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Multi-Function YONGNUO Flash Speedlight YN-565EX II E-TTL Flash for Canon DSLR Camera

Multi-Function YONGNUO Flash Speedlight YN-565EX II E-TTL Flash for Canon DSLR Camera

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Features:
Support for Canon system.
The TTL flash with large guide number.
Reaches the level of the mainstream hot shoe flashes, supports TTL/M/Multi mode.
The YN565EX II can be triggered by hot-shoe, flash command slave mode, optical S1, and S2 (pre-flash-canceled mode).
Supports auto/manual zooming.
Covers a focal length range of auto, and 24 to 105mm, supports full-frame/half-frame camera.
Comprehensively support TTL functions.
FEC, FEB, Rear-curtain sync, FE lock, Modeling Light, Canon camera menu accessable.
Only takes 3 seconds to finish a charging cycle after a full level output, you can use external power pack to accelerate the charging speed once more.
Provides charging socket for external power pack, to meet your higher demand for charging recycle.
Provides PC port,you can make the flash synchronously by connecting to the PC port.
Turn on the sound prompt function, different sounds indicate working situations help you focus on shooting.
Press down the camera’s depth-of-fired preview button, the YN565EX II will send out continuous flash lasting one second.
Supports advanced settings, you can customize the unit according to your shooting preferences.
Save the current settings automatically.
LCD panel user interface with super gelivable metal hot-shoe stand.

Suitability:
For Canon 6D,7D, 5DII,5DIII
For Canon 60D,70D
For Canon 650D, 600D, 550D, 500D/T1i, 450d/Xsi,1000D,etc(Not suitable for 20D/30D/40D/5D/350D/400D)

Specifications:
Circuit design: Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor(IGBRT)
Guide No: 58(ISO 100, 105mm)
Flash mode: TTL, M, Multi
Wireless mode: Set-top /S1/S2 /Sc/Sn
Wireless triggering distance: 20-25m indoor, 10-15m outdoor
Slave groups: 3 (A, B and C)
Channels: 4
Zoom range: auto,24,28,35,50,70,80,105mm
Vertical rotation angle: -7--90 degrees
Horizontal rotation angle: 0-270 degrees
Power supply: 4 * AA size batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable) (not included)
Lighting times: 100-1500 times(AA alkaline cell used)
Recycle time: appro * 3S(AA alkaline cell used)
Color temperature: 5600k
Flash time: 1/200s--1/20000s
Flash control: 8 levels of output control (1/128--1/1), 29 levels of the fine turning
External interface: hot shoe, PC port and eternal charging port
External power: YONGNUO external charging boxes like SF-18C, SF-17C (not included)
Additional features: Rear-curtain sync, FEC, FEB, FEV, modeling flash, manual zoom, auto zoom, sound prompt,advanced setting,
automatically saving setting, PC port, power saving mode and over heat protection
Item size: Approx. 19 * 7.8 * 6cm / 7.5 * 3.1 * 2.4in
Item weight: 377g / 13.3oz
Package size: 21 * 10 * 8.5cm / 8.3 * 3.9 * 3.3in
Package weight: 556g / 19.6oz

Package lists:
1 * Flash Light
1 * Protecting Bag
1 * Mini Stand
1 * User Manual (English & Chinese)

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Will this work on a Canon 5D mark iii?

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  • All Canon DSLR cameras use the same flash type, so, yes.

    By eire1274 on November 18, 2017

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e-ttl

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  • Yes it is fully compatibke with the canon ettl protocol.

    By Euclides Fuguet on May 1, 2018

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Does anybody know how to turn off the annoying loud beeping for this flash? Thanks in advance ;o)

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  • haven't gotten that far yet, but the reason for the beeps is to let you know the flash has fully recycled and is ready for the next shot. Very useful for off camera flash photography

    By m. Abdullah on November 5, 2017

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will this flash work with a canon 70D?

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  • Yes, with no problems. The 70D uses the same flash mechanism as the models listed in the description.

    By eire1274 on October 4, 2017

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Does the head rotate 360 degrees?

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  • No. It rotates 270 degrees.

