Yongnuo YN-468 Flash Review

YN-468 speedlite for review on cam Nov 3, 2011: The new YN-468-II has been released and is available now! Get it from here: YN-468 II, or read more about the new features on the YN-468-II page.

Until November 2011, the Yongnuo YN-468 was the latest addition to the Yongnuo 46-x flash lineup and their 6th model overall.

It is a “strobist” flash (visit strobist.com) with a manual mode down to 1/128 (a first for Yongnuo) and the 2 optical slave modes from its precursors, but it is above all an E-TTL(II) flash that works together with Canon DSLR camera bodies – e.g. the Rebel series – for automatic flash exposure, zoom reflector adjustment and other advanced features.

Comparable speedlites from Canon are 430EX II and the new 320EX. While the Yongnuo offers the basics you need for automatic flash photography with Canon camera bodies, it can’t fully compete on the feature front with either of them.

But that’s what also enables the much lower cost: at savings of at least 60% versus a Canon, the trade-off is worth thinking about (check eBay, amazon for current offers).

Other comparable Yongnuo speedlites include the YN-465 and the YN-467 – shown in the photo together with the YN-468 on the right.

Yongnuo YN-467 with YN-465 and YN-468

And finally, as of August 2011, the new Yongnuo top flash YN-565 EX (Canon version) has been released. It adds the dedicated Canon wireless ETTL (II) slave mode to the feature list, as well as some other features that are less essential to the hobbyist user (e.g. PC sync port and external power option).

This in-depth YN-468 review shows strengths as well as the weaknesses and does hopefully help with making a buying decision. Make sure to also read the comments at the bottom for other opinions and views and join the talk to share your experience.

Highlights

  • the most advanced ETTL speedlite from Yongnuo to date
  • featuring ETTL(II), manual mode and even the Multi (stroboscopic) flash mode
  • zoom reflector, plus swivel and tilt flash head
  • fully usable manual mode flash with min power 1/128
  • compatible with radio triggers, plus 2 optical slave modes

 

YN-468 Review Contents

Overview
    Canon and Nikon Compatibility
    Intro: Flash Modes and Wireless Flash
Build Quality & Features
    Accessories
    Build Quality
    Flash Head Features
    Operation & Ease of Use
    Power Supply
Test Results
    Test: Flash Recycling Times
    Test: Guide Number
    Speedlights.net Power Index
    Test: Flash Duration
YN-468 Specifications
    Tech Specs Table
Wireless Flash
    No Dedicated Remote Slave Mode
    Radio Triggering & Optical Slave Mode
On-Camera Performance
    AF Assist Beam
    E-TTL Performance & Exposure Quality
    Flash Sync Modes
    Other Flash Features
Review Conclusion
    YN-468 Review Conclusion
    Where To Buy

   

 

Compatible Camera Bodies

The YN-468 is available only for Canon. For Nikon users, the latest i-TTL flash from Yongnuo is still the YN-467 (also the new YN-565 EX is not available for Nikon as of Sept 1st, 2011).
 

Canon cameras Nikon cameras
The Yongnuo YN-468 works with many but not all Canon DSLR camera bodies. Visit the Yongnuo-Canon compatibility page for details and user reports. The flash is not compatible with old film-based cameras (only E-TTL support). The YN-468 is not available yet in a Nikon version as of May 2011

 
Btw: don’t overlook the YN-465, the cheapest way into the world of E-TTL (Canon) or i-TTL (Nikon) shooting at Yongnuo – it’s a simple but very good flash, and actually my favorite among the TTL offers from Shenzhen’s Yongnuo.


Intro: Flash Modes and Wireless Flash

The YN-468 offers 3 flash modes: E-TTL (II), M, and Multi mode for stroboscopic flash (normally not found on other mid-market speedlites).

ETTL / ETTL II Exposure Control

Yn468 review back panel LCD mode TTLWhat differentiates the Yongnuo 468 from its cousins YN 460 / YN 460ii and YN 560 is the support of E-TTL (II). It’s only with this additional TTL feature that the camera-flash combination can give you automatically a correct flash exposure for your photos. In contrast, when using a manual-mode-only speedlight you you need to set the appropriate output level by hand (e.g. “1/2″ or “1/16″) – for every shot you take, every time.

The E-TTL mode can be set on the flash. The display just says “TTL” btw, but it’s the E-TTL II version with modern camera bodies (E-TTL II is a camera feature, not a flash feature).

But the flash can be controlled through the camera menu system also (I tested with a Canon 40D as well as Rebel T1i). The “Flash control” menu is not displayed in all camera modes, but e.g. accessible in camera mode “P”. There you have the option between E-TTL II for the YN468 and the two other flash modes described in the next paragraphs.

More details about the YN-468 and E-TTL II can be found in the TTL performance section and following review parts.

Manual Flash Mode M

Yongnuo YN-468 review: LCD panel mode MManual flash mode can be used to override the E-TTL auto mode and is important for “strobist” photography (visit strobist.com to learn about lighting). While a manual mode is found on all speedlites from Yongnuo, it was improved on the YN-468 in two ways: (1) the minimum setting is now 1/128, which is one stop lower than the 1/64 on other Yongnuo models; and (2) you have all third stops available rather than only the full stops (or 1/7 stops). This is the sequence of available settings:

1/1 — 1/2 +.7 — 1/2 +.3 — 1/2 — 1/4 +.7 … — 1/128 +.3 — 1/128

Setting a manual step is easy: simply use the plus/minus controller for the desired level – no other keys are required. As can be seen from the picture, the battery of LEDs known as “idiot lights” is gone, the power level now can be seen on the LCD screen. Again – as for TTL – you can also adjust the flash from the camera menu which gives you the same range.

Full details about using the Yongnuo 468 in manual mode and with wireless triggers can be found in the wireless flash section further below.

Multi Mode (stroboscopic flash)

Yongnuo 468 Multi Flash ModeStrobo mode is set direct on the flash, or it can also be set on the camera body (tested with Canon 40D and Rebel T1i). The flash allows the following settings for multi mode:

  • flash output:
    1/128 – 1/64 – 1/32 – 1/16 – 1/8 – 1/4
  • frequency:
    1 Hz – 50 Hz max
  • flash count:
    zero – 100 times (depending on the output level)

The camera menu allows even higher values, e.g. for the frequency where up to 199 Hz can be set. But what happens after confirming the value is that the camera menu resets itself and goes back to the maximum value allowed for the YN-468, which are the 50 Hz listed above. The speedlite display automatically takes over the camera value, but this does not work in real time the other way round.

YN-468 As Wireless Flash Intro

Yongnuo’s YN-468 is not compatible with the dedicated optical Canon or Nikon wireless TTL control systems – it can’t be automatically controlled from a compatible camera, or master flash, or a speedlite commander such as the Canon ST-E2 or Nikon SU-800.

But the YN-468 is a good wireless flash when used with radio triggers such as Yongnuo RF-603 or Cactus V4 or V5: it has manual power down to 1/128 with all 1/3 stops in between and a manual zoom reflector 24-85. Another wireless flash option are the 2 built-in optical slave modes “S1″ and “S2″, but their reliability is limited by the ambient light: in bright environments – e.g. on a sunny day – they go blind, so this is more of a studio solution than something you want to rely on. All the use cases described here come with manual output control, so you need to walk up to your flash to dial in the desired output level.

Finally the flash can be used remote with TTL cables and it should also be compatible with TTL radio triggers (please leave me a note if you have experience with TTL transmitters so that I can add the info here).

Read more about wireless flash in the Radio Triggering & Optical Slave Mode sections below.

 

Basic information
Brand Yongnuo
Model YN468
Class mid-range
Cost (USD) 95
First introduction 2010
Successor none yet
Canon compatibility
Compatible with Canon cameras (E-TTL(II)) yes
Supported Canon flash modes ETTL(II), M, Multi
Canon wireless TTL slave / master no / no
Nikon compatibility
Compatible with Nikon cameras (CLS / i-TTL) na – no Nikon version available
Supported Nikon flash modes M
Nikon wireless TTL slave / master na / na
Manual mode
Manual power settings (on the flash) 1/1 – 1/2 – 1/4 – 1/8 – 1/16 – 1/32 – 1/64 – 1/128

 

 

Supplied Accessories

Yongnuo YN-468 In The BoxSome flash manufacturers try to save a couple of dollars by bundling their flashes with no other accessories than the instruction manual, e.g. in the case of the Sunpak PZ42X or the Metz 48 AF-1. Yongnuo on the other side ships all of their their speedlites with complete accessories, and the YN-468 is no exception. Contents are very similar to what you get with the YN-460, the YN-465 or YN-467.

Open the box and you will find inside:

  • YN-468 flash
  • instruction manual in English and Chinese
  • soft pouch
  • flash stand
  • comparison chart
  • diffuser / bouncer

The flash unit is packed in an extra plastic bag. It comes without batteries but you will find a bag of silica gel in the battery compartment. On the back LCD panel there is a protective layer of plastic film. Peel it off to reveal the real LCD surface.

YN 468 LCD Panel

The instruction manual is a little booklet with Chinese and English versions. Go here for a scanned version of the YN468 instructions in English language.

The protective bag made from soft cloth will protect your YN-468 from dust and a random drop of water, but it’s not padded so don’t expect it to be a shock-proof container.

The flash stand is of higher quality than you’d expect; it has a hole for a locking pin and a metal tripod thread insert on the bottom.

The Yongnuo flash comparison chart lists some of the official specs of Yongnuo speedlites. I recommend you rather check out the Yongnuo speedlites comparison and guide numbers page – you will find more accurate information there.

Finally there is a good chance you’ll find a bouncer / diffuser in your packaging, however this is not an official part of the packaging list but comes as a ‘free gift’.

Build Quality

All the models in the YN46x series have the the same dimensions and are pretty much the same size as the Nikon SB-600 / SB-700 speedlights and the 430EX mk II from Canon.

Yongnuo 468 Metz 48 AF-1 320 EX Canon 430 II Nissin Di622 Mark II

In the photo above the YN-468 can be seen next to Metz 48 AF-1, Canon 320EX, Canon 430EX II, and Nissin Di622 Mark II (which is another interesting 3rd party flash alternative).

