Yongnuo updates YN560-TX II flash controller

Yongnuo has announced an updated version of their manual flash controller, and revealed possible plans for a new YN860Li lithium speedlite.

Yongnuo YN560-TX II Manual Flash Controller

Yongnuo, the Chinese flash manufacturer, has announced a new manual flash controller, the YN560-TX II. It is an updated version of the YN560-TX, which is a commander unit that sits on your camera and allows you to trigger and remotely control various Yongnuo-brand radio flashes.

Differences from the first-generation YN560-TX include a slightly rearranged LCD screen, a new casing that loads batteries from the front rather than the side, and a hotshoe foot with a sliding lock rather than a friction wheel. On the foot of the the YN560-TX II are pins in the layout of Nikon i-TTL, though both units are advertised as Manual Flash Controllers and there is no autofocus-assist lamp on the new model, so the function of these is unclear—it may be used to wake up flashes from sleep mode on a shutter half-press. There will probably be different versions for Nikon and for Canon, as before. The button layout is identical.

Yongnuo YN560-TX II Manual Flash Controller

Yongnuo YN560-TX II Manual Flash Controller

Yongnuo YN560-TX II Manual Flash Controller

The Yongnuo YN560-TX II lets you control flash output and zoom settings of up to six groups of flashes. These can be the YN560III, YN560IV, YN660 and YN968N Speedlites, as well as a previously-unannounced flash, the YN860Li, which we expect will feature a lithium-ion battery, like the existing YN686EX-RT.

Yongnuo’s manual flash triggers, the RF-602, RF-603, RF-603 II and RF-605 are also compatible, both as flash triggers and as wireless shutter releases.

There are 16 channels and the 2.4GHz wireless transmission has a range of up to 100 metres.

Pricing and a release date for the Yongnuo YN560-TX II have yet to be announced. The original YN560-TX currently sells for about $40 on Amazon, eBay, at Adorama and at B&H Photo. For more information, visit the manufacturer’s web site.

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

    This was my favourite flash trigger, followed closely by the YN-622-TX.

    I switched to Godox because of their lithium flashes, and complete system (including a portable TTL studio strobe), though YN may make one of those some day, so I might be back – but this is not that day.

    Love that they’re improving their existing designs, though. It’s clear that they’re listening to feedback, as the twist lock was one of the biggest complaints about the thing.

    • Tom Braider

      I generally agree with you (and Yongnuo do have a Lithium-battery based Speedlite for Canon now) but how can removing the AF assist light be considered an improvement of the design? I have no problems loading AA batteries from the side of the original YN560-TX…

      • Might be something to do with the mould—if the previous one is based on a flashgun that they no longer manufacture. But it does seem a shame to remove features.

      • Russ

        I think you’ll find that the original YN560-TX NEVER DID have an AF assist light. People just assumed it did because of the red panel on the front. I suspect the casing was originally designed thinking that they would have it, or use it in some other model variation.

        Just to keep the record straight!

        • Tom Braider

          Ah, I stand corrected and ashamed. I am a Yongnuo reseller and sold lots of these, I should have remembered better. I must have mixed this up with the AF assist lights on YN622TX and YNE3RT that I use myself more frequently.

  • Van Gelis

    Hopefully the YN860Li has an improved AF system, although its being named as being in development just after the YN 686 lithium battery, so what kind of improvements could already have been made. Hopefully it still has HSS etc and other features, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of what else they can add, but if anyone has suggestions for the new YN860Li, maybe list them here. maybe Yongnuo might listen?

  • Peter

    Hope they ship the new version with a pouch – the original version didn’t come with one, unlike all the flashes.