    By John Photo on May 7, 2018

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I just received this flash and the diffuser will not come out of the head. Is there a trick to release it or is this unit broken?

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  • the diffuser should pull up and deop down across the face of the flash. it should not detach. neither should the white card for flash bounce. if the diffuser does not pull up then it is stuck or broken.

    By Paul Bunting on May 9, 2018

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Does this flash work in auto TTL function with a Canon T3?

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  • yes

    By suben SELLER on December 12, 2017

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does it work with canon rebel t3i ?

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  • Yes it does! I'm using it with the t4i which is very similar, and my friend has the t3i, it worked with hers.

    By Andrea on October 21, 2017

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Will the rf602 triggers fire the 565 exii, even in manual mode?

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  • I have RF603, they trigger 565EX II without problems, and i'm sure RF602 will do too.

    By Gus on August 17, 2017

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Will this flash work with my Canon 6D and should I go ahead and get the remote for the flash?

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  • Yes it ll work

    By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2017

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  • By Stephen T.

    December 14, 2017

    After getting one of these for my younger sister, I replaced my Canon 430ex with one as well. The improvements were the metal shoe mount and the higher power output. E-TTL works well usually for on-camera shooting at events. Sometimes, I can't see the difference between stopping the flash down. For off-camera lighting in manual mode, recycle times are great and results are predictable. I had no problems with quality and function aside from batteries (eneloops, powerex imedions) dying when left in the flash. Maybe you should not do that in general but I've been punished a couple of times from doing that. The batteries died especially fast even with the flash off but I don't know enough about electronics to speculate why. Recently, I upgraded to a Sony a99. I use this flash with it thanks to the standard hot shoe but no longer have E-TTL function. I shot with this flash on-camera for an event in manual mode and it works fine as long as you can adapt quickly and foresee when you need to bump the power up or down.

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  • By J. Foster

    August 28, 2017

    I've had this about a month now and have used it for a few things. It performs very well, works seamlessly with my Canon camera, and the build quality feels pretty good. The ETTL functionality is the reason I bought this one over the YN-560 and I am not disappointed. It works well and is very effective. With good batteries, I can even get rapid, successive flashes when taking pictures in burst mode. I've used manual flashes before, and am very comfortable with them. This flash just gives a bit more "safety factor" when using flash in situations where I can't always measure the light or take a sample pic or two. We'll see if this flash holds up to regular use, but it does come with a warranty, so I'm not too concerned about it. I'll update this review if I do have any problems, but so far I like this flash a lot. Two Month update: I just got back from a trip where I used this flash almost constantly while taking pictures in an indoor, low light facility. I took probably around 1000 pictures with it and experienced no trouble at all. I'm even more impressed with it now than before. The output is excellent, and recharge time is very short (with good batteries). I loved having the ETTL metering for quick candid people photos. It made it very easy to snap a photo and move on. I didn't have to worry about over or underexposing anything. I'm already thinking about purchasing another one of these flashes.

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  • By Bill and Jillian

    August 18, 2017

    I've always found taking pictures with the built in flash on my Canon t2i a bit of a disappointment. The lighting wasn't always that great, and if you change the lens to some wide angles, the built in flash can hit the end of the lens resulting in a big dark spot at the bottom of my photos, like the top of a circle. So I never used the built in flash. I was over at a friends house, and he grabbed his camera with a good external Canon flash, and snapped a couple of photos of my wife. I looked at the photos, and I was in awe. This was the first time that I had seen gorgeous indoor shots like this. I had to get myself a lens like this. I looked at several canon lenses, but at around $200 each, they were a bit expensive for something I still wasn't confident I'd use very regularly. Then I found this well reviewed lens, and knew it fit the bill. I've taken some amazing shots of my extended family, wife and baby, just hanging out at home. My shots used to be a bit blurry, not quite focused. With this flash, all that is gone. I usually bounce the light off the ceiling, and the result is amazing. I'd say this flash has 98% of the features that the Canon flash has, at well under half the price. The other couple of features I could only use if I had several other hundred dollars of equipment, and even then its a very edge case. The flash comes with a soft case to protect the flash while in transit or storage. I would highly recommend this flash if you are looking for good value in a camera accessory.