Casing

The casing is made of thick and solid plastic. The Yongnuo speedlite does not feel as well made as a Canon or Nikon flash for sure, the finishing is a bit rougher. It’s a good idea to check warranty conditions when picking up one of these flashes and keep in mind they are not for the professional but more for the hobby user. On the other hand I think YN-468 feels better than the (2010 model) Vivitar 285HV.

It seems the Sunpak DF-383 was the inspiration for the battery door with its minimalistic hard plastic hinge; While that part feels really cheap there is no problem to get the batteries in (at least once you learned how to hold the flash right). And with batteries inserted the shaky feeling is gone.

Flash Foot: Metal Construction Since 2011

Yongnuo’s speedlites used to come with a plastic flash foot, until about the end of 2010. In January of this year, YN flashes were upgraded with a metal flash foot – more information and pictures can be found here.

I have the Canon version of the flash here which has 5 pins in total. There is the central x-pin for the trigger signal plus another 4 (and two contacts on the side rails) for the data exchange with EOS camera bodies.

Yongnuo 468 vs 465 vs 460 Flash Foot

The flash foot sports a traditional locking wheel with connected locking pin. A wheel is not quite as fast as the quick release levers on Canon flashes but secure mounting is no problem – the fit is even tighter than with the quick release lever solutions.

If you need a PC sync port / mini phone jack or external power pack connector then look somewhere else – the YN-468 has no external interfaces apart from the flash foot.

Flash Head

As can be seen in the photo (showing the YN-467 actually which has the same flash head as the YN-468) the front element of the Yongnuo 468 speedlite is identical in dimensions to the Nikon speedlight SB-800 (left) and SB-600 (right) which is why you can use the same modifiers such as “stofens”, snoots, grids etc.

Flash lens dimensions YN-467 SB-800 and SB-600

Adjustment

No surprises on the outside of the flash head: -10 degrees (officially: -7) to plus 90 degrees tilt, and swivel from -90 to +180 degrees, so the usual total of 270 degrees. The flash head does not lock and therefore can be moved around without release button but clicks into place at predefined steps, e.g. 60 degrees, 75, and 90. There are markings for both swivel and tilt on the casing.

Auto Zoom

Yongnuo YN-468 frontal view with zoom reflector

The auto zoom head moves in a range of 24mm to 85mm full frame which translates into a coverage of 15 to 54mm with an APS-C camera body such as the Canon Rebel series (400/500/600D etc). If you’re shooting with a Rebel and kit lens (18 – 55mm) the flash zooms with the lens and will give you proper coverage from wide angle until the tele end. These are all 5 auto zoom positions:

24mm – 35mm – 50mm – 70mm – 85mm – auto

Auto zoom works like a charm with Canon 40D and T1i. Unlike the latest Canon flashguns (and some Metz models) there’s no sensor size detection available so the flash always ‘thinks’ it sits on a full frame body. This is no problem, the only consequence is a bit of efficiency loss but you also win which is a flash coverage with less light fall-off at the frame borders.

The flash head also zooms in bounced flash positions – switch over to manual zoom if you want this to stop. A few other flashes automatically move into a fixed 50mm position for this scenario, e.g. the latest Canon speedlites and flashes from Metz (but not the Nikons).

Manual Zoom

As a first in Yongnuo’s history there is a zoom head with a manual zoom feature for Canon. Manual zoom is selected / set by pressing the “Mode” button and “On/Off” simultaneously. This sounds like finger acrobatics but it works quite well, at least once you got used to the somewhat mushy buttons and slight delay between pushing a button and the display to change. Manual zoom is indicated by a small “M” icon next to the zoom number on the back panel.

Manual zoom can also be set from the 40D’s menu system, and even that works with the Yongnuo: set it to 24mm on the 40D rear display, and the flash switches from auto zoom to manual zoom and goes to the 24mm setting. Set to 105mm in the camera menu, and Yongnuo zooms to its maximum position of 85. Neat.

Wide angle coverage

Built into the flash head at the top of the lens is a pull-out reflector card and a flip-down diffuser for a coverage of 18mm (full frame). The wide panel gives 18mm coverage for full frame bodies; with a smaller sensor (e.g. Rebel series) you get even coverage from around 12mm an up. Please make sure to zoom the flash into the 24mm position as this is not automatically set when the panel gets pulled out.

 

Operation

The flashgun is operated with 4 rubber buttons. These buttons have a good size but they are a bit soft and feel rubbery – the reason why they were labeled as “mushy buttons” on the flickr discussion boards.

Controls

First, there is the On/Off button. Next to it is the Mode button, and the Pilot button is the last in the bottom row. Above the bottom row is the combined Plus/Minus button used for adjusting output level and other settings.

For some settings a combination of buttons is used. While this certainly does not help simplify the usage it does work pretty well on the YN468, and thanks to the color coding (additional red labeling) it’s also not too hard to remember. As I’m re-writing this review in May 2011 it took me a minute or so to recall the manual zoom setting steps, but I got it done without a look into the handbook.

Overall, the flash is responsive but not super quick. This is noticeable when you do repeated button presses, e.g. when dialing up the manual output level. It happens that you press the Plus button twice but due to reaction delay it will increase only 1 step. Once you get used to this it works fine, but still I have many of other speedlights reacting faster.

YN-468 with LCD panel

Yongnuo YN-468 LCD LightThere are no “idiot lights” on the Yongnuo 468 anymore: it’s the first YN speedlite with an LCD panel on the back. The panel has a decent size, it’s big enough to display large and easy to read font.

Once powered on, the display of the Yongnuo YN468 lights up for a couple of seconds with an orange glow (the light seems to come from the sides).

In the top row the flash shows the current flash mode which can be “M”, “Multi”, “S1″, “S2″ and “TTL” as shown in the picture. In the bottom row there is an unused ISO display (the handbook says this is used for the Nikon version only, and this one has not been released yet), then there is a display for the f-stop which updates with the current setting of the camera or lens respectively, and then the zoom setting.

In manual zoom mode, there is a small “M” icon to be seen left of the word “Zoom”. In auto zoom (displayed here) you just see the current zoom position. The AF symbol indicates that the AF assist light is activated, and the three little arrows stand for 2nd curtain sync (the sync mode can be set on the flash, or from the camera menu system).

In addition, the flash shows the value of a flash exposure compensation (set on the unit itself); this is being displayed in the empty space between “TTL” and “ISO”. The empty area in the top-right is used for the stroboscopic mode, and it shows the number of repeating flashes as well as the frequency (plus the power output, but this is in the same place as the flash exposure compensation, i.e. more in the middle-left).

With the powering off there is a little light show by the way: In the place of the ISO display it says “Yong” – “nuo” – “468″ until it switches off after about 2 seconds. Useless, but neat.

The flash-ready LED lights up green and changes to red when ready to fire. Sounds strange, but conforms to the standards used by both Canon and Nikon (e.g. Canon 580EX-II and Nikon SB-600 / SB-900 which are using a red light too for showing ‘flash ready’).

YN-468 With Memory

The YN-468 has a memory and recalls the last settings when you switch it back on after being unpowered. This works for all settings, e.g. the flash mode. It also remembers the last manual output level. A clear improvement over the YN-460 where switching off erased all settings completely so you’re always back at “1/64″. The new 468 even remembers its settings after a battery change.

“External flash custom functions”

The Canon 40D offers a total of 13 custom functions for flash. I had a look at each one together with the YN-468, and here’s what I noted.
 

0:Distance indicator display: lets you change between meters and feet – Yongnuo has no distance scale, so meaningless.
1:Auto power off: this setting prevents the 580EX II in the hot shoe to go to sleep. Works with the Canon flash, does not work with the Yongnuo which goes into standby after around 15 minutes.
2: Modeling flash: not supported by Yongnuo.
3: FEB auto cancel: not tested with the YN-468
4: FEB sequence: not tested with the YN-468
5: Flash metering mode: not supported (E-TTL II, TTL, External metering: Auto, External metering: Manual). Choose one of the available flash modes on the flash instead.
6: Quickflash w/continuous shot: can be enabled, but is not supported
7: Test firing with autoflash: not tested with the YN-468
8: AF-assist beam firing: can not be deactivated from here for the Yongnuo, but on the strobe itself.
9: Auto zoom for sensor size: no support on the Yongnuo.
10: Slave auto power off timer: YN-468 does not support Canon wireless slave functionality.
11: Slave auto power off cancel: YN-468 does not support Canon wireless slave functionality.
12: Flash recycle w/exter. power: irrelevant; not tested.
13: Flash exposure metering set.: speedlite button dial or speedlite dial only: allows flash exposure compensation to be set on the 580EX II with the dial alone, without pressing Sel/Set first. Has only an effect on the Canon flash, the Yongnuo has no dial.

 

Power Supply

4 AA-type cells are required to power the flash, and you can use either alkaline batteries or NiMH rechargeables. There is no external power pack socket but given the fast recycling this seems not the most necessary add-on really. Once you found out how to hold the unit right it’s easy to get the 4 cells in their place – there are no dividers in the battery chamber which makes the battery loading a bit tough during the first time. Inside the compartment you find stickers with polarity icons. I’ve never had a contact problem with any speedlite from Yongnuo (pic below shows the YN-465 which is the same construction battery compartment).

YN-465 battery compartment

Test: Flash Recycling Times (1.8 / 1.0 seconds)

Modern flashes have full-power recycle times between 2 and 6 seconds, depending on their maximum power and battery type. Speedlights.net recycle times are tested according to ISO 2827; see details.

The flash recycling test procedure can be seen in the video from the Speedlights.net youtube channel.
 

 

Flash recycling times are in the same super fast range as for the YN-465 and YN-467. While the official specs state a conservative 5 seconds with alkaline batteries the test average is only 1.8 seconds with Duracell alkalines, and 1.0 (!) seconds with Sanyo eneloop NiMH cells (1.370 volts at time of testing).

