Control all your Yongnuo wireless gear with (newly-unveiled) YN560-TX

The YN560-TX is a master unit that can control the YN560-III and RF-602/3-series flashes and triggers.

Yongnuo YN560-TX and YN560-III

Yongnuo, the Chinese lighting manufacturer, has finally shown off its YN560-TX wireless flash commander.

The Odin-like master unit sits on your camera and communicates via radio with all the company’s 2.4GHz accessories, including the YN560-III radio flash and RF-602/RF-603/RF-603 II flash triggers.

You can use the YN560-TX simply as a 16-channel flash/camera trigger, or combine it with your YN560-III Speedlites and control their power with 1/3-stop precision for six independent groups of flashes from the LCD control panel. (This is what the previously-unused “GRP” button is for.)

The new advanced capabilities should breathe new life into photographers’ YN560-IIIs, which until now have only supported basic manual triggering.

Yongnuo YN560-TX and YN560-III

Whereas most flash systems only support two, three or maybe four groups of flashes, the fact that the Yongnuo protocol provides six (ABCDEF) could make for a unique selling point. The YN560-TX has a specified operating range of 100 metres and runs on two AA batteries.

Yongnuo YN560-TX

Compared with the recently-released Cactus V6, or the high-end Phottix Odin, the YN560-TX’s power control capabilities only apply to a single model of flash, the YN560-III — though more products may appear in the future. For a budget-conscious photographer the Yongnuo system could be attractive: the YN560-III is a very affordable $70 or so and auxiliary RF-602/3-series receivers are cheap as chips.

Yongnuo YN560-TX

Despite the E-TTL contacts on the hotshoe foot, there is no automatic exposure metering or autofocus assist lamp, and the most camera-brand-dependent feature on offer is flash-wakeup for the RF-602-series receivers.

There is no price as yet, but like all Yongnuo products the YN560-TX Manual Flash Controller will go on sale from the official eBay store. For more information, visit the manufacturer’s product page.

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David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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