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  • By Omar Upegui R.

    June 15, 2017

    The battery compartment cover, the buttons and the flash’s foot feels solid and well made. The speedlite can be locked in the camera’s hot shoe with a traditional locking wheel, rather than the lever-based lock designed by Canon and Nikon. The wheel has a good size, easy to use and with a comfortable grip. The flash itself is quite big, but performed very well on my DSLR Canon EOS Rebel T2i camera without tipping over. The flash performed flawlessly together with the radio transceivers (Yongnuo RF-603C II). Installing it on the camera’s hot shoe was a breeze. Triggering the speedlite thru the wireless transceivers was no problem as well. I also tried the TTL cable and the dedicated, digital Canon/Nikon infrared TTL slave mode. No problems either. If your camera has a built-in master mode, then go ahead and give it a shot. There’s no need to buy any other additional equipment to get started right off the bat. This technology uses infrared light instead of radio waves for the signal transmission, albeit it requires a direct line of sight between the commander/master and the slave flash as explained earlier. If you are looking for a speedlite of high quality with TTL features at a budget price, this could serve your lighting needs very well. I'm satisfied with it and plan to buy another one to upgrade my modest home photography studio.

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  • By Kage

    June 13, 2017

    Haven't had an external flash since the days of dedicated thyristor vivitar on my OM-1 (miss those days...). I needed a flash for a wedding overseas to use with my Canon 60D. I looked online extensively, not wanting to spend much over $100, yet not wanting to have to buy a better flash in a few months. If you're looking at this then you know the 565EX is a twin to a much more expensive Canon flash. I definitely wanted ETTL since the flash would be camera mounted on my overseas trip. And it needed enough power to be able to bounce light off walls or ceiling. I was a bit hesitant since I read mixed reviews about the flash suddenly stopping, or overheating during a shoot. But I had no problems with it. Flash arrived packaged well, in a branded box tucked inside its sturdy cloth pouch. I examined it and was pleasantly surprised by the build quality, and a bit overwhelmed by the buttons and display. Also, once I put the batteries in (rechargeable AA's) I was not looking forward to hefting the weight of it around on a full day shoot. But I'm used to it since I use my LED light on my camera for video shoots. Ok, so then I checked the sparsely written and somewhat comical translation of the manual and understood the functions a bit better. Then I did an extensive test with the 60D, using it in various bounce settings in low light to simulate wedding conditions. Wow! I thought 'how can I miss!" The ETTL worked perfectly. During my test I tried different types of batteries, and of course the Eneloops were the way to go if I didn't want to wait to take another shot. And indeed, in a wedding scenario if you want to snap a few pics in succession I recommend the eneloops.

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  • By Bryan Vukich

    June 8, 2017

    I generally shy away from third party products unless they are proven performers; both through consistent high reviews, and positive real world reports. I was taking a bit of a risk with this flash. It's brand new on the market, there are very few reviews out there, and almost no real people have them in hand to test with yet. But... Given the high number of relevant features (especially Canon compatible E-TTL II, and E-TTL wireless slave), high power (only slightly lower than a 580EXII), and low cost; I was willing to take a chance. Overall, I'm not even remotely disappointed. It's no 580EXII, but considering I can get three of these for about the same cost, I'd rather have these. I purchased a  Janco External Flash Battery Pack for Canon 580EX, 580EX II, 550EX, 540EZ, MR-14EX, & MT-24EX Speedlite Flash Units (Replaces Canon CP-E4)  to go with it, which I would highly recommend if you are doing wedding/event photography, and need either the flash to cycle in well under a second, or need the batteries to last all day. Great, powerful, cheap combo. Highly recommended. I also picked up a  Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce for the Canon 580EX Flash  diffuser. It's a tight fit because of the rubber strips on the side of the head (much like the 580EXII), but I used my fingers to stretch it out a bit, and it fits better now. I wouldn't expect dedicated flash diffusers to be produced for a third party flash, but this one is usable, and you'll be happy with it if you have realistic expectations. And honestly, I'd rather have it tight, than the lose fit one (obviously with the correct model) has on a 430EXII. If you were in the market for a 430EXII, without a doubt get this. It's cheaper, higher power, and has more features. If you were in the market for a 580EXII, the answer is a little more difficult. If you have a body with no wireless master, and were planning on using a 580EXII as a master, or need a more weather sealed solution; then stick to the 580EXII. If you can live with the slightly lower power, no weather sealing, no wireless master (or don't mind using an ST-E2, or third party equivalent); then this could be a viable option, and should be considered. I was looking for a 580EXII class of flash, and could live with the limitations, so it was an easy choice for me.

