A Capable Tool For Digital Flash Photography

If you have been following my blog, you already know that’s I’m slowly moving forward towards off-camera wireless strobes basic setups.  After an in-depth search on the Internet for affordable options, I finally decided to buy a Yongnuo speedlite and two sets of wireless transceivers.  A few days ago I posted pictures and descriptions of the Yongnuo wireless flash triggers.  Today I’ll concentrate on the YN-565 speedlite.

The Yongnuo YN-565EX TTL flash is a solid tool for digital flash photography, both on-camera or off-camera on a light stand.  It has a price tag of $102.00 at Amazon.com.  This electronic device competes heads on with Canon’s 580 EXII and the Nikon SB-900, as well as other third party strobes such as the Metz 58 AF-2, Nissin Di866, and the Sigma EF-610 DG Super.

The Yongnuo YN-565EX  was first leaked on March 8, 2011 and officially announced by Yongnuo Corporation fourteen days later.  The electronic device will support both Canon and Nikon wireless TTL modes in parallel. This means that any YN-565EX can be controlled from a SB-900, 580EX II, SB-700, SU-800, or ST-E2, etc. During the initial days, I will probably work in TTL mode to get the feel of the speedlite; then switch over to manual mode.

While searching the web for information on speedlites, I was impressed by the fact that the YN-565EX is considered by many professional photographers “as an excellent companion for top of the line Canon DSLR letting you produce amazing and breathtaking photographs.”

With advanced TTL functions, wireless flash system, and many other capabilities, the speedlite YN-565EX TTL is specifically designed and engineered to perfectly accommodate Canon Digital SLR cameras.  It is able to connect to the camera when it is off or on the camera.  It also integrates into the Canon’s TTL flash system.  Just attach it to the camera’s hot shoe, power it on with the default setting —ETTL—and start shooting to your heart’s content.  Your DSLR’s body will do the rest.

The YN-565EX is compatible with most entry and mid-range Canon camera bodies (e.g., 600D, 1100D, 60D, 7D Mark II, 550D/EOS Rebel T2i).  The flash can be controlled through the camera’s menu system.  You can change your camera’s dial to P, M, AV, or TV—all modes will work flawlessly.

What you can do with this flash is keep shooting automatically, even if the flash is on a light stand or hand-held for a more natural look of your light.  As I explained in my earlier blog post, the YN-565 EX is compatible with the Yongnuo RF-603C II wireless flash triggers.

It is powered by four AA size batteries (alkaline or Ni MH).  Can be used in automatic or manual zoom:  24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 80, and 105mm, compatible with full size or crop size sensors.

In a nutshell, the Yongnuo YN 565EX is a TTL (through the lens) flash that measures light while exposure, thus giving you excellent quality photographs.  Exposures in E-TTL modes is good and reliable.  Once you discover how much better your photographs will look when using the flash remote method —not on the camera’s hot shoe—it will become your favorite partner.  The only other accessory you’ll have to buy are compatible and reliable radio triggers.

Below are several pictures of the YN-565EX TTL strobe shot while unpacking it late yesterday afternoon.

Snapshot of the YN565EX TTL speedlite housed in a very attractive golden box and extremely well protected inside with bubble wrappings and suspended plastic sheets. I had never seen such care in packaging a product before. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of the well-padded speedlite’s black protective pouch. I was impressed with the high quality materials used in this affordable Chinese strobe. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of the User Manual written in both Chinese and English. I would like to point out that the English version is difficult to understand due to poor English used. I had to read it several times and experiment with the device to understand what the author meant. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of the plastic mini stand of the YN-565EX TTL speedlite. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
A front view of the YN-565EX TTL flash unit. It will allow you to slide up a wide-angle diffuser and a reflection board from the top of the glass for a softer and more natural light. When the flash head is up 90 degrees, it will produce a highlighted point on a subject’s eyes thus adding glamour to the eyes (catch light).
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of the operating command section of the flash unit. The buttons are almost identical to those of Canon flashes. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

As a “wannabe” photographer, I fully realize that light is the most transformative tool at any photographer’s disposal.  Whether the lens is aimed at flowers, plants, wildlife, or landscapes, the creative use of light is often the difference between a snapshot or a powerful photograph.  I look forward to learn about the proper use of the magic ingredient used by photographers called “light”Adiós!


4 thoughts on “A Capable Tool For Digital Flash Photography”

    1. Morning Barbara,

      The more I dig my heels into photography territory, the more the universe expands. It is a very deep activity with so many new things to learn. Initially I thought it was only aiming the camera at a pretty subject and shoot. Now I realize it’s much more than that.

      So much to learn, so little time.



    1. Morning Joe,

      For the generous features it has, I think this speedlight is worth its salt. I’m very excited about using its E-TTL capabilities to get started. Then, I plan to escalate to manual mode, just like I did with my cameras.

      Thank you for your nice comment, Joe.



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