Yongnuo YN-568EX is first speedlight in China with HSS

The new YN-568EX offers wireless TTL, modelling flash and the ability to synchronise with your camera all the way up to 1/8000 second.

Yongnuo YN-568EX

Buying a third-party flashgun from China is a good way to save money, but often it means missing out on features. Until today, no Chinese-branded speedlight has supported “High Speed Sync” (also known as FP Sync or HSS) — the rapid pulsing that permits photographers to use flash at shutter speeds over 1/250 second.

The YN-568EX from Yongnuo (a company based in Shenzhen) is the latest product in their Speedlite EX range, following the TTL-enabled YN-565EX and manual YN-560EX. The new YN-568EX has TTL (including wireless slave mode) for Nikon or Canon, manual adjustment, an optical slave mode and a large LCD control panel. It is also the first hotshoe flash from a Chinese company that can synchronise up to 1/8000 second on Nikon or Canon cameras.

Yongnuo YN-568EX

High speed sync is not the only difference between the YN-565EX and YN-568EX. The 568 also has a different body shape, new control panel and has a common 2.5mm jack instead of the outdated Prontor/Compur (PC) sync port on the 565.

There are trade-offs too, though: there is nowhere to plug in an external battery pack on the YN-568EX. And while you’re probably going to be paying more for the 568EX over the 565EX, neither unit can “do a Russell Crowe”, acting as Master/Commander for an advanced optical wireless set-up.

Yongnuo YN-568EX, rear control panel

All these model numbers and technical terms can get a bit confusing, so here’s a comparison table of Yongnuo’s EX-series Speedlites to see how they differ in features:

ModelYN560EXYN565EXYN568EX
Guide number (105mm)585858
Recycle time3 seconds3 seconds3 seconds
Zoom head24 - 105mm24 - 105mm24 - 105mm
Manual mode1/1 - 1/1281/1 - 1/1281/1 - 1/128
Sync port2.5mmProntor-Compur2.5mm
Optical slave
Yes
Yes
Yes
TTL on-camera
No
Yes
Yes
TTL off-camera
Yes
Yes
Yes
Master/Commander
No
No
No
HSS
No
No
Yes
External power input
No
Yes
No
Modelling flash
No
No
Yes

Yongnuo YN-568EX, front

Why buy the YN568EX? Get it if you want a capable system flash with on- and off-camera TTL capabilities and full manual control. With its support for fast shutter speeds, you can pair it with the new Yongnuo YN-622C for a complete radio-controlled off-camera flash system. If you just want a good manual flash and aren’t planning to use it on-camera or with TTL triggers, consider instead the YN560EX or YN560II.

Pricing and availability for the Yongnuo YN-568EX have yet to be announced, but expect to see samples on display at Photokina in September. Upon release, it will be on sale at Yongnuo’s official online store.

Can’t wait? Have a look at existing HSS-enabled flashes from Nissin, Metz and Sigma.

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