Yongnuo has announced an upcoming new 2.4GHz manual flashgun, the YN660. The radio-enabled flash will, the manufacturer says, have an all-new design (since the YN560-series) with a new interface, a higher guide number of 66 and a longer zoom range up to 200mm.
The YN660 supports Yongnuo’s full 2.4GHz manual flash control system, including as a master flash for the previous-generation YN560-III and YN560-IV flashes, and as a slave (with remote adjustment) to the YN560-IV flash and YN560-TX transmitter. Crucially, the specifications say you will be able to control up to six groups of flashes, providing a very high level of creative control for your lighting setups (assuming you have that many flashguns available). Basic manual triggering with the RF-602, RF-603 (II) and RF-605 radio slaves is also built-in.
There is no TTL support in the YN660, which has the advantage of making it truly universal, supporting any camera system with a hotshoe or sync port interface, or even those without, using the built-in optical slave.
- GN 66 (Iso-100, 200mm)
- Manual, stroboscopic and “-” (no flash) modes
- Master radio flash can control up to six groups of flashes
- Supports control over YN660, YN560 IV and YN560 III
- Remotely adjust flash mode, brightness and zoom focal length
- Slave radio flash, can be triggered or controlled by other devices
- Remote adjustment from YN660, YN560 IV, YN560-TX
- Basic triggering from RF-605, RF603 (II), RF602
- Single-pin metal hotshoe foot and PC sync port
- Optical slave (with S1 and S2 modes)
- Zoom from 24 – 199mm (200mm equiv.)
- Support for external high-voltage battery packs
- Large LCD screen
Yongnuo has no specified the recycle time of this flash, but however long it takes, you will be able to speed it up and stay shooting for longer by plugging in an external battery pack to the CP-E4-style high-voltage input.
For more information, visit the manufacturer’s product page. Early listings on eBay are offering the Yongnuo YN660 for about $170 US, which seems like price gouging if you consider that the similarly-specced YN560 IV goes for a mere $70 on eBay and Amazon.com. Check the company’s own outlet store for official pricing.