Nikon version Yongnuo YN-622N i-TTL flash trigger announced

Yongnuo has announced the YN-622N wireless flash trigger for Nikon cameras and speedlights.

Yongnuo YN-622C

Following the release of the YN-622C flash trigger for Canon cameras, Nikon users are to get the same treatment, with a YN-622N for Nikon. The upcoming radio system — which allows the photographer to use speedlights off-camera while retaining i-TTL control — was officially revealed by Yongnuo engineer Guanchao Liang, speaking to the Flash Havoc weblog.

A technical datasheet has not been released to the public, but Mr. Liang was quoted as saying there would be “a couple of unique features” in the YN-622N, without specifying what they might be.

Because of the different ways in which Nikon and Canon flash systems work, it is likely that the YN-622N will have a much more limited set of capabilities compared to the YN-622C. On EOS DSLRs you can adjust your flashgun from menus on the back of the camera, which is essential since the Yongnuo transmitter has no LCD or control panel to speak of. Nikon cameras do nearly all of their adjustments exclusively on the back of the flash itself, so the YN-622N may be not much more than a fancy “wireless TTL cord” à la the Pixel King triggers.

Yongnuo YN-622C

Upon release (the date of which is to be announced) the Yongnuo YN-622N for Nikon will be on sale at the Yongnuo store. The price will probably be exactly the same as the Canon version, which is already widely available for US$83 a set.

Source: Flash Havoc

David Selby
Based in the West Midlands, UK, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a statistics PhD student.
  • Leo Klein

    As I’ve mentioned before non prehistoric Nikon cameras have a BETTER in camera flash menu than Canon bodies. If the Nikon YN-622s support these properly they will be just as full featured as the Canon version. Heres hoping they don’t have the issues the Canon ones did…

    • Come on Leo, my D700 is hardly prehistoric…

      • Leo Klein

        The D700 is a great camera and it has the flash control menu in camera. This menu allows full control of remote flashes via the built in popup flash in any mix of manual & TTL modes with individual exposure compensation for all 3 groups of flashes. Rear curtain is also supported for remote flashes.

        Read the manual if you can’t find all of this in the D700s menus. CLS’s master mode is far superior to Canons system. Canon’s new radio system still doesn’t do rear curtain remotely and I’m not sure if it allows mixing manual and TTL flash. Canons old IR remote system definately didn’t, Nikons CLS always did.

        • Yes, but controlling the pop-up flash and controlling a shoe-mounted flash (or trigger) are two different things. And that is why Canon users get a better deal out of the King and YN-622C, if nothing else.

          • Dirk

            That is correct, but the master flash can be a shoe-mounted flash as well, so these information will be transported to the hot shoe. So why couldn’t the transmitter translate these information and send it to the receivers? Should be possible.

          • Let’s wait and see!

          • Leo Klein

            Yes, Pixel got lazy and didn’t impliment the Nikon version as thoroughly. An SB800/900/910 are master devices exactly the same as Canons 580/600 are. Nikons STE3 performs the same function as Canons STE2.

            Nikon have also supported this via the popup flash for many years. This is a bonus extra feature, not the only way of doing it.

            Only a couple of Canons newest cameras have a pop up that works as a master unit e.g. the 7D. It would have been great on the 5D series too… except that Canon chose not to provide a pop up flash on those cameras.

  • “On EOS DSLRs you can adjust your flashgun from menus on the back of the camera” Am I missing the point here? Nikon’s CLS allows all Nikon and compatible 3rd party flashes to be controlled via in camera menus. Power and setup (TTL, manual, etc…) can be set from my Camera’s menu for each group. The Pixel king does not allow different groups to be configured because they do not act as Remote commander like a SU-800 does but rather “tricks” the camera into thinking the transceiver is actually a single flash connected to the hot shoe. I believe this is the same for Canon version as well. Version II of the kings are supposed to fix this with their menus.

    • Sorry for being unclear. Yes, Nikon has in-camera flash menus, but no radio trigger has been able to make use of them yet. Pixel Enterprise recently brought out a big firmware update for Canon, so that the King matches nearly all the features of the Yongnuo YN-622C.

      Meanwhile, they did not update the Nikon firmware at all, presumably because they have not been able to find a way to use in-camera CLS menus to interact with radio triggers. We will just have to wait and see. If the YN-622N works as well as the YN-622C then it will be setting a precedent.

      • John_IGG

        «Yes, Nikon has in-camera flash menus, but no radio trigger has been able to make use of them yet».

        This doesn’t make sense to me.

        What about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System with PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Nikon i-TTL Flash System, Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger or even RadioPopper PX System – to name but a few (there are many more).

        It goes without saying that the above systems are very expensive, but they are radio triggers that make use of the i-TTL system. Google the above systems and find out…

        • PocketWizard uses the AC3 ZoneController or a master unit to adjust settings, the Phottix Odin has its own screen and control panel and the RadioPopper is just a relay, so none of those examples relies on in-camera menus in the same way that the King or YN-622 are meant to do.

      • What about the Aokatec AK-TTL? I use them with my D800’s built-in commander flash, and they work perfectly. I set power levels and groups from my camera’s menu, and leave the slaves set to remote. Works perfectly.

        • Leo Klein

          Radio Popper and Aokatec fully support Nikons in camera CLS menus. Spot on!

  • EnticingHavoc

    I have to older model for Nikon and I’m blown by this little gem. Although it’s by no means a robust pro-ish device the average amateur photog get’s quite some bang foe his bucks. It even contains a cord for making it a remote shutter release.
    Nikons wireless CLS is in theory awesome but unfortunately due to the fact that it’s restricted to line of sight it’s of little use in many, if not most, scenarios.

  • John_IGG

    All Nikon cameras that have pop-up flash (D200, D300, D300s, D700, D800/D800E etc.) can control Nikon flashes in i-TTL mode (The pop-up is set to master and the others as slaves). Those who don’t (D3, D3s, D3X etc.) can also control flashes in i-TTL mode by a Nikon flash on the hot-shoe of the camera set to master mode.

    • Control off-camera flashguns, yes.

      • Not sure I understand your comment here. Not trying to be a troll really… I mean of course the CLS is meant for off camera flashes, not like we need anything fancy for popup flashes… One can always dial the power and config using the dedicated button and the rest is available on the LCS menu.

  • Mansgame

    How reliable are these things as a basic non-ttl dumb trigger for monolights? Close to the old pocket wizards? Are they definitely better than cactus?

  • You all are arguing about tech stuff I guess most of us here will get humiliated by Joe McNally using a D40 w/ 18-55 and a SB600 trigged through a Yong Nuo device.

  • photo moto

    For Canon something must have/had happned that all and most manufactures will come out with e-ttl functions, probably they decoded the new 600 EX-RT and this is how they did it, with Nikon they have nothing to decode/use/copy.
    Wedding season starts a bit later for me so i have some time to wait for new triggers but i doubt nikon version will come.
    Pocketwizard is a different story, they have the money to R&D this stuff and come up with own design even if there is no canon/nikon equivalent to copy.

  • When will the nikon version be available?

  • Kenneth J. Canterbury

    I haven’t been able to find an answer…but will the YN-622N work with the Pocketwizard AC3 ZoneController????