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  • By Checkoutnow

    June 8, 2017

    I just received my 565ex yesterday, put it on my Canon T3i and immediately began taking pictures to surpass the 20 picture lemon curse folks have been having. I also took plenty of action shots at 1/200 of my Daughter dancing and they came out just like did when I did the same with the 580EX II I rented 2 weeks ago. Using the yn-565ex as a remote flash/off-camera worked just as well. I have a big shoot coming up this weekend - expecting to shoot at least 1500-200 shots of all action/in-motion type, so I'll update this review of how that goes ASAP. I'm planning to purchase some yn-560 units as side flashes for an upcoming studio shoot since I hear that they're perfect for this. At the end of the day if this doesn't perform well this weekend I'll send it back and spend the extra bucks to get the 580EX II. I did research over and over again and took the advice of some fine folks @ [...] and decided to pull the trigger on this. It's worth the money if it works out as it has for some pleased folks and it's just as easy to return it if it fails in performance this weekend. I also hear the failure issue is related to some coil that can easily and cheaply be replaced.. I'm not too worried about it - I've wasted more money on other useless nonsense in my life :) FYI I'm using  Sanyo NEW 1500 eneloop 8 Pack AA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries  in the flash and it powered up with no problem I'll post some test shots with and without the flash and different variations, etc.

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  • By J Ike

    June 7, 2017

    I did a great amount of research before deciding to get the YN-565ex. Included in this is comparing and contrasting against other speedlites of the same price. I always read both professional reviews as well as user reviews, watch Youtube reviews etc. etc. I decided on the YN-565ex despite some concern over the quality of Chinese made electronics, specifically a high end item like this. So far my concern has been completely unfounded and am very pleased with my YN-565ex. Combine this fact with the price and I rate this product 5 stars. No need to pay $500.00 for Canon unless you need the few extras that the Canon has that the Yongnuo offshoot doesn't. Even when shooting at a higher level (general studio work, communions, birthdays, etc etc) this strobe will get the job done so don't be afraid. I have already fired off about 500 shots with this Speedlite and it worked excellently every time. I have used it to take some studio portraits and it fired as a slave as well as with a wireless triggers (Yongnuo's 603s). This morning I used it on a cold NJ beach to take photos in below freezing temps and no problem whatsoever. TTL works good and any newcomer to the world of Speedlites will be pleased with the fact that they can just about fire and forget. About the only poor part of this product is the instruction manual which is about as helpful as a punch in the face but look on Youtube and you can basically find instructions for just about anything with this strobe. The controls take a little getting used to but for the most part aren't difficult.

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  • By Michelle Almodovar

    June 5, 2017

    I was looking for an affordable flash and I found it. This flash works great with the camera settings in both ETTL or Manual. (I use Manual mostly) This flash really does work just like the Canon 580, the controls are in pretty much the same place, I showed it to a friend who has the Canon version and she picked it up and controlled as if it was her Canon 580, the biggest give away was the screen color :) I have used this flash on my hot shoe on my Canon Rebel T3i, & 7D, I have also triggered it in my studio as a slave from my T3i, works great, so great I plan to purchase a second one as a lower cost option for the higher priced strobes. The battery life is awesome, I did a wedding shoot/reception and it lasted about 9 hours before I had to replace batteries. I did invest in the Duracell rechargeable batteries. I even used it recently at a kid's concert and I was pretty far back with zoom and this flash was very powerful even with the low light and the distance away. The only negative I would have to say is that for the most part recycle times are adequate but in some situations a slight delay may occur Highly recommend this flash!

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  • By John S.

