Yongnuo 565EX mini review.

Discussion in 'Lighting Equipment' started by rodeo_joe|1, Oct 2, 2021.

  1. I hope this doesn't turn into sounding like an advert, but I just picked up one of these dual Nikon iTTL/Canon ETTL Yongnuo flashes and am well impressed.

    I spotted it in a buy'n'sell chain store window, at £28 UK (about $35US?). But it looked brand new when I got my hands on it - complete with protective film on the LCD screen and smelling like new. And at that price it would be rude to turn it down!

    "Get on with it" - OK, enough preamble.

    First the few minus points:
    • Only works as an i-TTL/ETTL slave - no commander ability.
    • Has nowhere near the claimed GN (measured at ~30 @ 2.5m and 100 ISO) - but has this in common with almost every other flash ever sold.
    • The pullout diffuser is very tight to pull out.
    • Lock is a slow screw-down type, not instant lever.
    • Recycle time could be a tad faster - but it's adequate.
    • Sound feedback far too loud and annoying - needs muting in menu.
    • No AA mode.
    • Setup menu not intuitive, nor properly documented in manual.
    • HSS not supported.
    Plus points:
    • Works exactly as it should - delivering nicely exposed TTL shots, even when bounced.
    • Reliable 'wireless' slaving up to several metres from commander flash.
    • Also supports S1 and S2 optical slaving.
    • Flash coverage up to 105mm setting.
    • Manual power setting down to 1/128th.
    • P.C. Socket and external HV power-pack socket.
    • Clear LCD display with back-light.
    • Small support stand included.
    • Reasonable weight and build quality.
    • Can be switched between Nikon or Canon wireless slaving, or both.
    To sum up: Nikon users get the same facilities as an SB700, but with one stop more 'power' and at a fraction of the price. Canon users likewise, but I don't know what the Canon equivalent speedlite model is.

    Recommended as a backup or budget option - or both!

    P. S. Now replaced with improved Mkiii version. So maybe NOS of the Mki and Mkii versions is available at a bargain price.
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  2. Joe,
    As you found out that most flashes have their GN below their specs. That makes me wondering if they have an different standard on determining the GN? I though I read some where where a Metz document that they use a 50% reflectance surface and measure it in reflected mode. That would be more than a stop under.
  3. About right. My 60CT series Mecablitzes have a true GN closer to 45 (100 ISO/metres) and the 45CT series measure at about GN 35.

    Since the money-grabbing ISO want about 40 quid for the relevant specification, I have only an outline idea of how 'official' Guide Numbers are supposed to be measured. Although I do have a PDF copy of the freely available, and doubtless similar, Indian National Standard.

    Whatever the ISO's specification, it's obviously not tight enough to prevent corporate cheating and consequent publication of a totally ficticious number.

    Buy a flash meter and allay all doubt! :rolleyes:

    Anyhow, the output of that YN565EX measures and shoots the same as a Nikon SB800, Nissin Di866 or any other top-tier speedlight costing several times the price.

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