, but there’s no (i.e. zero) assistance for the present electronic Cannon or Nikon display visibility techniques. The YN560-II is missing any type of Canon ETTL (II) or i-TTL (Nikon). It’s also not suitable for the corresponding wi-fi auto-flash techniques “wireless ETTL” or “AWL” / “advanced wi-fi lighting”.

You still can use the display in you hot shoes, but everything has to be set to guide method, both speedlite as well as you itself. And for every taken you need to set a energy by side on the display, e.g. “1/2″ or “1/16″, because the display is incapable to obtain visibility details from you whole body. Same applies for the wi-fi ways “S1″ and “S2″ which are also completely guide display ways, even though the leading to is synched with an expert display.

LCD show (new segment-type structure with huge font)

The greatest modify is that Yongnuo is shifting away from battery power of LEDs on the returning board to indicate important details such as power, zoom capability step and show method / servant method. The LED “battery” was presented with their first-ever show, the YN460, and is a simple and standard type of details show, especially when you’re used to the big and information-rich LCD displays on a Cannon 580 or Nikon SB-900. But in the past of the YN460 this was not a problem – the show had no zoom capability and no personalization so that the only thing you really required to know was the outcome stage. With every LED light comprising a complete quit of sunshine, this did work well.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II Manual Flash Review
Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II Manual Flash Review

With the YN-560 however Yongnuo provided us more features: there’s now a configurable sound-prompt, plus a zoom capability reflector, the choice of fine-tuning of outcome stages between the complete prevents, last but not least configurable stand by actions. The new YN-560 II contributes even more, e.g. the multiple method and it’s therefore time to escape from the restrictions of these simple LEDs and present a huge returning board, based on section kind LCD’s. The board has a good dimension and uses substantial typeface as can be seen from the picture so it should be easy to read, even from a distance.

Contingency Display of Zoom capability and Energy Step

YN560 II reveals zoom and power togetherOne, or maybe the most important critique of the unique YN560 details display is that the display doesn’t show the present zoom establishing unless you force on a zoom key on the rear. With the LCD board on the new Yongnuo speedlite YN560-II you get now both figures shown together simultaneously. You also still have the 2 devoted zoom management buttons for cruising up and cruising down, as well as the 4 management control buttons for including or subtracting power so that it’s not only simple to see where you are, but also a breeze to create any improvements.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II Specifications

Basic information
Brand Yongnuo
Model YN560
Class professional
Cost (USD) 75
First introduction 2010
Successor none yet
Canon compatibility
Compatible with Canon cameras (E-TTL(II)) no
Supported Canon flash modes M
Canon wireless TTL slave / master no / no
Nikon compatibility
Compatible with Nikon cameras (CLS / i-TTL) no
Supported Nikon flash modes M
Nikon wireless TTL slave / master no / no
Manual mode
Manual power settings (on the flash) 1/1 – 1/2 – 1/4 – 1/8 – 1/16 – 1/32 – 1/64 – 1/128

“Power Low” Indication / Battery energy Warning

YN560 II display iconsA prevalent issue with Canon and Nikon quick flashes is the shortage of a low-battery caution that would provide the opportunity to put in clean battery power before it’s too delayed. Nikon new speedlights do have such an indication, but surprisingly the symbol only appears when battery energy is very exhausted and not before the crucial stage is achieved. The YN560-II now has such a battery-low indicator (see symbol variety 28 in the display plan proven here) – that’s a “first” for Yongnuo, and also a “first” for any full-manual display as far as I know. I’m expecting at this stage that it’s the kind of battery mild which gives you caution before it’s too delayed, and not only after the energy is out. There’s one other display nowadays on the marketplace with a actual battery caution, and that is the Metz 58 AF-2 – a pro-level complete TTL display, not similar with the YN560-II.

New “Multi mode”

Yongnuo statements the new YN560-II to be the first China manual-flash with a multiple method. Multi method is a second display method, along with the full-manual method “M”, and also along with the 2 full-manual servant ways “S1″ and “S2″ which can’t be mixed with the multi-mode choice. YN560 II with multiple modeMulti method allows shooting a number of fast quick flashes with a shutter launch to make a stroboscopic impact in the causing image. It’s often used to display different stages to move of a BMX bicyclist, skate boarder or gymnast, for example, or any other item journeying through the structure.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II Manual Flash Review
Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II Manual Flash Review

Multi-mode is more of a trick than a really useful function – you won’t discover really useful programs in common electronic photography. A special restriction on the YN-560 II is that you have to understand the connection between the multiple method configurations and the shutter rate used on electronic camera body system. Flash and electronic camera are not able to return details about this full-manual display, only exemption being the induce signal sent through the x-contact. If the multiple method series i.e. the mixture of regularity and variety of quick flashes is not appropriate for electronic camera shutter rate you won’t get advice, or any way of an bypass.

New Key Material

While there had been quite some problems reviews with the YN460-line control buttons which were marked as “mushy” by customers, the button structure on the YN560 sequence had been much better from the starting thanks to the style and style resemblances with the Cannon speedlite 580, and probably also the skills and learnings Yongnuo’s technicians have obtained from their first products.

The button structure for the newest YN560-II creation now has stayed the same from the past design, but Yongnuo statements enhanced “sensitivity and better sensation to control”. My think is that this relates to the information where they most probably depart from the smooth rubberized that was still used on the YN560 over to plastic content control buttons as they’re available on the YN565 already nowadays.

New Servant Indicator Protect Design

When you look at the top part side of the display you can see that the human body style looks like the digital-TTL display YN-565 EX, and not like the forerunner YN560 any longer. YN560-II front part looks like YN-565The smooth, one-piece plastic content display has been changed by a development with an additional place where the YN565 functions its wi-fi ETTL / wi-fi iTTL slave sensor eye. Below that additional place you find the laser-based AF support on the YN-565.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II Manual Flash Review
Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II Manual Flash Review

The new YN560 II doesn’t have either of the 2 functions, neither TTL slave nor any type of AF support ray despite the same looks. What it requires over from its culture, however, are the 2 easy visual slave ways “S1″ and “S2″. Both are always mixed with guide display method, but allow distant leading to of the display at a predetermined outcome stage. We’ve caved the YN560 evaluation how extremely efficient and delicate this slave method is, and therefore it’s no overstatement when Yongnuo phone calls it a “high degree of sensitivity wi-fi leading to sensor”. They condition 15 metres as highest possible variety outside, but this could quickly be surpassed in the YN-560 realistic assessments where up to 30 metres could be obtained.