How can this cheap flash be so fast – much faster than the brand name competition from Canon and Nikon? Well, a part of the explanation can be found in the “real world guide number” section below. But there must also be something to the technology used by Yongnuo, or maybe it’s more that Canon and Nikon are very conservative with theirs? Whatever it is, here’s the impressive recycling chart for the Yongnuo YN-468:

YN-468 Recycle times full power in seconds

Overheating Protection

Overheating protection, also known as ‘thermal cut-out’ can be a double edged sword. It helps protect your flash head from melting down from over-usage heat, but it also means your speedlite is locked for a while – typically a couple of minutes. This was (or is) a real problem with the SB-900 from Nikon and the overheating protection.

Like many of the new speedlights now the YN-468 does have an overheating protection feature too. The chances you will see it in action are low, however, given the lower maximum output the unit delivers. So there is a very low chance it will get in your way.

 

Test: Flash Output and Guide Number

The guide number (GN) of an electronic flash is a measure of the maximum light output – visit the test details page to learn more.

Official Specification: GN 33

The official guide number from the Yongnuo website and instruction manual is 33 meters. But, as we’ve seen from other YN speedlites, the real GN for Yongnuo flashes tends to be lower. This is true for the YN-465, the YN-467 and also the YN-560.

Flash Meter Results

All flashes are tested using the same standardized method using a Sekonic flash meter in a controlled environment. Speedlites are never tested alone, but always together with re-tests of other models to guarantee consistent results between sessions.

The light meter reads f11 + 7/10 (f14.4) for the YN468, the same value I had for the YN-467 which makes sense given their identical zoom heads. For the fixed reflector model YN-465 I had f16 +5/10 (f19) – which is a higher value. See the table below for a range of mid-range flashes, all tested at Speedlights.net
 

Model Light meter reading
Nissin Di622 Mark II f22 +4/10
Sunpak PZ42X f22 +3/10
Canon 430EX II f22 +2/10
Metz 48 AF-1 f22 +1/10
Nikon SB-600 f16 +9/10
Nikon SB-700 f16 +7/10
Yongnuo YN-465 f16 +5/10
Nikon SB-400 f16 +0/10
Yongnuo YN-468 f11 +7/10
Yongnuo YN-467 f11 +7/10

 

Measurements were repeated as it was surprising to see the YN468 in the last place, even after the tiny SB-400. But the outcome is consistent with the YN-467, so I’m sure there is nothing wrong with the sample. It seems that the zoom reflector, intended to help with improving the output, actually costs performance at the 35mm default position; which is why it falls behind its own little brother YN-465 without a zoom head.

Real World Guide Number: 20.4 – Guide Number Table

The calculated guide number is obtained by adding exactly 1 f-stop to the flash meter test results. Learn more about this method on the test details page.

For the YN-468 the calculated guide number does not come close to the official GN 33; the calculated guide number from the test is GN 20.4 (20.4 = f16 +7/10). At the 85mm tele setting the flash is stronger and reaches f16 +5/10 which equals GN 26.9.

The following table shows guide number test results together with manufacturer specs – which are only available for full power and 35mm in the YN468 case.

Yongnuo 468 guide number table

Speedlights Power Index

The light blue bar in the Speedlights.net Power Index shows the official 35mm-GN, and the dark blue bar indicates the test results. Go to the test details page for more information on the Speedlights.net Power Index.

Speedlights.net digital TTL flash power index

Yongnuo’s YN-468 is less powerful than the mid-range speedlites from Canon (320EX, 430EX II) and Nikon (SB-600, SB-700) and shows up near the bottom of the list which should not be surprising at this point. But keep two things in mind that put this a little bit in perspective: (1) the Yongnuo YN-468 is still clearly stronger than your typical pop-up mini flash and (2) you can increase the guide number with higher ISO.

Test: Effective Output Range

On paper you get a very good 7 stop range with the Yongnuo under review (1/1 to 1/128). According to the tests this range is not quite as big. 1/1 gives a metering of f11 +7/10 whereas 1/128 (minimum setting) gives f2.0. As can be easily seen, the real range is 5.7 stops for the test unit.

Output range spec Output range from tests
7 stops 5.7 stops

 

Test: Continuous Shooting Output

All flashes lose some power when fired with maximum frequency; read the test info page to learn more about the effect and the test procedure.
 

Model Calc. guide number at 60 sec wait Calc. guide number at continuous fire Difference in f-stops
Nissin Di622 Mark II 36.8 32.0 -4/10
Canon 430EX II 34.3 26.0 -8/10
Metz 48 AF-1 33.1 29.9 -3/10
Nikon SB-600 30.9 25.1 -6/10
Nikon SB-700 28.8 26.9 -2/10
Canon 320EX 27.9 23.4 -5/10
Yongnuo YN-465 26.9 24.3 -3/10
Yongnuo YN-468 20.4 19.0 -2/10
Yongnuo YN-467 20.4 19.7 -1/10

 

It can be seen from the table that some level of power reduction is normal when firing at maximum frequency, compared to waiting 60 seconds between the individual flash shots. For the YN468 there is hardly a difference between the 2 cases: it’s only 2 tenths of a stop.

Test: Flash Duration

Flash duration is the time between the beginning of the flash and the end of the light emission. Go to the speedlite test methodology page for information on t0.5 versus t0.1 flash durations and the method used here for reviews.

YN-468 Flash Duration Compared

The YN-468 has a very short flash duration at full power, but the t0.1 times for comparable speedlite models are in the same ballpark, e.g. 1/265 for the SB-600 from Nikon, or 1/230 for the flagship model SB-900.
 

Model flash duration spec at 1/1 power (sec) t0.1 metering result (sec)
Nissin Di622 Mark II 1/800 1/375
Canon 430EX II unspecified 1/350
Metz 48 AF-1 1/125 1/230
Nikon SB-600 1/900 1/265
Nikon SB-700 1/1042 1/305
Canon 320EX unspecified 1/325
Yongnuo YN-465 1/800 1/375
Nikon SB-400 1/1300 1/325
Yongnuo YN-468 1/800 1/405
Yongnuo YN-467 1/800 1/405

 

The differences in the manufacturer specs are due to different definitions involved = t0.5 versus t0.1 as it seems.

t0.1 Flash Duration Times Table

Output level Manufacturer spec t0.1 metering
1/1 1/800 1/405
1/2 na 1/1310
1/4 na 1/2620
1/8 na 1/4600
1/16 na 1/6000
1/32 na 1/6500
1/64 na 1/7500
1/128 na <1/8000

 

YN-468 Tech Specs

Here’s now an overview of specifications versus test results.

Model Information
Brand Yongnuo
Model YN468
First introduction 2010
Successor none yet
Output Specs
Guide number spec
(35mm, ISO 100, in meters)
33
Guide number test result 20
Manual power settings 1/1 – 1/2 – 1/4 – 1/8 – 1/16 – 1/32 – 1/64 – 1/128
Flash duration (full power) 1/800
Recycle time spec
(at full power)
5 sec alkaline
Recycle time test result 1.8 sec alkaline, 1.0 sec NiMH
Triggering
Flash foot material, type metal (2011), standard
PC Sync Port no
Optical Slave 2 modes (1 w/ pre-flash suppresion)
Other Trigger no
Trigger Voltage 3.29 V (measured)
Standby Mode power-off after 15:40 minutes
Flash Head Features
Swivel -180 to +90 degrees
Tilt -10 to +90 degrees
Manual Zoom Head (18) 24 – 85
Auto Zoom (18) 24 – 85
Bounce card / 2nd reflector yes / no
LCD Display yes
Power Supply
Batteries Used 4 x AA
External Power Source no
Nikon TTL
D-TTL na
i-TTL na – no Nikon version available
CLS Wireless Slave na
CLS Wireless Master na
Canon TTL
E-TTL(II) yes
E-TTL(II) wireless slave no
E-TTL(II) wireless master no
Other Flash Modes
Stroboscopic Mode yes
Auto Mode no
TTL Features
AF Assist Light yes
Exposure Compensation in TTL Mode on the Flash unit -3 to +3
Rear Curtain Synchronization yes
High Speed Synchronization no
Sensor Size Detection (DX, FX, etc) no
Modeling Light no

 

 

Wireless Flash

The YN-468 can be used as a remote flash in these configurations: (1) triggered through the flash foot (preferably with radio transmitters & receivers such as Yongnuo RF-602 or Cactus triggers) or (2) with the non-TTL optical slave modes “S1″ or “S2″.

TTL remote cords such as the Canon OC-E3 will also work, and the flash should also be compatible with the expensive TTL radio triggers (please leave a note if you have any hands-on experience for this model of flash).

No Canon or Nikon Remote Slave Mode

While it works in E-TTL mode in the camera hot shoe, the Yongnuo YN-468, like all other Yongnuos as of May 2011, does not support Canon’s (or Nikon’s) wireless lighting system, neither as master nor as a slave flash. There is no TTL sensor built in but only a simple optical slave sensor with 2 modes “S1″ and “S2″, and the flash does not understand Canon’s wireless flash “language”.

Radio Triggering For Wireless Flash

Your normal off-camera flash triggering option are radio triggers like Cactus V4, or Yongnuo RF-602 or any of the other models hitting the scene these days. My 2 test triggers are Cactus V4 and Yongnuo RF-602 – I think these 2 models are among the most commonly used. The flash works without problem with both, just as expected.

The trigger voltage taken at the flash foot of the test unit is 3.29 Volts so it is safe with modern digital camera bodies and low voltage triggers like the RF-602. I have used the flash on a Canon 40D, Canon Rebel T1i, and on a Nikon D90 – there in manual mode – and all cameras are still alive (in case there should be any doubt).

No PC Sync Port

The flash foot is the only point where triggers can be installed, there is no PC sync socket. This professional feature is reserved to the 560 line in the Yongnuo model family. The advantage of the PC port is not reliability – PC sockets often don’t provide a very good connection. But the advantage is that the flash foot remains free so it can be mounted direct on a light stand e.g., without the trigger in between.

