I was asked to post more pictures taken in i-TTL mode with the YN465 so I used it more often than I’d normally do in the hot shoe of my Nikon D90 and not off camera. What I have here now is images with direct flash, fill flash and bounced flash. This post is an extension of the i-TTL review of the Yongnuo 465.
The first image is straight out of cam from the JPG and only resized (ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f11, auto WB). The highlight in the eyes is very small but you can tell from the hard shadow under the chin that flash was used. For the second image I applied an S-curve to make it look a bit more vivid.
Here is another example of fill flash, shot at ISO 100, 1/200 sec in shutter priority and f9. Again, quite a nice mix of ambient and flash in my opinion.
I shoot with auto white balance normally on the Nikon D90 and switch to other presets only if necessary (e.g. for tungsten light). All pictures shown here on this page are with auto white balance too, and the combination Nikon-Yongnuo is doing a good job in most cases. The first picture was taken with auto WB which decided for 4950K (1/200 sec, f7.1, ISO 200). I looked through the WB presets in the Nikon ViewNX software and liked the result best with the ‘Direct sunlight’ setting with 5200K – close to what the camera decided for.
The second example shows the rare case of inconsistency in white balance. For the first shot AWB chose 5150K, second picture with AWB deciding for 5800. These 2 images represent kind of an extreme case of white balance difference between consecutive shots. The first photo (i.e. the left side) is also a little bit overexposed (camera used f7.1 for the left shot, f9 for the right one, both ISO 200).
In all but rare situations though I am able to achieve very consistent results shot after shot so the example above is the exception. See here mini versions of a series of 4 shots taken in a row (all ISO 200, 1/60 sec, f2.8):
I have set my D90 to neutral values for sharpness and contrast, and sample images that I post here are always unedited versions normally. For the shots above I would apply an S-curve to make them a bit more vivid for my own taste. Here’s is a quick and dirty version of a more contrasty variant of the same shots:
And here is now a shot where the speedlight was used as indirect flash in the camera hot shoe. It was pointed backwards against a white wall and from previous shooting in manual mode I knew the strobe was close to its maximum output, so I set the camera to ISO 400. Again, this is an un-edited shot (f4, 1/60 sec, auto WB), I’d add more contrast and sharpness in an edited version, but this here is based on the JPG out of the cam and only resized:
More YN465 information
Don’t miss out on the complete 6 page review of the i-TTL and E-TTL enabled 465 model from Yongnuo:
- page 1: YN-465 Review Introduction
- page 2: YN-465 Features
- page 3: Specs and Test Results
- page 4: Off Camera – Strobist Review
- page 5: YN-465 i–TTL
- page 6: YN-465 Review: Conclusion
Where to buy the YN-465
Yongnuo products can be found on eBay: see all YN-465 offers here for the best prices and check warranty conditions.
An option – if listed currently – is to buy direct from the manufacturer store on eBay, where it normally comes with a 1-year warranty.
amazon is another good source for Yongnuo products; compare the availability and purchase price there.