Yongnuo Wireless: YN460-TX, YN460-RX and ST-E2

Manufacturer Yongnuo have shown off a range of interesting photographic lighting products at a Chinese trade show. In addition to the YN-560 manual flashgun, there are also some gadgets which have appeared for the first time: YN460-TX, YN460-RX and Yongnuo ST-E2.

Yongnuo YN460-TX Commander and YN460-RX Wireless Speedlight

Manufacturer Yongnuo have shown off a range of interesting photographic lighting products at a trade show in Beijing last week. In addition to the YN-560 manual flashgun, there are also some gadgets which have appeared for the first time. The Yongnuo YN460-TX, YN460-RX and ST-E2 appear to be the company’s biggest step in wireless technology since the 2.4GHz RF-602 flash triggers.

Note: Some forum users are claiming the images are in fact not real but photoshopped. We disagree.

Wireless Speedlight Commander YN460-TX and YN460-RX

Yongnuo YN460-TX Commander and YN460-RX Wireless Speedlight
Picture by PCOnline.com.cn


Google Translation from Chinese:

YN-460RX. Especially the following figure cited in the 2.4G flash flash device (the transmitter) YN-460TX, and built-in receiver outside the flash YN-460RX.
YN460TX One can see the transmitter YN460TX big 2.4G antenna, there is a red light in front of the focus assist lamp. 2.4G Suits flash YN-460RX, feature naturally built-in 2.4G receiver. The most pleasant surprise is that even this combination can also support TTL flash! In addition, the transmitter and the receiver can be purchased separately. “


The YN460-TX is based on the casing of the Nikon SU-800, while the YN460-RX looks just like a classic Yongnuo YN460. The big Wi-Fi aerial on the TX is for the 2.4GHz signal. There is no obvious channel selector so it’s unclear how exactly the groups work and how many you can have. The red plastic on the YN460-TX may cover an autofocus assist lamp according to the description (above).

Both sets of photographs show the YN460-TX on a Canon EOS 5D, suggesting the first production models will be for Canon E-TTL II before a Nikon iTTL version (if any). Yongnuo now mix both Nikon and Canon names of speedlight and speedlite on the YN460-RX, so no real clues can be gleaned from the spelling.


Original YN460 YN460-TX YN460-RX
Idiot Lights 1/1 to 1/64 -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3 -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3
Buttons +/-, Mode, Pilot, On/Off Unlabelled +/-, Mode, Pilot, On/Off

Yongnuo Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2

Yongnuo ST-E2 Wireless Speedlite Transmitter
Picture by One Light Photo on Bababian


The Yongnuo ST-E2 looks identical to the Canon ST-E2. It was mounted on a tripod rather than a camera at the trade show, which may or may not be significant.


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

    Looks more like a prototype for ingeneering use. Not like an end-user product.

  • DPJ

    If this is true, and it does come, and is backwards compatible with the RF-602 triggers (to be used as a dumb slave), then i will be very interested indeed.

  • LR Editor

    Update: Information from Yongnuo

    YN-460TX and RX wont be launched until at the end of 2010 ( earliest ). Therefore the detail info is not yet ready.

    It is wireless TTL remote system, working range up to around 100 meters. Receiver is equipped in the inside of YN460RX speedlite.

    ST-E2 is mainly the same as Canon ST-E2.

  • Steffen

    I’m more interessted in Pocked Wizzard compatibility for usage with flash meters like Sekonics.

  • LR Editor

    Update – It is not backwards-compatible with RF-602s as some had people hoped it would be.

  • john
  • gromit

    been in cologne today, seen the preliminary Canon version in action, Works great. The Sales woman talked about a price of 200Euros for the set. Saleswoman is the only one who speaks english:)

    Works with TTL and allows remote manual level adjustment. Great.

    System is NOT compatible resp. interchangeable with RF-602.

  • R.D

    Just got my Yongnuo ST-e2… It is working ok… BUT!!! I wanted this thing only cause of AF assist… And AF assist beam on this thing is BAD!!! My 5D just dosnt want to focus… On original canon st-e2 is working just like with a flash on camera… fast and acurate… Cause original thing has 2 beams… This chinese one has only one , and its a laser beam splited in 4 line with weak power… Tottaly dispapointed… I will just go for original st-e2
    My advise… If u need it for AF assist , get the original 😉

  • Billy

    is there a one for Nikon cameras