“Strobist” Flash in Manual Mode

Yongnuo YN-468 back LCD with manual modeManual mode is selected with the “Mode” button on the back panel. To change the manual output level simply press the combined “+/-” button. The flash is always using third steps. Here is how the sequence looks like: 1/1 — 1/2 +0.7 — 1/2 +0.3 — 1/2 — 1/4 +0.7 — … — 1/64 — 1/128 +0.7 — 1/128 +0.3 — 1/128. When setting the output level and pressing on the “minus” button at the 1/128 setting, you go to 1/1, and also from 1/1 using “plus” you reach the 1/128 output.

As can be seen from the picture, the battery of LEDs known as “idiot lights” is gone, the power level now can be seen on the LCD display direct. Which is not quite as crisp as the one on the Canon 580EX-II but as good as on my Nikon SB-600.

As shown above in the output range section of this review, the true range on my test unit is not 7 stops but only about 6 stops (5.7 stops to be precise). There is a full stop difference between full and half power output levels, but from then on the decrements are a little bit smaller, at around 8/10 – 9/10 of a stop. The smallest difference is between the 1/64 and the 1/128 setting – flash meter readings are f2 +3/10 vs. f2 +/-0, so the last one is only a third stop.

Another important feature for “strobist” flash is manual zoom: this test is also passed by the YN-468: it has a manually selectable zoom range of 24mm to 85mm, plus the wide-panel for 18mm coverage.

Optical Slave Modes “S1″ and “S2″ (non-TTL)

Yongnuo YN-468 review: S2 optical slave modeLike most other 460 series models you’ll find the 2 optical slave modes “S1″ and “S2″ on the Yongnuo 468.

S1” mode fires the flash with the first light signal from another speedlite it sees. This light signal can be a manual flash used as a trigger, but it will also trigger the Yongnuo with digital pre-flashes used for exposure metering, which is why the S1 mode does not help much in a digital setup.

In mode “S2“, the YN468 ignores E-TTL (or i-TTL in the Nikon world) pre-flashes used for flash exposure metering and triggers the strobe with the main flash burst only. Please be advised that the “S2″ mode can get confused in multi-flash setups, which makes mixing wireless TTL speedlites and the YN-468 in “S2″ a bit of a gamble.

Limited Slave Mode Reliability

Another caveat is that the built-in sensor goes blind with bright ambient light. While the optical slave modes work well indoors e.g. in your studio, you should not rely on them in sunshine outdoors; the threshold is around EV 7 to 9 which is less than you think. But at least with everything below that you can expect the optical sensor to work pretty reliably.

YN-468 Standby Behavior

Since I have one of the first YN-468 here for reviewing, I noticed that the engineers in China changed the standby mode compared to the YN-465. According to the handbook, standby is activated 30 minutes after the last action in modes TTL, strobo and “M”, and after 60 minutes in the two optical slave modes S1 and S2. I switched mine to “M” and it took about 15 minutes and 45 seconds to switch itself off completely – so there is no real standby even, but a complete power off!

15 minutes and 40 seconds should be long enough to not bother in many photo sessions, but can be an issue sometimes, this is at least my feeling. In TTL mode the standby delay is the same as in “M” mode, my stopwatch said 15:37 minutes. And also when mounted on a Yongnuo RF-602 in “M” mode, the flash powered down at the same 15:40 minutes mark. It would have been more elegant to have the same solution as on the YN-465, where the RF-602 prevents standby altogether.

In mode S1 however standby does start later when mounted on the RF-602. I missed the exact moment, but it is around 30 minutes or a bit later than that.

Wireless Flash Video Review

See here the Speedlights.net video review starting with the unpacking procedure and then showing the operation in mode “M” with radio triggers.
 

 

Off Camera Flash Score

  • manual mode
    • has manual mode: yes
    • minimum manual power: 1/128
    • all full stops from 1/1 to 1/128: yes
  • X contact firing: yes
  • flash standby mode: power-off after 15:40 minutes

The YN-468 works fine with radio triggers and offers a very usable 7 stop range with all third stops to choose from, so it’s very usable for “strobist work”. The 2 optical slave modes and manually adjustable zoom reflector are a bonus, and also the adjustable flash head including negative tilt is an asset. Plus the super fast recycle times!

On the not-so-great side are a comparably low maximum output, the fixed power-off at 15 minutes, and the lack of a PC sync socket. All in all it still achieves an “AA” rating, but there are other preferred options if you’re willing to drop the “TTL” requirement – have a look at the Yongnuo YN-560 in that case.

 

YN-468 E–TTL Review

For the initial TTL tests of the Yongnuo 468 a Canon 40D with 24-105mm lens was used, and the flash now sees action on a Canon Rebel T1i. Find out about compatibility with other Canon camera models on the compatibility page.

Yongnuo YN-468 on Canon 40D

Hot Shoe Operation

The YN468 slides very smoothly into the hot shoe of the Canon 40D and sits securely in its place once fixed with the screw lock and locking pin. The flash foot is was made from plastic, in contrast to the Canon 580EX-II used for comparison.

The Canon flash has a lever-lock design which works a little bit faster and the flash sits even a bit tighter, but it’s not a big difference, and the Yongnuo is not loose by any means. The Chinese flash makes contact very well with the camera, there has been no problem during my usage.

By the way, it’s not a fair comparison between the 2 models. The 580EX II is the top of the line model from Canon, whereas Yongnuo is more comparable to a Canon 430EX II, the mid-range flash from Canon. Go here for a comparison Canon 430EX II vs YN-468!

As can be seen from the photos, the Canon 580EX II dwarves the contender from China and it offers a plethora of functionality few other flashguns can compete with.

Yongnuo YN-468 vs Canon 580EX II frontal view

AF Assist Beam

Yongnuo YN468 AF assist beam
The Yongnuo’s AF assist light on the test unit – located under the red cover on the front – was slightly off center and aiming a little bit to the left. In practical shooting this did not lead to problems but in one situation the 40D needed 2 or 3 attempts to find the focus point. It’s maybe teething troubles with the (back then) all new 468 model, I got one from the very first series.

Due to the 1-LED layout you should not expect to get 100% of the reach that can be achieved with the Canon flash, but overall the AF assist works really well despite its much simpler design without a grid pattern or a double LED like on the original accessory flash units. This is true at least for the central AF point. At the frame border the situation is different, and a Canon 430EX II / or even 580EX II clearly outperform the Yongnuo.

Zoom Modes

The model 468 is the 2nd flash model in the Yongnuo history to offer a zoom head and the first one for Canon with a manual reflector adjustment on top of the auto zoom. The adjustment range is from 24 to 85mm with additional 18mm coverage when the flip-down wide panel is used. These are numbers for full frame, so with a smaller sensor you get even more coverage in terms of focal length (minimum ~12mm for the Canon consumer camera sensors).

Yongnuo YN-468 vs Canon 580EX II

Here is how zooming works together with the Canon 40D:

  • auto zoom:
    works like a charm on the Yongnuo with a sound similar to that of the Canon 580. Unlike the latest Canon flashguns it has no sensor size detection, so the angle of coverage does not adapt to the smaller sensor of the 40D and other Canons.
  • manual zoom:
    manual zoom is set by pressing “Mode” and “On/Off” simultaneously together, and that works also on the camera hot shoe. But manual zoom can also be set from the 40D’s menu system, and even that works with the Yongnuo.

E-TTL / i-TTL Performance

What differentiates the Yongnuo 468 from its cousins YN 460 / YN 460ii and YN 560 is the TTL support. Only with this feature the camera-flash combination can give you correctly exposed flash photographs automatically.

E-TTL can be set on the flash – but the display just says “TTL” btw, but it works with E-TTL I and also E-TTL II camera bodies: E-TTL II is the latest digital TTL version from Canon but a camera feature which does not require specific flash support.

Viewfinder symbols

The Canon 40D has three groups of flash related icons in the viewfinder:

  • flash ready icon:
    The flash symbol can be found on the left side of the information display bar in the viewfinder. A steady light signals the flash is ready to fire; works with the YN-468 like with the Canon strobe.
  • flash exposure compensation:
    If set on the camera it also shows up in the viewfinder and the flash works well with it. If a flash exposure compensation was set on the Yongnuo however you won’t see it in the viewfinder info display.
  • FE lock:
    Flash exposure lock shows up in the viewfinder as it’s supposed to with the YN468. See below for more information.

Exposure quality

The YN-468 produced some very decent to very good output on the 40D, also compared to the Canon 580EX II. Often the flash was a tad brighter than the original from Canon, but that normally led to a more flattering picture with the Yongnuo. Both direct as well as bounced flash show good exposure. Please note that the ceilings and walls are not perfectly white in the shots below, so there is a slight color cast.

Bounced flash

Bounced flash with the 468 + 40D combination is leading to a very smooth light and exposure is within the limits, I’d adjust the curves for any of the shots shown here, but that might be my taste only. I left all the pictures displayed here untouched, so that you can see the outcome as close to the original file as possible.

Yongnuo YN-468 bounced flash

Balancing Light = Fill Flash

With daylight fill flash I had in some cases like in this shot some overexposure. I would fix this for me using the (permanent) flash exposure compensation on the Yongnuo that tends to be a bit on the hotter side, but this was not a general problem.

Yongnuo YN-468 direct fill flash

As you can see from the text and image examples there were some imperfections in flash exposure with the combination Canon 40D and Yongnuo YN-468. No show stopper though, and my shots with the Canon 580EX II were not all perfect either. There, the problem was more on the underexposure side.

White balance

I used AWB (auto white balance) for all flash shooting with both units and the color reproduction was very similar; no significant differences here.

Flash Sync Modes

Normally, a camera chooses speeds between 1/60 second and 1/250 for flash photography and fires the speedlite at the beginning of the exposure. But there are other sync options which can be extremely useful in the right situation.

Rear Curtain Sync

Rear or 2nd curtain sync on the 40D is also selected from the camera menu and found in the second yellow menu group. In addition, the Yongnuo 468 has also its own setting for rear curtain sync, that is via pressing the “Mode” and “+” keys together. No matter which way you go, the display as well as the camera menu setting both update concurrently.

