If you are one of our regular readers then you will probably know we have slowly been working our way through reviewing as many of the different camera flash units on the market as possible. Today is no different and we will be publishing our Yongnuo 568ex ii review that we have seen a number of people reaching out for over the last few months.
With the Yongnuo 568ex ii landing almost in the middle of the price tags for budget-friendly and mid-range flash units while offering the performance and features of a solid mid-range flash it is no surprise that it has proven popular. The community almost instantly took to it leading to exponential growth with the flash unit quickly earning a great reputation for itself.
Many people from its massive customer base have chosen to leave their own independent review online (click here to read some of them) of how the flash unit has performed for them over the years. If you have a few minutes spare then we would highly recommend checking them out as they offer some excellent external insights into how the Yongnuo 568ex ii performs for people who use it as their go-to flash unit over extended periods of time.
Additionally, if you are willing to use a refurbished or second hand Yongnuo 568ex ii (Click here to check for product prices and availability) then you can save a fair bit off the list price of the flash unit. Although this depends on who is selling their flash units, we have seen savings of around twenty percent at times on a fully refurbished flash unit.
User Interface And Control System
The photograph above shows the user interface and user control system for the flash Speedlite and it is very similar to the rest of the Yongnuo range as well as many of the popular Godox flash units on the market right now. If you have used either of these previously then you will find many similarities between the 568ex ii and your previous flash. That said, the system is very easy to pick up with minimal practice so we would imagine the majority of our readers would be able to quickly get to grips with the 568ex ii with minimal practice even if you have never used a Yongnuo or Godox unit before.
As you can see in the image above, the control system of the Yongnuo 568ex ii is based around a directional pad rather than a rotary dial as well as five core buttons and an on-off switch. Each of the buttons is easy to press and the press will register without issue even in cold or wet conditions.
The navigation menu used on the 568ex ii is very easy and smooth to use too. It allows you to quickly and easily navigate to popular settings that photographers may need to tweak mid-shoot quickly while also making it very easy to switch flash modes. The flash mode button allows you to quickly switch between guide number, TTL mode, and manual mode at the press of a button.
All in all, the control system and user interface of the camera flash is solid and easy to use. We were unable to find anything that we didn’t like about the flash unit and for its price point in the market, we feel that Yongnuo has done an excellent job with the 568ex ii.
Performance And Functionality
As we mentioned at the start of the article, one of the best parts of the Yongnuo 568ex ii is the functionality and performance that it offers for a relatively low price tag. The flash unit has plenty of features that allow you to use it in the vast majority of flash photography situations with minimal effort.
Here are some of the features on the flash unit that we feel our readers will be most interested in or most likely to use as a part of their flash photography camera rig:-
- Fully Supports High-Speed Sync up to 1/8000 second
- Full Master Flash And Slave Mode Capabilities
- Full Support For Both Manual And Automatic Zooming
- Full Support For TTL Mode Flash
- Wireless Support For Multiple Protocols
In addition to the above core features, the wireless functionality can be further increased by using the Yongnuo wireless trigger system too but we doubt that many of our readers would be using it in this way anyway.
The performance of the Yongnuo 568ex ii really is excellent for its price point in the market and we feel that this is why it has managed to become so popular with the community. It is able to outperform the majority of competing flash units at its price point in the market as well as compete with a fair few higher price point camera flashes too.
This is down to a mix of the Yongnuo 568ex ii having a better design as well as better technology than some of the higher price point flash units as well as some of the higher price point flash units being dated now and in dire need of a price reduction. This essentially lets the 568ex ii quickly find its niche within the market and grow its core customer base right out the gate.
Although the Yongnuo 568ex ii does have that strange “cheap” feel to the plastic that has been used for the body of the camera flash, we feel that this should be overlooked as the plastic is robust allowing to flash unit to take any punishment coming its way without issue while also keeping it as lightweight as possible. Again, this is a pretty cheap camera flash too so Yongnuo has had to reduce costs somewhere to keep the performance as good as it is while also keeping its price tag low.
Thankfully, Yongnuo has kept the metal hot shoe mount as shown in the photograph above. Many entry-level flash brands are trying to get away with using a cheap plastic hot shoe mount these days to help reduce costs but they tend to warp in shape over time making them very hard to mount and unmount. Thankfully, the Yongnuo 568ex ii does not have this issue due to Yongnuo choosing to go with the mental hot shoe.
That concludes our Yongnuo 568ex ii review and if you are one of our regular readers, you probably know that we are massive fans of both Godox and Yongnuo flashes. They tend to be much cheaper than their Canon or Nikon counterparts while often providing similar or better performance.
In our opinion, the Yongnuo 568ex ii is a solid choice of camera flash and will help improve your flash photography image quality with minimal effort required. It will make a great addition to any photographers camera accessories who is planning to get involved in flash photography and picking up the flash unit won’t break the bank either.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Yongnuo 568EX II to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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dallashangerphoto – Bekah Timm – https://flic.kr/p/8rXMCh
Igor Menezes Fotógrafo – 15 Anos – Daniele Dias – https://flic.kr/p/jCG2E8