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
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