im thinkig of buying a second flash.My Yongnuos died on me during photoshoot
a Yongnuo YN-560 II or YN-565.
i have a 430 EX II and i want/need a second flash.
has someone really put the yongnuo flashes to the test?
i mean on a real shoot that stresses the flash.
should i go fore a cheap one or better stick to canon?
ps: i shoot manual, not ETTL, most of the time.
Last weekend I received a surprise gift from my wife ... and it was a Yangnuo YN-568EX for my Nikon D7000. It is an ok speedlite for the money ($180) ... the flash out put works well and it communicates well with the camera in i-TTL (Canon E-TTL) ... but I would have spent another $170 and get the SB-700 ... if I could help it I would have never bought it ... reasons:
1. There are visible gaps between the moldings, even a little bit of water could easily reach inside and short circuit the speedlite.
2. Even though YN568EX is taller than the SB700, they both weigh the same (Yongnuo 360gms & SB700 350 gms) due to Yangnuo's much cheaper plastic
3. The wide angle diffuser panel is stiff to pull out
4. The up/down flash head movement is stiff and jerky
If used extensively I don't see the YN568EX lasting very long ... also moderate falls will not be very kind on this unit ... having said that, I don't see any reason why it won't last long if it is not "pushed" too much and used moderately.
I've seen some people compare YN568EX favorably against 600 EX-RT, they probably never held or used the 600 EX-RT ... simply put YN568EX is an ok purchase for $180 but is no match for a Nikon SB700 or Canon 580 EX II or Nikon SB910 and let alone the Canon 600 EX-RT.
Having said that, it is perfect for my Nikon D7000 as it is will not be used heavily. My personal experiance is, get the YN568EX if you don't intend to use it heavily and don't want to spend more than $180 ... but if you are willing to spend another $75, get the 430 EX II