This implementation is as good as on an original Canon speedlite. And the rear curtain synchronization does also work perfectly with the YN-468 & 40D combination. I first spoke about it in the YN-465 i-TTL review for Nikon: 2nd curtain sync is not a feature of the flash unit but a pure camera functionality, despite the fact that Canon blocks the feature for some external flashes that they consider incompatible.

High Speed Sync / FP flash

Despite the fact that the guide number is greatly reduced, high speed sync is a very useful feature for daylight fill flash, e.g. when shooting on the beach or other very bright environments. It allows to go beyond the normal camera sync speed, which is the shortest time where both curtains of the camera shutter are fully open. On the Canon 40D, this is 1/250 second.

As the YN-468 has a “multi” mode for stroboscopic flash there was hope it could be used with high speed sync too – because HSS is also using a series of smaller flashes similar to the multi mode.

Interestingly HSS is not described in the camera handbook, but you can find it in the handbook of the Canon 580EX-II flash. You can set it on the Canon flash with the combined “HSS/2nd curtain” button. Once activated, it shows an icon on the flash LCD, and also in the camera viewfinder using a capital “H” next to the lightning stroke symbol on the left side.

The YN468 has a sync mode button as well, unfortunately there is no HSS setting available. But there is another option to activate high speed sync apart from setting it on the strobe itself: you can change the sync mode in the camera menu, navigating to the yellow menu group, “Flash control” and then “external flash synch. setting”. And yes, with the Yongnuo in the accessory shoe you can switch the 40D to Hi-Speed too! Unfortunately, it instantly jumps back to “1st curtain”, so no high speed sync available. Sad news. But not unexpected.

Other Flash Features

This section deals with red-eye flash, modeling light, flash-off, and flash exposure compensation / flash bracketing settings.

Red-Eye Reduction

Interestingly, neither the original Canon 580EX mk2 nor the Chinese Yongnuo work in the anti red-eye mode, this option is only usable with the 40D’s built in mini flash. Anti red-eye flash can be activated from the menu system in the first red menu tab, but it has no effect on the two accessory flash units. At least I could not figure out how it would work, and none of the handbooks speak about it either.

Modeling Light

Modeling light is a custom function on the 40D (see below). The feature is not available on the Yongnuo 468.

Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC)

Flash exposure compensation is implemented on the YN-468, and it’s extremely simple to use: just press “+” or “-” on the controller underneath the info panel, and you are set! The challenger from China offers a range between +3 and -3 EV, and the pictures come out as supposed.

As the Yongnuo memorizes the last settings even when powered off, you could use this as a permanent output override in E-TTL if you’d want to – just set it to -1/3 e.g. and leave it there forever.

Setting flash exposure compensation works also on the 40D camera, there you need to use the combined “ISO/flash+/-” button above the top display. Unfortunately, the Yongnuo does not accept a command in this mode as soon as you have set anything other than “zero flash exposure compensation” on the 468 itself. This means: if there is no flash exposure compensation set on the Yongnuo, you can use the camera’s flash exposure compensation and the YN468 executes the command. But as soon as there is something set on the 468, it ignores any override from the 40D.

A third way to set flash exposure compensation is the menu system: with an active flash exposure compensation set on the Yongnuo the corresponding menu item is grayed out, so also here no setting possible. But if no compensation is set on the flash, the menu settings with their range of “-2″ to “+2″ do work.

Flash Exposure Lock (FV Lock)

Flash exposure lock (or “FE Lock”) works perfectly with the review flash: pressing the “*” button on the 40D sends out a pre-flash for light metering, and the FE lock symbol in the viewfinder lights up. When aiming at another scene and shooting, the flash uses the previously stored output level, and then erases the flash exposure lock memory after the shot. Pressing the “*” button repeatedly sends out a new pre-flash every time. This is 100% the same behavior as I get with the 580EX II. This works much better than on my YN465 for Nikon i-TTL!

Flash Bracketing (FEB)

Flash bracketing allows you to take 3 pictures with different flash exposure. The maximum range on the Canon 40D is +/- 3 EV in third steps. The Yongnuo supports the feature, with every shutter release it takes a picture with different exposure.

Flash Off

With flash-off selected on the mode dial of the 40D, neither Canon nor the 468 use their AF assist beam. And both do not fire (which is the intended behavior with this camera setting, just to make sure there is no misunderstanding).

However, there is another trick to get AF assist without firing the flash: go in the camera menu (chose another camera mode first, e.g. “P”, then enter the menu, and then select “Flash control” in the 2nd yellow menu group. There change the first option “Flash firing” to “Disable” – and that is doing the job, for the Canon and also for the Yongnuo: AF assist from the flash without flash exposure.

 

YN-468 Review: Conclusion

The Yongnuo YN 468 is a capable unit for Canon users who don’t want to spend a fortune on an accessory flash. Exposure in E-TTL mode is good and reliable. And once you discover how much better your photos will look when using the flash remote, that means not in the hot shoe, it is a capable “strobist” partner as well; the only other accessory you have to buy are radio triggers.

Yongnuo YN-468 frontal view with zoom reflector

Please note that there is still no Nikon version available as of May 2011. Available Nikon i-TTL speedlites are the YN-465 and the YN-467 (you find reviews for both units here on speedlights.net also).

 

Yongnuo YN-468 Positives

  • attractive price
  • good E-TTL (II) exposure
  • extremely fast recycle times
  • easy to use (LCD display with large font)
  • complete standard accessories (bag, stand, diffuser)
  • Built-in optical slave (indoor use)
  • very usable for “strobist” lighting with 7 stop manual range (1/1 to 1/128)
  • standard size flash head (same as Nikon SB-600/800)

Weaknesses

  • low maximum output at wide angle setting
  • rubbery buttons with slight delay in reaction
  • AF assist light not always as effective as competition
  • no support for the latest TTL features (HSS, modeling light)
  • fixed 15 minute power-off in manual mode not ideal
  • no wireless E-TTL built in

 

Recommendation

The Yongnuo 468 can’t win against the mid-range Canon flash 430EX II – which has more features, and also more power. And it costs almost $300 these days. But if you want to spend only around 100$ – the 468 becomes interesting. Getting the 80% most needed features for around 1/3 of the price is a deal worth thinking about.

If you consider the small Canon 270EX then have a look at the YN-468 in any case. It costs even less than the entry-level model from Canon, and it offers much more. Adjustable flash head, a real zoom head, wide-angle coverage, great wireless capabilities with radio triggers, the optical slave modes, strobo mode, exposure compensation, etc.

Photographers on a budget get a lot of flash with the Yongnuo 468. An alternative to consider is the YN-465, also from Shenzhen Yongnuo. It lacks some of the features, but you get more power and it costs even less. Click here for the YN-465 in-depth review.

A next step up from the YN-468 are the Nissin Di-622 Mark II, which is also a very interesting product, and now the new YN-565 – but it’s in a different price class at around $180 (as of August 2011).

Where to Buy

Yongnuo products can be found on eBay. See all YN-468 offers here for the best prices and check warranty conditions. A good option is to buy direct from the Yongnuo manufacturer store with the advantage of a 1-year warranty that usually comes with their sales.

amazon is another good source for Yongnuo products; compare availability and purchase price. If you purchase through one of these links you support the expansion of this website with even more tests and reviews.

Thank you very much.

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127 Responses to Yongnuo YN-468 Flash Review

  1. Thanks for posting this!

    Here’s the link to hk-econcept’s tip about the release:
    eBay listing of YN-467

    Q: Have you got this model for NIKON D60?, please send me some information about it. Thank
    A: Hi, The YN-467 Flash for Nikon hasn’t come out yet, maybe on May it will come out and it will be YN-468 with LCD panel on the back. Thank you for your question. Jason”

  2. frank says:

    Thanks for this info. You may want to do a review about the Vivitar 285hv. Many strobists, new and old would probably like to hear about this. I know I would. Thanks!:) Great site!

  3. fransener says:

    Thanks frank for your feedback, very much appreciated. And yes, the 285HV is really high on my list, stay tuned.

  4. Markus says:

    setting the iso on the flash to the value used by the cam makes sense, only if the flash has an outo-mode like the old sb-24 and the like. They had a photo-diode, to measure the amount of light comming back from the subject. If iso and aperture where known to the flash, correct exposure was achieved without ttl.

  5. Matt says:

    Is it compatible with CANON 7d?

  6. fransener says:

    I don’t know yet 100%, but I found a voice on dpreview that says “I have the yn-465 and it works great for both my 7d and 50d”. So I assume this is the same for the new YN-468.

  7. Matt says:

    ok, I took the risk.

    I am in Shanghai on a business trip, bought it at a local shop, paid the Yn468 about 83 USD, will test in a couple of days once back (I left the camera home).

    Any idea which tests i can make without the camera (at least to see if is working)?

    Thanks in advance.

  8. fransener says:

    Gratulations! You’re the first person I know who has one in his hands. You can play with the manual mode, and see how the manual zoom works? Get some AA’s and just play around if you’re curious – I’d be :-)

  9. matt says:

    Ok, was not clear on the ”instruction manual”, more clear from your website.

    pressing manual+power the zoom works (luckily for me…).

    thanks.

  10. matt says:

    corrige, pressing MODE+POWER the zoom works, each press (keeping MODE pressed and presssing POWER) the flash zoom at steps 24-35-50-70-85 then (pressing when is 85) steps down to 35.

    Further pressing the sequence starts again (from 24 to 85 as above)

    If powered off and on again the zoom at start up positions itself to 35mm (even when shut down from the 24mm position)

  11. matt says:

    i would also say is 2 sec recycle time with the ALKALINE batteries i trhew in (GP Ultra)

  12. fransener says:

    Thanks matt, my YN-465 needs 2 seconds also with alkaline and also 2 seconds with eneloops

  13. matt says:

    ok, quickly tested on the 7d, in e-ttl the flash works, when zooming the lens, the flash zooms too…

    very basic, but that’s it….

  14. valvunski says:

    how about the high return rate that is being reported? there was also a letter being sent out to early buyers with warning that there’s a high defect ratio on their early production.