    May 15, 2017

    This flash works great. Has almost all the features of the canon flash without the canon price! It feels surprisingly solid and well made, menu navigation is fast and responsive. Screen and its backlighting seem very high quality, so to does the supplied case, which is sufficiently padded. Slave mode works excellent and the flash is very powerful. Recharge time is very fast, if you shoot at 1/8 power and below, you can fire it over and over without having to wait for it to recharge. The sound for recharging is a very cool feature, and comes in handy, however it is quite loud. Zoom makes a bit of a noise, but it's more of a gentle hum than an alarming noise. The ETTL works flawlessly, and it communicates with my camera without a hitch The only problem I have with it is that it does not have High Speed Sync, but at this price, it's still a great buy because of all the features and the excellent build quality.

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  • By mojo1

    May 11, 2017

    The Yougnuo YN-565ex does in fact work in slave mode with the Canon 7D. I didn't do extensive testing, but at least 30 feet was no problem and the audible beeps can help to indicate the light has recyled and ready for the next picture. I wanted to know that up-front, so there you go. Weight and size is almost the same as the Canon 580ex, however a light diffuser for the 580ex wouldn't fit the Yougnuo slightly larger frame. The light output is good, but the recycle time is much slower than I expected, sometimes 3-4 seconds seems forever when you need it, but this is my first speed light. Overall, it is a good value, and accompanied with a 7D, it is a definitely less expensive alternative for those looking to get into off camera speedlight work. I would recommend it

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  • By redfro

    April 19, 2017

    I got this flash hoping it would work out because of the great price and feature set. I have had this probably 6 months though i have only really used it the last couple months for maybe 2 sets of batteries worth of flashes. It has plenty of features. It can be triggered wirelessly and has pretty good power output in my opinion though this is my first flash, so my expierence is limited. also this can only act as a slave not a master when being fired remotely. I would have no problem owning several of these, but my next on needs to be able to act as a master. The build quality is good. It feels solid in the hands and the buttons are nice as well. This is not a $500 flash but is a solid deal and worth weel more than what I paid.

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  • By rick

    February 20, 2017

    I received mine about a week ago and have done some tests with it. It feels like a very high quality unit...not at all like the YN 460's that I have. Here's what I've found: 1. E-TTL exposures are right on the money in TV/AV and Manual camera modes. 2. The built in optical slaves are much more sensitive than the YN 460s or my Sonia slaves. 3 Works with my RF-602 triggers. 4. The AF Assist works like a champ. 5. There is no High Speed Sync. 6. Second curtain sync works great (on camera). 7. The flash interfaces perfectly with my in camera menu system, unlike my past (Sigma) flash. 8. The EX-580 Canon style dome diffusers fit on it perfectly. 9. Auto zoom and manual zoom work as expected. 10. The manual is almost useful. Almost! If the innards of this thing are as durable as the exterior construction appears to be, this thing is quite a deal.

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  • By Euclides Fuguet

    February 15, 2017

    I just bought this flash last week, after many days reviewing all the alternatives offered for Canon. I made my decision based on Value/Performance. I believe it was the one that offered me the most options, power, E-TTL and compatibility with my Canon Rebel T4I for the price, which is very competitive. This is my first external flash ever and I am new to DSLR photography, and my budget is low. As soon as I placed it on the hot shoe, the camera recognized it immediately. Compatibility is great. E-TTL and Canon wireless slave mode work perfectly. You can control all the options using the camera menu. I am happy with the purchase and will update later if I run into any problem. The batteries I am using are the Synergy Digital Quick Battery Charger #SB-257, Nikon Coolpix L810 Digital Camera Battery Charger Replacement of 4 AA NiMH 2800mAh Rechargeable Batteries, with Charger, that I bought here in Amazon for my wife's Nikon Coolpix, and the recycle time is amazing. The flash has a light in the back that is Red when Ready to fire and Green when is recharging. With these batteries I have not seen the Green light yet. I tried continuous shooting (T4I can do 5 frames per second according to the specs), and the flash fired every time. The Canon flashes are great looking, fully compatible and they have Canon reputation behind them. However, I just could not afford/justify the price they cost. You can almost buy four of these units for the price of one Canon 580EX II. This Yongnuo 565EX is a very similar replica of the Canon 580EXII, except for no HSS or master wireless. For my occasional photography, I can live without these features. Wireless E-TTL works perfectly. I placed the flash on a tripod with its included stand, programmed it to be SLAVE and it fired every time I shoot with my camera. The camera built-in flash works as a master. Very cool included feature!. The flash produces an audible noise when recycling and when a good exposure was obtained. In case the exposure was not good, an alarm will sound. It is loud, but I have read online that it can be disabled using one of the functions. The difference is very noticeable when you shoot the flash straight to the subject (built in flash) vs bouncing off the light from the ceiling/wall. An external flash is a must!. So far no complaints. Amazon delivered on time and it was well packaged. It came with a nice pouch and a stand. I will post later if I find any issues. Happy Flash hunting. This mission is over for me (at least for now!)

