Hi all -- here is a description of my experience with the Yongnuo YN-568EX flash
PART 1 of 3.
I’ve been investigating ways to improve my off-camera flash capability with additional shoe-mounted strobes to compliment my Canon 580EX ii. Value is most important to me: Canon’s new radio wireless system is outstanding, but that doesn’t mean the cost is justified, especially when less expensive alternatives are available to do the job that I need to do.
To find the system with the right value proposition, I carefully outlined the most important needs including vendor choices, reliability etc, to see if these map to an available solution: My primary requirements were:
• Master-slave ratios and manual flash settings controlled via the on-camera menu
• Optical slave, using my 580EX ii as the master
• On-camera (single) backup for my 580 EX ii
My research led me to the Yongnuo YN-568EX, because the features and technical specs matched my needs well. I purchased mine from ThePhotoGadget website http://thephotogadget.com/en/content/yongnuo-yn568ex-high-speed-sync-flash-canon
(more about that choice later).
The YN-568EX has been well reviewed (see flashavoc.com and lightingrumors.com) so I’ll try not to repeat those results here: My main area of interest was to evaluate the flash as a slave, for use inside an umbrella or softbox, so this was the starting point of my tests.
The unit performed flawlessly in all the above-mentioned areas. For example, the photo below shows my YN-568EX firing in optical slave mode, using ETTL metering, HSS and 8:1 ratio set via the camera menu. Fantastic! To obtain the photo below I mounted my 580EX ii master inside an Apollo Orb softbox at camera right.
Part 2 to come