  15. matt says:

    Well, read smthing, but which ”defectivity” are we talking about?
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobist/discuss/72157623558122439/?search=yongnuo

    CAnnot speak about mine , even if defect rate is 50% I still could have one of the other 50%……

    Any idea where I can get the ”letter”?

  16. fransener says:

    I ordered mine on 4/27, and I did not get any letter from Yongnuo. So I’m waiting until the flash arrives, and then I’ll see if my unit works – or not. I saw that comment too on flickr – it’s from a fellow photographer who heard this from another source as it seems, so I have some doubts if this is reliable information or just a rumor. At the moment, I assume it’s a rumor.

  17. matt says:

    Mine under the head (you can see rotating it) has a mfg record, marked like april this year (number system).

    It had some minor scratch on the lcd, i did not return to have it replaced because with that unit i had played a bit adn seen it was working, i did not want to change for a dud (after reading that same link).

    So far so good…..just sone minor tests (working TTL & S2)

  18. matt says:

    Forgot to mention, in my flash there was not the diffuser as specified in the Ebay description (but NOT present in the photo preceding the packing list, like the other flashes). I bought one for 3 about usd in same shop.

  19. Woo says:

    Hi thanks for a great website. It is hard to find a site like your that review flash units. I appreciate ur work. Bookmarked !!!

  20. valvunski says:

    thank you very much for the review

  21. Woo says:

    i am waiting for the nikon version. I hope the price for Nikon version is the same as Canon :D

    I recommend integrate Facebook’s “LIKE” Button. It helps to draw more traffic.

    Thanks for the great review…

  22. SightStarr says:

    Do you think it is a good alternative for the 430ex for on camera usage?
    Or do you feel the 465 or 467 would be a better value?

  23. fransener says:

    I have now experience with YN-460, 465 and 468; their manual modes are very usable, so absolutely no concerns there. From my i-TTL experience with the YN-465 I’d use it almost anytime instead of the SB-600, unless I need high speed synch or wireless i-TTL (‘AWL’ – it’s handy sometimes, more so than something I’d really need). I compare the YN-468 to a Canon 580EX II which I have, but I have little experience with the Canon system overall yet. The YN-468 works well with the 40D, but I can’t tell yet if it’s as good as the 580EX II in all situations, and the 430EX II / 430EX would be the better comparison anyway. I don’t have either of them.

  24. Sadie says:

    Great review, I’ve just started to look into options for flash as my photography course is covering street fashion this term.

    I think I am debating between this new flash and the YN460-II, or maybe the YN465 as I’ve heard this 468 may have ‘teething troubles’ since its newly released. I have no experience of using this type of flash – I’ve tried a friends Canon 580 does the YN468 work in the same way – ie mount ontop of the camera and start shooting. Or do you need to buy other accessories to use it in that way? I may at some point investigate using it off camera but to start with I’d like to stick to oncamera.

    What extra setup is needed for the YN460-II (oncamera use). most reviews I’ve read deal with using it as an offcamera flash in a mutliple flash situation. I’d be using whatever I purchase as the only flash I use – fill in purposes only.

    Thanks in advance & thanks again for a great detailed review, its given me more confidence in buying one of the YN flashes as I cannot really justify £200 for the Canon EX430 at present.

  25. matt says:

    Hi fransener, tried to send you a picture of the hotshoe tension measured with a multimeter on my 468, but it failed to get it through.

  26. lukeap69 says:

    nice review mate. i hope YN will include wireless capabilities (even just slave mode like the 430EX) which will make me include this on my bag.

  27. valvunski says:

    thanks for the review. just ordered one =)

  28. Dan says:

    I’m a little confused and would just like some clarification. Can this be used as an off camera flash without using the cameras built in flash to trigger it? From what I am gathering it can only be fired by attaching it to the hot shoe or by making it a slave?

  29. fransener says:

    Dan

    The YN-468 can be fired and used off camera, I’ve been using it with radio triggers, both with Cactus V4 and Yongnuo RF-602. In this case you have a radio transmitter on the camera’s hot shoe, this does not require the camera’s built in flash at all. The radio receivers are attached to the flash unit’s foot, and then fixed with their screw mount to my light stands.

    @Sadie:

    The YN-460 and 460 mk2 are flash units with a manual mode only, they do not offer automatic exposure control. You sure can use them mounted on your camera, and they trigger with the camera shutter release and send out the light, but you have to tell them how much light to use, the system camera+flash is not able to determine that itself. This is where the Yongnuo 465, 467, and YN-468 are different: they do have E-TTL / i-TTL capabilities on top of the manual mode, so you just press the shutter release and these models, together with the camera, automagically bring the right amount of light to the subject.

  30. I enjoyed reading your review.

    I’m not sure however about the conclusion: “how fast Yongnuo engineers innovate”. I am not sure you can talk about innovate when it comes to this flash rather than catching up :)

  31. Interesting review. I would still recommend getting a Sigma DG 530 Super which offers all the features of the 580 ex II including HSS and wireless eTTL.

  32. Mischga says:

    Do you know if there will be an update for HSS?

  33. fransener says:

    I don’t think we’ll see HSS support from Yongnuo in the very near future yet, but this is my own speculation. It sure would be a great feature to have, I’m using it quite often on my Nikon speedlight. The Sigma – in the Super version – seems to be a good alternative as well for strobist and TTL photography, but it’s on another price level again.

  34. Adarsha says:

    Hi, nice review..I got mine today.. You mentioned AF-assist light can be turned off in the unit itself, but not from the C-Function in camera. Can you please help me figure out how?

    I can see AF Assit in C function, but like most others it is not editable, but I don’t find any setting on the unit either. Thank again for you help.

  35. fransener says:

    Hi Adarsha

    AF assist can be turned off on the YN-468 by pressing the “MODE” button together with the “-” button, which lets disappear the “AF” icon on the LCD display of the speedlite. Let me know if this helps!

  36. Max says:

    Please tell about optical slave mode in outdoor setup. Which distance it can be really fired in the daytime?

  37. Billy says:

    Hi Matt and every one..
    I’m planning to get YN-468 for my Canon 7D and would like to use it on the hot shoe just for fill-in flash, since you wrote that it works on E-TTL mode and also when you zooming the lense, so i guess the flash is working good on the Canon 7D hot shoe,right? or maybe there’s any news about the flash on Canon 7D you could share before i buy the flash?
    Thank’s in advanced.

  38. Martin says:

    Ive had one for a few weeks and it is looking good as all have already said on here had 1000 plus pops already with it and not one misfire.

  39. yosef says:

    i just ordered this one
    pretty cheep and worth every penny!
    deffinitly!

  40. gayan says:

    Hi

    I am torn between the Yn468 or the Vivitar 383… What do you guys recommend?
    Your opinion counts…

    • fransener says:

      Look also at the Sunpak PZ42X in addition to YN468 and the DF-383. It has its downsides too (complicated user interface) but it’s strong, clearly more powerful than the YN468. The DF-383 seems to be decent too but I haven’t used it much so far. It is for Canon I guess?

  41. gayan says:

    yes..I’m looking for a flash for less than $125 for my 500D.

    I was initially very interested with the Yn-468 but saw some comments about reliability so is now leaning more towards the DF-383.
    I looked at the PZ42x too, but seems a bit too costly…

    • fransener says:

      Oh, I see the PZ42X now being more expensive than when I bought in July – I paid 120 Dollars only back then. But price is higher now. The build of the DF-383 feels OK, the standby seems no issue when used with RF-602 triggers (in case you’re using for strobist stuff). I haven’t had a chance yet to test the TTL mode, but people seem to be happy with it from what I read. The YN-468 is a well priced nice little flash, but when it comes to TTL speedlights there are definitely other options on the market!

  42. gayan says:

    What’s your idea about the Canon 420ex. It’s got all the features of the newer 430ex( minus manual controls and manual zoom and can be fired on slave mode by a 550ex or 580ex (which I may get later)

    I am very tempted. :)

  43. Dan says:

    Has anyone tried the yn467 or yn468 with a canon 20d? What were the results?

  44. rzn says:

    Thanks for the review, I convinced myself to get one of these instead of 580exII based on the reviews and my first day of shooting with YN-468 went better than expected (more than 700shots!)

  45. drec says:

    I’ve got one of these YN-468 and it works fine on my 400d. The only part I’m having problems with is Multi-Mode. Do you have any suggestions on what settings I could/should try(camera/off-camera) or the power/frequency. I can change all these but nothing seems to work.
    Thanks.

  46. momay says:

    is the YN468 compatible with canon powershot S5 IS?

  47. Hi I’ve been using my YN 469 for only 2 days now and it just stopped working all of a sudden. Im using it w/ canon 350d. Has there been any known issues w/ the canon 350d and YN 486 re. compatibility? The flash can detect the setting like ISO and APerture but it wont fire…even the pilot/test flash wont fire

  48. heat says:

    hi! is there any news for the YN-468 for nikon? here in philippines only YN-465 & 467 is availble.. is yn-467 good than 465? which do u suggest? thanks! hope to hear from u!

    i enjoy reading your review!

  49. fransener says:

    Hello heat

    No news re: Yongnuo 468 for Nikon. I think the YN-465 is the best i-TTL flash from Yongnuo to date. There are in depth reviews for both YN-465 as well as YN-467 available here:
    http://speedlights.net/2010/09/22/yongnuo-yn-465-flash-review/
    http://speedlights.net/2010/09/10/yongnuo-yn-467-speedlite-review/

    Thank you for your kind feedback!

  50. sam240 says:

    I would like to ask same question with “momay”,
    is the YN468 compatible with canon powershot S5 IS?
    I plan to get this YN468 for my S5 Is since it is E-TTL.
    Please advise.

  51. heat says:

    thanks fransener

    got my new yn-465.
    but i forgot to order the nihm batts.

    gonna buy tommorow.
    ^_^

    last question..

    is phottix aster is good?

    or still the rf-602 is the best trigger.

    thanls

  52. fransener says:

    I don’t own the Phottix aster, but they are not the current gen of wireless triggers, so would use another model. Yongnuo RF-602 have a very good reputation and use 2.4GHz rather than 433MHz. There are newer Phottix triggers out there which are similar to the RF-602, they should be good too.