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  • By C10layman

    February 13, 2017

    I know the Yongnuo 565 EX TTL god a bad reputation in the past and likely the reason why it's reviews are slightly lower is because the original design had some issues that were causing the unit to fail. Apparently this newer model was redesigned to make it more reliable and I've had no issues using it thus far. I've had it for two weeks and have taken several hundred shots with it and it's working great thus far. I've been so pleasently surprised with how much better my pictures have been turning out. I am finally able to shoot indoors and have beautiful pictures using this flash to bounce light onto my subjects and even my outdoor shots are much improved being able to use this as a fill flash to lighten up my subjects. I purchased a set of ENELOOP batteries with it and I've been able to shoot in continuous mode on my T3i with no issues with the flash lagging behind. For the price and considering how much more you'd have to spend on a Canon Flash I would highly recommend the 565!

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  • By K. Zak

    January 17, 2017

    I've had the flash for a week and just used it for a wedding. Ordered this while my Canon speedlite 430ex ii was away on repairs. Paid the same price for this unit as it was to repair my 430. I've used the 430 before in several senior photo sessions and a couple of wedding and have had excellent results. This flash provides much more power but at the cost of battery life and flash recharge time. I went through three sets of batteries in about 700 shots. With the 430 I would go through 1 set of rechargeable batteries in the same time. Not only that, the flash recharge time got longer and longer the more I used the batteries. I don't recall the same issue with the 430. The 430 seemed to recharge much quicker, i.e. less wait between flashes. The big concern with this flash was how hot the batteries got during use. I could feel the flash getting quite hot as I used it and the delay between flashes reached nearly ten seconds. I popped out those batteries and burned my hands. They were that hot. Put in a new set of batteries and burned through them in another 200 shots and popped in the third set. The first set were still very hot to the touch and I would not have been able to put them in my pocket or hold them for an extended period of time. At no time of using my 430 over the last couple years have I ever felt batteries get hot like this. I've used it for four hour photo sessions without any issues with hot batteries or even the delay between the shots. Ok, now that I've gone on long enough about the batteries... I was very happy with the light output of the flash. It did seem over bright when I had close up shots -- which, again with the 430 I don't recall having blow outs like this unit. Felt at times like I was using in MANUAL mode with full flash power instead of ETTL with the amount of excess flash I was receiving. But, after some experimentation I was very happy with the results. I ended up avoiding too many closeups and did more flash bouncing that I normally do with such a high ceiling. Good note, though, this had excellent flash bounce with a 30' ceiling whereas the 430 would have had problems. Even after the complaints above, I am enjoying the flash and for the money I'm glad I got it. I plan on using it as a manual slave for my 430. I have already used it several times as a slave via flash from the on-board canon flash and has worked pretty well, except where I had extra-preflash -- but I can't fault the slave flash for that.

