Finally, the long-awaited new Yongnuo speedlite for Nikon is here and available for purchase from the manufacturer store on eBay: Yongnuo’s Nikon YN-565EX costs around $170 in the US – that’s almost 50% less than the investment needed for Nikon’s mid-range flash SB-700 with a more or less comparable feature set.
Nikon users had to wait for a long time to see a new Yongnuo hit the markets. The latest model had still been the lower-powered Yongnuo YN-467 first introduced in 2009, and there were no news during the entire year of 2011, just until now.
We expected the release of the flash for mid December already, as that was the timeline Yongnuo themselves have communicated on the Speedlights.net discussion boards where everybody is invited post and reach out to Yongnuo representatives.
Mid-Range Flash With Additional Pro Features
What they offer with the new speedlight flash is very compelling: thanks to the Nikon i-TTL support you can simply attach the YN565EX to the camera hot-shoe and start firing away. Everything is adjusted automatically – just as if you were using an original Nikon speedlight; ss soon as I get my hands on one of the new 565 Nikon flashes I’ll start with the testing to let you know how it performs!
But the flash is equally interesting for more advanced users: it does not offer any wireless master mode, but it has a full-blown AWL slave mode with 4 channels/ 3 groups selectable, a long range wireless sensor, 2 optical slave modes, a PC sync port, and an external power pack connector (however for Canon-type power packs SF-18C, SF-17C). Check the YN-565 (Canon) review for more info.
What’s unique among compact speedlites is that this flash is compatible with both Canon and Nikon wireless master signals at the same time, which means you can use a YN565 for Nikon as a E-TTL slave with a Canon camera body, or a YN565 for Canon as a Nikon wireless slave!
YN-565 Nikon Compatibility
Yongnuo lists the following Nikon DSLR bodies as compatible with the new flash – pls send a note or leave a comment if you use the flash in one of these combinations:
Entry-level / mid-range:
D5100, D5000, D3100, D3000, D60, D40x, D40
D7000, D90, D80, D70s, D70
Semi pro DX:
D300s, D300, D200
No information yet / not compatible officially:
D3 series, D2 series, D50; it surely won’t be compatible with D1 series / D100 due to different flash exposure protocol used on these camera models (D-TTL instead of i-TTL).
The Nikon i-TTL version of the new Yongnuo flash can be distinguished from the Canon version by looking at the flash foot, where Nikon has 4 electrical pins instead of the 5 pins Canon is using. In addition to that, the labeling consists of gold color lettering rather than the silver/white font used for the Canon version of the YN-565.
Learn More About YN-565 for Nikon
To learn more about the features, the real-world performance and Speedlight.net test results for guide number, recycling time, flash duration etc check out the comprehensive YN-565 for Canon review.
Finally there’s the opportunity to reach out to Yongnuo direct via the Speedlights.net discussion boards where they are seeking your ideas, comments or questions and post replies from time to time.
Where to Buy
amazon is another good source for Yongnuo products, but the selection is not always as big as on eBay; as of Dec 18 2011, the YN-565 for Nikon has not shown up there yet.