  53. HEAT says:

    !fransener

    im going to replace it with the rf-602 now.. the seller is willing to change it.

    thanks for the tips & recommendation!

    more power to this site! your reviews are very helpful!

    im a newbie.. still learning more by surfing..

    hope u’ll still continue helping us, newbie!

    GOD BLESS U ALWAYS!

  54. fransener says:

    Hello HEAT – thank you very much for your kind words!

  55. bik0z says:

    Any idea if this flash works with the RadioPopper RPCube?

  56. Bearnie says:

    Regarding Red-Eye Reduction: There is less need for it when the flash is further from the lens. That’s why it only works with the built in flash.

  57. fransener says:

    Hi Bearnie

    That sounds like a reasonable explanation. I haven’t had that issue even with built in flash. It’s worst with compact cameras usually.

  58. noob says:

    Does anyone have an actual part number for these flashes? (Yn 468)

    The reason I ask is because from what I understand there is a difference between one for a 1D and a 550D. The small shop I found one at here in Bangkok (a lot of walking) has one, but I only see “For Canon” on the side. I’d hate to get the wrong one as there are typically no returns here.

  59. fransener says:

    Hello noob

    I haven’t heard of different sub-versions of the YN468. But why don’t you take your camera to the store and try it there?

  60. noob says:

    ah, thanks for the prompt reply. I think I have read so many reviews that I might be getting it confused with the 460 or another.

  61. Bob says:

    is the yn468 compatible with Canon 350D? Thanks for your time!

  62. fozzy says:

    Purchased one though ebay after being told it would be compatible with Canon SX 10 IS. It arrived and didnt work in several modes at all then gave up and died after 20 mins displaying the over heating warning. Got a replacement 4 weeks later to find it doesn’t function properly with my camera no multi mode available at all had this confirmed now :( if I select full manual mode on the cam the flash doesn’t work at in any mode, and when its rather unpredictable in all other modes.
    Took it to a cam dealer to test it on a few canon SLRs and it worked flawlessly in all modes, its not even supported but the new SX30 IS! great shame as it is a bargain although quality control does seem to be rather lax.

  63. fozzy says:

    Just to add the first one I was issued with all the buttons did stick badly needing to be plucked at the side to let them return as Ive read else where further highlighting the quality control issues.

  64. Marc says:

    This flash has great features and when it works, it works well. Unfortunately, it fires about 50% of the time. I’m in the process of contacting the manufacturer to utilize the warranty now. Wish me luck…

  65. Tim says:

    Would have liked to see the YN-468 compared directly to a 430exII rather than the 580exII, maybe you can rent a 430exII for a comparison?

    • fransener says:

      Yes, that is a good suggestion, would be a more appropriate comparison for sure! I will do some more investment in Canon gear in the mid term, please stay tuned.

  66. Christopher says:

    I have a question. I recently bought a 430ex II, but I want another flash, but can’t really afford another 430ex II. So maybe I’ll buy this one. Now my question and setup. Basically I want to use my 430ex wirelessly to, say, light up a background and then use the YN as bounce flash directly on the camera hot shoe. Can I do this? I was kind of confused as to what you meant it could not be used in wireless master mode.

    • fransener says:

      Hello Christopher

      I understand what you’re trying to do, and there’s bad news – it does not work: the Yongnuo is not able to control the 430EX II – you need a flash that can trigger and control the existing 430EX II, which would be 580EX (II), Metz 58 AF-1 / 58 AF-2, Nissin Di866. There’s no Yongnuo that flash that can control other flashes in E-TTL mode. But why don’t you go strobist?

  67. Tim says:

    Just rent a 430exII for a day and do some comparison testing, shouldn’t cost you more than a $20

  68. Kyle says:

    Thanks for the very comprehensive review. I ordered the YN-468 and Yongnuo rf-602 radio triggers after reading it. They’re in the mail!

  69. Ben says:

    I am playing with my newly arrived YN468 on a Canon SX20 IS. The TTL works quite reliably overall, though I had to repeat a couple of shots. However, to get the right exposure I had to crank up the flash to +2 – fortunately if I do the adjustment on the unit it stays for the next time I turn it on. Any idea on why this correction is needed?

    • fransener says:

      Hi Ben

      I have tested my sample of the YN468 with a Canon 40D, and I didn’t have a constant under- or overexposure. But as you say it’s a great feature that you can set a permanent compensation – it’s like a calibration you’re doing there. If that solves your problem, good! Did you try another flash on the camera, maybe even a Canon? I’m sure you checked the flash exposure compensation on the camera and there’s nothing set there that would dial down the flash..

  70. Rick says:

    This may have been already stated, but I just thought I would add, that if you already own a canon 580ex and you are looking for a cheap second flash, the master mode on the 580 will fire the YN468 on slave mode.

  71. mon says:

    hi fransener, i placed the same comment on your preview page of this flash, but i guess it’s better if it’s here:

    hi guys, i got mine recently and i like it. two things i’m not sure though:
    1/ for other flashes (like sb600) when i flip down the built-in diffuser the zoom stays on 14mm (or anything lower than 24mm) but for this one, the zoom is still functioning. is this normal?
    2/ what does multi do? i tried searching the net, but i just can’t understand it (well, i’m quite new with these things so i guess…)

    • fransener says:

      Hi mon

      Yes, it’s normal that it zooms with the wide panel – mine does the same. It’s just a bit less sophisticated than the Nikon. Shouldn’t affect the photos, though. ‘Multi’ is the stroboscopic mode, or ‘multi flash’ mode as it’s called by Nikon. The Canon 580EX or Nikon SB-900 have it too, but neither SB-600 nor Canon 430EX.

  72. Peter says:

    Im considering the YN560… just curious. What makes this YN468 better in any way to the 560?

    • fransener says:

      Hi Peter

      If you’re planning to use your flash attached to a camera, you won’t be happy with a YN460/460-II/560 most probably, as these models do not work in E-TTL mode together with a camera. You have to set everything by hand, like when you use your camera in mode “M” where you have to set shutter speed and f-stop yourself.

  73. Oliv says:

    Hi!

    Except the screen what feature(s) do you think make(s) the YN-468 more interesting compared to the YN-467 version (canon)?

    I have an opportunity to buy the YN-467 but was wondering if at this stage one should definitely go for the update YN-468…

    Thanks for your input!

  74. Mark says:

    I so wonder if these will work with the new pixel king triggers. They transmit full ETTL via radio. So technically the flash should think its on camera.

  75. msgill says:

    Thanks for the comprehensive review of YN468. I also saw ebay ads but no one clearly mentioned its compatibility with eos5dmk1. I intend to pick one but afraid to take risk about its compability because canon has different flash system as compared to Nikon. I will appreciate if you kindly clearly mention its compability with eos5dmk1.

  76. Stephanie says:

    Flash does not fire after 1 weeks use. Tried changing batteries and even tried changing the type of batteries. This seems to be the review i am seeing with everyone who has purchased one. If in fact they should be working properly the company should place some trouble shooting facts on here otherwise i am sure the word will get out and people will no longer even bother trying them and will go directly to canon.

    Very disappointed.

  77. Sidney says:

    Which of the cheaper flashes would you say is good for shooting weddings with the T2i?

    • fransener says:

      If there is lots of action on your event I’d go with a Canon speedlite since their AF assist beams are better, and they have more power than the 46-x models from Yongnuo, e.g. for bounced flash. 430EX or the current 430EX II. If you want a Yongnuo, go with YN465 or YN468 – the one has more power, the latter has auto zoom and easier to set exposure compensation.

  78. Albert says:

    I got my YN-468 this week with a metal hotshoe and a quality control sticker in the battery compartment, did some short tests, so far so good.

  79. Matt H says:

    I just got my YN-468 yesterday, which I purchased partly based on your review here (thanks). One, and maybe two things seem to have changed since your review. First, it has a metal foot. Second, from what I can tell, they’ve changed the battery compartment door. It’s held to the body with a thin piece of plastic that slides in a slot.

    The rest of the strobe feels very solid, and close to the last 580 EX that I handled (viturally all of my strobe work is with studio strobes. I haven’t had a working on-camera strobe for more than 10 years).

    The battery door does really worry me, especially in a situation where I would be changing batteries quickly. It takes a cautious and careful push to get it closed.

    Anyway, that is my one gripe. I hope I don’t have Stephanie’s problem…will report back.

    The other oddity is that in Auto or P mode (the only two on my 5D that seem to have any impact on strobe operation), it will only sync at 1/60. Since the camera will sync at up to 1/200, I don’t understand that. Also, I can’t control the aperture. Other than going to fully manual, is there any way to work around that?

  80. Enyel says:

    Hey guys, any other of u using the YN468 with a SX10IS? i got this camera since 2 years ago and now i’m looking for a flash, i’m sure that no options are available on this camera for multi-mode, but what about the normal use as slave out of the cam combined with the cam flash, or directly use this one on the hot shoe, because the experiece of fozzy was bad … and my decision for the SX10IS would be between YN468 vs Nissin Di622 (more expensive)

    Thx guys!

    • fransener says:

      Hello Enyel
      The reports I have say that the YN-468 is not compatible with the SX10 IS – see also here in the comments.

  81. Matt H says:

    Oh, one other thing. The AF assist problem is still there (same aim–high and left), and with my 5D in a dark room I found the AF to be useless because of the aim problem.

  82. Enyel says:

    Hi fransener, i sax fozzy’s message but i didnt found any comment from u about incompatibility with sx10, can u advise where did u report that issue? I read anywhere in the net that Just the multimode didnt work with the sx10! Thx 4 your help man

  83. Enyel says:

    Hi Ben & Fransener, as far as i know the SX20IS is not quite different than my SX10IS, Mpx upgraded to 12 instead 10, HD 720p Video?? but same optical and body.

