Category Archives: Speedlight

Yongnuo YN560-IV Speedlite Review

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The YN560-IV is the latest incarnation of Yongnuo’s YN560 speedlite systems, adding wireless master control as well as slave mode. Continue reading

Yongnuo YN568EX-II Master Mode

The Yongnuo YN568EX-II has the ability to control up to 3 groups of remote (slave) speedlites, being Groups A, B & C in either ETTL, Manual or Multi Mode.

Unlike the regular on-camera operation, manual mode isn’t always intuitive and the Yongnuo manual is not exactly great either.  With this in mind I’ve put together a sequence of steps that should help you understand it’s functions. Continue reading

Yongnuo YN568EX-II Remote (slave) Mode

The YN568EX-II can operate as a remote (slave) flash to many different master types, including another YN568EX-II, a Canon 580EX-II, ST-E2, 70D, 60D, 600D plus others (Sc mode), or Nikon SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SU-800 and several camera models such as the D700, D800 etc.  (Sn mode). Continue reading

Nissin i40 Flash Review

Nissin i40 Flash

Nissin i40 Flash

Like many professional cameras, speedlites seem to be getting bigger, so it’s a huge relief to see the new i40 flash system from Nissin totally buck that trend.

With a guide number of 40 it’s clearly not going to be the most powerful flash you can buy, but in terms of portability it has to be worth considering, especially if you’re also thinking about converting to mirrorless cameras for similarly reduced size and weight. Continue reading

Yongnuo YN560-III Speedlite Review

Yongnuo YN560-III

Yongnuo YN560-III

Yongnuo have introduced yet another low cost variation of their speedlite systems, this time using wireless 2.4Ghz (radio) to communicate with up to 6 remote flash groups with full manual control over the Power from 1/1 all the way down to 1/128 in 1/3 stops (GN58),  Zoom (24mm  – 105mm) and Mode (Manual / Multi / Off). Continue reading

Yongnuo YN560-TX Review

YN560-TX

YN560-TX – Stands not included

Youngnuo are a Chinese company that have been making speedlites and LED lights for some time now, supporting both Canon & Nikon systems with so many variations that’s it’s sometimes hard to keep up.

Recently they launched the YN560-TX to accompany the YN560-III or YN560-IV speedlites, so let’s take a look at what you get and why you might choose this system. Continue reading

SB-900 SU-4 Optical Slave Mode

Nikon SB-900 Speedlight

Nikon SB-900 Speedlight

Like the SB-800, the SB-900 includes a handy SU-4 mode. This allows the SB-900 to be optically triggered by seeing any other flash, even a non CLS flash. Using the SB-900 in SU-4 / Manual mode allows you to control the output just like any studio flash. However, unless my units are faulty Nikon seems to have forgotten the audio beep function to notify you when the SB-900 has completed the recycle and is ready to fire again. I always liked this on the SB-800 and it’s one more backwards step that I hope they will address in a future firmware update. Continue reading

SB-900 – CLS Wireless Remote


SB-900_PWR_REMOTETo set the SB-900 to wireless remote mode (CLS), press and hold the power button and rotate the switch to the ‘REMOTE‘ position.

The LCD will now display the options for Remote mode, allowing you to select the Channel number, Group number and Zoomed head position. Continue reading