Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash for Canon and Nikon. GN58. – Product Description:
Attach the YongNuo YN560II multi-mode, shoe mount flash to your camera and get the desired illumination for your photos. This YongNuo camera flash has a guide number of 58 meters (ISO 100, 105 mm), allowing you to place the flash away from the subject. With a recycle time of 3 seconds, the YongNuo YN560II enables you to shoot continuously on a full charge. This YongNuo camera flash features a 24 mm ¨C 105 mm auto zoom range that widens or narrows the field of illumination as per the requirement. With the shortest flash duration of 1/20,000 second, this shoe mount flash helps you to capture high-speed objects in complete darkness
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Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash for Canon and Nikon. GN58. – Customer Review:
I’ve only tested the flash after receiving it to gauge its flash consistency, its recycle times and its control interface. So far it has been extraordinary. It may be a fluke but it’s recycle times even exceeded that of my 580exII with fresh batteries in both and both connected to peripheral battery packs.
To give you some indication of how fast the YN-560 II recycles; I placed my camera on hi-speed continuous shooting. I put the YN-560 II on a backup 8 unit AA battery pack inclusive of its native 4 unit AA on board. Even in hi-speed continuous mode the flash fired every single time. Even after several minutes of shooting it never misfired. This would not be a typical circumstance as it would eventually lead to overheating. However, it clearly demonstrates the YN-560 II reliability. The Canon 580exII misfired several times, overexposed on several and didn’t expose at all on others. Clearly the Canon 580exII is a more advanced and more complicated flash. This however, could attribute to its sluggishness. In short, the 580exII has much more to process potentially leading to several fails.
So far exposures on the YN-560 II are consistent from shot to shot. If you don’t require the need to use the primary flash as a master, nor use ttl nor hss, this is the flash for you. I can’t speak for its longevity as of yet. However, it’s build quality is nearly indistinguishable from the Canon flashes I currently own. If it were not for my anticipated use of ttl or hss I’d sell my Canons and buy all YN-560 II and I still might.