So, it’s been a while since I’ve added a product review, or recommendation. No time like the present, right?
When I first started looking at off camera flashes and flash photography, it was a bit overwhelming. What do I want? Do I want strobe or continuous lighting? How do I decide on output? And these were just a few of the questions I had.
After lots of research, it seemed the best way to start, and to enhance my photos, was to simply start with an off camera flash. But, building with a limited budget, many of the brand name speedlites were still expensive, even for used.
I spend quite a bit of time watching/reading reviews, and ended up taking a chance on a speedlite that wasn’t a Canon, but had gotten solid reviews across the board….the Yongnuo 560ii Speedlite. I also thought this was a smart way to go, as I planned on getting Yongnuo triggers (but that’s another story).
It does have a couple of limitations (no TTL), but here are some of the specs:
- New Power zoom function focal length range from 24mm to 105mm
- Guide number: 58 at ISO100, 105MM
- Slave function ( S1, S2 mode)
You just can use YN-460 and YN-460 II in indoor and at a very weak light, but for YN-560, you can use it in outdoor environment, and the wireless triggering distance is as around 15m
- New PC synchronous port – YN560-II provides PC port，you can make the flash synchronously by connecting to the PC port.
- Super speed of charging recycle – 3 seconds in charging after full power output.
- Supporting high speed continuous shooting – Under the output level of 1/8 or below, YN-560 II can support the 8FPS high speed continuous shooting
- The Improved power saving mode – flash stays idle for 3 minutes and then it will step into the dormancy state in order to save power. and it will automatically shutdown after keeping idle for 15 minutes.
- Output control – The adjustment range of YN-560 output level is 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128, there are 8 levels of put and each level has 8 fine tuning options
Manually set the zooming position:
- The covered focal length of the flash will switch in circle of 14 / 28 / 35 / 50 / 70 / 80 / 105mm by pressing the button.
- Multi-Lamp Lighting Application
- Exposure Bracketing ( FEB)
- Use Wide-angle Diffuser
- Rear-curtain Sync
- FE Lock ( This function can only be available when your camera supports it, for the setting of FE lick, refer to your camera manual)
- Application of AF LED
- Exposure Compensation
- Reflection Flash
- Use Reflection Board to take photo
Overall, I’ve been very pleased with this flash. I highly recommend it for beginners, as it’s budget and user friendly. It’s a great piece to start with, and build around with triggers, and modifiers before upgrading to a more expensive speedlite (if you feel you need to).
This flash is available for purchase at Amazon.