Yongnuo announces YN568EX II flash unit with wireless master control

Yongnuo has announced a new flash unit called the YN568EX II, the company's own take on the Canon 580EX II.

Yongnuo YN568EX II

Shenzhen-based manufacturer Yongnuo has announced a new flash unit called the YN568EX II. Yongnuo revealed the new flashgun in a post on Sina Weibo, the Chinese micro-blogging site, where the company published a picture and a brief outline of the specs.

The YN568EX II will be capable of acting as a master controller for Yongnuo and Canon EX-series speedlites. Other details include a guide number of 58 (at Iso-100, 105mm), E-TTL, high-speed sync, manual mode, stroboscopic mode and a three-second recycle time.

Yongnuo YN568EX II

It is the first flashgun from Yongnuo to offer the wireless master feature and therefore the first that can be compared directly to Canon’s own (now discontinued) 580EX II. Unlike the newer Canon 600EX-RT and Yongnuo YN560-III, however, there will be no radio triggers built into the YN568EX II. Potential competitors include the Phottix Mitros, Godox ThinkLite TT680 and Oloong SP-700.

No mention is made of a Nikon version. Since the YN500EX model is now being touted as a “YN568EX Mini”, it is possible that in the future Yongnuo will also bring out a YN500EX II — as a YN568EX II in a smaller form factor.

Pricing and availability have not been announced. For reference, the original YN568EX currently goes for about US$170 on eBay.

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

    Now we’re talking, this is the first flash from Yongnuo that can do it all. I’ll definitely consider this as I’m really happy with my YN565 but miss the master feature and HSS.

  • Mike Ross

    Still missing a port for external power supply. Considering Yongnuo makes the SF-18, why wouldn’t they want to include the port?

  • Gareth O’Neill

    Seems like they missed the boat when they didn’t include radio.

  • Oh please get them to include an external power port on this one!!! It’s the only reason I didn’t buy a bunch of the 568 mk1’s!

  • Dr. Richard Kimble

    With no press release, and no word despite direct questions about this flash to Yongnuo, I’m going to raise the B.S. flag on this rumor. At best, I suspect they were floating a trial balloon to see what the market might think. I hope I’m wrong

  • leitwolffilm

    Does anybody know a US store that sells the YN568 II (for Canon)?
    All I found were ebay and amazon sellers from China. Does anybody have experience with taxes when you buy from a chinese reseller?

  • Armin

    Any idea when the 568 II for NIkon will be released?

  • Brickguy

    What does it mean that no radio triggers are included?