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  • By RoyWilliams

    January 5, 2017

    Got this for my T3 and 5D mark 2 and yeah it works great, E-TTL works fine and the output is even stronger than the 580. Its not as strong as the 600EX but you may never need to use this flash at its full power. works as a good fill flash and just about what ever else, its built very sturdy, some reviews may say its not built good but yes it is, i've dropped it twice before and no dents or troubles. If you need a flash thats cheap and good buy this. Pros-its basically a cheaper version of the 580EXII and has added features that make it easier to use and buttons feel better. Also can be used as a slave which has came in handy! Has a focus laser which works pretty good, i shoot alot of clubs and dark places and its on point 80% of the time, but that has to do more with my skills and lens focus. Plus you can rotate the head 360 which is great, the door for the batteries is easy to open and closes in a secure way but im cautious so i put electric tape around it just in case. I've used alot of third party flashes, and mertz, vivtar, sigma, they all arent built as good as this one and they cost a big more. Cons-Not many, only thing i dont like is how you have to spin to lock in place which can be annoying but nothing big. Conclusion: would have made it 5 out of 5 but i know has fake accounts that make the 5out of 5 look soooo amazing. sometimes you will possibly get a bad copy but i've bought from yougnuo before they may be in china but willy comply easy with returns and refunds. This is the 2nd version so all the problems with the 1st will not be seen in this one. great flash, cheap price.

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  • By Chris

    December 30, 2016

    I purchased this flash for my Canon 6D because I am a cheap sucker, and didn't want to spring for the brand name flash. For my needs, it fits perfectly. The unit powers on by holding down the power button while the indicator on the screen goes across the back like the light on K.I.T. from Night Rider. If you let up on the button before it makes it's whoosh across the screen, Michael Knight dies... Err I mean it will not turn on. The built in diffuser is a little clunky, and using alkaline batteries (Duracell) the recovery time is a little slow (about 4 to 5 seconds) even when you step the adjustment back to -3 or so. I took a star off for this. With 3500 MAH NIMH batteries this speeds up drastically (about 2 to 3 seconds) and I am very happy with it. I have not used this flash for off-camera purposes. The swivel has a little different range of motion than the typical Canon or Nikon speedlight, so it takes some getting used to if you are already used to any of those. When you change your zoom while using the TTL feature, a grid of light appears on your subject, and it reminds me of the movie Tron. I know there must be a really technical explanation as to what it's doing when it does that, but I could care less. It works, and if I don't have time to adjust the settings because my kids don't wait for me, I just adjust the lighting in Lightroom later on.

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  • By S. Mc

    November 15, 2016

    I recently replaced my DSLR that I sold over a year ago. Coming back to a full size DSLR, I needed an external flash. Canon Speedlites are great, but they are also expensive. I decided to see what cheaper options were out there, and this is one of the top models that came up. I was a little worried knowing nothing of the brand, but I am happy to report, it works great. E-TTL works fine with Canon T5i. The light produced is pleasant, and seems pretty consistent. It has lots of TTL and manual options depending on your shooting scenario. It works really well with my Eneloop rechargeable batteries. My only concerns are the following: The battery door seems a little flimsy. I don't think it's going to break on me, but I find myself being very aware to close it carefully when reloading batteries. Also, the hinge where the light rotates isn't like the true speedlites, in that the buttons that lock it in place are fake. I don't know if the hinge will eventually wear out or not, but it seems pretty solid. For the money, I think this flash is a great deal.

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  • By sapper819

    November 3, 2016

    I am a professional wedding and portrait photographer. I bought this flash as an upgrade from my faithful Sunpaks. I normally would have bought the Canon flash but thought for the price I would give the Yongnuo a try. It worked very well during portrait shoots where there was plenty of time between shots. Exposures were dead on and the controls are easy to learn and manipulate. And I do mean learn..this was my first dedicated flash. I have been using Sunpak 383's and Vivitar 285's for 20+ years, figured I should move into the 21st century. This flash did everything Yongnuo said it would and I was pleased, until I shot a reception with it. When I shot fast and the flash was working hard the recycle time kept getting longer so I changed batteries and they were very hot (NIMH rechargables) so I changed to regular disposable batteries, same thing again. When pressed hard the flash kept overheating. Luckily there were two of us working so no shots were missed. I e mailed the folks at Yongnuo and they cheerfully refunded the full purchase price and shipping cost, even though I had the flash for over 6 months. Customer service was fast and very polite. This is a great flash for non commercial work and the folks at Yongnuo have excellent customer service. I would recommend it for people who do not have to push their equipment to the limit.

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