    Then does this YN468 work in your cam? as per some comments on this review it seems that the SX10IS and the YN468 are not suitable on between, but i just see it confirmed but only one person, so what u think about it, shoud then that flash work on my cam also??i don’t want to do strobist and i know the Multi-mode won’t be usable but id the ETTL works fine, for me it’s enough

    Enyel

  84. Enyel says:

    Hey guys, i’m not sure if it’s allowed to paste here links from third-party pages. This is a blog from Brasil, where the man called Skooter, shows the SX10IS linked to the YN468. I asked him (in Spanish) if the camera worked fine with ETTL under P M Tv Av modes, and he confirmed that his SX10IS worked fine with all modes, that the only low performance was with zoom in large distances, but this should be normal with a superzoom camera, since the flash should only work as larger with 85mm, and this camera has range from 28mm – 560mm in the same optical body.

    Anyway i think maybe didn’t fit with his cam, but the one of this guy works right with the same camera, i think it worth the try … but maybe will picked up next week. If any could leave his comment would be perfect!

    Thx, Angel

    http://www.skooterblog.com/2010/10/09/dealextreme-flash-youngnuo-speedlite-yn-468-e-ttl-c-lcd-1-6-para-canon-30d40d50d-e-outras-4aa/comment-page-1/#comment-10457

  85. Roman says:

    For Nikon users, the latest i-TTL flash from Yongnuo is now the YN-467. What about YN-468? When and where will I can buy it for NIKON i – TTL?
    Best Regards.
    Roman.

    • fransener says:

      Hi Roman

      There is no release date for the Nikon version, I would not wait for it but get a YN-465 instead, or have a look at the Di622-II from Nissin.

  86. Julie says:

    I have got a canon 50D, I can’t decide between the YN 468TTL or the Nissin Di622-II, what would you suggest??

    • fransener says:

      Hello Julie

      The Di622 mk2 is a very good flash. It’s worth the additional spend if budget is not the ultimate concern for you. What you get is a lot more power (for the situations where it’s needed) plus the future option to use the wireless ETTL mode that your 50D doesn’t support today. But do have a look at the YN-465 also, it’s the ultimate low budget flash with ETTL.

  87. vichitra says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the very good review, i bought the flash after looking into your review. I also bought Rf-602 and i have trouble triggering the flash using RF-602. I can trigger the flash remotely only in it’s manual mode but not in any other mode like TTL, S1, S2. IS this is expected or it can be triggered in any ode remotely. I have canon 50D camera.

    Thanks,
    Vijay

    • fransener says:

      Hi Vijay

      You’re doing everything right, the YN-468 can be triggered wireless in mode “M”, but not in TTL mode with the RF-602. You need other radio triggers for wireless TTL, like Pocket Wizards or Radio Poppers – they’re much more expensive, though. Mode “S1″ and “S2″ are the 2 slave modes where no trigger is used, but the flash ‘triggers itself’ with a built-in light sensor on the front side under that red plastic cover. As soon as the YN-468 sees light from another flash, it fires off in sync.

  88. fransener says:

    Thanks for the tip about the wrong link Brian, the store name is “hkyongnuophotoequipment“.

  89. Kanwal Toor says:

    wating for yn-468 for Nikon d700

  90. Miche says:

    It’s funny to read that the Red autofocus help light is not centered without a thought about that you can slightly “move” the flash in the hot shoe to make it perfectly on center. If it’s off by 1mm to left or right it’s not gonna be perfectly centered.

    So a good tip is to center the flash in the hot shoe, preferably look in the viewfinder at the same time as you focus and see where it ends up.. Mine is perfectly on center when i aim it in and lock it down safely.

  91. Miche says:

    Also, another error i saw in the review which i think is important for people to know is that Yongnuo claims that these flashes are made for the crop cameras, (that’s why yongnuo doesn’t list 5d for example to be compatible).

    Please correct me if i’m wrong. I also read this in the manual (i guess you didn’t?)

  92. scottt says:

    Hello, please please answer help me. I am interested in the yn 468 as well as the nissin di622. But i cant decide which one is better, price aside. I have a 550d body and want a smaller flash but cant afford the 430ex. how much bigger is the di 622 and is the low power of the yn 468 a problem? please give me a direct anser. Which one would you rather have for a 550d body for casual shooting and occasional event shooting.

    thanks

    • fransener says:

      Hello scottt

      I think you’re talking about the Di622 Mark II – I would not recommend the ‘original’ Di622. The Di622 Mark II is pretty big, it has almost the same dimensions as the Canon 580EX (II). So it’s not a small flash. I personally find it the better flash than the YN-468 for the wireless TTL slave mode and the greater power. But if you’re shooting at ISO 400 – which is the default setting for Canon cameras with flash afaik – the YN-468 will be sufficient in most cases as well.

  93. Phil says:

    I bought two units while I was traveling on business in China, and it seems that both flashes don’t fire anymore after sitting idle for about a month or so. Everything seems fine, but it just will not fire on both of them. What are the chances! :(

    Been reading up in some forums and multiple post have mentioned a failed capacitor inside. Anyone have problems with this? How common is this? Multiple posts have mentioned a replaced capacitor fixes the issue, but I’m a little reluctant to do this as it should still be under warranty. Only problem is I have to return back to China.

    Anyway, I’ve also read that this capacitance issue has been resolved with the newer flashes that have a metal base. Perhaps someone can confirm this?

    Bottom line, it’s a great flash, but beware of reliability issues. You kind of get what you pay for I guess.

  94. dslayer says:

    hi,
    i’ve been looking at this speed light (YN468) for quite awhile and seem very interesting, my only concern is this compatible with canon 1000d? can it be mounted on the hot shoe and will trigger automatically as i shoot? will all of its feature work on my cam?
    tnx for a very wonderful reviews and more power!

  95. Joseph says:

    I purchased a YN468 about three months ago. The first time I used this unit it worked fine. The next time I tried to use this flash it refused to fire. Installed several sets of fresh batteries and it still does not fire. Contacted the manufacturer and they were less than helpful. They indicated that I needed to contact the original vendor in order to get a warranty repair. The original vendor cannot be located. Looks like I am stuck with an unusable item. In the future I will not be buying Chinese products if I have a choice

  96. TiCoyote says:

    The battery door on these thinks is suuuper flimsy. Feels like it will break off in my hand. Also, it doesn’t fit properly, so it’s really hard to close. I’m sending it back.

  97. Hasib says:

    Can anyone please give me an address in Bangkok where I can find the Yongnuo flashes, especially the YN-560 model (for Canon 450D)?

  98. fransener says:

    This review was last updated on 5/21/11.

  99. AFL says:

    Hi.

    I own a Canon 550D/T2i. I was wondering of the YN468 can be fired off camera?

  100. Matt says:

    If you read first comment 1 year ago, I purchased in Shanghai YN shop one of those 468 coming supposedly from the first batch (April 2010).

    I have to report that my flash stopped working after 6-7 months.

    At the beginning it started to ”misfire”, then the bulb did not fire off at all (despite the red light popping on).

    I returned to the Yongnuo shop in Hong Kong in March 2011, they shipped over to china (so I was told) and returned in 2-3 weeks.

    The unit was repaired (for free) at no cost (and the unit is the same for sure, not a replacement)

    So far so good.

  101. bill says:

    I bought YongNuo YN-468 for my Canon G9. First time when I connected this flash into
    G9′s hotshoe it worked . At that time I took only 10 test photos. I removed flash and now when I re-connected again, YongNuo YN-468 will not work.

    G9 detects there is an external flash connected but neither camera flash nor YongNuo YN-468 will fire when I set G9 in auto mode.

    Any suggestion?

    • keir says:

      It more than likely has a bad compacitor in it. For those wanting to buy one, get the version with the metal footer, its a newer version and has a better compacitor.

  102. Cuzman says:

    Hi Fransener.

    I found your review to be very informative and helpful. I am looking to get a speedlite flash for my canon slr which is from the rebel series which is apparently compatible with Yongnuo 468, but after reading many ongoing reports about faulty flash’es (something to do with a bad capacitor), would the yn 465 be a better option for me to buy. I only need a better flash for indoor and poor light shooting as the pop up flash just does not cut it sometimes. I also am looking for a budget option as several hundred dollars for a a new flash seems a bit ridiculous for my needs.

    Regards and thanks for review.
    Cuzman

    • Speedlights says:

      Hi Cuzman! The YN 465 is built a bit simpler than the YN 468 which is why you probably can expect it to be more reliable; on the other side I don’t think they’re using a different capacitor, it’s just that fewer people buy the YN-465 than the YN-468 and there’s less discussion about it. What I suggest is you buy one of these where the seller gives you a warranty, or buy maybe even local so that you don’t have international shipping cost if it should fail. I’ve had much fun with these flashes and think they’re a great value for the money you spend – sure simpler than a Canon or Nikon but more than sufficient for occasional use. Frank

  103. Esben says:

    Hey guys,

    Just dantes to let you know that there’s a mark II ón the street now. If you could review it I would be very grateful: YN-468 II

  104. Alexandria Smith says:

    The flash was working fine. Nothing knocked it or hit it, but now it won’t turn on. I’ve changed the batteries and wiped down the sensors and still nothing. Nothing is obviously broken from the outside, but I need it to work A.S.A.P. I have photo-shoots almost every day this month. Where can I send it off to?

  105. Matt H says:

    Well, my 468 seems to have lasted less than a year with pretty light use (though I was recently using it quite a bit at 1/128 power to trigger my studio strobes, as my Cactus V5 became unreliable). Today, I could not turn on the Yongnuo. I press the power button, and the zoom motor cycles, but the strobe immediately turns off. The II version certainly seems to have some improvements, but I wonder about the overall reliability of their products.

    • Matt H says:

      The seller (DealExtreme) has not responded to my emails, but the manufacturer did agree to honor the warranty, but says I need to pay shipping costs both ways. I’ll post the results once this saga plays out.

  106. Semmick Photo says:

    Hello all, I am new to external torches. Can anyone tell me if the 468 auto flash works with the curtain 1 and curtain 2 settings of the 450D / Rebel TSi

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